18 Websites for Free Stock Photos

A list of the best free stock photo websites

 Free stock photos are more readily available than you might think. It really is possible to find thousands of free images that you can use and modify however you like.

You'll find free stock photos on just about any subject including people, transportation, concepts, nature, food and drinks, business, inspiration, education, technology, animals, travel and dozens of other categories.

Each free stock photo website works a little bit differently so be sure to check out any usage rights before downloading and using an image. Some of the images can be used commercially, others are to be used only for personal use. There are also various restrictions on if you can modify images, how you can modify them, and if you need to credit the copyright holder.

If you find an image on one of these free stock photo websites that you are able to modify, you can use a free online photo editor or a free photo editing app to do so. You can also quickly resize an image with a free photo resizer.

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freeimages

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Freeimages

What We Like

  • Really high-res images.

  • Free for personal and commercial use.

  • Useful sorting options.

What We Don't Like

  • Ads look too much like free images.

  • Downloads require a user account.

Sign up for a free account at freeimages and have access to nearly half a million free stock photos.

You can check the usage rights next to each photo before you download them. The screen size and file size are also available on each download page.

Some of the image categories include Business, People, Signs, Transportation, Concepts, and Architecture. You can also perform an advanced manual search for images and filter just for non-restricted images added before and/or after a particular date with a certain resolution.

When you browse for photos, the small selection near the top are ones you must pay for, but everything else is free to download.

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Magdeleine

Magdeleine
Magdeleine

What We Like

  • Handy filtering choices.

  • No user account necessary.

  • Large previews.

What We Don't Like

  • Limited selection.

Magdeleine is an awesome free stock image website because of the unique ways you can filter the photos, unfortunately, there isn't a huge variety of images to choose from.

Pictures can be filtered to show only if they are in the public domain or require attribution, as well as if they have a particular color as the dominant color. You can also search for photos or browse them by category, like Objects or Technology, or by popular tag, such as #Landscapes or #Mountains.

Every day, a brand new, free picture appears on Magdeleine, as well as a "Photo of the Day" on the homepage.

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Stockvault.net

stockvault.net
stockvault.net

What We Like

  • Lots of images.

  • Sorting options.

  • User account not needed.

  • Lots of ways to search.

What We Don't Like

  • Ads are disguised as free photos.

Around 50,000 free photos are available at Stockvault.net, and depending on what you get, they're free for both commercial and personal use. See their FAQ page for more information.

There are categories you can browse through, a search box, and some filtered sections that show the newest, most viewed, most downloaded, and most loved pictures.

You can also subscribe to their email service to get weekly notifications of new images.

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morgueFile

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morguefile.com

What We Like

  • Simple interface.

  • Quick downloads with no user account.

  • Supports image requests.

What We Don't Like

  • Lower-than-average image quality.

  • Some options only work with a pro subscription.

Images at morgueFile were uploaded by artists to allow others to use their images in creative projects, and there are hundreds of thousands to browse through.

Images can be saved to your computer as well as shared over a few social media websites. If you create a free account at morgueFile, you're able to also save images to your favorites and post comments.

You can find photos by keyword, popularity, recently added, last downloaded, and most downloaded.

Be sure to read the information on each download page to understand how you can use morgueFile's images, like if attribution is required.

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FreeStockPhotos.biz

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freestockphotos.biz

What We Like

  • Multiple size options.

  • Sometimes a vector download choice.

  • Thousands of free images.

  • Categories to browse through.

What We Don't Like

  • Mixes in non-free images.

Over 15,000 free stock photos can be found at FreeStockPhotos.biz, and in many different categories. Some pictures are kept in sections like Events, Computers, Animals, People, Symbols, Religion, and Travel.

Over a dozen license types are available so you can filter the images by ones like Public Domain or Commercial Only. The items can then be sorted by most popular, newest/oldest, most/least downloaded, and most/least viewed.

Different images at FreeStockPhotos.biz can be used for different purposes, so if you're not filtering the results by usage type, take note as to what license is linked from each image's download page.

Some images are sponsored by Shutterstock and may not be free to use. They're listed as "Sponsored Image From Shutterstock" and are displayed alongside the free photos from FreeStockPhotos.biz.

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Freerange Stock

Freerange Stock
Freerange Stock

What We Like

  • Many categories of pictures.

  • Multiple options for download size.

  • Easy to find new and popular photos.

What We Don't Like

  • User account required.

After creating a free account with Freerange Stock, you can download free photos for both commercial and non-commercial use. The photos here have been manually moderated to ensure they can be legally distributed.

Finding pictures here is easy because you can search for them or view them by most popular or recently added. 

You can also edit images using the online photo editor Pixlr before downloading them so you can crop, resize, etc. before you save anything to your computer.

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Superfamous

Superfamous
Superfamous images

What We Like

  • Numerous unique photos.

  • Very simple website design.

What We Don't Like

  • Missing a search option.

  • Can't filter the results.

  • No way to browse by category.

As long as you provide credit, you can use Superfamous' images for any purpose, including commercially.

Images are displayed vertically as you scroll through the page, and easy-to-use arrows make it simple to go from one picture to the next.

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picjumbo

picjumbo
picjumbo

What We Like

  • Downloads start immediately.

  • No user account needed.

  • Free for any use.

  • Several categories to browse through.

What We Don't Like

  • Lots of ads.

picjumbo's photos are entirely free for both personal and commercial use, and there are plenty of photos to choose from.

You can find the images by category in sections like Nature, Architecture, Fashion, Food, Wedding, People, and Technology.

picjumbo offers a useful plugin that lets you browse its images directly from Adobe Photoshop, though it isn't free to use.

