Top 20 Amazing Free Stock Image Sources

Hot air balloons over beautiful landscape in the evening sun

Looking for beautiful photographs to spice up your site? Here are 20 of the best places to get amazing stock images - completely free!


Unsplash

Sunny landscape with pine trees and boulders

This slick site gives you hundreds of beautiful images at your fingertips. Browse easily with the search function and enjoy 10 new pics every 10 days. This site is particularly good for nature images and breathtaking landscape shots - ideal for the header of your website.

 

Pexels

Stock photo of cityscape at dusk

Pexels is one of the most user friendly sites for stock images. It combines and shares images from other sites that are free to use. Browse anything from stunning close-ups to grand cityscapes and enjoy 70 new high res photos every week.

 

Superfamous

Stock image of cultivated flowers

This site is packed with striking super high res shot curated by Dutch artist Folkert Gorter - ideal for backgrounds and page headers. These pics require attribution but are completely free to use.

 

Gratisography

Quirky photo of pigs wearing party hats playing in the dirt

One of the most fun and playful free image sites, Gratisography is ideal if you’re looking for something a bit quirky to inject humour into your site. New pics are added on a weekly basis.

 

Stokpic

Excited young woman jumping for joy in beautiful sunny archway draped with vines

One of the most eye-catching sites on the list, Stokpic is packed with bright, summery photography. Explore the ‘Latest 100’ free photos on offer or browse the easily navigable categories; from ‘Abstract’ to ‘Life Events’, there’s plenty of clean and colourful images to suit the needs of any site.

 

FreeImages

Summer evening sunlight shining through an old Edwardian window onto a potted plant

FreeImages hosts a huge array of free photos - according to the site, almost 400,000 are available - across a wide range of categories. Just sign up to explore everything from Architecture to Home Designs to Textures and Patterns - there’s something for everyone.

 

Picjumbo

Colourful photograph of fresh salmon fillet with cherry tomatoes, lemon, seasoning and veg

Super easy to navigate, Picjumbo is brimming with beautiful photos with an edge. Less generic than a lot of stock photos, the food and drink pics are particularly good - ideal for a cookery blog!

 

Little Visuals

Photograph of a deer sat in the sun in front of a brick wall

Little Visuals offers something a little different from other stock picture sites/ Sign up to its email list and you’ll get seven quirky but stunning pictures delivered straight to your inbox every week!

 

Stocksnap.io

Low shot of the sun setting behind trees

Dive into this easily searchable catalogue of hundred of detailed high res images Stocksnap has to offer. The nature photography is particularly beautiful.

 

Negative Space

Cosy image of a table scattered with pine cone and fronds, fake snow and baubles

A carefully chosen selection of lovely pictures on an easy-to-use site - check out their cosy Christmas pics - ideal for a festive freshening up of your site!

 

Fancy Crave

Closeup image of a chameleon on a branch

Enjoy two free photos every day from this trendy and slightly alternative site. Fancy Crave specialises in less generic stock images - the animal pics are particularly striking so go on - have a little scroll.

 

Picography

High res photo of pale pink almond blossom against blue sky

A simple, fresh site featuring a collection of expressive photos from a selection of professional photographers. There is no search function, but this is a great site to browse for inspiration.

 

Freerange

Multicoloured brush strokes in oil paint

This site requires you to sign up but has a wealth of quirky images - from cityscapes to optical illusions, there’s something for every kind of site.

 

Kaboom Pics

Two tapas dishes on wooden boards filled with delicious-looking fresh food

This site offers a wide range of beautiful images - from stunning nature images to abstract photography, Kaboom Pics is a fun and easily navigable site for all your image needs. The Food & Drinks section is especially eye-catching.

 

New Old Stock

Vintage photo of the Queen in Hull, 1977

Enjoy delving into history with this vast collection of fascinating vintage photos from the public archive. You can spend hours browsing through these charming old pics - completely free for use!

 

Life of Pix

Toddler in stripey top crouches with his back to the camera in the sun beside a fountain

One of the most modern sites on this list, Life of Pix adds a more interactive approach to discovering new photography. Here you can follow your favourite photographers, browse through the ‘Photographer of the Week’ section and receive weekly updates - all with completely free photos for your site!

 

Getrefe

Atmospheric photo of a darkening road lined with trees

Getrefe requires email signup to access its simple, easy-to-use layout with a carefully chosen selection of tasteful photos. If you’re looking for beautiful travel photos, this is the place for you.

 

Skitterphoto

High res photo of food for a caprese salad - fresh basil, tomato and mozzarella
Skitterphoto is bursting with colour and energy. All photos are originals from the site’s creators and free for public use.

 

Flickr Creative Commons

Yellow, cyan and black butterfly perched on a leaf

Many Flickr users have offered their photography up for the public to enjoy for free. Explore hundreds of amateur and professional photographs - just make sure to check the specific licensing requirements as some ask for attribution.

 

Jay Mantri

Coffee cup with foamy coffee on a wooden table

Jay Mantri is a California-based designer with a stunning back catalogue of travel photos, all free for public use and updated every Thursday.


So there you go - 20 of the best places to get free images for your site. Happy browsing and we look forward to seeing the awesome pics you discover on your Create website

7 Comments
Kev Partner Kev Partner
9 months ago

Where's Pixabay? Its images are entirely free from licensing or attributions and it's now full of top quality stuff.

Ian Magill Ian Magill
9 months ago

Another great resource Kev! Many thanks.

Ian Magill Ian Magill
9 months ago

Another great resource Kev! Many thanks.

Colin Marsh Colin Marsh
8 months ago

Very nice ,however there are 4 million Fishermen out there. Would have liked to see a selection of photographs on freshwater coarse & Carp fishing along with trout and Sea Fishing fish pics.
All these pics appear to be along the same lines as other site pics. Its missing a robust action pics.

Susan Coates Susan Coates
7 months ago

Thank you! Excellent list. Negative Space is very good for craft. Little Visuals is not being updated any more; sad tale there.

Monika Monika
7 months ago

Try also http://monisphoto.com/ :)

Stuart Miles Stuart Miles
5 months ago

Great sites!

Another site you might like to add is Blogpiks.com. This has 30,000+ free graphic images, especially for business, finance, education and backgrounds.

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