Free Stock Images: 130+ Sources of Free Photos For Your Personal or Commercial Projects

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Are you looking for free high quality images to include with your content?

Blog posts, landing pages, and all other forms of content receive 2x the traffic when corresponding images are included.

For many, the problem is finding an image that can be used for free.

Royalty-free stock photography is not the same as 100% free.

It simply means you do not need to pay any ongoing royalties to use the image within your content.

You might have to pay an upfront fee for a license to use the image, provide specific forms of accreditation, or follow other stipulations to use the image.

Public domain images can be used in commercial projects and attribution is not needed for them, but if you have the information of the artist, giving credit where it is due gives your content an extra level of class. The outgoing link also provides the artist with some link equity.

There are some rules that still apply to these free image websites that must be followed, even if you do not pay for the rights to the image up front.

  • Personality rights. Sometimes this is referred to as Model rights or Property rights. What it means is that if a person can be clearly identified in an image that you intend to use commercially, you will need a signed release.
  • There are several different licenses. Some free images can only be used on a personal website. Others are allowed for commercial purposes. You must comply with the terms of the license to use the image, even when it is royalty-free.
  • Copyrights automatically apply. All images are copyrighted from the instant they are created. Using any image without the permission of the creator violates the copyright of the image. Changing an image or using it beyond the scope of the authorized license are actions that are considered copyright violations and can result in fines and penalties. 

On many of these free stock photo sites, you will find specific information regarding the licensing structure of the image. As long as you comply with the license (and not use the image commercially without the model or property release) then you are generally safe to use it. 

Image creators can add specific licensing terms that apply individually. If it’s possible it’s always best to check the profile page of the image creator to ensure that there are no specific terms outside of the standard license language that must be met in order to stay in compliance.

If your preferred websites are not listed here, please feel free to let me know in the comments section and I will consider including them in this post after review.

My favorite sites with free stock photos are: Pixabay (#1) Unsplash (#2) Pexels (#3) and Flickr. But there are many more sites with interesting free images.  

There are also many paid stock photo sites. You can check out: Depositphotos and Shutterstock.

 

#1. Pixabay

best free stock photo site

Tobias Breyer

One of the most popular websites where you will find copyright-free images published under Creative Commons Zero (close to 1.5 million royalty free stock photos). You can use them even for commercial purposes. FAQ

 

 

#2. Unsplash

free high quality images

Image by James Pritchett

High-resolution photos, all licensed under Creative Commons Zero, which means you can do whatever you want with them.

 

 

#3. Pexels

copyright free images

Red Forest Leaves

All photos on this site are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license, which means you can copy, modify and ditribute them even for commercial purposes.

 

 

#4. PhotoPin

PhotoPin

On this site you will find a lot of Creative Commons images. Thanks to PhotoPin adding images to your article is very easy – you just need to copy an HTML code and paste it in your blog post. FAQ

 

 

#5. FreeDigitalPhotos.net

free pictures

Image courtesy of marcolm at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Royalty free stock photos. If you want to use an image for free you must publish an acknowledgement to FreeDigitalPhotos.net and the image creator on the same page where the image has been used. However if for some reasons you do not want to publish an acknowledgement then you must pay for the image.

 

 

#6. Rgbstock

free photo imagesImage courtesy of Cristiano Galbiati

This is a site created by a group of photographers and graphic artists. You will find there more than 100,000 free stock photos. If you want to upload or download images you must be a member. Membership is free! FAQ

 

 

#7. Gratisography.com

free images for commercial useImage by Ryan Mcguire

Free images that you can use for personal or commercial projects. All pictures are under Creative Commons Zero. License

 

 

#8. StockPhotos.io

stockPhotosIo

On this site you will find around 27,000 images. They are either in the Public Domain or Creative Commons licensed, which means you can use them freely and for commercial purposes, but you must attribute the author. FAQ

 

 

 

#9. PublicDomainArchive.com

public-domain-images-free-stock-photos-high-quality-resolution

Mountains

 All images on this site may be used for personal or commercial purposes without any restrictions or limitations. Attribution is not required, but is always appreciated. Terms and Conditions

 

 

#10. Stokpic.com

free images use Image by Ed Gregory

Free photos for personal and commercial use, all under Creative Commons Zero license. Attribution is appreciated, but not necessary. Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

#11. Libreshot.com

free photography pics

Free images in different categories that you can use any way you wish (commercial use allowed). All photos are licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 so attribution to LibreShot.com is required.

