Last Updated: Oct 07, 2018
A lot of new website owners tend to “panic” when it comes to finding the appropriate images for their projects. But lately, more and more stock photo websites appear in the online world. They want to exposure and market their artwork in exchange for some popularity through social media announcements or other methods of attribution.
What they do is to gather top artists, photographers, and designers in order to present extended portfolios with images, illustrations, and other materials. In most cases, they offer those products under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, which in a few words means you have the right to modify and use the design elements without even worrying about any attribution at all. All at zero cost delivered to your inbox or accessed through their websites.
Infographic – 17 Awesome Websites With Free Stock Photos
Without any further delay let’s get to the juice
Gratisography – Ryan McGuire offers free hi-resolution images for your personal and commercial projects under the Creative Commons Zero license.No attribution is necessary but it is much appreciated and there is an option to donate the artist. The photo categories are animal, nature, objects, people, urban and whimsical.
Unsplash – Another Creative Commons Zero option for your photo projects. There is the option to subscribe and collect the images straight to your email account. One of my favorite photos sites.10 new photos every 10 days.
Pic Jumbo – Another resource for free photos available for personal and commercial purposes. There are premium offers as well. I like their subscription option where I am getting all of their free offers right away in my inbox. High quality and very interesting images by Victor Hanacek.
Free Digital Photos – A website that offers HQ excellent photos and illustrations for any type of advertising material, for personal and commercial use. The free of charge images come with no watermarks in a small size of about 400 x 267 px and there is required a simple attribution. If you use that image on your website you can refer to the source and the creator of the page or post where you used it. All images are offered in various sizes and you can purchase the premium offers even with an extended license at an extra cost. The marketing and business related images are among the best online.
We Function – This is a design blog with resources and inspirational posts about web design and not only. Inside there is a separate section with some free photo packs. These photos can be used in any way you like, the only thing they ask is if you can share their post on Twitter. In my opinion, this is the least you can do to honor the photographers. It costs nothing and you help them grow their audience.
Refe – Natural looking photos with a royalty-free license. There are packs that you can buy but there is a Free of charge section inside. Their categories are abstract, business, food, home, lifestyle, nature, outdoor, transport, travel. Moreover, they run a Tumblr blog if you want to follow their work.
Photo Collections – This website only contains free images under the Creative Commons Public Domain. That means you can do whatever you want with the images without any attribution. Very easy to navigate, natural looking photos of HQ.
Pixabay – One of the most popular stock photo sites. Their main slogan is … “Free high-quality images you can use anywhere”…There is a huge collection inside and hundreds of photographers contribute with their work daily. There are also premium offers that you can purchase and they co-operate with Shutterstock.
Start Up Stock Photos – This is a Tumblr Blog with free images. All they ask is to share their work on the popular social networks or reblog their images on your Tumblr dashboard. Modern photographs ideally for business-related and marketing campaigns.
Jay Mantri – All images are Free to use them any way you want.Another Tumblr blog where you can follow the artist and reblog his images, an awesome kind of attribution.
Free Nature Stock – Royalty-free images about nature that you can use however you want. The creator Adrian Pelletier updates daily his collections. You can subscribe to his newsletter if you like his work. Again this is a Tumblr project, it would be awesome if you can reblog their work or share it socially.
Update Oct 07, 2018: They added videos to their collections.
Picography – Free Hi-Resolution photos to use them however you like. They are not asking for attribution but you can share their work on Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook.
Made In Moments – Travel Stock Photos that you purchase but there is a Freebies section as well. They deliver every week new photos that you can use them anywhere you want. Tomy, Marina, and Ruby travel the world and share their photos on the web.
Death To The Stock Photo – Allie and David offer free monthly photos for your creative needs. You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. If you sign up with your email the photos will be delivered to your inbox.
SplitShire – Daniel Nanescu from Italy loves photography and he gives away for free HQ images to use them in your projects. There is a premium section if you want to financially contribute to his work. A lot of categories should cover every need.
