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30+ Free Stock Image Websites

Unsplash

 

Unsplash

All photos are under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) – Public Domain Dedication. Photos are very high quality and include a lot of information such as, make and model of camera, shutter speed, aperture, focal length, dimensions, etc. Unsplash has 'collections' which are groups of photos with a similar theme to make searching easier. You can also create an account to favorite photos for later use.

 

Skitterphoto

 

SkitterPhoto

Unless stated by watermark, photos are under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) – Public Domain Dedication. Photos include a lot of information such as; Resolution, Camera make and model, lens size, and ISO. Photos have many tags to help for searching. There are also handy preset search filters to find the Newest, Most Viewed, Most download, and site Admin Picks.

 

pikwizard

Pikwizard

Pikwizard is a great website for finding high quality images of people and their travels. Every image falls under Creative Commons Zero so they are free for personal and commercial use. Photos have multiple tags attached to them so searching for the perfect photo is fast and easy. Pikwizard has 100,000 images of those 20,000 are exclusively on this site. What makes Pikwizard unique is that they have a built-in photo editor. The editor is straight forward and very easy to use. This is great for tweaking photos on the fly, without even downloading them first!

 

Life of Pix

 

Life of Pix

All photos are under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) – Public Domain Dedication. Photographers must be approved to upload. This means there will be fewer photos but photos will be more professional in quality. Photos include tags to facilitate searching and a handy color search option too - each photo has the 4 most predominant colors included as tags, so when searching or filtering within a search, you can select the colors to filter by.

The British Library


The British Library via Flickr

The British Library has made over a million vintage photos free for public use on Flickr. Images are taken from the library's collect of 17th, 18th and 19th Century books. This resource is great if you are interested in the vintage and/or old time style images. Since the photos are hosted on Flickr, there are; search features, tags on photos, premade galleries and groups, and many more convenient features.


NASA Images


NASA Images

Luna Imaging has partnered with NASA and released over one-hundred thousand science and space related images. This is a great resource for historical images about the NASA. The only requirements that Luna Imaging gives are that the photos are to be used for educational and personal use only. In other words not for commercial use. This website features an advance search filter. You can filter by the exact day and see what photos were taken.

Library of Congress

 

Library of Congress

The United State Library of Congress publishes all of its images online under CC0 1.0 unless otherwise stated on the images. To make searching easier, images are grouped into collections. These collections it make very simple to find hundreds of images relating to the topic or era you are interested in. This website is a great source for images about American History.

National Gallery of Art

 

National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art has a collection of over one hundred-thousand images free for public use, unless otherwise stated on the image. All of the images are of famous paintings from all over the world. National Gallery of Art has an advanced search feature that allows you to search by Nationality, Classification, and Medium. This makes it very simple to find a painting from a certain part of a world, during a specific era.  

burst

 

Burst(by Shopify)

All photos are under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) – Public Domain Dedication. Photos are catered toward entrepreneurs starting their own small businesses. Burst suggests ideas such as "Sell bath bombs online" and "Make your own lip balm" and will recommended photos for that business. All photos are high quality. However, their photos do not include many tags, resulting in low returns for searching.

 

Jay Mantri

 

Jay Mantri

All photos are under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) – Public Domain Dedication. Jay Mantri is a photographer that uploads his best photos for free public use. All of his photos are high quality and have a professional quality. Most shots are of nature and scenery. The only downside of this website is the lack of a search feature.

Picography

 

Picography

All photos are under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) – Public Domain Dedication. Picography's photos have a professional feel to them and many have post processing to improve the quality. Picography's  does have a search feature, although there are only around 200 photos, so search results will be low.

Death to Stock Photos

 

Death to Stock Photos

All photos can be used however the users would like, however they cannot be redistributed for profit. The website doesn’t have a search feature but all photos have been placed into groups to make them easier to locate.

 

FoodiesFeed

 

FoodiesFeed

FoodiesFeed doesn’t use a Creative Commons copyright, but states " Practically the only condition I have is that selling and re-selling my pictures is not allowed." The subject of every photograph is food. FoodiesFeed as many categories for food such as; Easter, Vietnam, Exotic Fruit, etc. They do have a search feature but photos only have around 4 tags so results are low.

 

Morgue File

 

MorgueFile

All photos are under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) – Public Domain Dedication. Their motto is "Free images for creatives, by creatives" many of their photos are uploaded by users. MorgueFile does daily #quests, in which they challenge users to upload images the fall into the category of the day, for example #bookshelf, #hot chocolate, #leavesinwater, etc. Not every photo is high quality but there are very many photos. They have a well refined search feature so finding the photo you want is fast and simple.

 

Little Visuals

 

Little Visuals

All photos are under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) – Public Domain Dedication. Little Visuals has many artistic photographs of common objects and scenery. Photo resolution varies but most are 1920x1080 and above. Unfortunately Little Visuals doesn’t have a search feature and will not be uploading new photos.   

