Update: Check out newcomer Pikwizard with over 100 000 images, of which 20 000 are unique to that site alone. Their site is easy to navigate, lightweight on loading (so you can find what you’re looking for quickly) – plus they have a rather nifty built-in image editor for those on-the-go edits.
The never-ending search for the picture that paints a thousand words, without getting into copyright hot water or spending a cent. WebWeaver’s top five favourite royalty-free stock photo sites:
A community of over 40 000 photographers have generously made their high quality images freely available on Unsplash. Sign up for a free account – and credit the photographer when you use their image. Great for urban scenes, excellent shots of food, as well as landscape photography.
With more of a commercial bent, Pixabay offers copyright free images and video – all under the Creative Commons CC0 licence. Sign up for a free account. No accreditation of images needed.
Also featuring images in the public domain, this website does require that you credit the photographer. No account needed. You’ll find elegant, high quality images here much like Unsplash.
Good variety of stock images also with a more commercial feel. There’s an option to open a paid premium account with a greater variety of images.
Quality, high res images – some with a quirky theme. Nice if you’re looking for something unusual and eye-catching. No account needed.