The best sites offering free stock photos!
In this post you can find an overview of several great websites for free stock photos. First we will give a short explanation about how to use these stock photos.
What is a stock photo?
A stock photo literally means a photo that is in stock. These photos are made by a photographer and are sold via an image bank. These photos are used for articles and such to create a fitting visual. These stock photos can be used under certain conditions, are not exclusive and can be used by multiple people. The images we used for this post are all downloaded from free stock photos sites (that we mention in our overview).
The free stock photos are provided under a certain license. It is very important to know which license this is. The terms can differ with every image bank. This means some pictures can only be used if you refer to the source. Some pictures are free to use, without any requirements to refer to a source (license: CC0). But you are not allowed to distribute or claim the free stock photos.
Overview of 25 sites for free stock photos:
This list consists of the most easy-to-use sites, offering the best free stock photos, that can be used commercially or privately, without requirements. Be sure to check this for each individual photo! If CC0 (Creative Commons Zero) is mentioned, you can be sure you can use the photo for your article, blog, etc.
On this site it is very easy to search for a certain topic in the search field and download the image. You are free to use these images. You can also browse through the images by using the “discover pages”. You can find hundreds of thousands free stock photos and every day new high resolution photos will be added.
On this site you can find over 1.6 million free stock photos (pictures/ videos/ vectors and illustrations). These images are free to use and don’t require referring to/ naming the source.
Unsplash offers high resolution stock pictures that are free to use, without giving any credits to the photographer (although this is appreciated). You can use the search field to find the perfect image or select a category to view multiple images (such as animals and travelling).
Stocksnap.io offers free, loyalty free photos. Every week hundreds of new images are added on the site. (You may run into Shutterstock images as advertisement, Shutterstock doesn’t offer free stockphotos). To find the right image for you, simply browse through categories (such as computers and fashion) or use the search field.
Pik Wizard offers over 60000 free stock photos on their website, that are free to use for everyone. Easily sort by trending or the latest images or search for the subject you want.
Burst is part of Shopify and mainly offers free stock photos for businesses, in categories such as Retail and City, but also offers theme photos such as seasonal photos. Some photos have the CC0 license and some have Shopify’s own license.
Reshot is mainly for startups and freelancers and offers a wide selection images in different categories. There is some advertisement for paid stock photo sites, but these are separated from the free photos.
This stock photo site focuses on beautiful high resolution photos of food and drinks. You can select a category, but also search for a certain type of food or drink, such as a cheese platter. The images all have the CC0 license, so they are free to use.
Gratisography offers high resolution images with an artistic twist. You can find some cool photos in the category Urban and Objects, but there are also multiple photos with people in them, such as the one below. All photos were shot by Ryan McGuire and are free of copyrights. If you open an image you can see some advertisement for a paid stock photo site.
These stock photos can be used any way you like (license CC0). On the site you can use the search field or select a certain category (such as nature or technology) and scroll through them. The photos are supplied by Dave Meier and a few other photographers.
Viktor Hanacek offers his photos on this site. You are allowed to use these photos without naming the source. On the site you can find photos with tags such as abstract or fitness.
Download beautiful images in, for example, the categories nature, architecture and textures. These images are all offered by Leeroy Creative Agency, without Copyright limitations.
On ISO Republic you can find thousands of images with the CC0 license. The site is very easy to use and images are searchable. Popular categories on this site are: business, nature and computer.
Photographer Karolina Grabowska offers her work on this site. There are over 500 images available. The photos on this site are free to use, but the site uses its own license, the exact rules can be found here.
Daria Nepriakhina publishes her photography on the website Epicantus. As Visual UX designer and Lean startup coach she has created lots of landing pages and she knows exactly how important it is to work fast and beautiful! The CC0 license is valid for these photos.
The wide variety of images on the site are all published under the CC0 license. All photos are taken by the owners of Skitterphoto. The site offers users the opportunity to donate to the photographer of the image you have downloaded.
This site offers free high resolution photos voor personal and commercial use. Every month new images are added. All photos are taken by Jeshu John, attribution is appreciated.
Find some high resolution images with CC0 license on Freestocks.org. It’s easy to search for images. All photos on the site are made by a team of 3 photographers (with now and then some contributions from 2 extra photographers) who try to offer original photos. The site doesn’t contain that much photos yet, but more photos are added every week. They also appreciate donations or attributions for the photographers work.
MMT was founded in 2014 by Jeffrey Betts because he wanted to share his love for photography with the world. You can find a wide variety of images with subjects such as nature, cities and work spaces. All images are free to use.
On this site you can find free stock photos from public archives without (known) copyright limitations. All images are at least suitable for personal non-commercial use (medium articles, blog posts and such).
Styled Stock offers free stock photos with a feminine touch, meant for female entrepreneurs. All images are completely free and are available for commercial and personal use.
On this site you can find thousands of stock photos that can be downloaded for free and are royalty free. Freerange Stock does require an account. The photographers that place their pictures on the site get paid per click with money that is raised with advertisements.
On MyStockPhotos you can find beautiful pictures with the CC0 license. This site is part of ThemeIsle (WordPress theme shop). The website is now public and available for every user. The site contains 500+ pictures that are easily manageable with the search field and categories.
All photos on this site are published under the CC0 license. The site is meant to help people find the right images for their blogs (and such). You can find beautiful pictures by searching for a certain topic or select a topic (such as sunsets and city) and get an overview.
You can search for the right photo by using the search field or the categories by selecting the right tag. All photos are made by photographer Martin Vorel. These pictures are free to use and have the CC0 license.