50 sites to find free images and stock photos

Visual content is everywhere. Instagram and Pinterest flood the internet with a wave of wonderful pictures and visuals. But the question is, where do I get high quality images, without worrying about licences?

August 22, 2019

In this ultimate guide to free images on the internet, I am sharing with you 50 pages where you can find the free images and stock photos for basically everything. Be it free images for your social media accounts and blog posts or for private projects.

sThe following order is created based on the picture quality and the ease of use the platform provides, as well as there clarity on their picture licenses.

One thing to mention before we start: The CC0 license.

Тhe CC0 license, which most of the photos have, makes them available for both private and commercial purposes. That means one can copy, modify and distribute them without asking for a specific permission. The only thing not allowed under this type of license is creating a new stock platform with the downloaded photos .

1. Pexels

Pexels is one of the largest and most convenient free image libraries. All the images from pexels can be used for personal and commercial purposes. Further you don’t have to credit anyone, but it’s nice if you do.

Their portfolio is in the hundreds of thousands and includes everything from A to Z. The pexels site is super convenient to work with and the picture quality is top notch.

Personal Use:
allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Pexels License

2. Unsplash

Unsplash allows you to use their images for free. You can take the pictures for commerical and personal use. The only thing you are not allowed to do is building competing image library. Obviously.

The great thing about unsplash is, that you don’t have to worry about licenses, because all of the images on the plattorm are free. The quality is splendid and
no interrupting ads are in place. Thumbs up.

Personal Use:
allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Unsplash License

3. Pixabay

Pixabay claims that they have over a million free images and they are all free. The platform also offers free vectors, illustrations and videos. You can use the content of Pixabay personally and commercially. I personally think their picture quality is really great and you always find a picture suiting your needs.

Personal Use:
allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Pixabay License

4. StockSnap.io

StockSnap.io offers free images from a broad variety of categories. The images are under the CO0 licenses and can be used personally and commercially. They mostly use their own community of photographers and gather pictures from the web.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
StockSnap License

5. Reshot

Reshot provides the world’s best emerging photographers with a beautiful platform for sharing a sampling of their best work for free to use in creative projects.
Creatives in need of visual content can freely explore and license some of the world’s best imagery. The images are high quality, thus the site is one of my favourites. Especially, I like their unique style of images.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Reshot License

6. Free Images

Free Images has about 380.000 free pictures and illustrations. As the licenses may vary among the images, you have to keep in mind, that in some use-cases the pictures can be used only with a attribution to the artist.

To download the pictures there is no signup required. The only shortage is that there is sometimes a redirect to istockphoto.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: partly required
Modify pictures: allowed
FreeImages License

7. Burst Shopify

No matter if for personal or commercial use, the thousands of high quality pictures on the website can be used completely free of charge.

Burst Shopify offers a wide range of high quality pictures that can be very helpful especially for e-commerce projects.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Burst Shopify License

8. Kaboompics

This website gives you an opportunity to choose from thousands of pictures without any payment, even for commercial use. Beautiful selection, and no ads make the experience on Kaboompics so great.

Another benefit are the filters to find pictures on orientation (horizontal, vertical) and colour.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Kaboompics License

9. Foodies Feed

Foodies Feed is the page to get the most amazing shoots of food and beverage creations. With more than 1000 free food pictures its the ideal free stock library for food bloggers and cooking sites.

The picture quality is outstanding but its financed by ads, which can get a bit annoying sometimes.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Foodies Feed License

10. Picjumbo

Picjumbo has more than 2500 pictures in their repertoire. You can bulk download them all at once which is quite a unique approach. They have a great library and there is no login required for downloading the pictures. They also offer free design ressources.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Picjumbo License

11. Gratisography

The platform Gratisography has about 1000 free pictures. That’s very little compared to unsplash. However, Gratisography takes a different approach.

They choose their content selectively and therefore the pictures on the platform are quite unique. Quality for quantity is their credo. They have included some ads, but the site is still easy to use.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Gratisography License

12. Free Digital Photos

With Free Digital Photos you get a free access to the hundreds of pictures and you can use them for both personal and commercial activities. The only downside is the sometimes low picture resolution, which can be enhanced only after having the premium version.

