11 Free stock photos websites for your next project

Why is it so hard to find high-quality photos, for your website? Don’t worry, we have put together a list of top 11 free stock photos websites for you to use! UPDATED to 13...

What’s the deal with free photos?

Have you ever tried to look for free stock photos on Google, you probably know how hard it can be to find high-quality photos, with no watermarks, which actually fit your website topic, go well with your site colours, brand and are completely without any restrictions?

Photography has always been a crucial part of any website out there today. Sadly, it’s not always easy to find the perfect photo for your brand new blog post or when you just want to illustrate something on your webpage in general.

Of course, there is a lot of photo library websites that you could use, istock, Shutterstock and Adobe’s Fotolia are one of those premium photography websites out there, but they cost money!


What are your options?

Have you ever been in that "what next" situation. You get a great looking modern website, running on the best content management system back-office available, it looks & works perfectly, but it still lacks of some real high-quality photos. 

Where should I get my photos from? Can’t I just take my own photos? That would be the most ideal scenario. However are you a professional photographer? Will the photos you take, be good enough for your website? You don’t want to ruin your site’s first impression by using poor quality images!

With that out of the way let’s dive right into your high quality, free to use stock photos alternatives.

Are there any free alternatives?

Luckily enough, there has been a growing number of websites with professional quality imagery for you to freely use in any of your web projects.

Those free stock photos websites are great source of free to use imagery, for you to use freely on your beautiful looking website. Professional photographers, hobbyists or just simple people like me and you, submit their photos and share it with the world. The most inspiring thing is that those people allow anyone to distribute and modify their creations freely, without any restrictions.

Below you can find a list of websites that contain free stock photos you can use anywhere.

1. Pexels - Best free stock photos in one place

Pexels Free Stock Photos for your Website

2. Stock Up - Over 13,174 free stock photos

Stock Up Free Stock Photos for your Website



3. Unsplash - Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos

Unsplash Free Stock Photos for your Website



4. Stock Snap - Beautiful free stock photos

Stock Snap Free Stock Photos for your Website


5. Gratisography - Free high-resolution pictures

Gratisography Free Stock Photos for your Project



6. Picography - Free hi-resolution photos. Use them however you like

Picography Free Stock Photos for your Website



7. Negative Space - Free stock photos

Negative SpaceFree Stock Photos for your Website



8. Pixabay - Free high quality images

Pixabay Free Stock Photos for your Website



9. Split Shire - Amazing copyright free real photos

Split ShireFree Stock Photos for your Website




10. Picjumbo - Free stock photos

Picjumbo Free Stock Photos for your Website


11. New Old Stock - Vintage photos from the public archives

New Old StockFree Stock Photos for your Website


Honourable mention


12. Rawpixel - Free design resources. "Be inspired. Be raw"

Rawpixel Free Stock Photos for your Website



13. GoodFreePhotos - Free public domain photos

Rawpixel Free Stock Photos for your Website


14. And now a link to over 100 free websites, have a look at WhoIsHostingThis?

Free and Freemium Stock Image Websites







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  1. Nica Tortosa

    Hi Lukas, Love your article! Have you heard about Rawpixel? You’ve probably seen our images all over the place. We’re the leading stock photo contributor in the world. We’ve just launched our website where we give away the best free design resources out there. We’d be stoked if you could add us to your list. Check us out on rawpixel. Looking forward to you joining our community of creatives. BE INSPIRED. BE RAW. Nica Tortosa


    Hi Nica. Thanks for your response and yes of course we can add your site. Having taken a quick look, I think its great. A simple registration and then download images for free. Why do ask people to provide their email address?

  2. Yinan Chen

    Hi, While I was surfing the net, I saw your article for the "free stock photos" here: https://www.webnetism.com/blog/faqs/free-stock-photos-websites-for-your-next-project. It lists some very nice sites with great photos. I run a large public domain photo site at https://www.goodfreephotos.com . It has over 8000 photo categorized mainly by location.My site specializes in photos of state parks, national parks, national landmarks, and historical sites. We also have business, tech, animal, plant, and food photos as well. All photos are free to use for any purpose. A lot of the photos were taken by me. I also take requests for specific photos. I would appreciate it a lot if you could add my site to your list of sites. Thanks, Yinan Chen


    Hi Yinan. Thank you for submitting your website. We are delighted to add it to this resource. Thank you.

  3. Rachel

    Hello Webnitism, this is a great list! I've been looking for more stock photo resources for our e-commerce class project when I stumble upon your website. I hope you can also check-out Burst from Shopify (https://burst.shopify.com/) - A stock photo site powered by Shopify for Entrepreneurs. Burst offer high-quality stock images for business owners that are free to use for any purposes and under CC0 license. Images can be used for your business website, blog, online store, social media campaigns, client work, and even school projects. Thanks for your wonderful resources. Keep hustlin! :)


    Thank you Rachel.

  4. Ellie

    I agree with Rachel, Burst is really good. You should add it to your list.

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