Ten sources of free images for journalists

Most journalists rely on pictures to bring stories to life. However, it is often hard to find high-resolution images of people and places that do not cost the earth.

For your next article, consider one of these ten handy websites for accessing free images. Do note that some websites have paid-for options too, while others are free but come with different licence agreements, so always make sure you check the terms and conditions before going into download mode.


A free image site for pictures uploaded by photographers from around the world that can be downloaded and used without the need to credit the author. Simply use keywords in the search bar and find an image that matches your topic.

All images are free to use, modify and share for any personal or commercial use. Attribution is not required but upon downloading the file, there is an option to accredit images through a copy and paste function which makes the good practice easy-peasy.


Pixabay works in much the same way as Unsplash. It is a free image site which you can use to download images, illustrations and vectors, but also videos, all without spending a penny or requiring permission.

Do note that search results also feature sponsored content from Shutterstock, which can be purchased as royalty-free images.

Death To The Stock Photo[3]

The problem with stock image sites is that they can quickly become quite one-note and generic. It can also be time-consuming to find the right image, and even then, you might struggle to stand out against your competitors.

Death To Stock (for short) looks to ‘kill the stock block’. It offers specialised media packs, which are shot by photographers around the world, edited by the in-house team and made available to its subscribers.

There are membership tiers available priced at $12 a month for brands a businesses and $21 a month for freelancers and agencies, discounted when paid annually. This gets you unlimited downloads and access to the full database, which is updated monthly.

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