What is a bit annoying is that, there are different license types and it's not that easy to find out what is allowed and what not, so be careful.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed (except extended license cases)
Attribution: required under standard license
Modify pictures:
case dependent
Free Digital Photos License

13. SkitterPhoto

Skitter Photo is a stock photo site with a great community of photographers contributing. There is no login required and you can download for free from over 5000 pictures in their database.
The photo quality is mostly good and the photo style very personal.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Skitter Photo License

14. SplitShire

On SplitShire there are about 1039 free stock photos as well as free video stock content. The stock photos you find are high quality with no ads.
It's a small library of quality content, that you won't find anywhere else. Love it.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
SplitShire License

15. Free Photo.cc

FreePhotos.cc is a free resource where you can find creative commons photos for your website or print projects. They have a photo editor too. They often link to pexels and display parts and links to their database, so it's more kind of a summary site.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
FreePhotos License

16. LifeofPix

LifeofPix offers free high-resolution stock photos with restriction-free for personal and commercial use (CC0). New photographies added weekly! All images are donated to the public domain.

LifeofPix also has free videos and a really cool website. They have weekly contests to award the best photographers, which inspires them to upload great quality shots.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
License: CC0
 

17. Free Stocks.org

FreeStocks.org offers a large spectrum of pictures ranging from:

- animals stock photos
- city & architecture stock photos
- fashion stock photos
- food & drinks stock photos
- nature stock photos
- objects &technology stock photos
- people stock photos

All pictures on the platform are free to use for personal and commerical use.
The quality is mostly good.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Free Stocks.org License

18. Styled Stock

Styled Stock is a feminine stock photography platform providing pictures for that niche. The pictures are extremely cool but very limited. They can be filtered by colour.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Styled Stock License

19. Negative Space

The creators of Negative Space have the goal to make high quality photographies free of charge, because as you might know: sharing is caring! The pictures are nice, the only negative point are some ads to Shutterstock or Adobe stock.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Negative Space License

20. ISO Republic

Finding free photos on ISO Republic is quite easy. The pictures on the platform are Creative Commons and free of charge. For a download no login is required. The only downside: Adobe Stock ads and Shutterstock ads.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
ISO Republic License 

21. Picography

Picography stock is a library of about 800 pictures with good quality. There is no signup required and very little ads on the platform. Because of the CC0 license, you can use them as you wish.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Picography License

22. MMT Stock

The creator of the site shares his own photographies for the sake of helping others. MMT Stock offers free images and videos that can be downloaded without login. No ads, CC0, thumbs up! :)

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
MMTStock License

23. Dreamstime

Dreamstime offers a variety of free images. You have to sign up in order to download. Unfortunately they have a lot of different licenses, each for a different price.

So you really have to know what kind of License you need, to use the platform safely.

Personal Use
: yes
Commercial Use: case dependent
Attribution: case dependent
Modify pictures: case dependent
Dreamstime License

24. Barn Images

Here you’ll find many out-of-the-box photos with unique visuals. The site Barn Images has limited number of pictures with a unique style. You can use the stock photos for different personal and commercial purposes.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Barn Images License 

25. Free Range Stock

Images on the site are either shot by FreerangeStock, drawn from Freerange archives, or contributed by a talented community of photographers.
They profit from every click made on the ads next to the photo. A login is required in order to download.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Freerangestock License

26. Free Photo Bank

FreePhotoBank is basically a personal picture database of 11000 pictures from one photographer. Quality is about average.
One of the advantages is the lack of ads. All of the pictures are taken by  Michael PIERROT, who captures the beauty of France.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: required with link to the website
Modify pictures: allowed
FreePhotoBank License

27. StockPhotos4Free

The categories on StockPhotos4Free include: US Cities and Locations, International Locations, Effects and Lower Thirds, Backgrounds, Nature and Animals, Time Lapse,Light and Energy.
It contains 100,000 completely free stock photos . Login is required.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
StockPhotos4Free License 

28. BigFoto

Photo quality is amateur photography. Most of them are contributed by enthusiasts wanting to get recognition. As you may see from the web design Bigfoto has not been updated for quite a while.
Nonetheless, one can acquire all of the content completely free of charge.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
BigFoto License

29. IM Free

About 5000 pictures and website templates. One of the negative aspects is that IM Free redirects almost most of the time to flickr. However , pictures are of quite good quality and well-selected.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: required
Modify pictures: allowed
IM FREE License

30. Ancestry Images

Ancestry Images offers around 36.500 pictures of various antique objects. It’s completely free for non-commercial use.
The content is mainly photos of antique prints and maps dating from the 18th and 19th century.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: nominal fee is charged
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Ancestry Images License

31. Morgue File

Morguefile.com contains over 380.000 high quality, high resolution photos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required.
The website on itself creates "MQuest challenge", which boosts the creativity of the people contributing their photos.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
MorgueFile License

32. Little Visuals

Little Visuals provides some fascinating pictures of a young photographer who died in 2013. As all of the content is free of charge, his family has launched a fundraising campaign, in order to provide portable defibrillators for schools and sport areas.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Little Visuals License

33. Jay Mantri

The website presents incredible pictures and videos of the photographer Jay Mantri. The quality of the photos is much more than satisfactory, however, I wish there was a bit more variety.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Jay Mantri License

34. RGB Stock

Rgbstock.com is created by a group of enthusiastic photographers and graphic artists. It includes more than 100.000 stock photos with reasonably good quality. Lot of different categories. Login required when using the pictures.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
RGB Stock License

35. Pikwizard

Pikwizard contains more than 1 million free stock photos and videos. No login is required, an image editor is available free of charge. All pictures have CC0 license and can be used for both personal and commercial use without the need of giving credits.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Pikwizard Licese  

36. Pxhere

Pxhere has color filters to search pictures based on their colors. The quality is top notch. Downside: login is required in order to download the photos.
Upon clicking the "random" button you can discover something you never knew you needed.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Pxhere License


37.Pickup Image

Pickup Image contains large collection of high quality photographs. They can be used for both personal and commercial use for free. The website has a photo editor, where the pictures can be resized, transformed and cropped.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Pickup Image License


38. LargePhotos

Each of the pictures on LargePhotos is licensed under the CC0, which means they can be practically copied, modified or redistributed free of charge. The quality is high, the collection contains pictures in various genres.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
LargePhotos License

39. VisualHunt

VisualHunt offers 135,794 CC0 licensed pictures and more than 350 000 000 photos in total. This is what I call variety! Many of the pictures redirect to Flickr, which can be seen as a disadvantage.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed (except extended licence cases)
Attribution: required under standard licence
Modify pictures: allowed
VisualHunt License

40.LibreShot

LibreShot is created by a SEO consultant and we can all see Martin’s passion for photography. No attribution is required, but  giving credit to someone’s work is always nice ;)

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
LibreShot License

41. Stockvault

With its 135.019 photos Stockvault offers high quality content free of charge. License may vary, so be sure you check the description before using any of the photos! Categories : People, Nature, Objects, Textures, 3D Renders.

Personal Usey
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed (except extended licence cases)
Attribution: required under standard licence
Modify pictures: allowed
Stockvault License

42. Realistic Shots

Realistic Shorts consists of CC0 licensed photos updated on a weekly basis. The image quality is quite impressive, no login is required. There is much more than photos of people holding smartphones, I'd recommend you to take a glimpse of it.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Realistic Shots License

43. Polayoutu

Polayoutu is created by a community of Chinese photographers offering high quality content under CC0 license. All photos are part of a well-selected collection and of an extreme good quality.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Polayoutu License

44. New old stock

NewOldStock provides a collection of vintage photos, provided without copyright restrictions. No login required. As most of the pictures are taken in the 20th century their quality is respectively poor.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
New Old Stock License

45. Download free photos

All pictures on Download free photos are licensed under the CC0, here you can find a variety of photos for any purpose. It contains only a limited number of photos, which are ,however, of high quality.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Download free photos License

46. Compfight

Compfight is an image search engine offering photographs for every purpose. You should keep in mind that the license varies between different pictures, as they are directly taken from Flickr.

Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Compfight License

47. Rawpixel

With RawPixel you can download up to 5 photos a day under the CC0 license. A premium version allows downloading on a larger scale. Nevertheless, the content is of a superior quality.

Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
RawPixel License

48. Еvery Stock Photo

Search engine with tremendous 29,363,984 free of charge photos. Be cautious as some of them may have different licenses. As the name suggests you can basically find almost every free stock photo

Personal Use: case dependent
Commercial Use:case dependsent
Attribution:case dependent
Modify pictures:case dependent
EveryStockPhoto License

49.Moveast

Moveast is created by young Portuguese photographer providing 150 of his fascinating photos for free. All of them are CC0 licensed and could be used for free for both personal and commercial purposes.


Personal Use
: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
Moveast License
 

50. ABSfreepics

ABSFreePic offers a range of the photos that are unfortunately not of an awesome quality. However, they can be all used for private or commercial aims for free.


Personal Use: allowed
Commercial Use: allowed
Attribution: not required
Modify pictures: allowed
ABSFreePic License