Best Stock Photo Sites


The visual content is one of the most important thing when it comes to your website and your message to your visitor.

There’s one question I get asked quite often: Where can you find free images that are high quality and cleared to use for your blog posts or social media content?

It’s a question with many answers and admonitions. Essentially every picture made over the most recent 30 years is as yet ensured by copyright—an insurance that gives basically every creator the elite option to utilize or reproduce their work. In any case, you can locate a public space photograph, utilize a Creative Commons picture that may require attribution, or even make your own picture without any preparation.

In this post, I will share in excess of 20 unique sources and instruments with the expectation of complimentary pictures, covering accessible picture destinations, make your-own-picture apparatuses, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Before using any free images read the terms

A couple of things to know before we begin. The following terms will come up regularly as we talk about free picture sources.

Read over the terms and conditions of each site you try so you know precisely when and what type of attribution is required.

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

There are different kinds of Creative Commons licenses that range from allowing any type of use with no attribution to allowing only certain uses and no changes.

What is public domain?

Works in the public domain are those whose copyrights have expired, have been forfeited, or are inapplicable. Discovering something on the web does not mean it is in the public domain.

What is royalty free?

Royalty-free images aren’t necessarily free. As a rule, you’ll need to pay a one-time charge to acquire the rights to utilize the picture.

Then you can use it as many times as you like. The “free” in “sovereignty free” just implies that you don’t need to pay eminences to the proprietor of the picture each time you use it.

For a comprehensive read on royalty-free images, check out this guide by Amos Struck.


1. Pixabay

Pixabay serves as a repository for a ton of quality photos that released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain. The site is clean and intuitive, making it easy to navigate your way through the 780K+ free photos, vectors, and illustrations.

The main search bar even allows you to filter your query down by factors like media type, orientation, color, and minimum dimensions.

Click here to view the full license details.

Want to see a deeper dive into some of these stock photography galleries? Check out the following video and download some free photos from HubSpot below.

2. Pexels

At Pexels the photos are carefully handpicked from a variety of free image sources to ensure that you’re getting only the best of the best.

All of the photos that make the cut are under the Creative Commons Zero license, meaning that they are free for personal and commercial use with no attribution required. And thanks to its search functionality, turning up the right photo for your next project is super easy.

3. Gratisography

With new photos added weekly, Gratisography is another awesome website serving up high-resolution photos covered under the Creative Commons Zero license.

All of the photos are taken by Ryan McGuire, a “whimsically creative visual artist, based in Ithaca, NY.” And while these photos are a bit more quirky (we’re talking everything from monster feet slippers to Vespas to bananas), they are entirely usable for the right project.

4. Unsplash

Unsplash has its own license, which essentially lets you use the images for free, in any way you like, except for using them to create a competing website. 

5. Burst (by Shopify)

Burst is a free stock photo platform for entrepreneurs by Shopify. The images are both free and royalty-free. (Burst has a cool section of business ideas, with tips and high-resolution images for for kicking your business off.)

6. Flickr Commons

Worldwide, archives and libraries partner with FlickrCommons and contribute their own public domain images. It’s a great resource for finding free public domain images from all over the world, not just from the United States. FlickrCommons’ images contain no known copyright restrictions, but (as always) it’s not a guarantee—so do your research.

Read about their terms here. 

7. Magdeleine

Magdeline is another high-quality resource for free stock photography that doesn’t look like stock. Use the right-hand column to browse categories (nature, people, food, etc) or search by dominant color, which is ideal when you’re looking for cohesiveness in your design!

Be sure to filter down to CC0 licensed images, since some photos do require attribution.


8. Old Book Illustrations

Old Book Illustrations offers a really nice collection of public domain illustrations scanned from old books and vector illustrations that can be modified and distributed for both personal and commercial projects. Perfect to add some vintage appeal.

Read about their terms here.

9. StockSnap

Stocksnap offers millions of free stock images for you to choose from. With good-quality images and decent search functionality, StockSnap is a good site to check out if the other resources mentioned above don’t work out.