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Top 22 Image, Photo Search Engines

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When it comes to searching images on the Web, Google Image Search probably is the first web service to cross your mind. However it might not be the right choice to find high resolution pictures, animated images and wallpapers for designing your website/blog, social network profiles, posters and other web design projects.


Fortunately Google Image Search isn’t the only option we have. There are many image search engines and stock photo websites out there where you can look for any type and quality of images. Below we’ve listed 22 image search engines and websites that absolutely worth your attention, some of them even support reverse image search.


Google Images
Undeniably, Google Images is the most commonly used image search engine on the Web. Depending on your needs, you can use its filters including sizes, colors, type of images, times, and SafeSearch to restrict the results to the images you want. Additionally, you can also search images by pasting image URL or uploading an image instead of entering keywords.

Yahoo! Image Search
Similar to Google, Yahoo also has a powerful image search engine that allows you to narrow down your searches by using their filters such as colors, sizes, websites, etc.

Bing Image Search
Being a popular search engine, Bing also allows you to search images with its refined interface. You can filter the image results by sizes, colors, layouts, styles and people. The size of display thumbnails can be set as small, medium or large depending on your needs. SafeSearch feature provided too. Image Search
When searching images on, the search engine will recommend you related searches helping you to find the right photo faster. The image results can be filtered by sizes and colors.

One of the most famous photo sharing and management sites on the Web. On Flickr, you can find a wide variety of photos that can be used for personal and commercial projects. It’s also a great platform for sharing photography and videos.

PhotoBucket is a well-known online image hosting site where you can browse, upload and download quality images for free. If you stumble upon any interesting photographs, PhotoBucket enables you to instantly share them on your favourite social networking sites.

This is a huge stock photo agency that provides millions of quality images, photographs, illustrations as well as videos. You can either find the photos by using its search engine or browsing its comprehensive categories.

Similiar to ShutterStock, iStockPhoto is another site that offers a wide selection of free stock photos, vector illustrations, footage and audio files which can be used for various types of projects.

National Geographic Photography
One of the best sites to find stunning photography and breathtaking wallpapers related to animals, nature and weather, landscapes, people and culture, travel, etc.

Stock.xchng provides high quality stock photography where you can download them for your own use and share with your friends via social networking sites. The website also has forum allowing you to chat with other members.

This is a famous reverse image search engine that lets you search images by using image instead of text. To use the service, you can upload the image, enter image’s URL or drag any image file and drop it on the page.

GettyImages is another online creative resource where you find tons of stock images and video clips, both rights-managed and royalty-free.

American Memory from the Library of Congress
On American Memory site, you can find valuable images, maps and audio files that chronicle America’s historical people, places and events.

Topsy Image Search
Topsy, a search engine that not only allows you to search Tweets and links published on Twitter, but also images and videos. The results can be sorted by relevancy and date.

Twicsy enables you to search newly uploaded photos on Twitter. It helps you to understanding the latest trends on social networks.

Corbis Images
On Corbis Images site, you can find a wide variety of stock images, photography, illustrations as well as video clips. All these creative resources can be used for advertising, web design and social media projects.

PicSearch is a search engine for images, photos as well as animated pictures. The online service provides a number of options such as colors, sizes, orientations and types, helping you to find the images you want, effectively.

Exalead Image Search
Exalead’s image search engine has a number of filter options such as size, content, realism, file type, orientation and color allowing you to search images more specifically.

New York Public Library
With NYPL digital gallery, users can access to a vast collections of vintage photography, historical maps, posters, manuscripts and many more.

HST’s Greatest Hits 1990-1995
This site is specifically designed for those who love space and astronomy. You can find a huge selection of photos of celestial objects taken by Hubble Space Telescope.

Image * After
This is a good site where you find and download high resolution images and textures for any purposes.

Skylines is an interesting image search engine where you can find real-time photos posted on Twitter and other social networking sites. You can narrow the searches by using Hashtag and Location.


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