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Looking for free stock photos to spice up your designs?
Stock photos might have a bad reputation, but they can do wonders for your visual strategy. If used wisely, stock photography can help make your designs more attractive and relatable.
We’ve put together a list of the best resources for free stock photos that you can use for graphic design, marketing, education and other purposes.
Unsplash is one of the largest free stock photo libraries on the internet with over a million high-resolution images across dozens of topics and categories.
Photographers upload new images daily and Unsplash's team screens out the best ones and displays them on the homepage, so you always have something fresh to look at.
All images released under the Unsplash license.
Pexels is another popular platform for free stock photos. All their photos are easily searchable with tags and keywords. They also have a variety of free stock videos for use in your designs.
We especially love the way Pexels organizes the images on the homepage and on the Discover page. They’re visually organized by color or categorized by commonly searched terms. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it in a few seconds.
All free stock photos are released under the Pexels license.
Pixabay offers more than 1.8 million free stock photos that can easily be used or modified. They also have an extensive collection of free illustrations, vector graphics, videos and music.
If you’re looking for something special, check out their Editor’s Choice page, which displays photos that are handpicked by their team.
All their images are released under the Pixabay License.
StockSnap.io features a large library of free stock photos, and adds hundreds of new images daily. Each image is categorized with tags, which makes it super easy to find.
Another useful feature in StockSnap.io is you can check out the views and downloads for each image. This makes it easier to find popular or trending photos.
For quality assurance, each photographer has to follow strict guidelines to be able to register and showcase their work on the website.
All images in the StockSnap library are released under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, which means they’re absolutely free and require no attribution.
Gratisography focuses on quality more than quantity, which is why they only upload new images once a week. All their images are quirky and unique, and you likely won’t find them anywhere else.
Their aim is to be different from other free stock photography platforms—to stop being generic and showcase photos that stand out.
All their images are released under the Gratisography license.
All photos of Kaboompics are created by Karolina, a photographer who has received over 4 million downloads on her photos.
Each image is creatively captured to ensure that it brings your app, website, page or any other design to life. There’s also a really cool option to search by color instead of keyword.
All images on Kaboompics are free to download and use under the Kaboompics License.
Freeimages is another simple, straightforward resource for free stock photos. Images are organized into dozens of collections, and you can also browse with keywords.
For each image, you can also view the number of downloads and favorites.
All images are released under the Freeimages license.
Burst features a handy collection of free stock photos for small businesses and Shopify stores looking for creative, unique and trendy photos relevant to their niche.
Burst has thousands of photos across categories like business, celebrations, landscapes, people, city, work, fitness, education and more.
All photos are free for websites and commercial use. Some of the images on Burst fall under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, while others are released under Shopify’s license.
Reshot is a useful platform for finding stunning free stock photos from talented photographers around the world. They’re committed to providing the world’s best visual content.
Each image in the Reshot library is carefully picked and can’t be found anywhere else on the internet. All of their photos are free to use commercially and editorially; no attribution required.
You can view the details about the Reshot license here.
Picography is a simple website with a beautiful collection of free stock photos. All images are organized with tags and are easy to find with keywords, but you can also browse through different categories at the top.
You can use all the images on Picography under their free license.
Stockvault.net has over 100,000+ free stock photos from photographers all over the world. They upload new photos, vector files and graphics every week related to animals, transportation, nature, objects and texture.
Their images have been downloaded more than 25 million times, and can easily be used by students and designers for their personal or non-commercial design projects.
You can learn about the licenses on Stockvault.net here.
Rawpixel features a diverse library of free stock photos—their aim is to break stereotypes by creating design resources that showcase the true reflection of today's society.
If you go through their homepage, you’ll find images related to trending, relevant topics around the world, such as COVID-19 or the BLM movement.
You can find images that are free to use for both personal and commercial projects. Find out more about their licenses here.
NegativeSpace has a community of photographers who upload their work to the platform for students and designers looking to perfect their creative projects.
