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7 Websites To Find Free Images

I am sure you have heard writers and authors online mentioning someone using their words – mostly on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest – and not giving them credit. It happens every day. I myself have had a popular quote of mine shared with my name removed over 250K times.

I am also sure you have seen countless writing pieces created over images. Quotes, poems, pieces of prose, you name it, they all seem to make their way on to some image-based background.

That is what I want to touch base on – those who use images for their writing memes. Unless the image is copyright free or has a free use license- it cannot be used without permission from the artist or photographer. Simply adding a caption stating ‘image: Pinterest’ or ‘image: Google’, etc. doesn’t change the fact the image is copyright protected.

Many bloggers, writers, and other creatives have heard of the popular free image websites Pexels and Pixabay. I myself have downloaded and used images from each of the two sites. I wanted to share with you several alternatives you may find useful.

BURST

Burst is a free stock photo platform that is powered by Shopify. Our image library includes thousands of high-resolution, royalty-free images that were shot by our global community of photographers. We built Burst to provide designers, developers, bloggers and entrepreneurs with access to beautiful free stock photography. You can use our pictures for just about anything — your website, blog or online store, school projects, Instagram ads, facebook posts, desktop backgrounds, client work and more.
https://burst.shopify.com/

FREESTOCKS

Freestocks is a collection of free high-resolution stock photos. We offer royalty-free stock images for both Commercial and Personal Projects under the CC0 license (read more). Freestocks.org images are not your cliché free stock images worn out a long time ago but rather a source of photos that are fresh, up-to-date and versatile in style so that they are fit for everybody’s everyday use as well as for more complex and specified projects.
https://freestocks.org/

GRATISOGRAPHY

Quirky, Creative, Always Free Photos.
The world’s quirkiest collection of free high-resolution pictures, comprised of the world’s best, most creative images – photos you just won’t find anywhere else. All completely free to download without copyright restrictions.
https://gratisography.com/

MORGUEFILE

Morguefile is a free photo archive “for creatives, by creatives.” Founded by Michael Connors in the early Internet days of 1996, the site was created to serve as a free image exchange for creative professionals and teachers to use in their work. This same mission remains true today: we are a community-based free photo site, and all photos found in the Morguefile archive are free for you to download and re-use in your work, be it commercial or not. The photos have been contributed by a wide range of creatives from around the world, ranging from amateur photo hobbyists to professionals.
https://morguefile.com/

PICOGRAPHY

Picography has been providing stunning images to millions of people for the past 3 years. It is now one of the top sources for gorgeous, high-resolution, free photos.
You can use any of our free stock photos however and wherever you like, with no attribution required. All photos are CC0 licensed. You can learn more about our terms here.
https://picography.co

FOODIES FEED

The best resource for highly visually appealing free food photos in high resolution. A great respurce for food bloggers
https://www.foodiesfeed.com/

KABOOM PICS

Kaboompics is a service with free stock photos that can be used for both personal and commercial projects. This website gives you an opportunity to choose from thousands of pictures without any payment, even for commercial use.

Kaboompics is one of the most popular sources of free images for lifestyle, interior design and specialized bloggers in World.
https://kaboompics.com

The websites listed above house millions of free to use images. There is never a right time to use copyright protected images, no matter how good they look.

Please remember –
*You cannot use images found online
*You cannot use images found on Pinterest/Google Image Search/Facebook/Websites, etc.


UNLESS the image carries a free use license or you have the written approval of the photographer/artist. And always use an annotation when requested.

Keep this all in mind when creating your writing memes or using images within your blog posts. If found using copyright protected images, you can be held liable, should the owner choose to pursue it.

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