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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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 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.
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
Free high-resolution photos, no copyrights restrictions for personal and commercial use. New photographies added weekly! All images are donated to the public domain.
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
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.
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.
Morguefile contains free high resolution digital stock photographs and reference images for either corporate or public use.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Created in 2013, Free Food Photos provides a collection of high quality food photography.
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.
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.
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.