Copyright & royalty free photos

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Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] at

Free photos to give your content the visual edge

Searching the internet for a good photo to give a visual boost to some content you wish to publish online? Be careful about what imagery you choose because you could end up with a big bill for payment from the photographer who took the photo or the agency which holds its copyright.

And don’t be fooled into thinking that you will get away with using an image for free which should be paid for because the photographers and photo agencies are one step ahead of you. Like Liam Neeson in the Taken movies, they will look for you and they will find you!

You can Google ‘copyright & royalty free photos’ and you will find a few options. However, let me give you a shortcut route to some great FREE imagery. is a great resource, just register with your name and email address and you have free access to download thousands of images which will help to grab the eye of users and help you with reach and engagement for your content.

The only ‘price’ to be paid for using is that you will have to give an attribution with the photo which is only a small ask.

You may not find exactly what you are looking for in the various catalogue categories on the site but a quick search with the keyword which describes what you are looking for generally yields a result.

Give a try when you need a photo for your next piece of content and be sure to come back to me and leave a comment to let me know how you got on.

Anyone else out there with any other good suggestions for sites which offer copyright and royalty free photos? Please let me know.


Author: Aideen Sutton

  1. this is such a pain to get pictures for the blog! Subscription usually start from 40 euro per month, which is way too dear for a modest beginner blogger. I took up a free trial on, and downloaded 35 pics for free. Thanks for the article!


  2. Hello Anna, yes the free sites takes the pain out of finding photos. Thanks for the tip on It’s great to have a second free resource now and I am sure your advice will help others too.


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