Need Free Photos? Try Unsplash

Need an image for a poster, website, or social media post but don’t have a budget for stock or custom photography? Check out Unsplash, where thousands of photographers have generously made their photos available completely free for commercial or noncommercial purposes.

Simply type a keyword into the search bar and you’ll be presented with tons of photos that have been tagged with terms that match or are related to your search. The search function is pretty basic, but I’ve always been able to find what I need by getting creative with alternative search terms.

The site is very straightforward – you’ll see from this FAQ that using Unsplash is not complicated. Once you’ve downloaded an image, it’s yours to do whatever you like with it. There is no requirement to credit the photographer or the site, though it’s encouraged, and Unsplash has made it easy to do so with the “give credit” button that appears on every photo.

Do you have other favourite sites for high-quality, free photos? Please share in the comments.


  1. Melanie R. Bueckert

    At a presentation at the Manitoba Bar Association’s 2018 Mid-Winter, the following sites were recommended, in addition to Unsplash:

  2. Thanks for these additional suggestions, Melanie. I got yet another suggestion via Twitter for

  3. Thanks – very useful!

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