Free stock photos: 13 best sites to find free photos

Finding good stock photos to use on your website, blog or social media can be challenging, especially if you don’t have a budget to buy royalty free stock photos. It might be tempting to just do a Google image search for something that would fit your needs but you’ll probably be infringing someone’s copyright (and then a law suit might follow).

But don’t fret because there are some great places to find free stock photos.

Most of these websites give the images away with no strings attached as the photographer has either released the image to the public domain or given a generous CC0 license.  Check each website though for specific licensing and whether attribution is required.

13 websites to find free stock photos

Pixabay

Pixabay hosts over a million royalty free stock photos released to the public domain.

https://pixabay.com/

Pexels

Pexels has a huge collection of gorgeous photos – all free with no attribution.

https://www.pexels.com/

Unsplash

Unsplash have over 1/2 million gorgeous free photos for use in commercial and personal projects.

https://unsplash.com/

Morgue File

Over 350,000 photos free for commercial use.

https://morguefile.com/

Stock Snap

A huge collection of photos, free from copyright restriction, with more photos added each week.

https://stocksnap.io/

Burst

Burst is a free photo website brought to you by Shopify.  It created this repository to give designers, developers, bloggers and entrepreneurs with access to beautiful free stock photography.

https://burst.shopify.com/

Gratisography

Gratisography hosts ‘the world’s quirkiest’ collection of creative images – all are high-resolution and free from copyright restrictions.

https://gratisography.com/

Negative Space

Photos on Negative Space are completely free to use for both personal or commercial use.

https://negativespace.co/

Jay Mantri

This website hasn’t been updated for a while but there’s still a good selection of beautiful photos.  All photos are free and released under a CC0 license.

http://jaymantri.com/

Realistic Shots

Another website that hasn’t been updated for a couple of years but it still has a decent selection of free stock photos in high resolution that can be used for personal and commercial projects.

http://realisticshots.com/

Fancy Crave

Fancy Crave have both premium and free photos.  The free photos are grouped by collections and can be used in commercial and non-commercial projects.

http://fancycrave.com/category/collections/free/

Picography

Gorgeous, high-resolution, free photos released under a CC0 license.

https://picography.co/

Life of Pix

Hundreds of free stock photos with new stock added regularly.

https://lifeofpix.com

Lyn Thurman

I'm an author, writer, coach, creatrix, and biz-witch. I love to enchant to WordPress websites, throw words into an alchemical cauldron, and infuse designs with magic.

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