Lisa D'Andrea
Jan 12, 2016
Marketing

The best sites to find free stock photography online

Need a great image for your website, blog or e-newsletter? We’ve compiled a list of great sites for you to find the best free stock photos, so you can access high quality images without paying a cent.

We’ve done our best to highlight any restrictions noted on each site, but please re-check image licences before you use them, as these rules may have changed.

Unsplash

  • URL: unsplash.com
  • Great for: Landscapes, objects, food, people and scenery
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: None, Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 licence
Vintage blue car
Source: Pexels

Pexels

  • URL: pexels.com
  • Great for: A bit of everything. Pexels reposts images from other royalty free stock sites.
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: None, Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 licence
Cherry blossom tree
Source: Pixabay

Pixabay

  • URL: pixabay.com
  • Great for: A bit of everything - landscapes, people, food, animals, objects
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: None, Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 licence
Beach and sandstone rock
Source: Flickr

Flickr

  • URL: flickr.com
  • Great for: A bit of everything - landscapes, architecture, people, food, animals, objects
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: Not all photos on Flickr are free from copyright, but you can search for different licence types, including those without copyright restrictions by modifying your search settings to indicate your preference.
Book, open novel
Source: Stocksnap

Stocksnap

  • URL: stocksnap.io
  • Great for: A bit of everything - landscapes, architecture, people, food, animals, objects
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: None, Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 licence
Colourful boats tied up in bay
Source: Jeshoots

Jeshoots

  • URL: jeshoots.com
  • Great for: A bit of everything - landscapes, architecture, people, food, animals, objects
  • Searchable: No, but all of the images are categorised
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: None, Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 licence
yellow bench in the park covered in snow
Source: Kaboom Pics

Kaboom Pics

  • URL: kaboompics.com
  • Great for: A bit of everything - landscapes, architecture, people, food, animals, objects
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: Attribution is requested, but not essential, redistribution is not allowed without permission
bright orange tangerines
Source: Foodies Feed

Foodies Feed

  • URL: foodiesfeed.com
  • Great for: Food, drinks
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: Attribution is requested, but not essential, selling and re-selling is not allowed
Venice Beach palm trees and buildings
Source: Jay Mantri

Jay Mantri

  • URL: jaymantri.com
  • Great for: Textures, landscapes and locations
  • Searchable: No
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: None, Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 licence
Old rusted car in the desert
Source: Free Images

Free Images

  • URL: freeimages.com
  • Great for: A bit of everything - landscapes, architecture, people, food, animals, objects
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: You cannot; use images for unlawful purposes, redistribute images as stand-alone files, use images in trademarks or logos, use images in conjunction with sensitive subject matter without a disclaimer, resell or distribute images where the primary value lies in the content itself (e.g. cards or posters), or use content in electronic or digital templates intended for resale. See more here.
Person holding a Kodak Brownie camera
Source: Little Visuals

Little visuals

  • URL: littlevisuals.co
  • Great for: Landscapes, scenery, architecture
  • Searchable: No
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: None, Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 licence
Bowl of red berries on a table
‍Source: Raumrot, photo by Markus Spiske, CC-BY

Raumrot

  • URL: raumrot.com
  • Great for: A bit of everything - landscapes, architecture, people, food, animals, objects
  • Searchable: No, but all of the images are categorised
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: Some are reposted from other CC0 licensed sites, while others are licensed under CC-BY, requiring attribution.
Vintage black and white photo of man at a Coca Cola vending machine
Source: New Old Stock

New old stock

  • URL: nos.twnsnd.co
  • Great for: Vintage and historical photos
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: Medium to High
  • Restrictions of Use: All images are available for personal and non-commercial use and are free of any known copyright restrictions. The site owner recommends visiting the source link to confirm any restrictions of use.
Close up of a deer in the grass
Source: Picography

Picography

  • URL: picography.co
  • Great for: A bit of everything - landscapes, architecture, people, food, animals, objects
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: None, Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 licence
Close up of coloured triangular tiles
Source: Refe

Refe

  • URL: getrefe.com/downloads/category/free
  • Great for: A bit of everything - landscapes, architecture, people, food, animals, objects
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: None
Wide angle above the clouds
Source: Public Domain Archive

Public domain archive

  • URL: publicdomainarchive.com
  • Great for: A bit of everything - landscapes, architecture, people, food, animals, objects
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: None, Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 licence
Close up of dragonfly on flower
Source: Superfamous, photo by Folkert Gorter

Superfamous

  • URL: images.superfamous.com
  • Great for: Landscapes and architecture
  • Searchable: No
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: CC-BY licence, requiring attribution
Red rollerskates highlighted on a black and white background
Source: IM Creator, photo by Ryan McGuire

Im creator

  • URL: imcreator.com/free
  • Great for: A bit of everything - landscapes, architecture, people, food, animals, objects
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: Each photo is different, users need to pay close attention to restrictions noted. All are available for commercial use.
Child rides red tricycle

Gratisography

  • URL: gratisography.com
  • Great for: A bit of everything - landscapes, architecture, people, food, animals, objects
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: Cannot use images for pornographic, criminal, defamatory or degrading purposes, no redistribution on free stock photo websites or apps and no selling and/or redistribution of images is allowed.
Person drinking tea while working on laptop
Source: Startup Stock Photos

Startup stock photos

  • URL: startupstockphotos.com
  • Great for: Photos of people at work
  • Searchable: No
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: None
GIrl_hair_blowing

TheStocks

  • URL: thestocks.im
  • Great for: A bit of everything. This site showcases images from other royalty free stock sites.
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: See each image for restrictions. Many are licensed under Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 licence.
raw_pixel_yoga_girl_beach
Source: Rawpixel

Rawpixel

  • URL: rawpixel.com
  • Great for: A bit of everything, but very 'un-stock' like
  • Searchable: Yes
  • Image Quality: High
  • Restrictions of Use: See website for image restrictions. Must be signed up for a free account to download.

What are your favourite stock image sites? Tell us in the comments below!

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