16 Places to Find the Breathtaking Free Stock Photos in 2021
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 all heard the idiom “a picture is worth a thousand words” and, as with every good piece of art, a good piece of photography has its price.
Now here is the good part: Yes! You can get professional grade photographs and images for your website, completely free of charge — no catch!
We have compiled a list of some amazing sites that you can get images and photographs from completely free of charge.
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.
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.
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!
If you have any suggestions or questions, please let us know in the comments below. Also, take a look at our comparison of the best image optimization tools, if you want to improve your site’s performance.
Which sites do you go to for free stock images? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below!