29+ Free Stock Photo Websites

Do you use stock photos for your social media and blog posts?

Are you spending a lot of money on them?

Save time and money with this list of the best FREE stock images websites.

Save time and money with these Free Stock Images resources

Have you ever spent hours searching for the perfect image to use in your blog article or social media post just to find out that it costs an arm and a leg to use?

If you’re anything like me, you know the value of a well-executed photograph, and paying a lot of money for the perfect photo is totally worth it…in the right circumstance. But because of the high number of blog and social media posts that we need to be creating to effectively reach our audiences, spending a lot of money each time we need a photo isn’t financially sustainable.

Fortunately for us, there are very generous photographers that are willing to donate their photos for free so that we can use them in our visual content.


Here is the list of the free stock images websites:

1. Unsplash


High-resolution images updated with 10 new photos every 10 days. Recently added a search function that is pretty helpful if you search for very general terms.


Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

2. Gratisography

High-resolution pictures added weekly by Ryan McGuire. Donate to his Coffee fund to show your appreciation for his generosity. 🙂


Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

3. Split Shire

Splitshire is a hobby project by Daniel Nanescu, an Italian photographer and all around nice guy. So far he has generated over 80,000 downloads. Sign up for his newsletter or give him a donation hug.


Restrictions: Creative Commons Ze

4. Little Visuals

Nic, the creator of Little Visuals passed away in 2013, but his family has decided to keep his project up and continue giving away his images for free. They’ve added a few donation links to the Hand of Heart Charity, so if you use any of Nic’s pics, please let his family know.


Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

5. Lifeofpix


High-resolution photos, added weekly, by Leeroy Ad Agency in Montreal. Pretty awesome, eh? I love my Canadian neighbors. 🙂


Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

6. Stocksnap.io


Stocksnap was founded by Marc Chouinard and Christopher Gimmer. It boasts hundreds of high-resolution images added weekly.


Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

7. Death to the Stock photo


Death to the Stock Photo was created by Allie and David, two photographers, who decided to share their photos with the internet. They have a newsletter and a podcast and a premium membership. You have to sign up for the newsletter to get the pics, but it’s worth it. Soooo worth it.


Premium: $10/month

Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

8. Superfamous


Studio of LA based Dutch designer, Folkert Gorter. There are a lot of gorgeous landscape photos in his collection.


Restrictions: Attribution 3.0 (Provide a link and indicate if changes were made.)

9. Picjumbo


Over 1 Million downloads since 2013. What! That’s crazy-talk. Picjumbo is the product of Viktor Hanacek, a webdesigner and shutterbug who’s photos were turned down by other stock houses so he flipped them the bird and created his own service. That’s my kind of guy!


Premium: $6/month

Photoshop Plugin: $12

Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

10. IM Creator


Curated collection of free resources which includes many photos. Because it’s a curated collection the license and restrictions will vary depending on the resource.


Restrictions: Varies

11. New Old Stock

Vintage photos from the public archives. Curated by Cole Townsend, a web and iOS visual designer.


Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

12. Get Refe

High-quality, natural looking photos of people interacting with technology. Niche.

http://getrefe.tumblr.com/  |   http://getrefe.com/downloads/category/free

Premium: $10/month  -or- $5/photo

Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

13. Lock and Stock Photos

Started by AJ Montpetit, an Open Source junkie, who just wants to give back to the community that has given him so much already. Sign up for his newsletter to receive monthly updates.


Restrictions: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0

14. Snapwire Snaps

Snapwire is a paid stock image library, but it curates a list of 7 hand-picked, high quality free photos every 7 days and shares them on their tumblr.


Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

15. Jay Mantri

7 new photos every Thursday. It’s that easy. Jay has a killer Instagram feed too, follow.


Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

16. The Pattern Library

A project by Tim Holman and Claudio Guglieri who share repeating tileable patterns created by some Uh-mazing designers. The UI is a little unexpected, but in a fun way.


Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

17. Public Domain Archive


A repository where Matt, a webdesigner and photographer, archives high quality public domain images.


Premium: $10/month

Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

18. Magdeleine

One free high-resolution photo added every day.


Restrictions: Varies. (Filter between Creative Commons Zero and Attribution)

19. Foodies Feed

Personal project of Jakub from Prague who provides free high-resolution food pictures just to make all of us hungry while we browse his collection. His girlfriend cooks most of the food in the photos.


Premium: Themed packages vary in price.

Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

20. Picography

Free high-resolution images provided by Hidden Depth, a web design agency based in Dublin,Ireland.


Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

21. Raumrot


Curated collection of free stock photos. Filterable by category.


Restrictions: Attribution 2.0

22. Iso Republic

ISO Republic provides high quality free photos. Founded in 2014 by Tom Eversley, a designer and photographer from England.


Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

23. Blogphoto.tv

Thomas Hanna founded BlogPhoto.tv in 2014. Thomas sends a handful of free images to his newsletter subscribers and they’re great. If you want more you can sign up for his premium membership with a 30-day free trial.


Premium: $5/month

Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

24. Pexels

5 new high quality photos added every day. The image subject matter varies quite a lot but the search and tags make finding what you need on Pexels a breeze.


Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

25. Free Images

FreeImages was launched in early 2001. It has over 2.5 million registered users and around 400k photos. You must create an account to download images.


Restrictions: Varies

26. Pixabay

Over 300,000 photos, vector images and art illustrations all free for the taking. Pixabay is easily one of the top free image resources that exists today.


Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

27. Compfight

Compfight is an image search engine. It pulls images from Flickr.


Restrictions: Varies

28. morgueFile

Created way back in 1996 by Michael Connors, the MorgueFile contains photos contributed by many different photographers and artists.


Restrictions: Attribution

29. Good Free Photos


Good Free Photos(Goodfreephotos.com) is a gallery of thousands of unique and free public domain stock photos. All photos are taken by Yinan Chen out of Madison, Wisconsin and are categorized by location for travel photos, animal and plant photos, and types of objects.


Restrictions: Creative Commons Zero

30. Last but not least, You!


There is nothing more powerful than an original image. Regardless if you have a smartphone, a point-and-shoot camera, or a powerful DSLR, you have the ability to shoot some pretty stunning photos. And if there is one drawback to using any of the free stock images below, it’s that so can your competition.

Restrictions: Your imagination. 🙂

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  • Hi Ben, thank you for including SplitShire in your awesome list.

  • PLiXS

    I’am the founder of https://plixs.com we serve thousands of high quality images with public domain license cc0. That means, all images on PLiXS are free for personal and commercial use. Maybe you can add PLiXS to your article? Thanks

    • You caught me on my birthday. I probably won’t add it today, but I’ll try to add it in a few days.

  • Jarom McDonald

    These are great suggestions. Thanks! I had been stuck in a rut with one or two sites, and this post really opens things up.


    Hey ben, Yet another curated collection of stock photos here http://www.wpdiv.com/best-free-stock-photos-websites/

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