 

 

#12. Morguefile.com

free images no copyright Image by froggidonna

Free high resolution images for personal or commercial use. Attribution is not required, but is appreciated. morgueFile license

 

 

#13. FreeRangeStock.com

stock royalty free images Image by Flash Alexander

High-quality, high-resolution images that you can use for free even commercially. While a credit is always appreciated, it is not required. FAQ

 

 

#14. BigFoto.com

free logo images

You can download all the pictures for free and use them for personal or commercial purposes. The photo gallery on bigfoto.com is big and constantly growing. Registration is not required. In return for free download bigfoto.com asks you to place a link to the bigfoto website on your own website. Copyright

 

 

#15. Little Visuals

royalty free illustrations

Free pictures licensed under Creative Commons Zero, which means you can use them anyway you want.

 

 

#16. Canva

high_quality_stock_photos_

On a free account, there are about 100,000 free images, but when you subscribe to Canva for Work, you will have exclusive access to over 300,000 more free premium elements. Whether you are using free or paid elements, you do not need to give Canva credit or attribution when you publish your design. If you do though, it would be much appreciated. You are free to use your designs on blogs and other platforms. You may use your Canva designs for commercial blogs. To know more about using free elements on Canva, please click here.

 

 

#17. Freestocktextures.com

free high quality pictures

Free images for private and commercial purposes licensed under Creative Commons Zero. You can use them however you want and attribution is not required. You can search images by categories. License

 

 

#18. Magdeleine

free blog photos Image by Ales Krivec

Some images on this website are in the Public Domain and some require an attribution. You can search by category such as: nature, people, animals, food etc.

 

 

#19. Freephotosbank.com

royalty free illustration

Free pictures, but you have to link back to freephotosbank.com if you decide to use any of them. Terms of Use.

 

 

#20. Stockvault.net

free illustration images

Stock photo sharing website with free images for personal and non-commercial usage. All the photographs and images on this website are submitted by photographers and artists from all over the world.

 

 

#21. FreePicturesPhotos.com

free images mountains

High-resolution photos that you can use free of charge for both personal and commercial purposes. However an attribution to www.free-pictures-photos.com is required.

 

 

#22. Vintagestockphotos.com

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Vintage images that you can use for free even for commercial purposes. In order to download the images you need to create an account. Attribution is not required, but a photo credit is appreciated. Model and property releases are not available. Licensing and FAQ.

 

 

#23. Death to the Stock Photo

royalty free images stock

Every month they will send you beautiful photos to your inbox, you just need to sign up. The images can be used even for commercial purposes. Plain English License

 

 

#24. Openphoto.net

flickr royalty free photos

Photo sharing platform where contributors offer their images for free under Creative Commons License. You have to give credit to the photographer by using the code available on the website. License terms and conditions vary from image to image.

 

 

#25. Isorepublic.com

free illustrations download Image by Tom Eversley

High-resolution images free to use both in commercial and personal creative projects. Attribution is not required but is appreciated. Terms and Conditions.

 

 

#26. MMT

photographs free of charge

Stock photos by Jeffrey Betts. All of them are licensed under Creative Commons Zero. You can use them for both personal and commercial purposes.

 

 

#27. Ancestryimages.com

illustrations for free

Images of antique prints and maps for non-commercial use. A link back to the website, such as: “Image courtesy of ancestryimages.com” is appreciated. If you want to use some of the images for commercial purposes, please contact the author of the site.

 

 

#28. PickUpImage.com

free vector illustrations Bernina Mountains

Huge collection of free, Public Domain images. You can use them for commercial purposes without asking for permission. You can search images by category such as: Food and Drink, Space, People, Travel, Nature etc.

 

 

#29. Jeshoots.com

stock images in public domainImage by Jan Vasek

Free images published under the Creative Commons Zero license, so you can use them any way you want. FAQ

 

 

#30. Jaymantri.com

stock photo images

Free Public Domain images. 7 new photos are published once a week.

 

 

#31. Superfamous

images for freeImage by Folkert Gorter

Images for private and commercial purposes available under the conditions of a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

 

 

#32. Kaboompics.com

royalty free illustrations Photo by Staffage

A collection of good quality photos for free. You can even use them in your commercial projects. A link back to the website is highly appreciated. Special hi-resolution images are available for subscribers. Terms of Use

 

 

#33. 4FreePhotos.com

photos for free

The images on this website are offered for free under the Creative Commons License. You can search pictures by category such as: business, food, nature, science etc. Terms of Use

 

 

#34. DesignersPicks.com

nature photos freeImage by Jeshu John

Hi-resolution photos for your personal and commercial use. Attribution is not required, but is highly appreciated. FAQ and Terms.

 

 

#35. Albumarium.com

free online photo storage

Images for personal and commercial use. Attribution is required. Terms of Service. 

 

 

#36. Epicantus

wild animal photos Image by Daria

Free hi-resolution photos for your landing pages and graphic designs. Attribution is not required. All photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero.

