Whether it is for your personal website or just a new portrait that you’d like to hang somewhere in your room, stock photos are essential for your design needs. With copyright issues becoming a pain, you will need to consider using a royalty-free image for the project you’re working on, partly for the budget and partly to keep your work free from infringement.
The biggest problem with this solution is that it’s not always easy to find a good quality stock photo that fits your needs.
To help you with this, here we’ve compiled a list of 30 websites for stock photos and royalty free images that would probably have something perfect for whatever project you are working on. Some sites let you download any of the photos for free, others require that you attribute the site or credit the owner of the photographs.
Listed here are also sites that feature the work of budding photographers, and sites that require you to sign up first to gain access to their photos.
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FreePixels is here to provide you with free high-resolution photos that can be used with any of your personal or commercial projects. Their photos have been downloaded over 3 millions times, and they have more than 5,000 photos that you can choose from. No registration required.
PicJumbo has been operating since November 2013 with the goal of giving out free photos to provide designers with free resources to work with. The photos can be used for any kind of project, commercial or non-commercial. You’re not required to provide attribution, but based on what they are doing, it is a small thing you can do in return.
Get your free membership on the RGBStock website and start downloading your free stock photos. Their huge number of free high quality photos includes free graphics for illustrations, wallpapers and backgrounds. You’re free to use their photos for your websites, presentations, films or videos as long as you are in accordance with their image license agreement, which can be found here.
Photl has uploaded over 500,000 photos in their website and they have it all scattered over 65 categories for you to choose from. You can download up to 10MB worth of free stock photos daily. All free images downloaded from Photl are meant for personal use only.
Alegriphotos was founded back in 2010 and has been serving free stock photos ever since. The site provides the photos for personal and commercial use under the creative common license. They have a collection of over 3,000 images that can be downloaded right from within their website without any registration.
A Digital Dreamer is a free graphic design resource for everyone in the design industry. The stock photos are 100% free for you to use for any kind of project, including commercial related ones. Just don’t redistribute their photos or use them for any offending projects, e.g. pornography.
There are over 2,000 free stock photos are up for you to grab in an instant the moment you enter the Turbo Photo website. The photos are categorized under 10 different categories such as activities, animals, cities, food and landscapes among many others. You can use any of their stock photos for personal and non-commercial use with a credit link back to the Turbo Photo website.
This is one way to put your email to good use. You will receive free stock photos every month straightaway in your inbox simply by subscribing to this website. This website is made by Allie and David with the goal to "[rid] the world of bad stock photography".
Studio 25’s stock photography gallery is populated with over 6000 photos. They include photos for categories such as abstract, architecture, concepts, food, nature, objects and many more. To download their free photos, you’re required to sign up for a free account on their site.
Around since 2001, FreeImages is a hub for photographers to share their stock photos for anyone to download and use for free. You will need to sign up to download the photos, but don’t worry, registration is free. If you’d like to use any of the photos for commercial purposes, it’s best that you contact the photographer of the photo for further details before proceeding.
StockMedia is a free creative common stock photo library website. They provide photos and graphics that you can use for any of your design related projecs. You can sign up for free to get access of thousands of free photos.
Pixabay is a repository for public domain images. It allows you to download any of the photos and use it right away for your projects. The photos found inside are all free pictures licensed under the creative commons public domain deed.
If you have projects related to travel, PhotoEverywhere is a site specializing in travel-related stock photos. The photos are all free for you to download and use. There are over 3,000 free travel-themed photos that you can choose from. If you own a travel blog, this site is your best partner in crime.
This website prides itself as an archive of stock photography that you can use for your websites, printed materials and products. Everything on their site is free for you to grab and use, as long as you credit them. Simply browse the site, choose a photo and download it, to get your free stock photo.
Gratisography is a simple and clean site that provides free images for your personal or commercial projects. The site has high quality images right in their home page. All you need to do is just scroll through and look for the image that you want, then click on it to download.
Splitshire is a blog owned by Daniel Nanescu, a graphic designer and a photographer. You’re free to use all of his uploaded images for both personal and commercial use. His photos are put into categories such as abstract, animals, bokeh, fashion, food, and many others that you can find in the site’s main page.
This is another website that you can download free stock photos for use for your projects. They have plenty of photos available in different categories like architecture, fruits, food, drinks nature, landscape, objects, constructions, and transportations. There is no registration required. All you need to do is go to the site and download the image to get your free stock photo.
Need more high quality photos for free? Well, FreePhotoBank is yet another free resource for stock photos. The photos are licensed under creative common, but you’re required to provide attribution by linking back to the site if you happen to use their photos.
FreeStock features a lot of stunning landscape related photos. The photos are licensed under Creative Common – Attribution 3.0 Unported that requires you to link back to them if you end up using their photos. There is no registration required to download the photos, unless you’re interested in contributing your own stock photos to the site.
Abstract Influence is a forum gallery where the community uploads stock photos that are free to download and use. The terms for usage varies according to the uploaders, but all the photos are free of charge for any commercial or personal design work as long as you follow the restrictions. The categories for the photos include aerial shots, architecture photos, food, industrial photos and more.
All photos on the FreePhotosBank website are free stock photos that are easy to download. As long as you give attribution to the site, you are free to use the photos in your website, book, magazine or any other materials. It is best that you contact the respective photographer if you’re looking to get a hold of the license of the photos, as the website do not retain the right to give out the license of their stock photos to other parties.
This is another free public domain image site which is filled with photos by photographers who share it for the purpose of easy private or commercial projects. No sign up is required if you’re interested in downloading their stock photos. Just keep in mind that, although this photo is free for you to use in any way you prefer, 4FreePhotos will not be able to provide you with legal counsel or warranties should you need them.
Here’s another handy website that allows you to use their photos for both personal and commercial use. Even better, you’re not required to link back to them if you happen to use their stock photos. They have over 25,000 photos ready for you to browse through and download.
Unprofound is a cool looking site for designers seeking high quality and free stock photos. It’s also great for photographers that are looking to be a contributor. You’re free to use their photos in any way you like, be it privately or commercially. You’re not required to but if you want to show your appreciation, you can credit the photo back to the site or the photographer who uploaded the photo.
TwicePix is a simple site which contains stock photos that are licensed under creative commons and shared by the author Martin Abegglen, the photographer and the founder of TwicePix. You’re free to copy, distribute, adapt and transmit the work, just as long as you give proper credit to the author in your projects. The photo are linked to his Flickr account, which is where you can download the photos.
Tofz is a completely free stock photo collection website, where the photos are all taken by Jeremie Zimmermann, the founder of Tofz. The photos can be used in any projects, as long you specify its origin, in this case by giving credit to him or the website. You don’t require an account to download the photos.
This ten year old site Cepolina, is a free photo collection site. The images are uploaded by the authors and their friends for anyone to download and use in their projects. As long as you credit the site, you can use the photos for both personal and commercial projects. Since the authors live in Italy, most of their photos originate from Europe but expect to see a few from Japan and China too.
This site takes you on a journey of sorts by providing you with 7 high quality images every 7 days, to use in whichever way you want. You can do this by subscribing to their mailing list to receive a zipped file containing the images, on a weekly basis. Besides that, you can also grab a few pages of high quality images right from within their website.
Here are more sources of free-copyright images you can use: