10 Websites That Let You Download Free Photos

Gorgeous, High Quality Photos to Use Anywhere You Want Online for Free

Finding photos online is easy -- just look at any social networking site or app and you'll see an endless stream of new photos updating every second right before your eyes. Finding photos that you're allowed to use on your own website or blog or social profiles, on the other hand, is a different story.

Our Blogging Expert and Home Business Expert both point out some top website resources for finding and using stock photos without needing to worry about copyright restrictions. But now that there's such a big trend in using visual content online, image providers and photographers are considering more generous ways of allowing other people to use their photos.

If you like the idea of getting access to a new selection of photos every week or month that you can download free of charge and use however you like, you're going to want to bookmark the following sites.

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Unsplash
Photo from Unsplash.com

Unsplash is a photography website that lets you subscribe to receive 10 new high-resolution photos for free every 10 days by email. Because their photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero (public domain), this means that you are free to do whatever you want with each photo -- including copy, modify, distribute or use them for commercial purposes. You don't have to provide attribution. More »

Death to the Stock Photo
Photo from DeathToTheStockPhoto.com

Death to the Stock Photo was founded by two photographers who wanted to help solve the problem that so many businesses and creative individuals struggle with -- finding great photos they can actually use and afford. They deliver 10 photos to your inbox every month that you can use freely, and you can also sign up for a premium subscription to get access to all their photo archives if you find you really like them and want more. More »

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Jay Mantri
Photo from JayMantri.com

Jay Mantri's photography Tumblr blog is a lot like Unsplash. He posts seven new photos every Thursday, and you can be notified either by subscribing to his updates via email or by following him on Tumblr. Just click the "Follow" button in the top right of the screen if you're signed in to Tumblr already. Like Unsplash, his photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero, so you can do whatever your heart desires with the photos he provides. More »

Gratisography
Photo from Gratisography.com

Looking for photos that are little more colorful and quirky? Gratisography is where you'll want to look first. I don't see anything that instructs visitors to subscribe by email to be notified of new photos, but you can certainly bookmark the site and browse through the site to download as many photos as you want to use for whatever you want (again thanks to the Creative Commons Zero license). New photos are added on a weekly basis. More »

Foodie's Feed
Photo from FoodiesFeed.com

How about some food photos? Food is a huge trend on photo sharing networks like Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr. Lucky for you, Foodie's Feed lets you download all sorts of delicious looking, high-quality photos for free to use both for personal and commercial purposes. The only restriction included on the site's FAQ page is that users are prohibited from reselling them online, in stocks or in print. More »

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Picjumbo
Photo from Picjumbo.com

Picjumbo is another one to add to your bookmarks if you're looking for beautiful photos to download for free. You can browse what's available in a variety of categories. All the photos featured on Picjumbo can be used for personal or commercial use, although you may not sell or resell any of them. You can get access to even more high-resolution Picjumbo photos with a premium membership. More »

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Magdeleine
Photo from Magdeleine.co

Magdeleine features collections of high-resolution photos you can download and use for free both under Creative Commons Zero and Creative Commons Attribution licensing. With photos marked CC, you must provide attribution if you choose to use their photo. (With CC0 licensing, you don't need to provide attribution.) You can browse photos either by CC0 or CC by clicking on the links in the sidebar to separate their licensing requirements and browse through them that way. More »

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Getrefe
Photo from Getrefe.com

Getrefe specializes in providing high-quality photos of people interacting with technology -- including smartphones, cameras, computers, appliances and more. Their licensing allows you to freely use photos for personal and commercial purposes, with restrictions on reselling and redistribution. You can also purchase individual photos and photo backs if you're willing to pay, or check out their Tumblr blog to see more free photos available to download. More »

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Picography
Photo from Picography.co

Another similar photo site to Unsplash and Jay Mantri is Picography, which allows you to download as many photos for free as you want and use them for anything. They're all licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license, so you can go nuts with them. It's unclear how often new photos are added, but there is a subscription option you can sign up for to receive new updates by email. More »

New Old Stock
Photo from nos.twnsnd.co

Are vintage photos your thing? If so, you'll want to check out New Old Stock -- a cool little Tumblr blog that collects old photos from the public archives that don't have any known copyright restrictions. That means you can do whatever you want with them. Many of the photos are in black and white, but you'll find some in color scattered in there as well. More »