Stock images can be pretty expensive if you’re looking for high quality images for use on your website or other media. Luckily there is a large selection of websites that offer royalty free stock images for free. Many of these websites don’t require membership and are attribution free.
Having pictures on your websites can greatly enhance the look and appeal of your web posts. They can also be used for video production, pdf files and pamphlets. All of the websites below do not require a membership to download and use the photos. Many of them are high quality and offer a large selection of pictures to choose from. So let’s get into it.
1) Albumarium – this website has a small selection of photos to choose from. All of them are free. Some also require attribution. Check before downloading an image.
2) Ancestry Images – has a selection of over 30,000 old-style images to choose from. If you’re looking for something to represent the old world then check here.
3) Bigfoto – offers pictures free to download. They’re not the best quality images but you can still find a few gems.
4) Compfight – has a fairly large selection of images to download. They will provide a link that you can post on your website to give attribution.
5) FreeImages.red – has a small collection of images in the public domain that are free to use. Not the best quality but you may find something you like.
6) Cupcake – A small selection of good quality photos that are licensed under Creative Commons so you are free to use personally or commercially without attribution.
7) Death to Stock Photo – provide a small selection of free photos for commercial use every month. You must sign up to their mailing list to be given access.
8) Designers Pics – is another photographer who gives free access to use his images on your websites. You are free to use them without attribution.
10) Epicantus – a photographer called Daria who offers all of her photos for free with the creative commons CC0 license.
11) Every Stock Photo – has a large selection of free images to choose from.
12) Find a Photo – has a medium selection of photos and images to choose from that you can use for free.
13) Foodies Feed – this website has a small selection of high resolution food related images to download.
14) Foter – claims to have over 300 million free photos to choose from. Some require attribution so check before using them on your website.
15) Free Nature Stock – is another amateur photographer that provides beautiful nature images for free personal and commercial use.
16) Free Stock Image Point – provides a small range of free stock photos for personal and commercial use. Mainly focused on nature images.
17) Free Photo Bank – as the name suggests this website is a collection of free-to-use photos. It has a medium sized gallery with decent quality images.
18) GetRefe – offers a small selection of high quality real life photos.
19) Good Free Photos – has a free selection of travel photos from someone’s journey around the world.
20) Gratisography – has a small selection of high quality photos from an amateur photographer. Many of the photos have a touch of humor to them.
21) Jay Mantri – is an amateur photographer who provides a small selection of beautiful and atmospheric images to use for free.
22) Je Shoots – is a photographer that has a couple of hundred high quality images that are free to use in your business.
23) Kaboompics – this is a facebook page that updates fairly regularly with new free stock photos.
24) Life of Pix – there are some beautiful images here from Life of Pics who are an advertising agency in Montreal. They donate new photos to the public domain each week.
25) Little Visuals – around 100 photos from a photographer called Nic who sadly died in 2013. You’re free to use his photos and make a donation if you wish.
26) Magdeleine – has a small to medium selection of photos to choose from. One unique feature of this site is that you can search for photos based on their dominant color.
27) MMT Stock – nature photographer Jeffrey Betts has provided these free images for commercial and business use.
28) Morguefile – have been around for a while and gathered up quite a large collection of free stock photos.
29) Move East – is a collection of travel photos from the east.
30) Pexels – has handpicked high quality free stock photos from around the web. Currently they are adding 50 new high quality photos every day.
31) Photo Everywhere – a small collection of travel photos from around the world. You can click on the map to choose photos from a specific place.
32) Picography – a small selection of beautiful high resolution photos.
33) Pixabay – is one of my favorite websites to use for free images. They have a fairly large selection of just under 1 million stock photos and provide some gorgeous images.
34) Public Domain Archive – a small selection of 100% free images in the public domain.
35) Unsplash – add 10 new photos to their archive every 10 days and have some nice high resolution images to download for whatever reason you want.
36) Wikimedia Commons – have a large database of images you can download. Attribution is sometimes required.
If you have a website that provides free stock images and would like to be added to this list please let me know. Otherwise enjoy the images and I hope you find what you’re looking for.