 

 

#37. Picjumbo.com

free nature picturesImage by Viktor Hanacek

Free photos for personal and commercial works. Attribution is greatly appreciated. You can search images by category: food, nature, people, roads and more. FAQ and Terms.

 

 

#38. Dreamstime.com

free images to download

On this website you will find high-resolution royalty free stock images. You can use them under their RF-LL terms. There are about 10,000 images in the free section. They ask you to add linked credit line to author/agency (you will find it on the download page).

 

 

#39. Lifeofpix.com

download free photos Image by John Price

Free high-resolution images for personal and commercial use. All of them are donated to the Public Domain. New photographs are added weekly.

 

 

#40. Winephoto.co

buy stock images

Do you have a wine blog? If you do, then you should like these images. The website doesn’t exist any longer, but you can download all the images onto your computer.

 

 

#41. Splashbase.co

free stock photos commercial use

Image by Go Wild Images

Splashbase aggregates free (Public Domain) high-resolution photos from different sources.

 

 

#42. Splitshire.com

free nature imagesLight Rays Trees

Free high quality images by Daniel Nanescu with no copyright restrictions for personal and commercial use. Attribution is not required, but appreciated.

 

 

#43. Moveast.me

vector stock images

Free images by Joao Pacheco. All of them are available under CC0.

 

 

#44. Imcreator.com

big stock photo

Free images for both personal and commercial use. Attribution to the creator is required. You can search images by category, such as: business, technology, food & drinks, nature and more.

 

 

#45. Freemediagoo.com

stock photo imagesBison Image

Free stock photos for commercial and private purposes, you can use them in print, film, TV, Internet or other media. Attribution is not required, but a link back would be appreciated. Terms of Use

 

 

#46. Foter.com

sell stock photos

Millions of free Creative Commons images from many online sources. You can search for images by keywords and then use the embed code to insert them into your blog post. You can choose the License Type from the navigation menu.  Terms of Service.

 

 

#47. Goodstock.photos

istock photos Niagara Falls

 High quality and high resolution photos that you can use for free anywhere you want. You don’t have to credit the author or this site, but it is always welcomed. A new photo is published daily. About Page

 

 

#48. PacHD.com

free food imagesCrystal Springs

Free high-resolution images in different categories: food, flowers, nature & scenics, world travel and more.  You can use them for private or commercial purposes, but you must provide a clickable link to www.pachd.com. Terms of Use

 

 

#49. Skitterphoto.com

free photography websitesSunrise River

High quality photos free to use, even commercially. All of them are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. You can search images by categories. Terms of Use

 

 

#50. Picography.co

free photography stock Image by Dave Meier

All high resolution photographs on this website are provided free of charge (Creative Commons Zero). Use them however you like. Terms of Use

 

 

#51. Resplashed.com

stock photography image Image by Tim Mossholder

Hundreds of free Public Domain images. On Resplashed.com you will find the same images as on Unsplash.com

 

 

#52. PublicDomainPictures.net

photos free use Image by Ken Kistler

Free Public Domain images that you can search by category such as animals, flowers, food, landscape, people and more.

 

 

#53. Hubspot.com

cheap stock photos

Free photos. No attribution required. You can download four collections of stock photos: 80 assorted photos, 75 more assorted photos, 160 business-themed photos, 250 holiday-themed photos.

 

 

#54. Freejpg

big stock photo Dusk Landscape

Free image bank for commercial and editorial use. You will find here images with three different types of license: Basic, Creative Commons 2.0 and Public Domain.

 

 

#55. Openclipart.org 

stocking photos

Images from this website can be used for both personal and commercial purposes. License

 

 

#56. Freepik.com

istock images Designed by Freepik

Free vectors, PSD files, icons and photos. You can use them for free both in personal and commercial projects, but you must insert the attribution. If you don’t want to credit the author you can acquire a license. Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

#57. Everystockphoto.com

stock images from photographers direct

It is a license-specific photo search engine. You can search millions of freely licensed photos from many sources. Before using the chosen image check the license. FAQ

 

 

#58. Freelargephotos.com 

vector image

Thousands of high quality, high-resolution photos for free personal use. They charge a one-time $50 fee for commercial use. Terms of Use.

 

 

#59. Alegriphotos.com

photography stock images Summer umbrella from alegriphotos.com

Free images under a Creative Commons license. Some photos are exclusively offered under a Public Domain license. You can use them for most of the commercial and personal purposes. A link to alegriphotos.com is required. Image Usage License

 

 

#60. Plixs.com

images for free

Image by sasint

All pictures on this site are licensed under the Creative Commons Public Domain License. You can search images by different category such as: abstract, food, travel, family and more.

