Looking for free photos? We’ve got free photos! 

As you probably know, social-media posts with pictures do way, way better than those without.

Statistics show us that a great picture on social media can increase the engagement by up to 10 times, so choosing the right photo is a must.

Unfortunately, not of all of us have the budget for a professional photographer or even high-end stock images. That’s why we’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of some of our top tips and favourite resources for free or low-cost images. You’re welcome!

Snap Them Yourself
Always the best option, as there is no question of copyright, and the photo is completely unique and relevant to your business. You don’t need a fancy camera or lots of experience to take a nice photo. Just make sure it’s well lit (natural lighting outside or from a window is fine), framed centrally in the photo and there is no mess or clutter in the background. Smart phones take great-quality images these days and there are plenty of apps available to tweak, adjust and filter your image (we love Snapseed and Afterlight, to name just two!).

Buy Royalty-Free Photos
A royalty-free photograph is one that you buy at one flat rate, or for a membership fee. It is essentially free of royalties – so there are no additional fees if you use the photo again. Many stock images are royalty free and these offer an affordable option.

These are my favourite royalty-free sources:

iStock by Getty Images

Subscriptions start from around $29 per month for millions of royalty-free images and illustrations.



Choose from 263 million royalty-free stock images, stock footage, and music tracks. Annual plans start at around $29 per month.


Free, high-quality photos – and the selection is awesome.


High-res photos gifted from generous photographers. Sweet!


Free stock photos shared by talented photographers.


Hundreds of high-resolution images are added to this site every week – with all photos free from copyright restrictions.



Canva strikes again, with millions of free, high-res stock photos to create beautiful designs.


Described as “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 free of copyright restrictions”. Sold!


This site has a huge database of free high-quality images, videos, vectors and illustrations.


Run by a young photographer, PicJumbo has a fab collection of free stock photos, backgrounds and images.


Offering free images, PSD mockups and vectors, Rawpixel is one of my faves – not least because their paid option supports Hope for Children.


Handpicked, free, “non-stocky” images supporting emerging photographers. We saved the best until last! You need to check this collection out.

And there you have it! All of our favourite free and low-cost photo resources.

{Want more education like this? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve got education coming out of our ears! There’s our Cause Collective online village, for starters, or even our online social-media school. We’d love you to join us.}

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