19 Free Stock Photo Websites for Royalty-Free Images
I got the terrific image above for free on Pixabay. I don’t know why, but for some reason many publishers continue to use cheap stock photography to represent their brand. High-quality stock photos don’t have to come hand-in-hand with a hassle or high price tag.
To prove it, we’ve compiled a list of 19 awesome resources for free, high-quality stock images for websites, blogs, and similar online properties. From enviable office spaces to stunning scenery, we’re certain you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for with the help of this royalty-free image website roundup.
Pixabay offers over 990,000 quality photos that are all released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain. The site is clean and intuitive, making it easy to navigate your way through their free photos, vector graphics, illustrations and videos.
The main search bar even allows you to filter your query down by factors like media type, orientation, category, size, and color. Enjoy navigating through this site finding the perfect image for your next project.
With new photos added weekly, Gratisography is an awesome website serving up high-resolution photos covered under the Creative Commons Zero license. With new photos added weekly, by photographer Ryan McGuire, a “whimsically creative visual artist, based in Ithaca, NY.”
While Ryan’s photos are a bit more quirky, covering everything from monster feet slippers to Vespas to bananas, they are entirely usable for your next project.
Being different begins with their tag line. StockSnap proudly claims that it’s “not your typical crappy stock photo site.” I couldn’t agree with them more.
It’s selection of images is both so interesting and versatile that it’s almost too easy to “lose yourself while checking out the images” and come to twenty-something scrolls later.
SplitShire offers lots of awesome royalty free photos for you to use without commercial restrictions. Photographer Daniel Nanescu’s images show that they are “made with love”, and it shows.
From business images to stunning portraits, I’ve got a feeling you’ll be able to find the perfect photo for your next project or blog post.
Every two weeks Photographer Ed Gregory generously dishes up 10 new photos that you can use on your website, as part of a template, in an ad, and well, pretty much anywhere you’d like.
Check out his latest 100 pictures here, or browse through categories like landscapes, people, and technology until you find the perfect fit for you.
We all understand how a great black and white photo can grab attention and make your point. This collection of vintage photos comes from the public archive via Flickr Commons. According to the website, the photos are free of any known copyright restrictions.
While it’s likely that they are safe to use for things like blog posts and hero images, you’ll want to read up on the rights and usage below before you use them for any type of commercial project.
In-house photographers and external contributors produce all of the photos on the Freerange website. The site hosts a wide variety of images and the photos are good quality, too. Images provided in-house by Freerange Stock originate one of two ways. “They are either digitally photographed on Canon DSLR cameras or they are a high resolution Nikon scan of an original 35mm slide,” according to the site’s ‘About Us’ section.
“Take ’em, these things are free. Go. Make something.” That’s a strong Twitter tagline that makes it tough not to scoop up what Startup Stock Photos has to offer. They provide plenty of professional options to use no matter what industry you’re operating within.
When they noticed how challenging it was for businesses, bloggers, and creatives to find free high-quality images that fit their “vibe and tribe,” founders and photographers, Allie and David stepped in. That resulted in the birth of Death to Stock. Just submit your email and enjoy a new batch of photos delivered to your inbox every month.
Death to Stock also offers a Premium membership for $15/month or $180/year if you do have some extra budget to spend. The cool part about the paid membership is that a percentage of the profit is used to fund photography trips and other creative projects to keep the resource moving forward.
Do you need free images for your next website design or blog post? You don’t have to look and further than picjumbo. Adding new photos daily, they offer a wide selection of high-quality images to fit a variety of different topics.
ISO’s Republic’s stated mission is to “provide high-quality images to be used by designers, developers, bloggers, marketers, and social media teams.” All it takes is one quick scan of the website to know that it succeeds in doing that. It’s hard to believe that their professional quality images are free.
If you’re looking for access to more exclusive free photos, ISO Republic invites you to sign up for its email list and receive photos right to your inbox.
A web designer from Poland, Karolina is the creative eye behind this awesome resource for high-quality photos. Ranging from fashion to food to landscapes, her images cover a wide variety of different scenarios. Her users have the freedom to use them for anything they’d like, commercial use is freely allowed.
While there are no formal attribution requirements, Karolina does ask that you include photo credit with a link back to the site when possible. Doing this will help her grow the website, allowing her to provide even more awesome photos for everyone to use.
The creative force behind the stunning photos available on LibreShot is Photographer and SEO Consultant Martin Vorel. Vorel’s collection of photos contains some of the most unique selections we’ve come across. Including images ranging from crisp architectural shots to vibrant florals, you’ll find the perfect image for your next project.
Every week, Negative Space offers up new free stock photos. Shared without copyright restrictions, these photos are free to use however you decide. Negative Space’s continuously growing collection of images ranges from architecture to technology, images you’ll find yourself tapping into again and again.
The best thing about this collection? It’s easy to filter through the gallery of photos, which are sortable by category, copy space position, and color.
An impressive gallery of professional quality images has been built by Designer Jay Mantri has been built up just for you and me – and everyone else. If I had to describe Mantri’s photos in one word, it’d be “scenic.” But don’t just take my word for it. Check them out for yourself.
Leeroy Advertising Agency in Montreal and its network of talented photographers brings you, Life of Pix and it’s awesome collection of high-resolution photos. All of the images are donated to the public domain, and are available for personal and commercial use.
Topping that, Life of Pix also has a counterpart, Life of Vids. According to its website, Life of Vids serves up free footage videos, clips, and loops, weekly. Like the images, the video content contains no copyright restrictions, and can be easily downloaded on its Vimeo account.
The photos on Fancy Crave are free of copyright restrictions, but they’re also pretty remarkable. I can almost taste those green grapes? All they ask is that you never advertise the photographs as your own, and provide attribution when and if you can.
Uploading new photos daily keeps things fresh making this a bookmark-worthy resource for great photos if we’ve ever seen one.
Pexel’s photos are handpicked from a number of free image sources to ensure that you’re getting only the best of the best. The photos that make the cut are under the Creative Commons Zero license. This means that they are free for personal and commercial use with no attribution required. And thanks to its search functionality, finding the perfect photo for your next project is super easy.
Why Pay for Your Images?
We all know that conventional stock agencies charge from several hundred to several thousand dollars for images in their collection. They “base their fees on the published size of an image, circulation and other factors.” Most professional photographers place their images with one or more stock agencies with a defined commission basis and specified contract term.
The websites I have catalogued above break free from this model, with photographers offering their images for your use royalty-free. I hope that this list provides you with the alternative you have been searching for. Happy searching, I hope you find just the right free images for your next project.