 

 

#61. PerfectExposure.org

stock photos images

Most of the photos from this website are free to use for both personal and commercial purposes under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. FAQ

 

 

#62. Wefunction.com

stock photo agencies

On this website you will find 4 collections of free, high-resolution photos.

 

 

#63. StockPhotosforFree.com

can stock photo

The name says it all. You will find here over 100,000 completely free stock photos that you can use in your personal or commercial projects. Registration is required.

 

 

#64. 500px.com

stock photos images

You will find here high quality paid and free images under Creative Commons licenses. Attribution is required.

 

 

#65. Photoeverywhere.co.uk

free photography

On this website you will find over 3000 travel stock photos. All images are available free of charge under a creative commons license. No registration or subscription is required. Terms of Use and FAQ

 

 

#66. Photober.com

free photographic imagesFull Moon

Images available for both commercial and private use free of charge. You can search them by category such as: nature, objects, animal, people, technology, food and travel. Attribution is not required, but a photo credit: “Free image via Photober.com” is highly appreciated. Terms of Use

 

 

#67. Unprofound.com

stock free photography Image by Jim

You can use these images in your personal and commercial projects. There is no requirement to give credit. Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

#68. Mypublicdomainpictures.com

free stock illustrations

A collection of Public Domain images. Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

#69. Travelcoffeebook.com

stock illustrations

High-resolution travel photos. All of them are listed under the Creative Commons Zero license, so you can do whatever you want with them.

 

 

#70. Goodfreephotos.com

free illustrations Sunset over Mount Magazine

You will find here thousands of unique and free Public Domain stock photos. All of them are released under the Public Domain license, which means you can use them for both personal and commercial purposes. Public Domain License Terms.

 

 

#71. Foodiesfeed.com

how to sell stock photos online

Free food pictures in high resolution. You can use them anywhere you want both in your personal and commercial projects, they are also free to edit. Attribution is not required, but as always much appreciated. License

 

 

#72. Pond5.com

big stock photos

Great resource with Public Domain images. You will find here thousands of files that you can use for free.

 

 

#73. Reusableart.com

where to get stock photos

On this website you will find a few thousand Public Domain images (flower images, holiday images, bird images, people images etc.) from old books, magazines and other print materials. They are copyright free in the US and many other countries. More Info

 

 

#74. Imagebase.net 

free pictures websitesYosemite Valley Antiqued

Free photos that you can use for personal, commercial, non-profit, artistic, or creative purposes. Most of them were taken by David Niblack. A link back to the site is not required, but it is welcomed. About Imagebase

 

 

#75. Snapwiresnaps

watermark photos freeImage by Jeri Johnson

Public Domain images. Seven free photos are released every week – you can get them straight to your inbox.

 

 

#76. Imageafter.com

free photos

Free online photo collection. You can use the images for both personal and commercial purposes. You will find here images of plants, food, landscapes, trees and more. Terms of Use

 

 

#77. Bucketlistly.com

illustration free download

Travel photos released under a Creative Commons license. You can use them for free as long as you follow the licensing guidelines. To learn more click here.

 

 

#78. Photogen.com

adobe illustrator freeMountain Landscape

High-resolution free stock photos and images that you can use for personal and commercial projects. A link back to the website is greatly appreciated, but it’s not required. Terms of use and FAQ

 

 

#79. StartupStockPhotos.com

illustration websites

Public Domain “startup focused” images. Attribution is not necessary, but a link back to the website is welcomed.

 

 

#80. Compfight.com

photo share

This site helps you search through Flickr images. Thanks to it you can quickly find Creative Commons license photos for your personal or commercial projects. Always double check the license before use.

 

 

#81. Realisticshots.com

copyright free images

Dubrovnik Sunset, Croatia

All photos on this website are licensed under Creative Commons Zero, which means you can use them even for commercial purposes and no attribution is required. 7 new photos are added every week. Terms of Use

 

 

#82. Stockmedia.cc

high resolution photos

Thousands of free high-resolution stock images released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. To have access to all the images you need to sign up first. Terms of Use

 

 

#83. Freephotobank.org

free high resolution photos

Free stock photos in different categories. Creative Commons attribution. Terms of use.

 

 

#84. Cupcake

high resolution pictures

Public Domain images by Jonas Nilsson Lee.

 

 

#85. Freelyphotos.com

super high resolution photos Clouds in the Sky

High quality Christian stock photography. Creatice Commons Zero license.

