The Best Free Stock Photography Sites

What do blog articles, websites, and social media posts all have in common?

They all require images (well, the engaging ones at least).

Any web designer or digital marketer will tell you that finding relevant, high quality images to use can be challenging. Not only are many stock images cheesy and outdated, but they also can be quite pricey. Luckily there’s an increasing amount of free stock photography websites popping up, and some of them are pretty awesome. Here’s a list of some free stock photo sites worth checking out:

Unsplash is my personal favorite. It features a huge collection of free high-resolution images, and none are tacky. Many of the photos on this website are landscapes and scenes, with 10 new photos added every 10 days. You can find what you’re looking for on Unsplash by checking out the different photo collections (top left), or by using the search bar at the top right.

Gratisography features free high-resolution images taken by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design. New photos are added each week, and all are free of copyright restrictions. There are many quirky images of people and animals on here that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to use, but the site also has some nice outdoor shots.

Splitshire is a collection of free stock photos taken by Daniel Nanescu, and is updated almost daily. This site features more photos of people and objects than nature.

New Old Stock consists of vintage photos from the public archives, and are free of known copyright restrictions. Most of the photos on New Old Stock have a description below of where the photo was taken, or what is happening in it.

PicJumbo offers free photos for commercial & personal works. New photos are added daily from a variety of categories including abstract, weddings, nature, food, technology and also seasonal categories like Christmas.

Life of Pix, created by Leeroy advertising agency in Montreal, offers free high-resolution photos with no copyright restrictions. New photos are added to the site weekly.

Negative Space posts 20 new free, high-resolution photos every Monday. You can search photos and sort them by category, colors and copy space position.

Superfamous Studios, the LA-based studio of Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter, allows you to use its photos as long as you provide credit. The site features many aerial and landscape shots.

IM Free is a curated collection of free web design resources, all for commercial use. Some collections include templates, business, people, sports, nature, transportation, cityscape and more.

Finally we’ve got Little Visuals, a site with some great photos (mostly landscapes). Sadly the owner of the site passed away in November 2013, and nothing has been added since. All photos that have been posted were released under the creative commons license public domain dedication.

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Casey Kurlander, Search marketing Specialist, BMI Elite