As opposed to the common belief, high-quality stock photos don’t always come with a hefty price tag. To prove my point, I’ve compiled a list of 13 awesome resources for high-quality stock images that you can use at absolutely ZERO cost.
In fact, this is exactly where I got the images for my own blogs!
From artistic illustration to stunning scenery, I am sure you can find exactly what you’re looking for with the help of this roundup.
13 of the Best Free Stock Photo Websites for Royalty-Free Images
This is my first go-to place for all the images on my site. It has over 1 million+ high-quality stock images, vectors and videos shared and released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain.
All images are safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes. You can even filter your query down by factors like media type, orientation, colour, and minimum dimensions.
Negative Space brings together a community of photographers who want to share their work and a community of online visitors who want to use their beautiful, free high-resolution images without any restrictions.
It’s easy to filter through the gallery of photos, which are sortable by category, copy space position, and colour.
Freeimages.com was launched in February 2001 as an alternative for expensive stock photography. The idea was to create a site where creative people could exchange their photos for inspiration or work. The site has evolved into the massive community you see today — there are over 2,500,000 registered users and around 400,000 photos online.
This is another site that I frequented for images for my site. Unsplash has over a million free high-resolution photos that are free to download and use under the Unsplash License.
Pexel aims to empower creators by providing them with free stock photos that they can use freely to create amazing products, designs, stories, websites, apps, art and other work.
Pexel offers hundreds of thousands of free stock photos and every day new high-resolution photos will be added. All photos are hand-picked from photos uploaded by the users or sourced from free image websites. Pexel makes sure all published pictures are high-quality and licensed under the Pexels license.
FoodiesFeed is a resource of awesome naturally looking food photos that are completely free to download. Food photographers from all around the world share their photos under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license to help accomplish the ultimate goal of Foodiesfeed, to make the online space related to food more beautiful and eliminate all the ugly sterile stock photos that people still keep using.
As the name suggested, Startup Stock Photos offers images related to startup scene – people in casual clothing working on a laptop, writing on whiteboard etc.
It is a good resource for blogs on niches related to making money online, entrepreneurship, designing or developing.
8. Styled Stock
Styled Stock doesn’t have a huge gallery of images, it offers mainly feminine stock photography. If your blog is targetting female audience, this can be a suitable resource for you.
9. Life Of Pics
Life Of Pics offers free high-resolution photos, with no copyrights restrictions for personal and commercial use. New photographies are added weekly and all images are donated to the public domain. That being said, no mass distribution of images is allowed. Distributors are allowed to repost a maximum of 10 images without our written Life of Pix consent.
SplitShire was created with the simple aim of giving life to photographs that would have gone into oblivion without any utility. It has a wide variety of high-resolution photos that you can freely download and use for personal and commercial purposes.
Gratisography claims to be the world’s quirkiest collection of high-resolution free stock images, comprised of the world’s best, most creative pictures — images you just won’t find anywhere else.
To stand out in today’s digital landscape, you need more than the same old boring stock photos and illustrations. If you’re looking for something different, give Gratisography a try and you might fall in love with it!
12. Free Stocks
Freestocks claims that their images are not your cliché free stock images worn out a long time ago but rather a source of photos that are fresh, up-to-date and versatile in style, so that they are fit for everybody’s everyday use as well as for more complex and specified projects.
The team comprises of three photographers (with occasional contribution from two other friends) with regular jobs and they create the stock in their free time, thus their collection of free photos might be still a bit humble but is growing bigger every week.
Previously known as MMT, FOCA provides free CC0 photography for personal and commercial use on websites, projects, themes, apps, and more. The content spans many categories, including nature, city scenes, workspaces, and macro photography. These photos can be freely downloaded, used, and redistributed for both personal and commercial purposes.
FOCA has been featured on Shopify and Canva.