Absolutely free stock photo websites

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Absolutely free stock photo websites

The web is awash with stock photo websites. Some are low-quality submit-your-own sites such as photo monolith Flickr, others cater for niche markets such as travel or macro photography.

Most charge per download.

We have rooted out some hidden gems that offer absolutely free stock photos.

Photos free for personal and commercial use

Sifting through the small print 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 collated this list of the best absolutely free stock photo websites.

All images are free for personal and commercial use.

Absolutely free stock photo 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 and slightly minimalistic photos, Unsplash is my favourite on this list. It is 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. Link backs are appreciated – and given the quality on offer, this is more than fair.

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.

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

Widely used by news agencies and big business, these sites charge per image download:

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 best collection of fine art 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.

Picmonkey image editor

Free image editing software

Need help editing your images?

If Photoshop is too advanced for you, try Picmonkey and Canva are awesome free photo editor for editing your free stock images – and turn them into content marketing weapons.

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