Stock Snap – All images come with no copyright restrictions and no attribution is asked. Hundreds of new photos added on a weekly basis. The team consists of Marc Chouinard and Christopher Gimmer.
Magdeleine – A free high-resolution photo every day. When you hover over their images you can see the license but usually, there are free under the CC0 Public Domain. On every photograph is mentioned the creator’s name underneath. Artists like Jay Mantri contribute to Magdeleine with their excellent shots.
Update 14 May 2017 – New Resources Added
- LibreStock Search engine
- All the Free Stock Media for Websites in one Place
- Dreamy Pixel
- Pexels – Free stock images & videos
- Skuawk – Free public domain photos
- EveryPixel – Search engine that filters out bad results
- BlogPiks – Stuart Miles collection
- The Ultimate List of Multimedia Resources
- The Ultimate List of Free Stock Photos
- Best photo editing online apps
I hope you find this resource useful. I am waiting for your comments and thoughts. Do you use any of these websites mentioned? Till next time.
Hey man, I really appreciate that you have taken you time to research and share with us so many websites. Honestly, I didn’t know there are so many free image websites. I always use Pixabay to get images but will not be able to get all the images I wanted. But thanks to this long list, I will have no problem to get the right images I need
Oh , that is great Kumar.When I started looking for free images I had used Pixabay for a long time but then I realised I needed more sources.Every stock photo site follows a different style.
Thank you for another visit and for your participation.I hope you will find the images you are looking for.
Thanks for these wonderful free images ! Gosh there were so many different sites to look at . You have accomplished a very well maintained site for us newbies . and I have enjoyed the beautiful pictures , I was so impressed as you detailed out each site as they charged a fee or just simply post to social media. well done job on your site . Thanks a lot for the information .
Welcome Brenda , you are very kind.There are plenty of resources online to get your images , they are worth checking out.
Thank you for this visit and for taking the time to participate in the conversation.
Wow, I didn’t know there were so many different free photo stock websites available! I am bookmarking this as it’s a great resource for me at this time because I’m still learning about what is legal to use and what isn’t on my website. Thank you for doing this research and providing such a comprehensive list.
Welcome to my blog Ali.And this is just a list of websites that I , personally use the most.There are way more websites that you can find free images.Every day , every week I learn about new resources.Take the time to subscribe to some of them and they will be delivering news to your inbox , including news from fresh websites that they co-operate with.
Thank you for the visit and for taking the time to participate with your comments.Good luck of course with your new website.
I’m a new web designer myself and do worry a lot about my pictures. I can’t thank you enough to have but that list together. I will bookmark for further reference. There is one question I have: Is it possible for those site to change the status of a picture from royalty free to payable picture? And if they do, can you get in trouble for using a picture that was royalty free when you took it?
Welcome to my blog Phil , I have never deal with such a problem.Why would they do such a thing?…Everyday hundreds of photos from new and current photographers are being added to their portfolios.Some are offered for free , some are only paid options.I believe if a site wants to turn from royalty free images into paid versions it will proceed with new photos and won’t change old ones status.In worst case scenario you can delete this image from your site.In that case you will be supported from other bloggers that took that same image like you for free back then.But if a company will do that then risks to lose every potential customer and old ones from being deceptive.
I wanna thank you for visiting , for participating with your question and I wish you good luck with your projects.
I NEEDED THIS LIST! I always have trouble finding decent pictures to use for my articles and site, and this may be the answer I am looking for. I never want to intrude on another artist’s work, so I always try to use royalty free images but sometimes the selection is never the best, especially when you are looking for something very specific. Thanks for posting this!
Then I believe that list will help you out Mark.I was building that list for a long time but you can make your own research to add more resources in the future as new sites are showing up.
I wanna thank you for visiting my blog and for your participation.
You should also check Kaboompics 🙂
Why not LifeCo , I will definitely check it out.Thank you for the suggestion.