The 10 Best Sites for Free Stock Images

Download high-quality images to use for almost anything

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If you want to download free stock images to add to your website, blog, social profiles or anything else, you have to know where to look for them online. The best sites have huge libraries of high-quality images in every category imaginable that you can use for practically anything at all—without needing to give attribution if you'd prefer not.

We scoured the web to find the best of the best. Have a look through the following list for free stock photos that will blow you away.

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Unsplash: Crowdsourced Photos from Photographers Around the World

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What We Like
  • Hundreds of thousands of images to browse through.

  • New images added regularly.

  • Images are more authentic looking than stock-like.

  • Related images are suggested based on tags.

What We Don't Like
  • Images may not be as unique since many people know about this site and download its images to use them.

Unsplash is a well-known favorite, featuring some of the most professional looking photography you'll find anywhere online. All of its photos come from the generous photographers who donate them to the community to use for free, no attribution necessary (but appreciated).

You can create your own account on Unsplash to keep track of photos you love. Organize them into collections or like them to quickly save your favorite ones to your profile.

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Pexels: High-Quality Images Taken by Talented Photographers

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What We Like
  • Tens of thousands of beautiful, high-quality images to choose from.

  • Related search term suggestions.

  • Free videos in addition to free images.

What We Don't Like
  • Stock photos from paid sites are shown as ads.

Similar to Unsplash, Pexels offers a massive library of stunning images only a real photographer could capture. The site seeks to help creative individuals (writers, developers, designers, etc.) highlight their work with beautiful imagery.

Signing up for an account will allow you to create collections and like your favorite images. You can even select the size of the image you want to download—whether it's the original size, a small size or a custom size.

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Pixabay: Copyright Free Photos, Illustrations, Vectors and Videos

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What We Like
  • Offers a vast combination of high-quality photographic, illustrated and vector images.

  • Powerful search engine with convenient filters and advanced search options.

What We Don't Like
  • reCAPTCHA required to download images without an account. and limit to number of downloads without an account.

  • Sponsored images from paid stock image sites in confusing places.

Pixabay is the place to go if you want serious variety. In addition to high-quality photographic images, Pixabay also has illustrations, vectors and videos you can download from its massive library of over 1.6 million.

When you perform your search, you can take advantage of additional search filters to look for images with a specific orientation, size, category and even color. You can't create collections to organize the ones you like, but you can favorite them by creating an account.

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Kaboompics: Known for Its Powerful Search Engine

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What We Like
  • Ability to see all images from the corresponding photoshoot.

  • Complimentary color palette for each image.

  • Search engine filters including the ability to search by color.

What We Don't Like
  • No option to create a user account to save images.

Kaboompics might have a smaller library compared to the big ones listed above, but each image packs an eye-pleasing punch. Photos submitted to the site come from photoshoots that include several related photos, so when you search for something, you get to see everything included in that photo's photoshoot too.

As if that weren't cool enough, Kaboompic's search engine allows you to search by color motif. Each image also comes with a complimentary color palette showing all the main colors displayed in it—making it a great help for designers and developers looking to expand the colors past the image itself!

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Burst: Hi-Res Photos Perfect for Blogs and Websites

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What We Like
  • Sleek layout with suggested collections/categories throughout.

  • Email subscription option to get access to newly added images.

  • No ads from paid stock photo sites.

What We Don't Like
  • No option to create a user account to save images.

  • No search filters.

Brought to you by ecommerce platform Shopify, Burst is another free stock photo site geared toward designers, developers, bloggers and entrepreneurs looking for high-resolution, royalty-free images. All images feature the quality of a professional photography shoot and are shot in a wide range of categories, from dogs and children, to food and technology.

Although you don't get any extra search filter options, you'll see suggested categories at the top of your search results based on similar images found in those categories. When you're ready to download an image, you can choose whether you want a high-resolution file for best quality or a low-resolution one for smaller web graphics.