 

 

#86. Karenswhimsy.com

stock photos sale

Public Domain images from old books, magazines and postcards. Although not required, a link back to the website is welcomed. Terms of Use

 

 

#87. TheGraphicsFairy.com

stock photos free commercial use

Thousands of free vintage stock images, illustrations, old pictures, antique graphics and vintage printables all curated by Karen Watson. Attribution to the Graphics Fairy is welcomed. FAQ and Terms of Use

 

 

#88. PhotosPublicDomain.com

copyright free photographsAutumn Landscape

Free stock images for any use including commercial. A link back/credit is not required, but would be appreciated. Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

#89. Freenaturestock.com

nature stock photos free

Nature stock photos released under the Creative Commons Zero license, so you can do whatever you want with them. One new photo is added every day.

 

 

#90. Cepolina.com

high quality stock photos freeMountain Chain

Thousands of free photos about travel and nature. You can use them for private or commercial purposes. Attribution is required. Check FAQ

 

 

#91. Getrefe.com

stock photos free use Beautiful Sky

You will find here free images for personal or commercial projects for yourself or a client. Attribution is not required. You need to sign in first.

 

 

#92. Lightmatterphotography.com

stock free photography

Travel and nature images by Aaron Logan. All photos are released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States license.

 

 

#93. Stocksnap.io

royalty free images stock

Hundreds of high-resolution free (Public Domain) stock photos. New images are added on a daily basis.

 

 

#94. Unrestrictedstock.com 

buy royalty free photos

Free stock photos and vectors. License Agreement.

 

 

#95. Free iMage Bank

sell your stock photos Elephants

Free high-resolution images for personal and commercial use. Categories include: city, food, lifestyle, nature, animals, people and more. Terms & Conditions

 

 

#96. Divvypixel.com

free stock image library

Free Public Domain images. The gallery is not big, but maybe you will find something useful. New photos are added weekly.

 

 

#97. Freebigpictures.com

wildlife stock photos

Rainbow over forest

Free high-resolution images of mountains, forests, rivers, roads, flowers, horses, butterflies and more. You can use them both in your personal and commercial projects. Attribution to http://freebigpictures.com is required.

 

 

#98. Picdrome.com

free photo imagesCloudy Mountain Crest

Free (Public Domain) images released under the Creative Commons Zero license. Disclaimer

 

 

#99. Burningwell.org

stock photo agencies

Public Domain image source. You will find here free images donated by different photographers. FAQ

 

 

#100. AwesomeFreePhotos

free photo sharing sitesBeautiful Flowers on the Hill

Free, high-resolution images in different categories: animals, flowers, landscapes and more. Commercial use allowed and attribution is not required.

 

 

#101. Thepatternlibrary.com

best stock photography

Different patterns that you can use for both your personal and commercial purposes. Attribution is not required.

 

 

#102. Turbophoto.com

nature stock photography

2000 free (Public Domain) stock images from 10 categories: activities, animals, cities, food, landscapes, objects, people, plants, transportation and bonus photos.

 

 

#103. Photorack.net

photo search

Stock photos free to use for personal and commercial purposes. Attribution is not required, but it is very welcomed. Terms of Use

 

 

#104. Stockarch.com

image stock photography Image by freeaussiestock – stockarch.com

High-resolution creative commons stock photos that can be used both in personal and commercial projects. Attribution is required.

 

 

#105. Barnimages.com

stock illustration source Bavarian Alps

Free high-resolution stock photos released under the Creative Commons Zero license. About & Terms

 

 

#106. Creativity103.com

landscape stock photo Mangrove Flood

Stock photos, patterns and textures. All stock photos are licensed under a CC BY 3.0 license. A link back to creativity103.com is required. Linking information

 

 

#107. Curatedquotes.com

stock illustration image Funny Picture Quotes

Free quote images released under CC BY 3.0 US. You will find here, among others, Funny Picture Quotes, Inspirational Picture Quotes and Picture Quotes about Life.

 

 

#108. Absfreepic.com

stock illustration image Image by jimmyfortune

A very nice collection of high-resolution Public Domain images for personal and commercial use. Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

#109. Sunipix.com

stock photography companies Bastrop

Over 20,000 royalty free photographs for personal and business needs. Attribution to www.sunipix.com is required. FAQ

 

 

#110.Publicdomainvectors.org

vector images free

Vector images released under a Creative Commons Zero license. You can use them for personal or commercial purposes. A link back is welcomed although not required.

 

 

#111. Freestockphotos.biz

stock illustrations for saleImage by US Fish & Wildlife Service

Over 15,000 images availabe under various licenses. Double check the license before use – you will find it on every image download page. FAQ

 

 

#112. Pixnio.com

books stock illustrations Spring in mountains early spring scenic by Hillebrand Steve, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Public Domain images in different categories: animals, plants, sport, people, objects, travel and more. Although a link back is not required, it is always appreciated. Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

#113. Freeimages.co.uk

stock illustration image Coast Cliffs

Over 18,000 free stock photos released under an attribution license, so a link back is required (Linking Information). You can use them in your personal and commercial projects. New images are added to the site on a regular basis.  FAQ

 

 

#114. Negativespace.co

free stock photography

Colorful fields

Free stock photos released under CC0. 20 new images are added every Monday. You can search photos by category such as: work, architecture, abstract, landscapes and more.

