A single picture can be worth a thousand words. But, where to find free stock images for your website, blog, social media post, or an advertisement? Of course, you can buy images on websites like istock.com, shutterstock.com or other similar sites. If you know how to, you can create beautiful images by yourself. However, quality pictures can also be found online for free – without investing much work into creating them, and at the same time not infringing any copyrights.
There are many websites on the Internet that offer free stock images. Some of the authors ask for attribution, some of them allow using their pictures only for personal use, but there are also plenty of those who allow using their photos and vector images for commercial use. Some restrictions may apply, therefore you should always check the license terms first, but in most cases you can use these images for your blog posts, website and social networks, free of charge.
List of 37 Free Stock Image Websites
Searchable photo databases that offer photos for commercial use and no attribution required.
1.Free Images– a free stock images site with more than 388 000 free photos and illustrations.
2. Pixabay– more than 310 000 free stock images – photos, vectors, and artistic illustrations. You can use every single one of them, both in digital and printed format, including commercial use.
3. Morgue File – stunning landscapes, animals, food, fruit, vegetables, backgrounds and also artistic pictures with an abstract meaning. If you publish a photo on your blog, for example, provide a byline under the photo with the photographer’s name.
4. Stock Vault – 62,000 free images. A great resource for your non-commercial website or blog.
5. Snapwire Snaps – free photos from 200,177 of the world’s top photographers.
6. Pexels – over 4,500 free stock images. Every week at least 70 new high-resolution photos added.
7. Public Domain Photos – 5 000 free stock images and 8000 clip arts which can be used even for commercial purposes.
8. Picjumbo – simple navigation and a huge image library. Many beautiful pictures of food and drinks, which might be very useful for marketing a restaurant or a bar.
9. FancyCrave – high-resolution food, nature, people, architecture and other photos from professional photographers.
10. FreeJPG – a great source of technology, people, texture, travel, religion and other free stock images – more than 10 000 images.
11. Good Free Photos – a gallery of thousands of unique and free public domain stock photos. Categorized by location for travel photos, species for animal and plant photos, and types of objects for other photos.
12. Public Domain Pictures – 117,700 free stock images. If you intend to use an image you find here for commercial use, please be aware that some photos do require a model or property release.
13. Immediate Entourage – offers already cut out objects on a transparent background in png format, as well as sketchups and textures. Worth to check out!
14. ISO Republic – high-resolution images. Categories: architecture, nature, people, texture, urban and others.
15. Designers Pics – photos captured by the photographer Jeshu John from a port city, Kochi, in southern India.
16. IM Creator – a curated collection of free web design resources, all for commercial use.
17. Foodies Feed – a resource of free realistic food images in high resolution and free digital goods related to food.
18. Gratisography – free high-resolution nature, objects, people, urban and whimsical pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects.
19. Negative Space – beautiful free stock images for every use.
20. Split Shire – amazing photos in 22 categories. Worth to check out.
21. Life of Pix – mostly travel and nature photos for personal and commercial use.
22. Finda Photo – search through thousands of free stock images.
23. Large Photos – a great source of free high-quality large photos in different subjects and genres.
24. Magdeleine – photos can be sorted by those that require attribution and those that don’t (CC0 –Public Domain).
25. Public Domain Archive – explore and discover treasures by great photographers. A place, where you can find inspiration and photography that you can re-use in your own projects.
26. Stock Pic – a wide variety of photos in 16 categories.
27. Epicva – great photos by photography enthusiasts.
28. Free Range Stock – good photos by a community of creative and talented photographers.
29. Dreamstime – offers a free section that’s searchable and frequently updated. It requires creating a free account.
30. RGB Stock is a free stock images site created by photographers and graphic artists with a rather wide variety of categories and subcategories. Registration required.
31. Pickup Image – mostly nature and outdoors photos and clip arts, for example, play cards, sports etc.
32. Stock Image Point – a small collection of beautiful landscape, city, animals, architecture and flowers photos.
33. Free Nature Stock – a great quality photo collection of nature and animals.
34. Stock Snap – beautiful free stock images. Hundreds of high-resolution photos added weekly.
35. Picography – free hi-resolution travel and nature photos.
36. MMT – flowers, nature and summer photos taken by photographer Jeffrey Betts.
37. Je shoots – great quality nature, animals, food, people and devices photos.
5 Photo Collections without Search Option
In this list, you will find small, but beautiful and original photo collections that should be browsed manually, since no search option is provided.
- Big Foto – download free stock images of the country of your interest, including photos of hotels and popular tourism objects.
2. Jay Mantri – beautiful photo collection by photographer Jay Mantri. Do anything, make magic.
3. Travel Coffee Book – inspiring photos of travel moments.
5. Free Media Goo – backgrounds, textures, and photos of aviation, beach, buildings, finance, food, and wildlife.
7 Other Free Stock Image Websites
If you don’t mind attributing the author and embedding a link to your chosen image or if you need a clipart or some vintage image, then check this list.
1. Flickr – a huge variety of free stock images by amateurs and professional photographers. Always check the license terms of each individual photo – in most cases attribution is required. You can share the image you like on social media and your website with the image link.
2. Compfight – a Flickr image search engine that helps you find images based on your license needs. Most of the images require attribution.
3. Wikimedia – is a database of 21,049,775 freely usable free stock images to which anyone can contribute.
4. Ancestry Images – offers a free stock image archive of historical prints, maps and artifact photos.
5. New Old Stock – a collection of vintage photos from the public archives you can use for personal and non-commercial purposes. Most require attribution.
6. Creative Commons Search – a sort of photo search engine that helps find images, videos and music on 12 web portals, like, Flickr, Google, Youtube, and others. In order to be sure that you can use the media for your chosen purpose always verify the license terms of each image.
7. Open Clipart – a high variety of clip arts for unlimited commercial use.
In case, you know a website that provides free stock images, but is not listed in this article, feel free to share this information in the comments section below.