Not all of us have photographic talent. Creating your own photo images for your website, social updates, blog or presentations is HARD. When the budget is tight and buying photos and other graphics regularly means going without pudding, what can you do?
The rise in free stock photo sites recently has provided us all with an invaluable resource. When I opened my bookmarks folder I was a bit gobsmacked at how many free photo sites I had collected! It’s time I put some of these in a list and shared them with you.
- More Free Stock Photos Than You Can Shake A Stick At…
- But be careful!
- My Favourite Free Stock Photo Search Sites
- 1. Pixabay.com
- 2. Pexels.com
- Free Stock Photo Sites
- 3. Picjumbo
- 4. Unsplash
- 6. SplitShire.com
- 7. FoodiesFeed.com
- 8. JeShoots.com
- 10. TravelCoffeeBook.com
- 11. StokPic.com
- 12. JayMantri.com
- 13. CrowTheStone.com
- 14. LifeofPix.com
- 15. Picography.co
- 16. StockSnap.io
- 17. StartupStockPhotos.com
- 18. Magdeleine.co
- 19. New Old Stock
- 21. DesignersPics.com
- 22. GetRefe.com
- 23. Skitterphoto.com
- 24. Cupcake
- 25. LittleVisuals.co
- 26. Imagebase.net
- 27. Freejpg
- 28. GoodFreePhotos.com
- 29. KaboomPics.com
- 30. ISORepublic.com
- 31. FancyCrave.com
- 32. Skuawk.com
- 32. FreeNatureStock.com
- 33. Resplashed.com
- 34. VisualHunt.com
- 35. Free-stock.photo
- 36. Snapwire Snaps
- 37. Bossfight.co
- 38. New York Public Library Digital Collections
- 39. Shutteroo.com
- 40. Polarfox
- 42. MoveEast.com
- 43. MMT.li
- 44. BarnImages.com
- 45. OldDesignShop.com
- 46. Tinyography.com
- 47. Lockandstockphotos.com
- 48. Streetwill.co
- 49. MegaPixel.com
- 50. Tookapic
- Spoilt for choice!
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More Free Stock Photos Than You Can Shake A Stick At…
But be careful!
As always, check the license requirements. Different stock image sites have different license arrangements. Many release their photos and images under CC0 (no copyright reserved). Play nice and fair – attribute where needed and buy people coffee on occasion too.
When using digital images for commercial reasons, please use due diligence. Copyright is a murky thing and I am not a legal professional! For more information about UK copyright notices, digital images and photographs see the PDF on Gov.uk
All the free stock photo sites below state that at least some of their images are available to download and use free, even for commercial reasons. However, that does not release you from liability if you use photographs of copyrighted content or if the photo copyright is owned by someone else.
Warnings done! It’s time to get to the mega list of 50 free stock photo sites…
My Favourite Free Stock Photo Search Sites
Pixabay has thousands of free stock photos, vector graphics, illustrations, and video. With a great search function, Pixabay is often top of my list to try when hunting for free stock photos and images. All images are CC0 (released to the Public Domain, no copyright reserved)
Pexels also has a great search function making it easy to find the perfect photo for your project. You’ll also find free videos at videos.pexels.com
Free Stock Photo Sites
The following sites allow you to download a range of amazing photographs for free. Do check the license arrangements!
Picjumbo has a range of free photos for personal and commercial use. Premium packs available.
Unsplash publishes 10 CC0 photos every 10 days.
CC0 free photos updated weekly by photographer Ryan McGuire. You’ll often find fun and quirky images.
Free stock photos for commercial use by photographer Daniel Nanescu. Premium packs available.
Free food and drinks photos for personal and commercial use. Premium packs available.
Free stock photos with CC0 license. Premium packs available.
TravelCoffeeBook has a wonderful range of photos from around the world, all with CC0 license.
A wide range of free stock photos under CC0 license.
“free pics. do anything (CC0). make magic” Why, thank you!
Selection of free images released under CC0 license.
High-quality free stock photos updated weekly. CC0 license.
Free stock photos, CC0 license.
Free CC0 stock photos from the makers of the Snappa graphic editor
Free business stock photos with CC0 license.
A free photo every day. Choose license type either CC0 or attribution required.
19. New Old Stock
Vintage photographs from public archives free of known copyright restrictions.
CC0 public domain photographs Premium packs available.
Free photos for personal and commercial use.
Royalty free, natural looking photos. Premium packs available. Login or email address required to download images.
A free photo uploaded every day with CC0 license.
Nothing to do with food but free photos to download. CC0 licence
Sadly no longer updated due to the death of its creator. His family maintain the site and request donations to go towards fundraising for portable defibrillators in his memory. Donation not required to download images. CC0 license.
Free photos (and some PowerPoint slides) for personal or commercial use.
Free public domain images for commercial and editorial use. Also includes the option to download to mobile via QR code.
Large selection of photos released to the Public Domain.
Free stock photos updated daily. Attribution appreciated but not required.
Free photos for creatives. Free for personal use and commercial projects.
Two new photos daily. Free for personal and commercial use under CC0 license.
Small selection but lovely images. Free to download under CC0 licence. Premium pack available.
Does what it says on the tin… Don’t expect any laptops or buildings here. Lots of nature photos updated daily. CC0 license.
670 free CC0 HD photos from Unsplash, but much better layout!
Public Domains and Creative Commons license photos from around the web. Download or embed.
A searchable collection of public Domain CC0 photos, graphics and video.
36. Snapwire Snaps
7 free CC0 photos every 7 days.
Hi-res stock photos updated daily on CC0 license.
Public domain photos from The New York Public Library
Free stock photos from photographer Klaye Morrison.
Free CC0 stock photos. Has a handy app for easy sharing from your phone too.
Photos by João Pacheco on his travels published on the CC0 license.
Free for commercial use photos by Jeffrey Betts. CC0 license.
Free to use photos, attribution appreciated but not required. Premium packs available.
A collection of vintage images believed to be out of copyright.
Photos by Ryan McGuire taken on his iPhone. Free to use under CC0 license.
Free stock photos under CC0 license. Attribution appreciated but not required. Premium packs available.
Free photos licensed CC0.
Free stock photos updated weekly. CC0 licensed.
High-quality free and premium stock photos.
Spoilt for choice!
Good heavens, we’ve hit 50 free stock photo sites and I haven’t even opened my FireFox bookmarks yet! Now you have no excuse not to bling your blog and social sites with fabulous images.
Over to you…
I know I’ve missed several free stock photo sites, what have I forgotten? Let me know in the comments.50 Fabulously Free Stock Photo Sites To Bling Your Blog by Jan Kearney