The Ultimate List of 100 Free Stock Photo Sites for 2023
Visual appeal is a must in today’s world of web design and what simpler way to accomplish that than by adding some stunning, eye-catching photographs? We have compiled the ultimate list of 100 amazing free stock photo sites that you can get images and photographs from completely free of charge.
Yes! You can get professional-grade photographs and images for your website, completely free of charge — no catch!
Of course we’ve included all the big names that you’ve probably heard of and used before. But we’ve also included some smaller stock photography sites.
Some are the labor of love of a single photographer generously giving away their images for free, while others specialize in a particular niche. Looking for stock photos of Japan? Or India? We’ve got you covered.
Maybe you need images for your food blog or some unique business shots that aren’t clichéd. Whatever type of image you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it somewhere in this collection.
Let’s dig right in.
How do you make sure you never run out of content? Keep putting out more content of course! Unsplash makes sure that the site never goes stale by publishing tons of great new pictures every day.
You get fresh content every day by talented aspiring photographers from all around the world and it’s completely free of charge. Unsplash uses its own license that lets you use all the images commercially for free and without the need to provide credit to the photographer.
Pixabay is like a library of images. I used the word library to describe it because it has over 1.6 million images and because they are neatly sorted into categories. Animals, sports, landscapes, people, nature, you name it, Pixabay has them all.
The site is very easy to navigate and it’s easy to jump across from one section to another. All the images on Pixabay use CC0 licensing, which means you’re free to use them commercially without providing credit.
03. Burst (by Shopify)
Burst is a free stock photo site courtesy of Shopify. It features tons of great-quality images, all neatly divided into categories like:
Like Unsplash, Burst has its own license that gives you the right to freely use all the images for commercial uses without the need to give credit to the photographer.
04. New Old Stock
Cole Townsend is the creator of the website New Old Stock. This website publishes images from the public archive that have no copyright restrictions on their usage.
It’s a great idea and the website itself contains some really great images, such as a picture of the monitoring of the launch of the Atlantis space shuttle by NASA on 16th November 2009. Now that isn’t something you come across every day, is it?
At a minimum, all of the images are good for personal and non-commercial use. However, you’ll want to double check before using them commercially.
All credits to Ryan McGuire for all the awesome photography on Gratisography, made by Bells Design. All of their images are completely free from copyright restrictions.
With over five sections and great new pictures added weekly, Gratisography is not only a great resource for copyright free images but also a very polished website in itself. Navigation is fast and smooth and everything is neat and ordered.
All the images are free for both commercial and non-commercial uses.
Getrefe provides license-free real life photos that can be all yours just by downloading them. There is much to choose from at Getrefe. Though it may feel a bit random at first, you can often find a gem in the mix.
The images are of great quality and you can just go to the archive to get all the images in chronological order. You can add filters there to further refine your search.
Not all the images are free, but you can use any of the free images for both commercial and personal uses.
07. Jay Mantri
Jay Mantri is another treasure box full of great high-resolution images with awesome colors. Another great thing about it is that you can find a link dedicated to travel photos on the website.
There are a lot of nature shots and beautiful pictures of places and people. You can also go to the archive to narrow down or speed up your search for your required image.
All the images are CC0, which means you can use them commercially.
This is one of my personal favorites and it wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that I like everything about this website. I like the name, I like the layout and feel of the website, and oh the search options!
Not only can you search the images by categories such as nature, animals, technology etc. But you can also search for images according to their dominant colors. So if you are looking for a red, or a gray image to go along with your theme or content, then you can just search by the respective dominant color.
Magdeleine lists the license for each photo, and most are CC0.
All images in Pexels’ archives are under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, so they are free for any kind of use, personal or commercial, and even for modifications and sharing.
Pexels uploads new pictures every week and there are currently over 4,500 stock images that are completely free for downloading.
It also has great search options, like the ability to search by color, popularity, category, etc.
StockSnap has an ever-growing collection of high-resolution images that are all free from copyright restrictions. Hundreds of new images are added to the site every week. One of the best things about this site is its usability.
Not only do you have the option to search for all sorts of images, but you can also sort images based on their date and popularity. The week’s most liked images end up on the Trending page which makes it easy for viewers to locate the high-rated ones from the stock.
