2016's Best Websites for Free Images

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Image is everything and it's a fact that a "picture is worth a thousand words".  As many real estate professionals can attest to, quality photos for listings are so important. Over 80% of home buyers conduct a home search online and photos are the number 1 thing they're looking for. If you've seen bad photos on a home listing, you know what I am talking about. Even worse...no photos at all. You can't hit "next" fast enough. 

With that said, hopefully your listings look spectacular. But, what about photos for blogging? Here's my 2016 list of the best websites for use on your website/blog that will take it to the next level. Best of all, they're free, although many offer you an opportunity to donate to the photographer which I highly recommend to show your appreciation:

  • Pexels.com: I use this one the most. Excellent, large selection and I love the fact you can pick a size to download. Nice flow to the site as well.
  • Pixabay.com: My second favorite, although I wish you could customize the download size. Otherwise, another site with terrific selection. 
  • Unsplash.com: Great site but not crazy about the layout; it's a bit awkward but some great high-res pics to choose from.
  • StockSnap.io:  Another favorite of mine because it is user-friendly and nicely categorized. 
  • Re:splashed.com: Smaller selection but easy to navigate and search by tags. 
  • Stockpic.com: Excellent selection and the option for a Premium membership at decent prices; much better than paying per photo as many sites require and that can add up quickly! 

Enjoy and please feel free to share your favorites too! Sharing is caring.... 

Featured photo credit: Pexels.com 

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Comments (20)

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

I usually take my own photos or use images from Swift Publisher Lisa. Good to know there are some options out there! Welcome to ActiveRain, hope to see you posting often and if you need anything, please feel free to contact me, any other Ambassador or the staff here. Also, thank you for the follow!

Dec 24, 2016 05:01 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I will bookmark this post. Thank you for sharing. Have a good evening.

Dec 24, 2016 05:04 PM
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

Thanks for sharing these "free" websites.  I will bookmark this post. 

I also like to use FreeDigitalPhotos.net. If you use the free images from this website, you must publish an acknowledgement to and the image creator on the same page or screen where the image is used.

If you are unwilling or unable to publish an acknowledgement, you must purchase the image, to avoid this requirement.

Dec 24, 2016 05:11 PM
Lisa Hernandez
Opes Real Estate Group - Kendall, FL
Realtor serving Kendall, South Miami & Pinecrest

Great info to share here. I have never tried FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Will check them out.... 

Dec 24, 2016 05:34 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Lisa,
I use Pixabay mostly and thanks for the additional resources!  I really appreciate it.  

Dec 24, 2016 06:00 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Lisa, this is information that many of us will use!  I keep forgetting where to find public domain images.

Dec 24, 2016 06:04 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thanks Lisa Hernandez , like Wanda Kubat-Nerdin I usually shoot my own stuff but I will keep this list handy. Sometimes just looking at art inspires my posts so I'm sure there is plenty of inspiration here if I need it.

Dec 24, 2016 06:15 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Lisa.  This post is included in Last Week's Favorites.  Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Dec 24, 2016 08:42 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

What a great list, Lisa Hernandez - I'm bookmarking!  I use a pay site so I don't have to cite where the photos are from (royalty free or creative commons) below the photos like the free sites require.  It's definitely nice having other options when you just can't find that perfect image to tell your story! 

Dec 24, 2016 09:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Lisa- I'm always interested in new photo sites so will definitely check these out. I do use iClipart which I do pay for but it's good to have alternatives

Dec 25, 2016 10:57 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Thaks for this list, always looking for good sources for the right photo when we don'ts have it ourselves. Welcome to Active Rain and look forward to your future posts

Dec 25, 2016 12:04 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi LIsa

There are some great sites here, a number of which I was NOT familiar with. Bookmarked so I don't forget them


Dec 25, 2016 04:06 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Great information, Lisa. I printed out for easy access. Hope you had a beautiful Christmas and wishing you a wonderful Holiday.

Dec 25, 2016 07:03 PM
Barbara Flannery
USA Realty,Inc. - London, KY
"Homes for Everyone In London Kentucky"

Great Post!! Thanks for the info, Have a Happy New Year!!!

Barbara Flannery

Dec 26, 2016 11:07 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Thanks for sharing these sites. I use pixabay often. Will definitely bookmark and review the other sites.

Dec 26, 2016 08:12 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lisa Hernandez, grerat blog and a bookmark on this one for sure.  Make it a great day and keep writing these great blogs.


Dec 28, 2016 09:01 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

What great information

Thanks for sharing these "free" websites.  I will bookmark this post. 

Dec 30, 2016 08:25 PM
Yinan Chen

Hi, very informative article.
Please also check out https://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of unique public domain photos, all high-resolution and free to use for any purpose.We specialize in photos by location as we document cities, national parks, state parks, national landmarks, and more. We update with 20+ photos each week. Appreciate it if you could add us to your list of sites.

Jan 21, 2017 04:45 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Lisa Hernandez - I know these sites are really good - and an opportunity to use the pictures from these sites, I prefer paid subscription to a couple of them and use those photos in my posts.

Definitely good resource for many of us.

Jan 23, 2017 10:27 PM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

I just found your blog and appreciate the great information!!

Jan 24, 2017 05:59 AM