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Canva: Millions of Curated Free Images from Around the Web

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What We Like
  • Clean, simple layout with no need to create/sign into a Canva account first.

  • Lots of great related image suggestions in large thumbnails beneath main image.

  • No invasive ads at all.

What We Don't Like
  • No extra search filters or download options for image sizes.

  • Images may be found on other free stock image sites, so all are not unique to Canva.

Canva is a popular free graphic design tool that now has its very own free stock image library. You don't necessarily need to use them with a Canva account to create graphics. In fact, you can download them and use them wherever you want.

Millions of high-quality photos can be searched and downloaded instantly. Simply use the categories on the side to browse through large collections, select a tag at the bottom of a photo to see similar images or scroll down to see related suggestions.

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ISO Republic: Simple Collections of the Best CC0 Images and Videos

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What We Like
  • Simple and intuitive to use with large image thumbnails and previews.

  • Free stock videos in addition to images.

  • Collections and categories to browse through.

What We Don't Like
  • Paid stock photo thumbnails in search results and on image download pages.

  • No option to create a user account to save images.

  • Small image library no image tagging to find more related images.

ISO Republic is an independent website geared toward entrepreneurs looking for simple and free stock photo solutions. The site layout is very clean and visually appealing—even with the paid stock photo site advertisements.

Its library contains thousands of gorgeous, high-quality images (and videos!) that you can download instantly in a wide range of categories. Downloading images takes a single click, and you can scroll down to see large thumbnails of up to five related images.

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Picjumbo: Thousands of Unique Images With the Option to Download All at Once

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What We Like
  • Access to unique and authentic looking images.

  • Lots of tags on each image to look for related ones.

  • Free design resources section.

What We Don't Like
  • Lots of ads everywhere.

  • "More Images Like This" label is a bit misleading, pointing to related photoshoot images that can only be downloaded by upgrading to premium.

Picjumbo might only have a couple thousand free stock photos to browse and download, but all are beautifully shot and of the highest image quality. Just use the search bar at the top to search for a term or browse through the categories to see free photos available to download instantly.

The site has a lot of promotional stuff on it to encourage users to sign up for a premium account, but in terms of free image offering and quality of the photography, it's still certainly worth checking out—particularly if you've exhausted yourself with the other sites. If you want, you have the option to download all 2,500+ free stock photos at once if you donate $15 or more.

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FancyCrave: Free Travel Stock Photos and Collections

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What We Like
  • Very clean layout with large image previews and absolutely no ads.

  • Simple search and categories.

  • Complimentary blog posts on topics related using images for websites and online marketing.

What We Don't Like
  • Full resolution image downloads cost $0.99

  • Limited image offering.

  • You have to right click to save and download each image.

FancyCrave describes itself as a travel-themed free stock photo site, but you'll find that the beautiful images offered on this site are just as varied and versatile as any of the others on this list. You'll find high-quality, photographic images in categories like abstract, entertainment, people, animals and more.

Browse through the free collections to get multiple images of the same theme or photoshoot and if you're willing to pay for more, check out the premium collections too. Download any image for free as a standard size or at full resolution for $0.99.

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Gratisography: Weird and Quriky Photos You Won't Find Anywhere Else

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What We Like
  • Great for finding funny, weird and whimsical images.

  • Photo tags beneath each image to help look for related images.

  • Easy and fast download with a click of the button.

What We Don't Like
  • Very limited image offering.

  • Large paid stock photo site ads throughout the site.

  • You can like photos anonymously, but you can't create an account to see what you liked.

All the sites on this list are great for finding truly stunning photos, but if you're looking for something a little on the weird side, or for something that really stands out, you're going to want to check out Gratisography. With only a few hundred or so images, this site takes the cake for being different.

Images are separated into standard categories like animals, business, food and nature, but if you want to score a real funny or strange image, you'll definitely want to take a look through the site's whimsical category.