All the images at StockSnap use the CC0 license.
FreeImages offers a diverse stock of high-resolution images that keeps on growing. You must have noticed that most free stock images sites primarily store landscape photography. FreeImages doesn’t focus on a particular niche – it’s got everything.
One of the best things about FreeImages is that each image has a detailed description – the camera it was shot with, exposure time and where the image was originally taken.
You can use these images for free in both personal and commercial projects, but there are some restrictions on content, which you can learn about here.
Professional photographers regularly contribute to Picography’s collection of free stock images. All of their photos are random shots, but it’s easy to find a diamond in the rough here.
There are literally thousands of images to pick from! Although the site has a search functionality implemented, I had a fun time simply scrolling through it.
All of Picography’s images use the CC0 license.
Reshot offers “uniquely free photos”. I’m not 100% sure what that means, but I do know that you’ll find a good mix of portraits, landscapes, and lots of other images.
One nice feature is the ability to download “Packs”, which are basically like themed collections of images.
All the images are 100% free to use for commercial uses, without the need for any attribution.
Morguefile gives you access to over 350,000 free stock photos “for creatives, by creatives”. The website enables users to search for images and even filters its collection based on popularity, recency, and most downloads.
Anyone who’s looking for a simple free stock photos site that lets them download images without having to sign up should definitely give the Morguefile a try.
You can use Morguefile’s images in both commercial and personal projects for free.
Picjumbo has to be my ultimate favorite site (and soon to be yours, too!) when it comes to finding free stock images for my posts. Not only are all of their images free, but they are searchable too. That is, Picjumbo does a great job categorizing its images to make them easy to find.
Currently, Picjumbo gives you access to over 2,000 free stock photos, all of which you can use in both personal and commercial projects.
Freepik is an online library of free stock photos, vectors, and PSD files that you can use in your creative projects.
The stock photos are available in JPG format and are free for both personal and commercial use.
You can search for images by keyword, browse popular photos, or find suitable photos in the curated collections.
You can download 3 images per day as an unregistered user or register to get access to 10 images per day. If you want to download more, a paid premium account will allow you to download up to 100 images a day.
17. Free Stock Photos from iStock by Getty Images
iStock is a premium stock photos site with affordable monthly payment options and credit packs that you can use to buy stock photos whenever you need them.
However, if you’re looking for totally free stock photos, iStock offers free photos, illustrations, and video clips for download each week. You can sign up to get three free photos from the Signature collection and then download more freebies every week to use in future projects.
All the free stock from iStock comes with the same usage rights, model releases, and legal protection as paid downloads.
Canva is a free online design tool that makes it easy for you to create social media graphics, logos, flyers, business cards, presentations, and more with pre-designed templates.
Canva also includes a library of free stock photos that you can use in your designs. While you’ll need to pay for some of the photos, there are almost a million free stock photos available.
Stockvault is a free stock photo community that enables photographers and artists to share their images and illustrations.
The collection includes over 137,000 free images in categories including nature, people, animals, medical, textures, entertainment, transportation, industrial, money, food and drink, and more.
Most photos are downloadable under a CC0 license while others are available with a non-commercial or commercial license. You can filter images by license type and sort by size, date, or popularity. You can download as many photos as you like and there’s no need to sign up.
20. Life of Pix
Life of Pix is a curated collection of high-resolution photos, which are completely free for personal and commercial use.
Each week, a photographer is selected as Photographer of the Week and 10 new images are added for download.
The collection isn’t as extensive as some other stock photo sites but you’ll find unique and artistic images here that aren’t available for download anywhere else
21. Freerange Stock
Freerange Stock has been around since 2007 and offers a wide selection of photographs that are created by in-house photographers as well as contributed by photographers from all over the world.
All images are licensed under the Equallicense, which allows use for any commercial or non-commercial project without attribution but protects photographers’ rights by not allowing sale or distribution.
You can browse photos by category such as animals, architecture, backgrounds, business, food & drink, health & fitness etc. or you can look through the newest and most popular photos.
22. Vintage Stock Photos
Vintage Stock Photos is a spin-off project by Freerange Stock. It’s a unique collection of retro old photos that have been scanned from original images.
