The Best Free Stock Photography Websites

The Best Free Stock Photography Websites

People Images

This hidden gem has over 200 free photos. That's not a lot, but these are actually high-quality stock photos from the world's most famous stock photographer, Yuri Arcurs!


Unsplash is unlike any other stock photo websites here - it's simply a Tumblr blog with 10 free high-res copyright-free(CC0) photos every 10 days.


Like Unsplash, Picjumbo has unique photos that you won't find elsewhere. There aren't a lot of photos at the moment but the easy terms make them great for website templates or graphic designs.


Pixabay is a clean and uncluttered website that lets you download photos without registering!

Pixel Perfect Digital

Pixel Perfect Digital only has around 500 images but their website is easy to use and they have a great tool that allows you to search by color. There are plenty of pictures of inanimate objects but we weren’t able to find any with people in it.

NASA ArtSpace

If you’re looking for space photos, NASA has an enormous amount of royalty-free images for you to use. They have photos from the Hubble Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory, NASA Image of the Day, and more!


StockVault was once as a small online gallery of the owners own photos and manually updated. In 2004, they switched to a new automated image gallery software and kept growing with new photos from different photographers and designers. Their photos a are free for personal or educational use. See their terms of use for more information.

Freerange Stock

Freerange Stock runs like stock.xchng but they allow their authors to earn money by placing ads where their images are. They only have around 700 images but it is worth a try.

Creative Commons Search

CC Search is one of the best ways to find images from multiple websites including Google Images. They rely on the Creative Commons license but it is typically misunderstood by authors. You’ll often find images that doesn’t look like the author intended for it to be used as stock. The last thing you want is an angry message from the author accusing you of stealing his/her image so send the author a message if you’re not sure.


Everystockphoto is similar to the Creative Commons search but searches some websites not found on the Creative Commons search. This includes photos from websites like Photo Xpress that offer free photos but don’t have a particular section to find them.


Free pick is another search engine and it mostly links to photos from Stock Vault. In addition to photos, you can search vectors and PSDs.

Free Pixels

The website looks dated but they have a pretty nice collection of photos that aren’t just random snapshots as seen in many free stock photo websites with a lot of downloads. Free Pixels is worth the try if you can’t find what you’re looking for in the other websites.

Paid Stock Photo Websites with Free Downloads

There are a lot of free stock photo websites but typically their quality and resolution doesn’t match those from paid photo websites. In particular, if you’re looking for pictures with people or faces, you’ll have a tough time finding good ones on free stock photo websites. For designers, it’s also important to have a good collection of stock photos and one great way of building it up is to download the weekly/monthly free images from these paid photo websites. Check out these websites weekly/monthly and start building your collection!


iStockPhoto consistently has some of the best free weekly photos. They also allow you to download the previous 3 stock photos in case you missed any. The free image link is on the homepage but you’ll need to login first to find it.

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34 comments on “The Best Free Stock Photography Websites”

  1. Me and my friend are amateur photographers (although we do some paid work every now and then) and we have created this website

    We believe in free culture and we are going to post all our photos in full resolution on our website and can be used under following creative commons license.
    That means you can
    remix, transform, and build upon the material
    for any purpose, even commercially.
    100% free of cost.

    We have just started this project and within months there will be thousands of photos available.
    If you like our work and want to promote free culture then please spread the word to everyone who might want to build upon our work.
    If everything goes right then our plan is to recruit more like minded photographers and make this site really rich with 100% free stock photos
    Thank you for supporting us

    Kind regards,


  2. There is also part of the new and growing Symbiostock network of experienced independent stock image artists. Currently 130 members and over 170,000 images both increasing every day.

  3. I prefer pixabay and morguefile over the others because all the photos are public domain. Other "free" places have restrictions on how the photos can be used, which defeats the purpose of the whole thing. You can also check out my site for thousands of photos I've released into the public domain.

  4. Thanks a lot for the info. I am sure i can get few of the required images from above sites.
    We also use a website called
    If you are a website designer, blogger here you can download high resolution Free stock images for free.

  5. Not sure why "dreams time" is on any list? Personally, I found nothing FREE! And I will never purchase any images from these companies, advertising "LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE STOCK IMAGES"

  6. I use Freerange Stock all the time - they have a LOT more than 700 images... over 25,000 from what I can tell.

  7. should be at the top of this list! Relatively new, it is an amazing resource for anyone looking for quality images...

  8. Please show this to your tutorial authors so that they can stop using deviantart. Too many broken deviantart links everywhere

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