25 Websites for Free Stock Photos For Any Project

It can be frustrating when you’ve put all the work into a project, but don’t seem to have the best images. Maybe you don’t have the skill, budget or time to create the professional imagery for your project. And the right visuals can make or break your project.

I’m here to tell you that there are a ton of websites that share free stock photos for you. These websites have beautiful stock photography to help you add appeal to your website or add to a report. Most photos are free for personal or professional use.



A picture is worth 1000 words, right? Why not pick the best photo from one of these alternative stock photography websites.

1. Pexels

Pexels

Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Pexels license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through their discover pages. They also have videos free to use. Attribution is not required, but always appreciated. You are allowed to modify the photos.

2. Pixabay

Pixabay

Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes.

3. Unsplash

unsplash freely-usable images

Unsplash has over a million free high-resolution photos. Explore their popular photo categories. All photos here are free to download and use under the Unsplash License.

4. Stocksnap.io

StockSnap.io

Stocksnap offers beautiful, high quality stock photos for just about any use you can think of – including commercial usage – for free. No tricks, no gimmicks, no fine print; just dazzling images for your creative projects.

5. Burst

Burst

Burst is a free stock photo platform that is powered by Shopify. Their photographers are constantly shooting and uploading high-resolution images to help our users find the perfect free stock photo for their next project. Their library is created and curated to build the best free image library for Shopify stores.

6. Kaboompics

Kaboompics

Kaboompics has thousands of photos without any payment needed, even for commercial use. They also have this complementary colors palette present in every photo. You can download and use the photos for your own purposes.

7. Gratisography

Gratisography Stock Photography

Gratisography contains some quirky photos in their collection. They have high-resolution free stock images you just won’t find anywhere else.

8. IM Free

IMFree Photos

IM Free is more than just free stock photography. It is a collection of free resources. From a button maker to website templates, this site is a treasure trove of free stuff. I like the icons section – what website doesn’t need icons?

9. Picspree

Picspree Stock Photography

Picspree has their very own community of contributors who upload and share their images, free for use. Picspree is a helpful resource of free stock images for the creative community to use in any project. All images are free to use, with no credit or permission needed, meaning they are ready to use even in commercial projects.

10. Scatter Jar

Scatter jar

Scatter Jar is a free resource celebrating the joy and beauty of food photography. It’s a place for creatives to download unlimited free food photos, in high resolution, for both personal and commercial use.

11. Grallim

Grallim Stock Photo

GRALLIM.com was launched out of the need to provide good-quality fitness images for their own gym and they decided to expand the categories as they took more photos.

12. Life of Pix

Life of Pix

Free high-resolution photos, no copyrights restrictions for personal and commercial use. New photographies added weekly! All images are donated to the public domain.

13. Death to the Stock Photo

Death to Stock Photo

Death to Stock is an Artist Owned Co-op that provides you with the freshest authentic stock photos and videos; with unlimited downloads and new work added every month. You can start out with a 14-day free trial otherwise memberships begin at $12/month.

14. New Old Stock

New Old Stock

Vintage photos from the public archives that are free of known copyright restrictions. All photos are at the very least available for personal and non-commercial use – so you might need to do a little digging into the source.

15. Reshot

Reshot

Reshot is a library of handpicks, non-stock free images. They strive for the world’s best visual content and provides the best emerging photographers with a platform for sharing their best work for free.

16. Morguefile

Morguefile

Morguefile contains free high resolution digital stock photographs and reference images for either corporate or public use.

17. Pikwizard

Pikwizard

Pikwizard has a library of over one million high quality, free stock images and videos. The images are royalty free and safe for commercial use with no attribution required.

18. Picjumbo

Picjumbo

Picjumbo is a library of beautiful free stock photos. You can download the photos, backgrounds and free high resolution images for personal and commercial use.

