I bet there has been a time that you were looking for a nice stock image to use for a concept or a final design, but wasn’t willing to pay through your neck to get it. I have been stuck in that occasion many a time and I must tell you it gets pretty frustrating when you want to finish off a design and just need that final image but can’t find one anywhere. I went a step further and wrote this article containing a huge list of Free Stock Photography links I hope you find these useful. If you do please promote this article.
Below is the List of Free Stock Photography websites. ITS HUGE.
Make sure to read the rules and regulations for the stocks at hand, being they are free. Some of the sites you might have to dig through to find the free stock photos.
- Bluevertigo design-resources
- Dreamstime freephotos
- Asia Stock Images
that is huge! is there anyway to bookmark them all????
Yeah! Bookmark this page! =)
Cool. Thank u!
mission accomplished. I went to them all. just kiddin
I really enjoyed reading the post
Definitely gave me’s ideas
Thanks for this very useful collection Jacques. I have already bookmarked this post at http://www.cypherbox.net =)
Excellent list, biggest I’ve seen! Can we at http://photoeverywhere.co.uk to the list, we have more than 3000 high-res travel stock images free for personal and commercial work – cheers!
Thanks Jacques for the great post! Make sure you check out his site: CreativeOverFlow
@SpastikRealm: I am not sure. Does anyone know if there is a way to create a bookmarks folder? We would be more than happy to do that.
@creativekai: Thank you for bookmarking this post. We really appreciate it!
@photoeverywhere: Great photos and high-res! We love it! You have been added to the list.
THX For all
*whistle* now thats a great list 🙂 be sure to check it out on our best of the week post coming up on designrfix.com
Ummm, not sure how you can say some of these sites such as GettyImages, ImageSource or iStockPro are Free Stock Photography links. There’s a big difference between “Royalty-free” stock images and “Cost Free” images. You might want to re-check a lot of these links.
Nice list. Please add http://asiastockimages.com . I have about 1,000 free images online, with lots of Asian content. Thank you!
@ Shi Yali: Thank you! Your site has been added.
Visited them all (phew!) and bookmarked my favourites, thanks. 🙂
A lot of the links pointed to the same places (jupiterimages stands out- think that came up 5 or 6 times) and a few are dead…. also, not a lot of them are true free image sites, but royalty free…. still an interesting view.
been there, know some of these sites and yes!!!! you have to dig way way to get the freebies… great list!!!!
51 and 55 seem to be repeats of oneodddude. Can we add http://creepyhalloweenimages.com, we only have a small collection at the moment but all free and high resolution, thanks
Bow, what a list. So many outside
thank you for this resource!
Maybe you should thnik about „social media add icons” …
Here is one more Photo Wizard – http://www.photo-wizard.net
Reflex Stock Photography – http://www.reflexstock.com is one of the most competitive stock photography websites around, offering clients credit packages for up to 73% cheaper than any other major stock photography website.
Check out Top 10 Free Stock Photos Sites
Fabulous post! Free Stock Libraries are such an useful tool. Thanks for sharing!
Imageherald.net is a new website offering cost-free stock photography.
My version of best Free Stock Photos Sites
http://www.KosherStock.com offers weekly free photos for personnal and commercial use. KS is a royalty-free microstock site (photos, illustrations and cliparts) focusing on the Jewish life, culture and religion.
A brand new managed free stock photo site: Please take a look!
Great list.. But that did take you some time right? :p
We now have a free collection at AbsolutVision… —> http://bit.ly/akV3WO
Wow what a huge list 🙂
For even more free stock photos you are welcome to take a look at my project: http://www.StockPhotos.it (english language is included) My aim is to create useful database and catalogue of stock images. Now it contains tons of free images under various categories. Commercial images are included as well.
