Chances are you’re pretty tired of seeing traditional stock photos of people in suits shaking hands. Not only are they bland and uninteresting, but they also cost money. The good news is that there has been a rise in great stock photo sites that you can use for free – yes, for both personal and commercial use.
In this showcase I put together a collection of 40+ sites with beautiful free stock photos and royalty-free images that you can choose from. Hopefully, they will help you to spice up your future designs.
Do read the licenses carefully though as some of these services and photos may require proper attribution.
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YayImages provides more than 13 million royalty-free stock photos, videos, and vectors sourced directly from 18,000 photographers from over 145+ countries.
All YayImages creative images have a Royalty Free (extended) license. This makes it easy for you since you can use the images an unlimited number of times for almost any purpose without having to pay extra. The rights granted are non-transferable and personal to you or your company.
Once you have purchased an image, there is no time limitation on when you can use the image. It is yours forever and always available in your download history. Subscribe to get unlimited access to Images and Footage starting at $9.
One of the most famous websites and go-to resource of millions of users worldwide, Unsplash offers a whole array of high-resolution and creative images. You’ll be amazed at the quality of these images that you can freely use for personal or commercial projects. Here you can also find wallpapers, textures, and patterns, etc.
A free stock photo platform with an intuitive interface, Burst is a global community of photographers and home to thousands of images. The pictures cover everything that comes under the sun, have been categorized under interesting themes and can be downloaded in high resolution for free.
Stock Snap offers thousands of creative and high-res images with hundreds more added weekly. With every image, you can see how many times it has been viewed and downloaded. Though these images are free from copyright restrictions however, it won’t hurt to credit the photographer for his work.
Though Canva is not just a stock photos website, as it offers design templates, wallpapers, and icons etc. as well, however, it does have a humungous quantity of high-quality images with different themes and categories. There are different types
A great online community of professional and amateur photographers, Pexel offers amazing photos images catering to almost every theme. The quality of images is so high that you’ll forget to blink especially knowing that these images are absolutely free to use. But if you’re too blown away with an image, you can donate some amount to the photographer.
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.
Gratisography is a simple and clean site that provides free images for your personal or commercial projects. The site has high-quality images right on 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.
FreeImages is a great place to find and download free stock photos. What’s interesting is how they’ve categorized the images, meaning you can search images on the basis of popular images, editor’s picks, photographers or cameras.
StockVault is a free photo community where photographers & artists share their photos and artwork. They offer thousands of pictures and illustrations as well as a large collection of free textures and backgrounds.
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.
Jeshoots is another great site with free high-quality stock photos. You can use the search bar to find what you need or have a browse under categories which features people, animals, food and architecture among other things. If you’re unsure about anything, you can take a look at the FAQ section.
All the images you’ll find on Cupcake are captured by Jonas Nilsson Lee. There may not be as many choices compared to some of the other sites but you can choose from scenery, landscape, objects, and animals.
Kaboompics is a great place to find breathtaking photos for your design projects. You can use the regular search box, look via tags or look under the different categories featured at the top to find the best picture. A new photo is added daily.
This site is definitely one that’s made for foodies. Here you’ll find delectable pictures of food. To browse through the free stock photo options, take a look under ‘Free Download’ at the side menu.