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Top 50 Free Stock Photography Sites

Last updated on March 25, 2015 in Design

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Are you searching for high quality free stock photography websites and resources? There is a reason why imagery today accounts for over 60% of the page size and high-quality photos are needed in all aspects of design, for web or print. It’s true that websites like iStock or Shutterstock can be relatively inexpensive, but nothing beats free. Some of these require attribution but many others are in the Public Domain and good for commercial use. These photos without watermarks are a perfect way to upgrade your blog or website for free.

Here is a list of the best resources, websites, and search engines for amazing free stock photography.

Let’s start with the image search engines. You can actually search Google Images by license (free use or free use with modification). The first image from that search comes from WikiPedia, and WikiPedia Commons is another great source for images in the public domain. You can also search Flickr for photos released with a Creative Commons license. Even Getty has a Search Gateway with close to 100k Open Content Images. Finally, the CreativeCommons Search can take you to many more free media, from images to music and even free videos.

1. Pixabay – is a real search engine for free stock photography with over 340,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations. It’s an amazing resource for high quality public domain pictures.

2. Pexels – claims to have the best free stock photos in one place with search functionality. It also adds 5 new high-quality photos daily.

3. UnSplash – offers totally free high-resolution photos and provides 10 new photos every 10 days with search functionality.

4. – Beautiful Free Stock Photos

5. PicJumbo – totally free photos for your commercial & personal works

6. Startup Stock Photos – Free Images. Take them. Make something. All in public domain.

7. Finda.Photo – 100% free stock images with simple search and clean organization.

8. Foter – Search 228,860,217 Free Stock Photos. Also organized by category.

9. LifeofPix – has a ton of free high-resolution photos with no copyright restrictions. New Photos are added weekly!

10. Magdeleine – delivers a new free, high resolution photo everyday.

11. Gratisography – has free high-resolution pictures photographed by Ryan McGuire and free of any copyright restrictions.

12. Raumrot – has handpicked stockphotos for your commercial or personal project.

13. Picography – shows free hi-resolution photos from various photographers. You can use the images however you want.

14. IM Free – delivers a curated collection of free resources, all for commercial use, and it includes templates, icons, and all kinds of photography.

15. New Old Look – posts quality vintage photos from the public archives free of any known copyright restrictions in a Tumbr blog.

16. SuperFamous – gives you Creative Commons with Attribution work form Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter.

17. getrefe – has free real life photos delivered in a Tumblr blog.

18. JayMantri – is another Tumblr blog with free pics for any use.

19. JeShoots – has photos for business or personal use in high resolution for free.

20. Public Domain Archive – Vintage and Modern Free Public Domain Images

21. Our Great Photos – Free photos divided into various categories.

22. Foodies Feed – Free images of food in hi-res

23. Snapographic – Free Stockphotos for personal and commercial use

24. SplitShire – Download free high quality photos with no copyright restrictions.

25. Realistic Shots – Free stock photos in high resolution for personal/commercial use and regularly updated.

26. StokPic – Download unlimited images perfect for mock ups, templates, publicity, web design and print use.

27. morgueFile – High resolution stock photos for your illustration, comp or design needs.

28. Pixel Perfect Digital – Free Stock Photos, Backgrounds, Textures and other Design Elements, all under Creative Commons Attribution License.

29. Up Free – Free Photos from professional photographers

30. Historical Stock Photos – Free Old Images Organized into Categories with Search

31. Free Images – Huge gallery for high quality stock photos.

32. Every Stockphoto – Search engine for free photos

33. SplashBase – aggregates photos from several sources of free stock photography: travelcoffeebook, startupstockphotos, littlevisuals, gratisography, getrefe, jaymantri, superfamous, unsplash, mazwai.

34. Bad Neighborhood Free Image Meta Search – another free image search engine via Google.

35. ImageBase – Absolutely free photos.

36. The Pattern Library – Patterns for the people, by the people

37. Image Abstraction – Free Stock Photos, Textures, Backgrounds, and Patterns for Photoshop Artist and Designers

38. DesignPacks – Free Stock Photo Sets for Web Designers

39. mazwai – Free creative commons HD video clips & footages.

40. Life Of Vids – Free High Quality Videos

41. Camarama – Free Public Domain Images and Free Stock Photography. Free for Personal and Commercial Use.

42. Crow The Stone – Free photos to use any way you want.

43. Cupcake – A photographer’s treat by Jonas Nilsson Lee. Free Photos.

44. Albumarium – Find & share
beautiful images.

45. Epicantus – Free photos every week for your landing pages & graphic designs. You can make requests or submit your own photos.

46. Designers Pics – Free stock photos for commercial or personal use.

47. – Totally free stock images from Unsplash, Jay Mantri, and many more on a well designed and functional website.

48. Free Nature Stock – Daily updated Royalty-free Nature Stock Photos from Adrian Pelletier.

49. 123rf – Free Stock Images

50. Good Free Photos – Free Public Domain Images.

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