21 of the Best FREE Stock Photo Sites *Updated 2019
Photos heavily influence the way your audience FEELS when they see your content. When finding the perfect shot, don’t risk a lawsuit by stealing images off the web – use stock images that are free for commercial use instead! Check out these amazing resources and start telling your unforgettable story with free (and legal) visuals.
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The Stocks - http://thestocks.im/ - this site has brought together several of the top free (and paid) stock photo sites. I found it fairly easy to use and helpful to quickly search various databases when you're on the hunt for a particular photo! Watch to make sure the photos that you're looking for are 'Free for Commercial Use'
LARGE SITES THAT HAVE A TON OF PICTURES
Pixabay – https://pixabay.com/ (over 920,000 photos, easy to search) Pexels – https://www.pexels.com/ (great selection of high quality photos)
Unsplash – https://unsplash.com/ (good variety of artistic photos) Burst – https://burst.shopify.com/ (well organized into categories)
CreativeCommons – https://search.creativecommons.org/ (easy Google search for royalty free images)
MORE SPECIALIZED SITES
Gratisography – http://gratisography.com/ (not your everyday stock photos - find odd, unique and striking images here. I like this one to find attention-grabbing pics!)
Free Nature Stock - https://freenaturestock.com/ (beautiful nature pics)
FoodiesFeed – https://foodiesfeed.com/ (anything food/drink related) New Old Stock – http://nos.twnsnd.co/ (vintage photos from public archives) Startup Stock Photos – http://startupstockphotos.com/ (people workin’) BucketListlyPhotos – http://photos.bucketlistly.com/ (go-to for travel content)
Stocksnap - https://stocksnap.io/
Streetwill - https://streetwill.co/
Skitterphoto – https://skitterphoto.com/ Life of Pix – http://www.lifeofpix.com/ FancyCrave – http://fancycrave.com/ PicJumbo – https://picjumbo.com/ Get Refe – http://getrefe.com/ Freestock.org – http://freestocks.org/ Picography – https://picography.co/ MMT Stock – http://mmtstock.com/ KaboomPics – http://kaboompics.com/ Negative Space – https://negativespace.co/ ISO Republic – http://isorepublic.com/
*You are responsible for following the licenses of the photos you choose. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero provide users with the freedom to copy, modify, distribute, and use all of the photos without permissions or attribution.
Did I miss any great sites? Leave a link in the comments!