 

Picjumbo

 

Picjumbo

Photos can be used however you like. Lots of information is available about each photo such as; shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focal length and resolution. All photos are professional quality. Photos have lots of tags so searching for the right photo is very simple. Another helpful feature that Picjumbo.com offers is "download all". You can download all uploaded photos, this is useful if you will be working offline.

IM Free

 

IM Free

Each photograph will have its own Creative Commons License but majority will allow commercial use. Some photos are high quality and have a professional feel, while others are user uploaded and most likely taken from a mobile device. Search returns few results if any. IM Free has organized its photos into collections and in those collections, categories that makes finding the right photo easy.

 

New Old Stock

 

New Old Stock

Photos are free of copyright restrictions for private and commercial use. New Old Stock offers vintage images of landscapes and other scenery. Most photos are black and white or sepia tone. New Old Stock doesn't have a search feature or categories. They have about one-thousand images.   

Getrefe

 

Getrefe

Photos are under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication. There is a payed feature called "packs" but that is optional, they have a free image gallery as well. You will need to add images to your cart before downloading but each photo will tell you its price, most photos are $0.00. All of the photos are high quality. The search feature doesn't return many results.

Pixabay

 

Pixabay

All images and videos are under Creative Commons CC0. Pixabay offers photos,  illustrations, vector graphics and videos. All photos are very high quality and some of the videos are 4k resolution. Photos contain lots of helpful tags to make searching much easier. Each search returns thousands of images.

Negitive Space

 

Negative Space

All photos are under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) – Public Domain Dedication. Photos are high quality and have a professional feel to them, none are cell phone camera images. There is a search feature, however, Negative Space doesn’t have as many photos as other site so results may be about 20 to 30 photos. Negative Space does have premade categories for locating the right photo.

Kaboom Pics

 

Kaboom Pics

Photos follow the CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) however the redistribution of the photographs is not allowed without permission. Photos are professional looking and high quality. Kaboom Pics offers a search feature that lets you look for photos by color. You can select a color and the search will return images that match. You can also filter by horizontal or vertical photos. They also have premade categories for faster searching.

Epicantus

 

Epicantus

All photos are free to use. Epicantus is a tumblr account that uploads high quality photos. All photos are taken by the same person and she would like everyone to have them for free. Epicantus does offer a search feature but due to the medium amount of photos (4000), searching won't always give any results. They are no categories for searching images either. Epicantus is more of a photo blog than stock image site, however images are free and could be what you are looking for.

Gratisography

 

Gratisography

Photos follow the CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) – Public Domain Dedication. Gratisography photos are all high quality and don't allow user uploads. Most photos have a surreal or goofy subject matter, many photos are of people in silly scenarios. Due to the low amount of images search feature only returns around five to ten images. Gratisography does have categories to help when looking for a particular photo.

Makerbook.net

 

Makerbook

Licenses differ for each photo, however most are CC0 1.0 Universal (When downloading it will state otherwise). Makerbook gathers photos from other stock images sites and they are updated frequently. Makerbook's slogan is "Largest Collection of  Hand-picked Free Stock Photos for Startups". All of their photos have the common theme of business and startups, it is a great website for small business owners.

Pexel

 

Pexels

All photos are under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) – Public Domain Dedication. Photos are very high quality and high resolution. Pexels has 100s of photos uploaded daily so searching returns lots of results, even for unique searches. The home page is full of popular photos to help you get ideas for a new project. Photographers with the most downloads are display on the homepage, this is helpful if you enjoy one person style of photos.

ISO Republic

 

ISO Republic

All photos are under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) – Public Domain Dedication. Photos are high quality and have an artistic feel to them. Search feature doesn’t return many results, however ISO republic has premade categories for finding the right photo faster. You can pay for premium photos from "photo packs" but this is not necessary, there are many free photos on the homepage.

Public Domain Archive

 

Public Domain Archive

All photos are under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) – Public Domain Dedication. The photos are all professional in quality and subject matter. There is no search feature but some photos are in categories. They do offer a $10/month Premium membership for unlimited bulk downloads and removal of adds.

Snapwire Snaps

 

Snapwire Snaps

All photos are licenses are available below the photo and the majority of them are CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0). Snapwire Snaps is a tumblr account that will upload the free images from snapwi.re. Snapwire Snaps does have a search feature but due to the small amount of images, you will most likely not get any results. Snapwire Snaps is a good stock site to quickly grab a photo for a project. For example, you want to try a new Photoshop filter, You can go on to Snapwire Snaps and download and image very fast.

StockSnap.io

 

StockSnap.io

All photos are under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) – Public Domain Dedication. All photos are very high quality and all look like they were taken by professional photographers. There is a search feature that works very well, each search will return 100's of photos. Stocksnap allows you to have an accounts so you can favorite photos and download them later.

MMT

 

MMT Stock

All photos are under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) – Public Domain Dedication. Photos are good quality. The subject matter is mostly landscapes or office supplies. MMT Stock does have a search but since photos don't have many tags, you will barely receive any results.

 

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