 

 

#115. Insectimages.org

marketing stock illustrations

High quality images for personal or educational use. If you want to use them commercially you need to request permission.  Attribution and registration are required. Image usage.

 

 

#116. Pdpics.com

best free stock photography sites Beautiful calm serene lake 

Thousands of free Public Domain pictures in various categories taken by different photographers and submitted to the above website. Attribution is not required, but definitely appreciated.

 

 

#117. Stockpholio.net

absolutely free stock images

Another website which quickly lets you find free images on Flickr.

 

 

#118. Cgtextures.com

free texturesImage by Jonas De Ro

Many free textures that you can download and use in your personal or commercial projects. Attribution is not required, but always appreciated. You must create an account if you want to download the textures. Check the FAQ section.

 

 

119. Fotorama.no

sea images

Free high-resolution images released under Creative Commons that you can use anywhere. Attribution to Fotorama.no is required.

 

 

#120. Fancycrave.com

free texture packs

Free (Public Domain) high-resolution stock photos taken by Igor Ovsyannykov. Attribution is welcomed, but not required.

 

 

#121. Christianimagesource.com

free christian images

Do you need some Christian images for your project? You will find them here! They are free to use for both personal and commercial purposes. A link back to christianimagesource.com is not necessary, but always appreciated. Terms of Use and FAQ

 

 

#122. UShistoryimages.com

us history imagesSioux Indian Tribe: Sioux Village

A big collection of images from US history. They are free to use, even for commercial purposes (with one exception). Please check the Terms of Use before you start downloading the images.

 

 

#123. 4freetextures.com

best free textures

Water ripple from 4freephotos.com

Another website with free, high quality textures and backgrounds that you can use for commercial purposes. They are offered under the Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 license. Attribution is required.  Terms of Use

 

 

#124. Publicdomainfiles.com

stock illustrations royalty free Image by Larisa Koshkina via Publicdomainfiles

Thousands of Public Domain files (pictures, fonts, clip arts, artwork) that you can use free of charge. Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

#125. Epicva.com

free stock images onlineFull Moon

Free images in different categories (nature, people, sport, food and more) that you can use for both your personal and commercial projects. Attribution is not needed, but highly appreciated.

 

 

#126. Myfreetextures.com

Free textures in different categories released under a creative commons attribution license. You can use them in your private or commercial projects, but attribution to www.myfreetextures.com is required. Terms of Use

 

 

#127. StreetWill.co

free photo album softwareForest

Public Domain images for both your personal and commercial use.

 

 

#128. Free-Online-Pictures.com

google free imagesDesert

Free photos taken at different places in Israel. You can use these images for your private and commercial purposes. Although a link back is not required, it is always welcomed. Terms of Use

 

 

#129. Patternpictures.com

Free high-resolution photos, textures and patterns for personal and commercial purposes. Attribution to patternpictures.com is required. Terms of Use

 

 

#130. Utexas.edu

historical figures images

Public Domain images of historical figures such as: Dante Alighieri, Ludwig van Beethoven, Napoleon Bonaparte, Joan of Arc, Immanuel Kant and more.

 

 

#131. FreeFoodPhotos.com

food pictures imagesRaspberries and Blackcurrants

If you need high-resolution images of food for your project then you should check out this blog. All photos are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Please read the Terms of Use 

 

 

#132. Christmasstockimages.com

free holiday imagesChristmas Candle and Ornaments

Free festive stock photos – released under a Creative Commons Attribution License – that you can use anywhere online.

 

 

#133. Burst

Burst photo

Photo by: Matthew Henry

Some photos on burst.shopify.com are released under Creative Commons Zero license and some photos are licensed. To learn more about the licenses, check Burst terms of service (#4 Using Photos). Although you don’t need to provide attribution to the photographer it’s always best to do it whenever possible.

 

 

Paid sites with stock images that you can use if you’re not satisfied with the free ones:

cheap paid images

 

 

 

best paid stock images

 

 

 

 

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42 Responses to Free Stock Images: 130+ Sources of Free Photos For Your Personal or Commercial Projects

  1. Kush1000 September 17, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    Hi there! That’s a nice post you have created here.
    I will bookmark this site, I really need some quality photos for free, everyone thst has a website can use this photos for FREE. Cool!
    I’m sure many people will find this article as useful and interesting as I did.
    Thanks for sharing this nice information.
    Cheers and best of luck to you.