19. Stockvault

Stockvault

Stockvault is a collection of high resolution photograph for personal and non-commercial design projects. Join their newsletter to get freebies and new updates sent straight to your inbox.

20. Flickr

Flickr

You have to check the license on each individual photo, but Flickr is full of free images for use. I’ve always used it as a personal repository of photos until they had a limit for free accounts.

21. Barn Images

Barnimages

Originally started by two photographers from Latvia, Barnimages grew to offset traditional stock photography. Subscribe to their newsletter to get the best photos and freebies delivered to your inbox once or twice a week.

22. Free Food Photos

Free Food Photos

Created in 2013, Free Food Photos provides a collection of high quality food photography.

23. Freephotos.cc

freephotos

Freephotos.cc is a free resource where you can find creative commons photos for your website or print projects. Photos are separated out by categories and the photos are easily searchable.

24. Foodiesfeed

Foodiesfeed

Food photographers share their photos to make the online space related to food more beautiful and eliminate all the ugly sterile stock photos that people still keep using.

25. FreeStocks

freestocks.org free stock photo

Freestocks is a collection of free high-resolution stock photos for both commercial and personal projects. The collection is diverse and easily browsable.

Before You Go

Do you have another source for free stock photos? Let me know in the comments below! My favorite go-tos are Pexels and Pixabay for any moments notice for any of my projects. I’ve used stock photography in this post. And the hero image on this post was sourced from kaboompics.

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17 Comments

  1. Pam Wattenbarger
    August 24, 2020 / 8:40 am

    Thank you for this! I’ve bookmarked the page. I use several of these, but some I had never heard of before.

  2. Joline
    August 24, 2020 / 12:30 pm

    I didn’t realize there were so many!! I have a paid subscription to a site, but as soon as I’ve used up my credits I will switch to these free sites for sure.

  3. August 24, 2020 / 12:39 pm

    I never realized you were able to get stock photos for free! This is awesome. Definitely saving this.

  4. Amber Myers
    August 24, 2020 / 1:28 pm

    Thank you! I try to use my photos, but sometimes I do need a stock photo so I’ll keep these in mind.

  5. August 24, 2020 / 1:33 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post. I can’t wait to check out some of these sites.

  6. Diana Natal
    August 24, 2020 / 5:28 pm

    This is a really great resource – I will definitely be checking back often!

  7. Heather
    August 24, 2020 / 7:10 pm

    This is a great list for stock photos! Saved this page for later.

  8. August 25, 2020 / 2:18 am

    Wow!! thank you for this info, I already use pexel, pixabay and unsplash but I didn’t know they’re a lot more options out there.

  9. August 25, 2020 / 5:15 am

    This is awesome! I’ve never heard of most of these. Thanks so much for the helpful recommendation!

  10. Gervin Khan
    August 25, 2020 / 7:40 am

    These are great lists and I need to share these things with my blogger friends. So thank you for sharing this, so helpful!

  11. August 25, 2020 / 7:54 am

    Thank you for the list. I used stock photos on the blog before. I will save this just in case I might need one again.

  12. Kathy
    August 25, 2020 / 9:45 am

    It’s nice to see these sites. Thank you for sharing them. I’m going to be checking some of these out now.

  13. August 25, 2020 / 4:42 pm

    Thanks for the ideas! I use several of these already, but there were some new ideas, so I’m sure I’ll come back to this post in the future.

  14. Catalina
    August 26, 2020 / 3:47 am

    Thanks for this post. It’s so useful! Often I need some photos for my researches and don’t know where to find them!

  15. Ruth I
    August 26, 2020 / 9:08 am

    There are so many website I didn’t know about. Thank you for this lisr.

  16. August 26, 2020 / 9:14 pm

    I use a lot of these, and it is nice to know about some additional resources. I do use a lot of stock photos, so this will be helpful.

  17. rika
    August 28, 2020 / 12:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing the list. I don’t use stock photos, but my husband uses a lot for his office project.

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