6 of the Best Free Stock Image Sites

Finding the perfect high-resolution images for your website, blog and social media accounts is about to get a whole lot easier (and cheaper).

It’s almost time to say goodbye to Google images, photo contracts, paid illustrations and DIY photography.

You’re about to discover 6 awesome sites where you can find free stock images that are both brilliant and available for public and commercial use. 

6 of the Best Free Stock Image Sites

A hand-picked directory of the best free photo, illustration and vector graphics sites:

Unsplash

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A hand-picked selection of authentic and breathtaking landscapes (think nature and architecture) with incredible lighting and effects. Ideal for lifestyle content or anyone with a passion for beautiful photography.

The details: The site has a search function. Updates made every 10 days with 10 new royalty-free photos. All photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero* license and no attribution is required. 


Pexels

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A stunning collection of high resolution photos, all hand-picked from other free image sources (including Unsplash). An ideal site for gathering design inspiration – browse the ‘Discover’ section.

The details: The site has a search function. Updates made every week (30 new images). All photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero* license and no attribution is required. 


Pixabay

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Your one-stop-shop with a huge library of over 700,000 stock photos, illustrations, vector graphics and videos covering everything from animals to finance to people to food and drink. An ideal destination when you have a specific image criteria in mind.

The details: The site has a detailed search function (category, colour, size, orientation). Updates made daily. All photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero* license and no attribution is required. 


Gratisography

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A quirky and unique collection of photos by Ryan McGuire of Bell Designs. So, if you’re looking for something creative and out of the ordinary, this is your site.

The details: The site has a basic search function. Updates made weekly. All photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero* license and no attribution is required. 


New Old Stock

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A stunning collection of antique photos featuring shots from the public archives (including government agencies, national museums, NASA and the Getty Institute to name a few). Perfect for all the vintage fans out there.

The details: The site has a limited search function. Updates made periodically. All photos are free of known copyright restrictions (i.e. they are free for your use).


Picjumbo

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An extensive collection of high-resolution images, including photos and illustrations, covering everything from food to business to fashion to nature. Picjumbo is ideal for a range of uses, especially in the lifestyle, food and drink category.

The details: The site has a search function as well as the ability to browse by category. Updates made daily. Photos are free (with an option to upgrade to a paid premium package) and no attribution is required.


Discover, get creative and enjoy!

*Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license: images are free for personal and commercial use, and can be copied, modified, distributed and used without attribution.


 

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