10 Websites That Let You Download Free Photos

Gorgeous, high-quality photos to use anywhere you want for free

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Looking at photos online is easy — just sign into 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 for yourself (on your own website, blog or social profiles), on the other hand, is a different story.

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. Yes, that means no copyright restrictions!

If you like the idea of getting access to a new selection of photos that you can download free of charge and use however you like without being required to give attribution, you're going to want to bookmark the following sites.

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Unsplash: Where You Can Find Some of the Most Beautiful Photos

Unsplash photo of woman holding a sparkler


What We Like
  • Large database of quality photos.

  • Like and collect your favorite pictures.

  • Photographer profiles showcase their work.

  • Tons of different photo categories to explore.

What We Don't Like
  • Sign in to avoid the Captcha with each download.

  • Some photos appear to come from other collection sites.

Unsplash is a photography website that's crowdsourced by its members who submit their high-resolution photos to be used by anyone for free. Because their photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero (public domain), this means that you can do whatever you want with each photo — including copy, modify, distribute or use them for commercial purposes. You don't have to provide attribution.

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Death to the Stock Photo: Get 30 New Photos Each Month

Death to the Stock Photo


What We Like
  • Use photos for anything; no license needed.

  • High-quality photos.

  • Paid subscription allows unlimited downloads.

What We Don't Like
  • Need a paid subscription to access the full database.

  • Monthly subscription is a bit costly.

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 130 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.

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Gratisography: Where All the Weird and Wonderful Photos Live



What We Like
  • 7 different photo categories.

  • Photos are unique to the site.

  • No copyright restrictions.

What We Don't Like
  • Searches show results from purchasable sites.

  • Many pictures are not suitable for professional business sites.

Looking for photos that are little more colorful and quirky? Gratisography is where you'll want to look first. You can 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 all the time.

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Foodie's Feed: The Place to Look for the Most Delicious Food Photos

An image of an egg and some spinach in a pan.


What We Like
  • Great source for food-related pictures.

  • Photographer profiles showcase pictures.

What We Don't Like
  • Lots of ads for purchasable sites.

  • Search results often includes purchasable photos.

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 is that users are prohibited from reselling them online, in stocks or in print.

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Picjumbo: Gorgeous Photos That Look Nothing Like Stock Photography



What We Like
  • High-quality photos.

  • Free for personal and commercial uses.

  • Large photo collection.

What We Don't Like
  • Premium photo collections available with paid subscription.

  • Confusing ads mixed in with search results.

  • Doesn't give a choice of file size.

Picjumbo is another one to add to your bookmarks if you're looking for beautiful photos to download for free, similar to Unsplash. 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.

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Magdeleine: Get One Free High-Resolution Photo a Day



What We Like
  • Creative Commons license clearly marked in photo searches.

  • Search by dominant color of picture.

  • Photographer profiles list the cameras they use.

What We Don't Like
  • Not a large photo repository.

  • Ads on website can be distracting.

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.

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Refe: Where You Can Find Some Great Tech Photos



What We Like
  • Clearly marks price of photo (if applicable).

  • Clear information on photographs.

What We Don't Like
  • Not a huge photo selection.

  • Watermarks pictures before purchase.

  • Must have an account to download.

Refe specializes in providing high-quality photos of people interacting with technology in addition to more general categories like business, travel, food, home 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.

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Picography: Explore a Variety of Stunning Photos in Several Categories



What We Like
  • Photos are high quality.

  • Photographers have web pages with portfolios.

  • Photo tags that are useful for SEO.

What We Don't Like
  • Contains photos from other repositories.

  • Not a very large selection of pictures.

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.

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New Old Stock: Go Back in Time With These Photos

New Old Stock


What We Like
  • Unique vintage photo repository.

  • Ads are minimal and unobtrusive on website.

  • Link to Tumblr account to favorite photos.

  • Share to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

What We Don't Like
  • No way to search for specific pictures.

  • Not all photos may be used freely.

  • Research required on photo use and attribution.

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.

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Jay Mantri: A Blog Collection of Urban and Nature Photos

Jay Mantri


What We Like
  • High-quality photos.

  • Download or embed photos.

What We Don't Like
  • Small selection of subjects and photos.

  • Not updated since 2017.

Jay Mantri's photography blog is a lot like Unsplash, featuring beautiful and artistic photos that feature urban settings and natural landscapes. Like Unsplash, his photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero, so you can do whatever your heart desires with the photos he provides. Unfortunately, the blog doesn't look like it's being maintained anymore, but it's worth looking through at least once.