The collections include cities and towns, people, street scenes, animals, travel, work, family life, signs & advertising, and more.
All images can be used in commercial projects (not printed for commercial sale) and do not require attribution.
Pikwizard is a library of over 1 million stock images and videos that are completely royalty free and come with a commercial license, with no attribution required.
You can search for photos by keyword, or browse the most popular images by category such as fashion, education, buildings, animals, and background.
24. Hubspot Free Stock Photos Collection
If you’re looking for images for your website or other marketing materials, you might want to consider the free photos on offers from Hubspot.
This is not a stock photos site as such, but rather a downloadable collection of photos in categories that include office, computer, kitchen, and miscellaneous.
Hubspot created the collection after analyzing the most frequently searched for stock photo keywords. It’s designed to help marketers and business people who want to add visuals to their content but don’t have a budget for stock photography.
Splitshire is a collection of royalty-free professional photos by photographer Daniel Nanescu.
As all these photos are taken by one person, naturally the collection isn’t as extensive as some stock photography sites. However they’re all extremely high quality and have been used on websites, in magazines, and in music videos all over the world.
The license allows you to use the photos for any personal and commercial project including websites, social media, book covers, t-shirts, and canvas prints.
Picspree is a resource of free stock images that are uploaded by a community of contributors. All images are free to use with no need to give credit.
Some of the categories available for browsing include nature & landscapes, food & drink, animals, travel, business, sports, and education.
Photographers are encouraged to sign up and submit their own photos for others to use.
If you’re looking for beautiful images in complementary tones for your lifestyle blog, Kaboompics could be the perfect stock photography site for you.
The collection includes thousands of free images, all sorted and searchable by color palette.
The license allows free use for personal and commercial projects without attribution. Photos may be edited but may not be printed and sold or re-distributed.
28. Startup Stock Photos
If you’re creating websites, marketing materials, or looking for images to illustrate blog posts for a business site, you’ll know how much stock photography you can get through.
Startup Stock Photos is a curated collection of startup, office, and tech photos that are ideal for use on business websites and an excellent resource for bloggers, freelancers, marketers, and designers.
Most of the photos are shot by photographer Eric Bailey, specifically for the site. Attribution is not required and photos are free for commercial use.
29. Free Nature Stock
If you’re looking for stock photography of landscapes, night skies, trees, animals, or flowers, be sure to check out this repository of nature photos.
All photos are royalty free on the CC0 license, and there’s a collection of videos too.
You can search by keyword or browse by collections such as blossom, beach, constellations, foliage, and macro.
Rawpixel offers a selection of free and public domain photos and graphics with personal or commercial license.
As well as browsing the main feed or searching, you can check out the trending images or take a look at the collection of creative boards, which groups images and creative elements together for use in design projects.
You can download up to 10 images a day from the free collection.
Have you ever noticed how most stock photos seem to use models that all look the same? Nappy is on a mission to increase diversity in the use of stock photos by offering a large collection of high-res professional photos featuring black and brown people.
All photos are free for both personal and commercial use under the CC0 license.
If you don’t see a photo you need on Nappy, you can submit a request. You can also view and upvote requests from other users.
32. Public Domain Archive
The clue to this website is in the name – it’s a collection of free stock photos sourced from the public domain.
New photos are added weekly. There’s no search feature so you’ll have to browse, but this can result in finding some images you might not have seen otherwise.
What I like about this site is the quality of the photography. Public domain images often don’t have the professional look of paid stock images, but all the photography featured on the Public Domain Archive is high-resolution and taken with an artistic eye.
33. Scatter Jar
If you run a food blog, it’s definitely worth checking out the collection of free stock images on offer from Scatter Jar.
Dedicated to providing free high-resolution food photography to creatives, the site is a great resource for blogging and graphic design.
The Scatter Jar license allows free use for personal or commercial projects but you’re not permitted to re-sell or re-distribute the images.
NegativeSpace is a directory of beautiful high-resolution images released under the CCO license, so you can use them in any commercial or personal project without attribution.
You can search for photos by keyword or browse by color or category. You can also sign up to the email list to get new stock photos sent straight to your inbox.
Skitterphoto is a collection of free public domain photos that you can use for any personal or commercial purpose.