Hey guys, check out http://www.allourstock.com — It’s 100% FREE for COMMERCIAL and PERSONAL use. It has color search features (the only free stock site with such a feature) a blog with great resources, and much more. Tons of images added daily as well.
http://christmasstockimages.com has a free collection of festive season stock photos – all the images on the site are free for commercial use under a creative commons license
wow! Really huge list. Havent heard even about the half of these sites, and still some which i use regularly are mising here, For example i like the collections on http://www.photl.com and http://www.sxc.hu.
Half the sites on this list are now dead.
Half of what’s left have been bought up by commercial businesses or moved to a paid model.
There are a few nice ones left, but most of this list no longer carries free images.
It is possible to get some good free stock imagery from some of the above mentioned sites as long as you’re aware of the potential pitfalls!!! You have to make sure the seller owns the copyright, that there aren’t any brand infringements and that all the right releases are in place. For more info on copyright & licensing you can visit our site http://www.whichstockagency.com. We also list all the current stock agency discounts, promotions & news, review & rank the top agencies plus you can post your comments about individual agencies you particularly like/dislike!
If you want to read the daily newspapers and consumer magazines or listen to the radio booth while you have to know http://www.YouKioske.com
Definitely as I lay it directly on favorite because it’s unbelievable that you can see all the daily press, the last number of your favorite magazine, the book that you recommended and she missed the comic directly on your small screen, no downloads, completely Online has a 3d viewer that appear to have in your hand and best of all is … FREE!
Well I hope you like the input and the magazine that I leave
Tried http://www.123rf.com. I must say I love their website, been using thieir images for my blog for a year now
What a long list! Can http://freeimagescollection.com/ also be included?
We just launched a new “free photo” site at
Ookaboo: Free Pictures Of Everything On Earth
We just launched in July 2010, but we’ve already got 450,000 photos of 250,000 different topics… And we’re adding 8,000 a day so it’s getting better all the time.
Unlike a lot of “free stock” sites, everything in Ookaboo is public domain or creative commons, so images from Ookaboo can be used for both commercial AND non-commercial use.
Would you please consider adding Ookaboo to your list?
we launched http://www.sowaronline.com a middle eastern image bank
It’s all free?
both 100% free, they have some cool designs too, like graphics stuff
PhotoXpress seems is not free anymore.
Shift.jp, is magazine not stock photography!!!!!
Gettyimages free??? A lot of links are commercial stock photos!!!
pixmac – http://www.pixmac.com has over 40,000 free images as well as over 11 million budget images – and one of the best user interfaces outthere – a hidden gem of a stock site. 😉
Amazing list. Is it all free????
People are also welcome to use the free royalty free photos and images on http://www.cjophoto.com/.
the hashtag #eltpics are pictures (creative common) on a flickr channel by English Language teachers. http://www.flickr.com/photos/eltpics/
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Firstly thanks a lot for this wonderful list. this is a one stop stop for all stock requirement. I am a creative writer for various clients and at times those requirements require large images. Most sites provide smaller version of the image for free where as the largest one is generally a paid one.
However there are many sites which now give full blown images for free, no questions asked which is fantastic for folks like me (yes, its tough for them, I know but..). I came across a new-bee site (http://www.highresolutionfreeimages.com) which has some good images and i keep seeing some new ones every week. I wish it would be great help to fellow image searchers and for the site owner if you can include this site as a part of your list.
Thanks for your article. I still need to go through some of the sites. I will check and get back.
Thanks for the list!
You can also try http://www.picdrome.com, which covers 100% copyright free photos, released into the Public Domain. It’s a growing collection, pictures added on a daily basis, more categories to be added in the future.
A good source which is not included in your list is:
Totally public domain. Totally free to use for any project commercial or not.
One of my favorite and its free is http://www.kozzi.com Its loaded with high quality stock images and vectors that I have to pay a lot of money for at other stock photo sites.
I always check Kozzi.com first! Hope some of you enjoy it as much as I do!
Magnificent template, ultimately found the source for romantic background images
This is the biggest list I have seen!
Don’t forget free trials too though – a good way to get pro-standard content in bulk.
