Absolutely free stock photos websites

Last modified on Friday, 01 April 2016
Absolutely free stock photos websites

The web is awash with stock photo websites. Some are generic submit-your-own sites such as photo monolith Flickr, others cater for niche markets such as travel or macro photography. Most stock image providers such as iStock charge per download.

In this post we have rooted out some hidden gems that offer absolutely free stock photos.

Photos free for personal and commercial use

Sifting through the smallprint to work out which sites offer 100% free, no-strings attached photos for personal AND commercial use is hard work. To save you time, we've put together a list of the best absolutely free stock photo websites. To the best of our knowledge, at time of writing, all images are free for personal and commercial use.

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Absolutely free stock image websites

Rgbstock - absolutely free stock photos

1. RGBStock

A large gallery of average-quality photos free for personal and commercial use.

Professional photographers can create their own profile on RGB to offer giveaway photos - a nice way to generate publicity.

Free high resolution photos creative commons zero

2. Unsplash

Arty, slightly minimalistic photos - ideal for creating a blog that stands out.

All photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes

The Morgue file - photos free for personal and commercial use

3. The morgue file

Don't let the name put you off - this is one of the web's biggest and most popular free stock image archives. Morgue File aims to provide image reference material for illustrators, designers, teachers and other creatives. Careful - some photos do carry conditions such as link back or photographer credit.

Wikimedia Commons

4. Wikimedia Commons

Browsing is tedious, quality is mediocre but the site is useful for the sheer depth and variety of images. Struggling to find a free image of particular object - you'll likely find it here..

Wikimedia Commons is massive media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media.

Jeyjoo Gallery - absolutely free stock photos

5. Jeyjoo Gallery

Our image archive offers high quality free images of a travel and macro photography.

Our main biz is web design, we give-away free stock photo downloads in return for the publicity generated. Link backs or author attribution are welcomed.

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Flickr logo

6. Flickr Creative Commons Photos

Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license. There is an enormous selection of images but quality is often poor.


7. FreeImages.com

If you're looking for flawless images to use on your blog, this is NOT the site for you.

What "FreeImages" lack for in quality they make up for in sheer variety of photos they have on there site. Need a point-and-click photo of a rare tropical fruit from South America?... you'll probably find it here!

Photo Pin - free photos for bloggers & creatives

8. Photopin

Photopin is a free image search engine. Search millions of Creative Commons photos and add them to your blog posts easily.


9. Stockvault

A promising site with thousands of free stock images, clipart, textures, graphics and 3D-renders.

Stocksnap - beautiful images only

10. StockSnap

Beautiful stock photos in high resolution.

All photos fall under the Creative Commons CC0 license (so you can copy, modify, distribute and use commercially without asking permission!)


11. Pixabay

Pixabay is a growing image share website / social network with some pretty good images. Registration is required.

Photographers can create an account and load up their own photos and receive shares and feedback, much like 500px, but far easier to get published.


12. Stokpic

A small but high quality collection of tastefully shot photos that are refreshingly different from your standard stock photos.

All photos are completely free and high resolution.

Free food pictures

13. Foodies Feed

Surprise! Foodies Feed give away free food pictures.

Cookery websites, healthy lifestyle blogs - this is the stock gallery for you.

The best paid image archives

A talk on stock photography wouldn't be complete without quick look at the giants paid digital photography. Getty, iStock, Fotolia, Big Stock Photo and Shutterstock are all in this category. Most of these sites charge per image download. They are widely used by news and corporate websites.

Fine art paid image galleries

The "budding" photographer that I am (term to be taken very loosely), I would like to point out two more websites that only offer very high quality, stunning images. 500px.com and 1x.com probably have the finest collection of professional photography on the web.

Social networks for images

StumbleUpon and Pinterest are both excellent social networks for sourcing quality images.

StumbleUpon will require you to specify your interests, hit the "Stumble" button and upvote pages you like. The more you Stumble, content will become increasingly customized to your taste.

Pinterest allows your to pin your favourite images to "boards". This is a great way to prepare material for future blogs. Collecting material is fun, and writing the blog will then be a breeze.

Picmonkey image editor

Need a free image editor?

Need help editing your images? Powerpoint has limited ability, and if Photoshop is too advanced for you, try Picmonkey - an awesome free photo editor to help you edit your free stock images - and turn them into content marketing weapons.

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Mike Fitzpatrick

Mike Fitzpatrick is the founder and web developer at Jeyjoo web design. He works with both individuals and companies to grow their businesses online.
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