As well as searching for specific photos or browsing by category, it’s worth taking a look at the selection of admin picks, which offers some of the most creative images in ever category.
36. Styled Stock
Styled Stock is a curated collection of styled and feminine images, which are ideal for a lifestyle blog, health and wellness blog, female-focused business site, and many other uses.
Styled Stock also regularly updates a blog with tips for working from home, social media, and succeeding as a blogger.
All images are free for personal and commercial use.
37. Iso Republic
Iso Republic offers thousands of high resolution CC0 photographs and videos that are completely free to use on any personal or commercial project.
You can search by keyword, browse by category, or check out the trending images collection. You can also follow Iso Republic on Instgram to see featured images several times a week.
FancyCrave is a resource site for freelancers and people looking for information on how to start their own business and work online.
They also maintain a collection of over 2,500 free stock photos sorted into unique categories such as palm trees, typewriters, Buddha, graffiti, bitcoin, and tea plantation.
If you’re looking for something a bit different, you might find it here. All photos are high-res and completely free to download and use.
40. RGB Stock
RGB Stock is a collection of over 100,000 free stock photos, illustrations, graphics, wallpapers, and galleries.
You can easily search for images, browse popular categories, or if you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for, you can load a selection of random photos.
If you find a photographer whose style you like, you can easily see all photographs they’ve submitted.
All the photos on Libreshot are taken by Martin Vorel. He generously offers the whole collection of artistic images for free under the CC0 license.
Photos are archived with an extensive selection of keywords so they’re easy to find. Many of the shots have a nature theme but there are also images of people, buildings, and some creepy old dolls!
42. Good Stock Photos
Good Stock Photos was created by a web designer and online marketer who had trouble sourcing high-quality images for his websites and design projects.
A new photo is added to the collection every single day and all photos are taken personally by the owner, so there’s no need to have any concerns about the license or the source of the image.
Images are free for use for both personal and commercial projects and you can even sell prints using the images as long as you alter them first. However, you’re not allowed to redistribute or claim the photos as your own work.
43. FOCA Stock
FOCA Stock is a library of free photographs, videos, and social templates by photographer Jeffrey Betts. The site was launched in 2014 and Jeffrey continues to add new images regularly.
Most of the photos feature nature and city scenes and there are also some macro shots and snaps of workspaces and technology.
All images are released under a CC0 license and are free for personal or commercial use.
Freestocks is a small collection of unique stock photography images that was set up by a group of three photographers.
Categories include animals, city and architecture shots, fashion, food & drinks, nature, objects, technology, and people. All photos are free to use for personal and commercial projects under a CC0 license.
The nice thing about the photos on this site is that you can easily access all the photos taken on a single shoot together, so if you want to use a collection of similar photos of the same subject, they’re all at hand.
45. Foodies Feed
Foodies Feed is another stock photography site that’s dedicated to food photography.
You can browse photos by food type such as healthy, meat, pizza, cake, and coffee, or check out the categories for a certain photo style such as top view.
There’s a mixture of licenses on the photos, so be sure to check how you can use the images before you download them.
Foodies Feed also runs a great blog where they highlight the work of particular photographers and create unique collections – “weird burgers” anyone?
46. Little Visuals
Little Visuals is an artistic stock photography repository with a sad story. It was started as a passion project by photographer Nic Jackson and taken over by his family in 2013.
So there won’t be any new images added to Little Visuals, but it’s still an excellent source of high-quality and unique photos that have been viewed over 15 million times.
All images are free for commercial use under the CC0 license.
47. Kivi Photo
Kivi Photo is another general stock photography site with images spanning a wide range of categories including animals, architecture, education, food, military, nature, people, technology, and transportation.
Unusually, Kivi Photo has a wide selection of photos related to World War II.
There are a mix of licenses on the site so it’s important to check the full license details of each individual image before you use them.
EveryPixel is an AI-powered stock image search engine that enables you to search across 20 leading stock image sites. You can search both free and paid photos.
You can also browse images by categories including animals, architecture, business, flower, food, emotion, health, nature, industry, and more.
As the photos are sourced from multiple sites, they have different licenses so be sure to check how you can use the images before you download.