Most well known one is http://depositphotos.com/ but there is also now a good one at http://www.ingimage.com – started in February I think.
Wow what a huge list
Amazing! This blog looks just like my old
one! It’s on a entirely different topic but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Excellent choice of colors!
Epic compilation! Thanks bro. 🙂
Holy, 250 sites! Thanks for compiling this list. Here is another one
Check out http://www.goodfreephotos.com for landscapes, animals, and plants
Impressive list! I would like to suggest our new royalty free stock photos site: http://www.stockpics.co
Found some free images at this site http://www.stormythoughts.com/
I just came across your website and found it to have an impressive collection of stock photography websites. I would like to suggest an additional resource for you and your users, Gograph.com. I think Go Graph would be a great addition to the list that you already have.
Go Graph Stock Photography offers over 8 million affordable royalty free stock photos, illustrations, vector clip art and royalty-free footage clips. Our database contains images on a wide variety of topics and can be viewed for free or purchased for any project.
I created an HTML link you can use if you find us to be a useful addition to your site:
Go Graph Stock Photography
Feel free to contact me at (262) 717-0740 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the site.
Go Graph Stock Photography
Thousands of free stock images with an Irish theme at http://www.freeirishphotos.com
Pop by and have a look!
I have also started a collection of my own, CreativeCommons photos. Check it out at http://www.jancerveny.net and feel free to download any photo you like. More photos to come.
…and stockpholio.com. All photos are for commercial use.
Great list… Thanks
here is a another new free photo site where you can use photos for personal and commercial use for free:
http://www.rgbstock.com/ has 88,000 free stock images with rules similar to sxc. It’s one of the best resources for stock photos, textures, borders, illustrations and graphics. Check it out.
Request you to add our new stock website to the list: http://freestockphotosgallery.godotmedia.com/ . We have a collection of high resolution images and there is no need to signup to download.
Thanks a lot for the info. I am sure i can get few of the required images from above sites.
We also use a website called http://pickupimage.com.
If you are a website designer, blogger here you can download high resolution Free stock images for free.
Wow, what a list!
At http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/ we have 140,000+ stock images which are all quality controlled. The small sized images (which are plenty big enough for blogging, websites, etc) are all available free of charge, we just ask that you publish an acknowledgement when you use the images, so that our photographers and illustrators are credited for their work.
All the images are also available to purchase in high resolution if you need them for printed material etc.
Do we make it to your list the next time you update it?
The best free stock site is:
Thank for the list. I have also used some times http://www.pixabang.com/. They dont have a lot of images, but they offer images very cheap.
I visited randomly 10 of them, between 11 and 250, and not a single one is free…
Looking for more free stock photos? Check some out on my website http://photos.owl-design.net/
ALL FREE IMAGES LICENSED UNDER CREATIVE COMMONS! 🙂
Best Stock Photo
Thanks for the list. It helped me to filter out some of the best site. Please note, some sites may require you to link back to them, while some no link back is required.
Have a look at our project as well: http://barnimages.com/
Hey guys my company just launched a new website where you can get 100% free for commercial use stock videos photos, textures, AE templates, you name it. No credit card, or download limit and you even get the licenses. We want you to create something awesome! Check it out at http://www.sunni-side-up.media
http://www.stockword.net free words and sings images
Another free stock photo page:
Check out http://notaselfie.com/ , you can find some true gems there!
What about Rawpixel?
Rawpixel has long been a leading contributor on major stock sites like Shutterstock, but we’ve missed not being able to connect directly with our customers. So we’ve just launched our own site – http://www.rawpixel.com – where we hope to build a relationship with our fellow creatives while smashing the mould of stock photography.
I hope you’ll check out our site and subscribe to gain access to our “Free Images” collection. Everyday we add fresh content to our site for you to enjoy. It’s a little taste of what’s to come once we launch our full site later this year.
Let us know what you think of the site or if you need help finding a really cool image. With our portfolio consisting 500k images and still growing, we most probably CAN help.
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