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New Old Stock

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New Old Stock

What We Like

  • Unique images.

  • Uncomplicated website design.

  • Little advertising.

What We Don't Like

  • They aren't collected into categories.

Get new photos of old photos at New Old Stock. More specifically, you can find free vintage images that are in the public domain, and hosted on Flickr, that are completely free to use.

You can search for images and keep scrolling down the page to find more and more pages of pictures.

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Unsplash

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Unsplash

What We Like

  • Free-for-anything pictures.

  • Ad-free browsing.

  • Lots to choose from.

  • Don't need a user account.

What We Don't Like

  • Always asks to credit the author after downloading images.

Unsplash has loads of hi-resolution images that you can edit, copy, or do anything with, even commercially.

Many include pictures of people but there are also landscapes, textures, food, and more. In fact, there are over a dozen categories to browse through.

There are also collections to look through, with titles like Dance, Into the Wiild, Micro Worlds, Minimalism, One Color, Breakfast, and more.

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Death to the Stock Photo

Death to the Stock Photo
Death to the Stock Photo

What We Like

  • Easy access through your email.

What We Don't Like

  • Can't browse or search.

  • Free version is limited compared to paid subscriptions.

Death to the Stock Photo is similar to some of these other websites but isn't as helpful if you're looking to browse for stock photos.

Sign up with Death to the Stock Photo to get free images delivered over email every once in a while. The images are free to use for any purpose, but unfortunately there are no archives on the website to look through.

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Rgbstock

Rgbstock
Rgbstock

What We Like

  • Thousands of free images.

  • Find random photos.

  • Categories for organization.

  • Sorting options for results.

What We Don't Like

  • Must register to download.

  • Some ads look like free images.

  • Simple search box.

Rgbstock says it has free stock photos for things like wallpapers and backgrounds, illustrations, and graphics, but you have to make a free account before you can download anything.

You can browse for specific pictures by popularity or those that were recently added. There's also a section of categories for finding people, flowers, business, rural, ancient, and many other types of photos. In addition, there's a page of random, constantly changing images you can access from the Random menu item.

If you look toward the bottom of the Rgbstock website, you can find a list of recent searches made by other users, such as office, vintage, television, moon, bathroom, among others, and find pictures that way too.

See Rgbstock's Image License Rules for details on how you can and cannot use the images.

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Gratisography

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© Gratisography

What We Like

  • Doesn't require a user account.

  • Simple website design.

What We Don't Like

  • Poorly placed ads.

  • Few image categories.

With new high-resolution photos added weekly, Gratisography is a nice choice for finding fresh, free stock photos.

There aren't any filters or categories to separate images, so just scroll down the page to find something you like, and click the save button to immediately begin downloading it.

All the images at Gratisography are completely free for any project, be it a personal or commercial one.

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Openclipart

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Openclipart

What We Like

  • High quality images.

  • Several download options.

  • No user account.

  • Simple and easy-to-use design.

What We Don't Like

  • Can't sort or filter results.

Openclipart is a wonderful source for free clip art images that can be used for any purpose, as they're all in the public domain.

You can browse by article as well as collection, such as Famous People, Sports, Fall, Summer, Presidents, and Halloween.

Each individual photo can be downloaded or you can grab the entire collection of pictures at once in an archive file.

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Foodie's Feed

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Foodie's Feed

What We Like

  • Several ways to find photos.

  • Always high quality.

  • User accounts are unnecessary.

What We Don't Like

  • Lots of advertising.

  • There's a short waiting period before each download.

  • Limited selection.

Foodie's Feed is just what it sounds like - a collection of free images a foodie would love.

Some sections of the site include Coffee, Dessert, Breakfast, Fruit, and Soup. There are also a handful of collections, called Thematic Packages, that you can download that contains multiple images in one archive file, but you must “Like” their Facebook page before getting the download link.

If you’d rather not browse for images, you can just sign up for emails so you can get photos sent directly to you once a week.

You can download and edit these images for any purpose, both personally and commercially. You just can't resell the photos.

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Picography

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Picography

What We Like

  • Instant downloads.

  • Multiple ways to browse.

What We Don't Like

  • Ads are disguised as free pictures.

  • Slim collection.

Picography is a very simple website that lets you scroll through tons of free, high-resolution photos that you can use for any purpose. Like similar websites, you can also search for images and browse by category and tag. 

Images are saved immediately after clicking the download button, so there isn't a waiting period, and a user account isn't required.

You can also subscribe to monthly email updates.

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FreePhotosBank

FreePhotosBank
FreePhotosBank

What We Like

  • Advanced search tool.

  • Lots of image categories.

What We Don't Like

  • Sneaky advertising.

  • Unappealing website design.

  • Some images aren't high quality.

FreePhotosBank is another source for free stock photos. You can browse by image categories and view a Hot List of popular images.

The Advanced Search section makes it easy to find stock photos from a past date, sorted by title/rating/views/etc., and in categories such as Computer and Technology, Architecture, Nature, Abstract, Objects, and Life.

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FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What We Like

  • Lots of categories.

  • Advanced search options.

What We Don't Like

  • Attribution is necessary.

  • Small images.

  • Slow to download.

FreeDigitalPhotos.net is a bit more restricted than most of these other sites that offer free stock photos, though there are plenty of pictures available. Some of them are in categories like Holidays and Events, Travel, Backgrounds, People, and Science and Technology.

You're required to provide a credit to the creator of the image you use, and you can only download a small sized version of the images. To obtain a larger image or avoid giving attributions, you must purchase the photos from FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

In addition to the above, you have to fill out a security challenge before downloading any picture.