Freephotos offers a varied selection of free stock images that are gathered from various stock image sites.
While all these photos should be free to use, as they’re sourced from multiple locations it’s wise to check the license before you download.
The site also includes a useful online photo editor that you can use to make quick social media graphics or make changes to photos you want to use in your projects.
Moose is a collection of stock photography by the team behind Icons8. There’s a good selection of images in topical categories such as coronavirus and blockchain, and most of the images have a pale, flat background, which makes them very aesthetically pleasing.
There’s also a decent selection of photos available as a transparent PNG, which makes them useful for layering in design.
Free images are only available in low resolution JPG and you must add a credit link to Icons8. If you want to use the images for print or at higher resolution, you can buy a subscription or pay for them individually.
51. My Stock Photos
My Stock Photos is a directory of over 1,200 free stock images from the team at Theme Isle.
Categories include people, architecture, animals, flowers, landscapes, abstract, night, macro, and more.
All pictures are licensed under a CC0 license so you can use them for any personal or commercial purpose.
52. Shot Stash
Shot Stash is a collection of free stock photos for creative professionals including business, nature, people, and technology shots.
There’s a special collection of photographs that are ideal for mobile wallpapers as well as some free resources such as Lightroom presets.
All images are available under a CC0 license.
53. Snapwire Snaps
Snapwire Snaps is a Tumblr blog that originally added 7 new free photographs from some of the world’s most talented photographers each week. It’s not been updated in a couple of years but it’s still worth going through the archives to see if you can find something unique to use in your projects.
Images are free to use in personal and commercial projects with the CC0 license.
Dreamstime is a premium stock photos website but they also offer a selection of photographs for free under their own license. You can download the images for free but must credit the photographer.
The selection includes over 180,000 images in categories such as business, travel, technology, people, and nature.
There’s also a selection of public domain CC0 images that you can use without giving credit.
Flickr is not a typical stock photography site. It’s a community of photographers and photo storage site that anyone can upload to. That means there are a huge number of photos on the site and new ones are added all the time.
The trick to finding free photos on Flickr is to go to the advanced search options and filter by license type. You can find creative commons images, those which allow commercial use, and photos with no known copyright restrictions.
56. Stock Up
Stock Up is an aggregated database of free stock photos from several websites. It’s very easy to browse and use, as there aren’t adverts plastered all over the place like some free image sites.
Click on the thumbnail and you’ll be taken directly to the source of the image to download it.
The database includes over 25,000 images but be sure to check details of each license before you download and use the images.
57. Travel Coffee Book
Travel Coffee Book is a collection of beautiful photos from all over the world. Most of the images are landscapes and city shots. There are also some photos of food, animals, and people.
The site is equipped with a search function or if you prefer, you can download the entire collection.
All photographs are free to use under the CC0 license, but it’s suggested to buy the photographer a coffee if you find them useful.
Cupcake is a collection of free images taken by photographer Jonas Wimmerström. All photos are free to use under the Creative Commons CC0 license.
Most of the images depict outdoor scenes with a Scandinavian feel (the majority are taken in Sweden, where the photographer lives). There are also some food and object shots
No, it’s not just photos of barns! Barnimages is a collection of free images offered by two Latvian photographers. You’ll find unique photos here that aren’t on other sites, and new images are added weekly.
Images are released under a custom license that allows free use for personal and commercial use. However, you’re not allowed to redistribute them or sell them as print or on merchandise. Use in offensive material is also prohibited.
60. BucketListly Free Travel Photos
BucketListly travel blog maintains a directory of over 10,000 travel photos taken all over the world. All photos are taken personally by Thai blogger, designer, and photographer, Pete.
What I like best about these photos is that some of them are of unusual locations that can be difficult to find free photos of. You can filter images by country or search by keyword. There are also some fun street food shots and anonymous people shots.
All these photos are free to use but you need to provide attribution.
61. Looking Glass
Looking Glass is a collection of free pictures taken by photographer Lisa. New photos are added every month and all are free to use with no attribution required.
This isn’t the easiest stock photo collection to navigate as it’s on a Tumblr blog, but the images are divided into categories including at home, in the garden, places & spaces, bygone eras, country life, by the sea, people & passions and so on.