With 10+ categories, including abstract, architecture, food, street and technology, NegativeSpace is a great place to look for unique stock photos for free.
All images uploaded in the NegativeSpace library are free for personal or commercial use under the CC0 license.
Life of Pix is created by LEEROY Web Design Agency. Their network of committed photographers regularly upload stunning free images to the platform every week.
Each photographer is allowed to upload their photos and manage their profiles to develop their unique portfolio, and Life of Pix features a photographer on their social handles each week.
All images are free for personal and commercial use.
Started as a passion project of Nic Jackson, who tragically lost his life in 2013, Little Visuals is a platform that showcases a beautiful library of free stock photos for everyone.
Although there are a limited number of photos on the platform, Little Visuals has over three million users and more than 15 million downloads. Today, it continues to help future creatives looking for free photos.
All images are published under the CC0 license.
Picspree has a large library of free stock photos that are easily searchable. They have their own group of contributors who upload and share images on the platform for free use.
It's ideal for startups, freelancers and other small businesses looking for images to create a stunning website for personal use or for their clients.
You can check out Picspree's license details here.
Styled Stock is a dedicated platform for free, feminine stock photography. They have a limited number of images on the platform, but each image is meaningful for women entrepreneurs.
If you're looking for images related to women business professionals, fashion, beauty, florals and other feminine topics, Styled Stock can help you in your search.
The collection is totally free for your personal use or commercial projects. You can check out their license details here.
The ever-growing platform of ISO Republic adds new images every day. With categories ranging from tech, landscapes and architecture, ISO works a one-stop-shop for everything stock.
Other than free, high-resolution photos, ISO Republic also features free videos for download and use in your designs.
All of their visuals are available for use under the CC0 license.
Skitterphoto started back in 2014 as a passion project of two Netherlands-based photographers. Since there was a lack of free stock photo websites at the time, they decided to publish their work on this website.
Skitterphoto now has a number of committed contributors who regularly upload original photos. You can easily search for the perfect one as they're all organized with tags.
All of their images are released under the CC0 license.
FOCA is another free stock photo library that was launched back in 2014. The owner of the platform, Jeffrey Betts, specializes in photos of workspaces, nature and macro photography.
All FOCA stock photos are released under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, and are free for personal and commercial use on websites and projects.
Foodiesfeed offers thousands of free high-resolution stock photos related to food. If you’re looking for photos for your food blog or website, you will love going through their collections.
All their images are fresh and authentic, and hand-picked by their team.
Their work is published under the CC0 license.
New Old Stock features a beautiful collection of vintage photos that you can download and use for free. It’s a simple website with a scrolling, blog format.
The website focuses on distributing photos that help recapture history. You can find photo packs on there to use for your own purposes.
Check out their rights and usage policy here.
Picjumbo boasts a large collection of free, high-resolution stock photos in virtually any category. All images are sorted by tags, so they’re very easy to search for and find.
The website has over 7 million downloads at the time of writing. It was created by photographer Viktor Hanacek in 2013 after his images were rejected by several websites.
Here are the license details for photo redistribution rights.
Freestocks is run by a small group of dedicated photographers who upload images that are fresh and relevant, and can be used in various designs.
Their photo collection is divided into several categories, including people, nature and fashion, so you can conveniently browse through a topic that interests you.
All the high-quality photos on Freestocks are released under Creative Commons CC0.
Freepik isn’t exactly a dedicated free stock photo resource, but you can find a lot of free images on there. You can also find thousands of PSD files and vectors, such as icons, illustrations, backgrounds and more.
All files on Freepik can be downloaded and used under this license agreement.
High-quality photography doesn't need to be expensive. In fact, it doesn't need to cost a single penny! The resources above are full of beautiful stock photos that are totally free to use.
Remember to use photos that are relevant to your brand, and then style them with overlays, text and other creative techniques to turn them into unique, attractive designs.
Visme, an online design tool, features 1,000,000+ built-in free stock photos and videos that you can use in presentations, infographics, social media images and other designs.
Sign up today for a free account and take it for a test drive!