If you’re taking images from Google images to use for your blog, business or website, you are risking a lawsuit. This is coming from someone who received an extortion letter from Getty Images. F*%K! They demanded I pay up for the image! Sound familiar?

Luckily I got out of a legal mess, if you want to know how – click here for instructions to save yourself (this is seriously helpful). But anyway, now I know better and rather than run the risk of my team members doing something wrong, as ultimately the buck stops with me, I thought I’d compile this list to help other business owners.

There’s obviously tons of other websites, these are my favorites because they’re either cheap or free and they’re great quality.

A little disclaimer: Lots of these websites offer photos that are free from copyright restrictions. However, some photos may require attribution. Remember to give credits to licensed photos. Example, see mine at the end of this post!


  • Pixabay: Free images and videos you can use anywhere
  • Unsplash: Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.
  • Visual Hunt: We hunt free high-quality stock photos.
  • StockSnap.io: Beautiful free stock photos. Hundreds of high-resolution images added weekly. Free from copyright restrictions.


  • Deposit Photos: Over 60 million high-quality royalty-free stock images and high-definition footage at the best prices to fill all your creative needs.
  • BigStock by Shutterstock: Images and Video for everyone. Over 48 million stock photos, videos, and vectors.
  • 123rf: Over 75 Million Stock Images, Vectors, Footage and Audio Clips At Stunningly Low Prices.
  • Photodune: Royalty free stock photos from $2. Discover our collection of royalty free stock images from our community of photographers.

HAVE ANY OF THE SITES ON THE LIST CHANGED OR GONE KAPUT? Please let me know in the comment section below.

I would love to know if you end up being able to use any of these sites or if this list helped you discover some new resources today you’re going to check out.

Photo credit: new 1lluminati via Visual Hunt /  CC BY


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Chad Yesilova
Hi! My name is Chad Yesilova. I help successful business owners who are stuck working in their business or not scaling fast enough. I help them create a champion team, align themselves and their team to a common purpose, automate their lead generation, put a solid sales process in place, leverage their business so they make more money, enjoy their work, and have more freedom. I am also the Managing Director and co-owner of Blue Studies International. BSI provides student placement services to enroll in universities, schools, and colleges. In the past year, we have doubled our revenues, grown to a team of 38 and have 12 offices worldwide. We are on track to grow revenues by 300% in the next 12 months, open 10-15 new offices and add 30 new members to the team! Through ChadYesilova.com I share WHAT I do to achieve the results above, WHY I do it and HOW, so you can replicate the same in your own business.
Chad Yesilova
Chad Yesilova