Basically, the images on offer here are taken and curated with a bit more creativity than the average stock photo.
Jeshoots is a repository of free photographs taken by Czech photographer Jan Vasek with the mission of helping artists and creative all over the world.
Photos are sorted into over 40 categories and you can also search to find what you need. All images are free for personal and commercial use.
Also included is a selection of free PSD mockups featuring smartphones that you can edit for your own needs.
Moveast is another collection of free travel photos including city shots, landscapes, food, people, and more. There are some interesting compostions and textures in these photos that make them more artistic than your standard stock photo.
All images are licensed as CC0 and free to use for personal or commercial projects without attribution.
64. Ivory Mix
Ivory Mix has compiled a collection of over 550 free stock photographs that are ideal for content creators and creatives. When you sign up you’ll also get sent more free stock photos for your blog every month.
All images are royalty free and can be used for commercial projects.
The bundles also include mock-ups for graphics that you can edit and customize.
Avopix is a collection of over 150,000 free photographs, illustrations, vectors, and illustrations you can use in your next project.
Some of the categories available include beauty & fashion, places, animals, food & drink, architecture, health, science, education, sports, and more.
All free images are available under the Creative Commons CC0 license.
66. The Met Collection
New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art includes a collection of over 375,000 high-res photographs of public domain art works on their website.
The collection includes paintings, photographs, scultputres, textiles, furniture, masks, and objects spanning over thousands of years of history.
You can search by artist, material, geographic location, era, or department.
67. Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons is probably the largest collections of free media files online with over 70 million files available for download.
The photographs usually aren’t as high quality or artistic as what you might find on other stock sites but they can be very useful for illustrating blog posts if you can’t find what you need elsewhere.
The collection is particularly strong for finding science- related images
Skuawk is a repository of public domain photos organized by category. Some of the photo types include landscapes, urban, technology, people, and wildlife.
There’s no search function on this site but if you’re not looking for something very specific, you can browse through the categories to find what you need.
All photos are licensed under CC0.
69. NASA Image and Video Libary
If you’re looking for space photos, you can’t get better than going directly to the source and getting them from NASA.
NASA regularly releases high-resolution images for non-commercial use. These include images of stars, planets, galaxies, and other celestial bodies, the Earth from space, telescopes, aircraft and spacecraft, technology and astronauts.
Many of the astronomy images make wonderful background images.
70. Pickup Image
Pickup Image is a large collection of over 120,000 photographs covering various subjects.
Photographs are submitted by contributors and are of various sizes and styles. Most images are released under the CC0 license and are free to use in commercial projects, but double-check the license before you download.
You need to sign up as a member before you can download images.
StreetWill is a free collection of high-res artistic photos featuring mostly urban and nature scenes. You can expect t see lots of architecture, landscapes, and people going about their daily business in cities all over the world.
All images are released under a CC0 license so you can use them for any creative purpose without giving credit.
Freely is a Christian-focused stock photography site with collections including prayer, worship,bible, and biblical imagery. There are also some more general images of landscapes, space, people, and outdoor scenes.
This would be a really useful resource for anyone building a church or missionary website or a religious or spiritual blog.
Most photos have been curated from other sites and are licensed as CC0
73. Photo Everywhere
Photo Everywhere is a massive collection of high resolution travel photos from various cities and locations.
There are images from the UK, USA, Australia, Asia, and a few European cities. You can also browse by collections including beach holiday, winter holiday, and panoramics.
All images are available under a Creative Commons license and you can download instantly wit no restrictions.
74. Realistic Shots
Realistic Shots is a small collection of high-quality photos featuring people, technology, outdoor scenes, and food. 7 new images are added to the site each week.
There’s a search function to help you find images you need or you can filter by category. All photos are released under the CC0 license and attribution is encouraged by not required.
75. All Free Download
All Free Download is a directory of over 100,000 free stock photos. The site also offers free vectors, web templates, PSDs, font, video foot, wallpapers, brushes, and patterns.
There are no categories on this site but images are tagged with keywords such as nature, beauty, zoom, and outdoor.
The images come from several different sources so they’re published under a number of different licenses. Make sure to check how you can use the images before you download.
Sunipix offers a collection of over 20,000 royalty free stock photos that can be used for personal and commercial projects.
