Social Bakers looked at the top 10% of posts made by more than 30,000 Facebook brand pages and found that posts with photos saw the most engagement – accounting for a whopping 87% of total interactions.

So if your bank or credit union isn’t including images in their social media, now is the time to start.

But, where can banks and credit unions go to find photos that are fresh and fun, without the fear of posting something that doesn’t give appropriate credit?

Here are the best creative commons photo databases for your FI’s posts.


Foter hosts over 190 free Creative Commons images that are mostly pulled from Flickr, and is available as a WordPress plugin to make integration that much easier! You can search images by keywords and grab the “embed” code to insert them into your blog. The embed code contains all CC attribution, that are mandatory to include, so you don’t need to manually input that information. You can even customize the embed code, resize the image, as well as position the image anywhere within your blog post.


Gratisography has tons of free downloadable high-resolution pictures that can be used for personal or commercial projects. All photos were created by Ryan McGuire and are free of any copyright restrictions.

ISO Republic

ISO Republic’s mission is to provide high-quality images to designers, developers, bloggers, marketers, and social media teams. Does that sound like you? All their images are free to use and come in high-resolution versions. All photos were created by British photographer, Tom Eversley. And, we do suggest you check out their full terms page if you want to hear more about attribution.


Magdeleine is a great source of images pulled from all over the internet. What makes the source so great is the ability to search. While most sites only let you search by keyword, Magdeleine also allows you to search by color, category, or license. However, it can be a little tricky. While all images are free, they aren’t all attribution free. So pay careful attention and check the license before you go ahead and post.


Pixabay provides users with graphics and data that can be used freely for any editorial purposes. It has a very large database so finding an image you don’t see everywhere won’t be an issue. There is a membership option but you do not have to sign-up in order to use this service.


Unsplash posts 10 new photos every 10 days. So while it isn’t as large as other platforms, it still has some great images. All photos posted are 1005 free, require no attribution, there’s no membership, and you can use them absolutely anywhere. We strongly suggest you subscribe to their newsletter. This way, every 10 days you receive an email with their latest photos.

Pulling from all these sources will make sure your images always seem new. When initially starting out, there is no reason to go out and hire a photographer for all your image needs.

However, once you get more established you can start creating your own images and getting your social media fans to create images for you.

While stock photos are great, nothing beats truly unique content.

What photo sources does your FI use? Did it make our list? Let us know in the comments below!