Finding great free stock images online is almost impossible, right? Well, while that would be the case a few years ago, it certainly not true anymore. I’ve compiled some of the best photo sites into this list, which is pretty much all you will ever need.
If you want to know which websites I use the most, be sure to check out this post where I talk about the best stock photo websites for branding.
Pexels is possibly best quality free stock photo website you will ever find, mainly because it works as an aggregator pulling images from various free stock image websites around the web. All images listed there are released under Creative Commons Zero license, so you are free to do anything you want with them.
Free Images has been around for a long time, so it has a ton of free photos, and up until a few years ago was know as stock.xchng. The site has an easy to use search function and include a great variety of images and illustrations. Be sure to read their license carefully since it’s a bit more restrictive than other free stock sites.
Unsplash updates with 10 new photos a week. Every image is under Creative Commons. So you can use them for almost anything without attribution. The images are top notch too and super high quality.
Another great site with CC0 images! Jay Mantri’s images all possess beauty and wonder. There are tons of great travel photos and wonderful object pictures. The site isn’t searchable. But the archive section has small thumbnails that will help you find what you need.
Freestocks is another site with a pretty open license. You can use any of their pictures any way you want. They add new pictures all the time, so be sure to follow them on social media. They’ll let you know when a new image appears.
Although ISO Republic offers premium content for a fee, they also offer lots of free photos. Photos are divided into categories like urban, nature, and architecture. The site offers more than 500 free quality images from a variety of photographers. They are worth checking out!
Pic Jumbo allows you to use any photo for almost anything. As long as you aren’t reselling the images, Pic Jumbo is okay with it. They also have a premium version which is pretty cheap. With it, you get access to thousands of extra images. Pretty sweet!
Death to the Stock Photo
Death to the Stock Photo offers a mailing list. They will send you free photos right to your inbox once a month. Their images are beautiful too! They have writing and photography prompts too if you need a little inspiration. Their license for photo usage is straightforward. If you don’t claim it as your own, you can totally use it.
Life of Pix
Life of Pix has some unique pictures. They have exotic locations and high-res images. This neat site updates weekly, so be sure to check back often for new things! The photos are categorized but are not searchable. So make sure to leave plenty of time for browsing.
Pixabay doesn’t just have pretty pictures for free usage. They also have free video, illustrations, and vector images as well. Everything falls under the Creative Commons Zero license, so you can use it for almost anything. They offer more than 600k free things. And they are easy to search, too.
Gratisography is a free site with tons of playful images. They are all taken by talented photographer Ryan McGuire. These high res images are licensed for common usage. His style is unique, whimsical and colorful. So if you are looking for a cute or funny picture, look here first.
With a new free image every day, Magdeleine is a great site to find awesome free stock photos. You can sort by category, like animals or technology, or by the dominant colors. There are two types of photos on the site: CC0 photos and then photos that need attribution. So make sure to read the license on every photo before using it.
Great photos don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Just knowing where to look will help to cut costs and still get you great images. There are tons of other great license-free photos out there on top of these six sites. You just need to know where to look!