Photos are sorted into over 90 categories and you can also search to find what you need. The collection is particularly strong in historical images and US landmarks, with lots of details of historical buildings.
Images are low resolution and suitable for use in web projects. If you want to use an image as high resolution, you can request it and pay manually.
Slon.pics features an eclectic collection of over 2,000 artistic shots from all over the world. Location shots are marked with a flag on the thumbnail so you can see at a glance which country the photo was taken in, and an embedded Google map shows the exact location.
Most of the images are exclusive to the site and aren’t available anywhere else.
Photos are available under either the CC0 or Slon.pics license. This allows you to use the images for free for personal and commercial projects but not in inappropriate or offensive material. Some images are marked for editorial use only and may not be used in promotional material.
78. The Pic Pac
The Pic Pac is an Instagram-worthy gallery of “pay what you want” images that are taken in various locations across the US.
You can do whatever you want with the images as they’re released under the Creative Commons CC0 license.
Rather than downloading a single image, you download an entire “pack”. This will take you to a checkout where you’ll be asked to enter a price. Enter 0 to get a free download.
StockArch is a Creative Commons image gallery with a wide range of categories that accepts user submissions.
You can browse the latest or most popular photos, filter by photographer or category, or search by keyword.
All the images on this site are available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. This means you can freely redistribute or edit the images for commercial projects but you must give credit, link to the license, and say if you made any changes.
Stockmedia.cc is an exclusive collection of thousands of high-quality images that you can use for free on your personal or commercial print or web projects.
Some of the available image categories include business, technology, seasonal, finance, farming, food, objects, weather, travel, and nature macro.
The images are available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license so you must give credit to use them.
81. Voodoo Stock
Voodoo Stock is a collection of slightly creepy images in mostly urban settings that have been scanned from color slide film.
The collection includes architecture, industrial settings, graveyards, animals and insects, roads, and abandoned buildings.
The images are web resolution and watermarked. You’re free to use them with the watermark in place or you can crop it out and provide a link to the site instead.
82. Science Stock Photos
Science Stock Photos is a free gallery of high resolution science-related images that are intended for design and education use.
You can browse images by the science category, which include astronomy, biology, chemistry, electrical, engineering, geology, optics, and physics.
Attribution must be given to use these images.
Freepixels is an extensive collection of diverse stock photos that span a number of categories including nature, architecture, objects, people, work, and food & drink.
You can use keywords to search for what you need or check out the most popular photos when you’re in need of inspiration.
All images are released under the CC0 license.
Photober is a user-contributed stock photo site that includes images in the categories of nature, objects, animals, people, technology, food, and travel.
Photos are free for personal and commercial use. They ask to provide credit, but it’s not required. Images on the site are uploaded in a low resolution that’s suitable for web projects. You can get in touch to request a high resolution image.
One of the nice details of this site is that it lists the camera settings of each photograph – useful if you’re trying to replicate a certain style of photography on your own.
Stockpholio lists thousands of photos that are available for commercial use in a number of different sizes and resolutions, sourced mainly from Flickr.
One quirk of this site is that there’s no image feed on the homepage so you’ll need to search to get started. But once you’re into the search results you can browse through dozens of categories.
You can also search by photo style such as macro or tilt shift.
Check each image for details of the license before you download – some require attribution.
Iwaria is a collection of free African-themed images featuring people, places, fashion, buildings, and food of the continent.
All photos are free to use with no attribution required under the CC0 license.
87. Yeah! Stock Photos
Looking for something a little different? You might find what you need at the small but perfectly-formed collection of artistic photographs at Yeah! Stock Photos.
Most photos are taken outside and feature stunning scenes and dramatic landscapes from all over the world. There are also some interesting urban shots, textures, and objects.
The site hasn’t been updated since 2016 but what’s there is pretty impressive.
All images are released under the CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication meaning they’ve waived all rights and you can use them or redistribute them as you wish with no restrictions.
88. Free Food Photos
Looking for some delicious food images? You’ll probably find them here at Free Food Photos.
Photos are categorized by type of food and there’s also a selection of photos of cookware as well as cooking and food prep images.
