7 Great Visual Search Engines for Finding the Image You Want

Writing content for use on a blog or social media is great, but to find the best Images we need to know the best Image search engines to get relevant Images to really attract the attention of the audience. Identifying such images can take a considerable amount of time.

In most cases we won’t already have them to hand, and so some research needs to be carried out. There are seemingly endless websites of photographs to trawl through.  TechnologyHQ compiles here a list of the best visual search engines based in Joshua Lockhart’s one and others. Here are the options:


We put this image search engine first, because you can find great images and most are free. All content on Pixabay can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use across print and digital, except in the cases mentioned in “What is not allowed”.
Attribution is not required. Giving credit to the contributor or Pixabay is not necessary but is always appreciated by the community.
You can make modifications to content from Pixabay.

Getty Images

For beautiful stock photos, Getty Images becomes a good option.
You can search by keyword or search by image, if you search by keyword, the auto-suggest feature has some helpful options to narrow down your search.
But Keep in mind: You’ll have to pay for a royalty-free license for whatever photo you want to use. Getty Images offers this licensing on an image-by-image basis, or you can purchase packs of photos for a flat price.


You may not have heard of TinEye, but it has apparently been around for a very long time. You have to be a little creative to be able to use it effectively. It is well known for its reverse image search option. Searching by image will not necessarily find you what you are looking for. One benefit of this particular search engine is that you can use MulticolorEngine. This is great for designers. You decide what colour you are looking for and then TinEye searches Creative Commons images that are this colour.

CC Search

One of the biggest challenges when looking for images to use on other sites is knowing whether you are allowed to use them or not. In most cases you need to search for Creative Commons images, as these are generally allowed to be used widely. CC Search solves this problem by only seeking out images that are Creative Commons, saving you the time of trying to figure out the rights for yourself. You enter what you are looking for into the search engine and the tool searches a variety of sources for suitable pictures for you to use. It is still worth double checking that you can use the picture when you find the right one, just in case.

Flickr Storm

Flickr Storm provides the opportunity to search for images a little more creatively and it provides both a primary and secondary list of search results based on what you type in. The first list is based on the words that you typed in for yourself. The other list is a little more creative because it uses keywords that it comes up with based on the ones that you put in. This can provide a more varied search for an image than you might have come up with on your own.


Shutterstock offers pre-paid image packs as well as annual plans. Their most popular includes 350 image downloads/month for $199/month.
Another good option for marketers on a budget: get a pack of any 5 royalty-free images for $49.
Photos, Illustrations, and you can try the online Editor, to give a shape to your ideas.

Bing Image Search

Some say that Bing Image search is one of the best visual search engines. Experts say how Bing is better at understanding image quality and at filtering images by characteristics such as by size, color, layout, date and even license (e.g. Creative Commons).

Google Image Search

Last but not least, Google Image Search has plenty to offer if you are seeking images with lots of opportunities for narrowing down the scope. Some think it is the best search engine for images. You can find images that are Creative Commons, search for images by colour and also do reverse image searches. Overall Google enables you to be able to use different kinds of search criteria to find what you are looking for, enabling you to make very effective searches. In short, you don’t want to leave Google Image Search out when seeking out an image.