Gone are the days of paying an obscene amount of money for a beautiful image. We’ve rounded up 74 of the best free stock photo sites on the web for you to use. Plus, we kept the chit-chat to a minimum so it won’t take you a year to scroll through all of the options.
Most of the sites listed here don’t require attribution for the photos, but always double check the attribution requirements before you use an image.
This post was originally published on 05/20/2016 and updated on 02/15/2019.
We love the selection on stocksnap.io and use it frequently for our marketing needs. They’re also a local company in Ottawa, Canada, so we love supporting local!
They post a new hi-res photo every day and have an awesome gallery to browse with a ton of filtering options so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for.
Hi-res photos for business or personal use.
New Old Stock
A collection of vintage photos from the public archives. The perfect place if you’re looking for something with that oldschool character.
Unsplash falls a little more in the stunning landscape category, but also has a great mix of tech, lifestyle, architecture and people. You can subscribe to Unsplash to get 10 new photos in your inbox every week.
Sites similar to Unsplash that we also like:
- Get Refe
- We Function
- Death to Stock
- Freemage Bank
- Public Domain Archive
Morgue File is a good combination of candid looking shots and the standard stock photo feel, so this is a good one if you’re not sure which style you’re looking for.
If you’re looking for rustic, look no further. Streetwill compiles a great pick of rustic photos in all categories.
A great selection of bright and beautifully saturated photos, plus tons of categories to choose from so it’s easy to find what you want.
Other free stock sites that excel in bright and saturated:
An epic gallery with millions of images from multiple sources, and another site where you can filter by color.
Plenty of lifestyle and tech shots to choose from here, as well as landscapes, music production, food, and architecture.
Snapwire is on a mission to provide authentic photography to the world, for free. They don’t disappoint with their selection of feel-good shots that don’t look stocky in the slightest.
Thousands of historic media files, all for public use, include video and audio!
Good Stock Photos
Another site similar to Stokpic, but they get a shoutout for using the .photos domain!
A great place to start if you’re looking for photos that are a little more whimsical and wacky.
Not actually pictures of Hobbit’s in their natural habitat as I had thought. You’ll find gorgeous grungy photos with plenty of types to choose from.
Albumarium has you covered from a-z in categories, but I was delighted to discover they have a category just for Redheads (I’m an aspiring redhead.)
Self-described as the place to go for non-cliché photos, and they’re not lying.
Creative Commons Search
Search multiple databased for attribution-free content across the web
Landscapes and lifestyle shots that will melt your heart and make you wish you went on more adventures.
*Similar to Epicantus: *
The official Smithsonian Institution Flickr archive, most photos have no attribution requirements. Another hotspot for vintage shots.
Here you can search other stock libraries in one place, so it’s a good time-saver if you’re in a pinch.
Find a Photo
Another stock provider that lets you browse photos by colour.
Travel, Landscapes, Adventure
You’ll find a lot of Jay’s gorgeous shots on Unsplash and some of the other popular sites above. He’s got an awesome collection of beautiful nature shots, outdoor landscapes, adventures, and more.
Travel Coffee Book
Sharing beautiful travel moments with epic photos that make me feel more and more like a hermit.
Self-described as a site dedicated to the journey of a Portuguese guy moving that decided every photo should be used for free. Try not to get all wanderlust-y browsing his photos.
Free Stock Image point
Awe-inducing travel shots from around the globe
Not actually images of barns! A stunning collection of landscapes and other categories.
2800+ Travel photos with those gorgeous hipster filters everyone pretends they don’t like but secretly love.
While more focused on bright and airy landscapes, you will also find some great shots of vintage cameras and hipster-esque tech.
Business, Tech, Startups
Startup Stock Photos
An amazing collection of tech photos, people working in offices, desktop accessory shots, etc minus that pretentious and cold business vibe. Just real people, hanging out, working.
Download 160 business themed stock photos for free from one of the most well know inbound marketing platforms out there.
Did we miss your favourite free stock site? Let us know!
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