You must give attribution to use these images as they’re released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
Wunderstock is an aggregated free image search engine that maintains a database for millions of Creative Commons and public domain photographs. Their mission is to archive as many photos as possible in one place.
Most photos are listed under the CC0 license but some require attribution, so check the license information on each image before you use it.
90. Lost and Taken
Lost and Taken is a collection of photographed textures and close-ups that are ideal for background images and making graphics.
Some of the categories include grunge, paint, paper, concrete, scratched, nature, wood, metal, bokeh and bubbles.
You’ll be asked to “name your price” when you download, but you can enter 0 to get any image for free.
91. Rich and Wild
Rich and Wild is a collection of free high-quality images donated by a group of photographers with the goal of providing an alternative to uninspiring stock photos.
Nature features heavily as a subject but there are also some urban scenes and still lifes. While the selection on the homepage is quite limited, you can subscribe to get more sent to your inbox.
Images are free to use in personal or commercial projects but you may not redistribute them or use them in templates, logos, themes, or graphics that you sell.
Albumarium is a large collection of stock photos that are sorted into albums.
Some examples of popular albums include nature, people, redheads, cats, Africa, retro, and office design. You can also create your own album.
Some photos are not licensed for commercial use so be sure to use this filter when you search if required.
Vecteezy is a collection of millions of professional images from some of the world’s best photographers. New images are added every day. Not all the photos on this site are free, but those that are marked clearly.
Categories include animals and wildlife, people and lifestyle, travel and adventure. There’s also a search function that works very well.
When you search for images, be sure to select the free license or editorial license filter to avoid seeing premium images. You must provide attribution to use the free images.
Pakutaso is a Japanese stock photography site that’s been around for over a decade. The language barrier might put you off at first but it’s easy to navigate once you automatically translate the site with Chrome, and you can search in English.
It’s a particularly useful resource if you’re looking for photos of Asian people or Japanese cities, food, or festivals.
All images are exclusive to the site and released under a custom license. You can use the photos free for any purpose and photos of people also come with a model release.
Stockified is a small but high-quality collection of photographs taken in India. There are a lot of motorbike shots, landscapes, temples, and some artistic closeups.
If you’re having trouble finding good photos featuring Indian people and places, this is not a bad place to start your search. It also has some more generic images that are ideal for any use.
The photos are free to use in personal and commercial projects and you can even use them in templates, t-shirts, or other products for sale. Attributions is not required but appreciated.
Nomad.photos is a collection of travel, food, and lifestyle pictures intended for digital nomads and location independent workers.
The collection of photos is quite small but includes food, animals, nature, objects, sunsets, ciy, and tech.
All the photos are released as CC0 so you’re free to use them in commercial projects.
Cepolina is a rather retro-looking image directory that offers over 20,000 travel photos taken all over the world.
You can browse photos by map location and there’s also quite a wide selection of food images from around the world, people, and random objects.
The quality of the photos varies a lot but there are definitely some gems to be found here. All images are free for personal or commercial use. Check the file details for any usage restrictions.
98. Christmas Stock Images
Welcome to the site where it’s Christmas every day! The design of this free stock library is rather uninspiring but it’s useful for finding Christmas and New Year-themed images such as decorations, food, and lights.
All images are free to use with a Creative Commons attribution license, so you must link back to the site if you use them.
99. Creepy Halloween Images
And here’s another seasonal stock photos site. Again, Creepy Halloween Images has a bit of a ‘90s feel and there’s not a huge selection, but if you’re after a Halloween or horror-themed image, you might like to look here first.
The selection includes autumnal backgrounds, bats, gargoyles, cemetery shots, costumes, food, jack ‘o’ lanterns, voodoo dolls, spooky buildings, and random creepy objects.
You must link back to the site if you download and use these images online.
Pxhere is a directory of copyright-free CC0 images contributed by several photographers.
If you find a photographer whose style you like, you can easily browse all their submitted images. You can also browse image collections or search by tag.
Sign up to the mailing list to get new images sent to your inbox every week.
Wrapping It Up
Hundreds of new, free stock images are available all over the Internet every day. The sites we introduced you to in this post are some of the best stock image sites that offer high-quality images for free. Be sure to check them out!
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Which sites do you go to for free stock images? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below!
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