    • Luke September 17, 2015 at 9:29 am #

      I’m happy that you found it useful. Thanks.

  2. Rick September 25, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    Excellent resource here. Thanks for clearing up the differences between royalty free and actually free, public domain and etc. I’ve used Google advanced image search to find things also. Also helpful is when you can take your own photos and use them. Which of these resources would you consider easiest to navigate through?

    • Luke September 25, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

      Hi Rick

      To be honest I’m not sure which is the easiest to navigate through. I created this list a few months ago.

      I would say Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels, Rgbstock and more.

      cheers

  3. Alex October 28, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    Great post! I have just bookmarked your post! This is going to be a great resource for people with no budget for images.

    I use Pixabay quite often and I need more options for my posts. I just realized there are a lot more out there. Thanks for your effort in putting up this list!

    • Luke October 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

      Thanks a lot, Alex. I’m glad you found it helpful. And yes, it cost me a lot of effort to create this list.

  4. Andrew December 14, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

    Hi there, this is a great article. I am always struggling to find free pictures for my site.
    I did not realise that there were so many other rules that need to be followed even you get the picture for free at first.
    Which site do you recommend most?
    Thanks again and good luck!

    • Luke December 14, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

      Hi Andrew

      Most often I use Pixabay and Unsplash.

  5. Gideon December 18, 2015 at 3:01 am #

    Hey,

    Thanks for the help. Personally I’m only signed up with Pixabay and had no idea that their are so many resources for downloading quality photos. Finding quality photos for my websites has been an issue in the past and still is to this day. I’ll be sure to sign up to a few of the above mentioned sites. Sunipix and picturefrog particularly looks reliable. Thanks again!

  6. Johnson January 30, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    These images are extremely unique and beautiful i must comment. You did a great job with these images and camera used is extremely of great quality.

    Thanks for taking out the time to share these beautiful images with us, they are unique, creative and of great qualities. The camera on the other hand i can tell is of great quality too, to have produced these very unique images. Thanks Luke

  7. George April 24, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

    Hi,

    I just bumped into your site.

    Wow this will probably become my go-to source with regards to free stock images.

    Thank you for putting the time to create this helpful post choke full of image collections.

    I will definitely bookmark your site and come back for some images and more articles like this one.

    • Luke April 24, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

      It took me several weeks to create this list. I wanted to create the most complete source with free stock images and I hope I was successful.

  8. christinamk July 8, 2016 at 1:00 am #

    I love using pixabay and unsplash for royalty free images. They always have really awesome pictures. These other sites also look great. One thing I look for in a good stock images site is the ability to search the photos. A site without that functionality would be no use to me! Thank you for this list, I did not know about a lot of these!

    • Luke July 8, 2016 at 5:45 am #

      Yes, you’re right. I also prefer the sites with the search functionality.

  9. Alex May 10, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

    Hi Luke,

    Thank you for suck a great post!
    I am always looking for free photos, but it is not always easy to find good photos.
    And you have fantastic photos here!
    I have a doubt, if you put a lot of images in the post they can slow down or depending on the image format?
    Thanks!
    Alex

    • Luke May 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

      Yes, images can slow down your page load time. But there are some plugins that can help you optimize your images such as WP Smush.

  10. valval May 13, 2017 at 5:21 am #

    You’re a life saver! I’ve been looking for FREE images that I can use for my blog. The list is quite extensive – it’s amazing! Can’t thank you enough for helping me out (and a ton of others I’m sure). Appreciate also bringing light to some of the rules that apply to these images. What are some of your favorite sites to use?

    • Luke May 13, 2017 at 6:39 am #

      Hello. Personally I like Pixabay and Unsplash.

  11. George May 15, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

    Wow, your collection is amazing! I only have Pixabay account now.

    I really appreciate that you listed so many high-quality free image websites in your post. You provide a lot of value by doing this because free images is something all bloggers need, especially those on a tight budget.

    To your success!

    George

  12. Simon May 19, 2017 at 9:51 am #

    Wow, you have provided me with a lifetime’s worth of imagery for my future free photos – you’re bookmarked, thanks. I am always on the look out for freebies as the costs would certainly spiral out of control if I had to pay regarding the amount of photos I use for my frequently published posts.

    Thanks for providing me with these alternatives,

    Simon.

  13. Minhaj May 28, 2017 at 10:02 pm #

    Hi

    thanks for taking the time and posting this huge list, I was aware of some of them and like you I use Pixabay and 123ref (they are cheaper than the other ones). I have also used Flickr and Pexels. But sometimes you have no choice but to buy stock photography because the images you want aren’t available for free.

    Do you use shutterstock or Adobe fotolia?

