14 August 2017

10 Free Stock Photo Sites

Websites need a strong visual appeal to entice visitors to stay and linger. Whether it’s when you’re writing blogs or for resources, images attract visitors to remain on your site.

Free photo sites offer quality images with many choices of Creative Commons (CC) photos, graphics and even videos.

There is a wide choice of sites that offer free stock images to explore. If you cannot find the picture you want on one you may find it on another.

Best 10 places to find free stock photos.


Unsplash features a vast library of over 200,000 beautiful photos. Make your project eye catching, search for a specific photo, or view by trending or new. “Unsplash grants you an irrevocable, nonexclusive copyright license to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and use photos from Unsplash for free, including for commercial purposes, without permission from or attributing the photographer or Unsplash.”


Death to Stock Photo

Death to Stock Photo is a free monthly email list providing curated photos, and videos delivered right to your inbox. And with a public license you can use their images any way you want. They also offer a monthly membership, and scholarships for nonprofits, to have full access to search their database.



Freerange was created to distribute quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial uses. Their searchable database features many photos taken from in-house photographers and archives or submitted by their growing community. With a searchable database of high quality photos and illustrations they have a curated collection of images worthy of your project.


New Old Stock

New Old Stock recaptures history by providing vintage photos from public archives. With no known copyright restrictions images from the past are at your fingertips.



Pixabay features over a million photos, vector graphics, illustrations and video under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. Type in your search query or explore new or the editors choice to find the perfect image.



Burst markets itself as the site for free stock photos for entrepreneurs. Search their database, view popular seaches, or have a collection of images delivered to your email every week by their experts. All of their images are released under a CC0 so you’re free to use them for absolutely anything.



123RF one of the traditional stock photo sites also offers over 30,000 photos, graphics, photoshop files and audio files for free. Easily find royalty free web images using their powerful search, or browse through their database.


Pexels features some of the best free stock photo. With the ability to search or view popular and new images licensed under CC0 your commercial or personal project is sure to shine.

Open Photo

Open Photo is a collection of free photos, licensed under the terms of the creative commons license. You can search, or browse by common topics such as colors, or architecture to find the ideal image for your commercial or non-commercial project.

Fancy Crave

Fancy Crave introduces photos that don’t feel like stock images. Browse through their collections or search for specific themes, with all images licensed under CC0 you’re free to use them for commercial or non-commercial purposes.



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