    • Luke May 29, 2017 at 6:11 am #

      I never used shutterstock, but I used fotolia in the past.

  14. Ilias June 2, 2017 at 12:19 am #

    Hi Luke, what a post! I usually visit pixabay and sometimes pexels. When I was looking to find a new website to get images for my website, I could not imagine that there are so many of them. I will save your website to come back later. I will check out many of these sites.

  15. Norman June 4, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    Hello and thanks for sharing, it is good when you can go to website that has free photos that you can use on your blog. When I first got into this business, i did not know about free photos . But now that I know it is pretty amazing. Your post is well detailed with tons of great information and is a great help.

  16. Weston November 10, 2017 at 12:59 am #

    Great post! I had no idea there were that many free stock image websites out there. I already use Pixabay, but I find that their photos are limited. I like to have options.

    I will try Unsplash. Are there any others that you would recommend? Have you tried most of these other websites? How do they compare with Pixabay?

    Thank you!

    Weston

  17. Howard December 5, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

    Luke,

    Just sometimes I come across a post related to my website business that actually contains invaluable information, and this is certainly one of those occasions. A wonderful post.

    It is so detailed and informative that It prompted me to bookmark your page. Well done, you clearly know your stuff!

    Thanks

    Howard

  18. justin June 24, 2018 at 3:59 am #

    Hey i really enjoyed this article, i do have a hard time trying to find pictures that i can use for my articles. These seems like some great sites i dont really want to pay for the pictures i use either. I do use canva to edit images and make logos i do like that site a lot!

  19. Remy June 24, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    I really like this article. Thank you for the resources I can use for my articles.

  20. Jo June 28, 2018 at 10:52 am #

    Oh man, this is super helpful. I’ve bookmarked it and have no doubt I’ll be coming back here to use many of these regularly.

  21. ShaniDee June 28, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

    I am very impressed with all work you put in to find all these great sites. I save to Pinterest so I can use it as my go-to for free stock phones. Since I really need to upgrade my images on my new website, this is the place to go. Thanks, for all the time and effort you put in so other’s don’t have too.

    • Luke June 28, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

      Thanks. Yes, it took me quite a lot of effort to create such a list and I’m happy that you find it useful.

  22. Karen Noone June 28, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

    Wow this is the most comprehensive list of photography sites, I have ever come across. I’m not sure where to start. Definitely bookmarking this post.

    I have a website that is business orientated but am bored f the generic person at laptop photos I keep finding.

    Is there one site you could suggest that is more creative?

    • Luke June 28, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

      Maybe check Hubspot – they have some business-themed stock photos there. I think if you’re looking for something specific then probably you will need to pay for it.

  23. Christine June 29, 2018 at 11:50 am #

    Awesome comprehensive list! Thanks!

  24. Tiffany June 29, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

    great post, these are fabulous resources!

  25. Jojo July 1, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

    I just bookmarked your page. I found it very useful. I am always looking for new images to put on my site or to add to my pinterest board. You always need more and new images for your projects and a list like this showing you where to get them is really great.
    A great picture could really be the difference between a successful webpage and a failure. Without interesting images, few people will stay long enough on your page to read what you have written.

  26. yoguRJ July 7, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

    Awesome article.
    I have never seen a great article like this. 133 Free Stocks sites. Really wonderful to hear this.
    I will share this with my colleagues. They will be happy to all collection of Stock Free site’s list at one place.

    Great work and really thanks for creating this article.

  27. Rob S. July 8, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

    Thanks so much Luke This is awesome.
    I’m always looking for free images to use but they have to be royalty free.
    There are so many listed here that I never knew about before.
    Are they in order of what’s best first?
    The other thing is do you have to acknowledge the website if you use their images?

    • Luke July 8, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

      Yes, the first three sites in my opinion are one of the best sites with free stock images (but many others are good as well, for example Flickr). And yes, sometimes attribution is required, but it is not a problem at all. 

  28. Kerry Bramham July 9, 2018 at 3:34 am #

    Wow Luke,
    What a wealth of information.
    I totally agree that you get way more traffic to a website when it has engaging images. You have given us some great resources here to work with.
    I am always looking for engaging images to enhance my website, so I have bookmarked this post to help me find what I am looking for.
    Keep up the great work.
    Kerry

  29. Oscar July 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm #

    I always look for free stock photos for my website.

    Thanks for giving me many options where to look for images.

    I just had the questions if you have to sign up for most of the options that you are giving? Or can you download them without having accounts with them?

    I know some of the options that you are sharing, but many are completely new to me.

    Thanks again,
    Oscar

    • Luke July 17, 2018 at 5:17 am #

      Sometimes you need to create an account in order to be able to download the images, but most websites allow you to do it without creating an account.

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