The best free stock photo sites

It’s little wonder with such breadth of ability you can find it on everything from branding and advertising through to news and travel.

Over the years purchasing good quality imagery has become a minefield for the uninitiated, with royalty free, rights managed and editorial usage terms common place in stock libraries. Tick the wrong box and you could land yourself with a sizable fine for violating Copyright protection.

Maybe there’s another way? Over the past few years there’s been a rise in free stock photo sites, with the composition quality to match that of Getty Images and the paid sites. This is great news for start-ups and brands who create marketing content on scale.

I've put together a list of 8 of the best free stock photography sites offering free high resolution images for commercial projects.


StockSnap - Free stock photography website

In the words of StockSnap they’re "not your typical crappy stock photo site". They offer beautiful, high quality free photos for just about any use you can think of. All the photography is released under Creative Commons (CC0) license.


Pexels stock photography

Pexels is a free site that provides high resolution stock images. All the photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages. All the photography is released under Creative Commons (CC0) license.


Unsplash free stock images

Probably the best known of the free stock sites, Unsplash has rapidly become the go-to resource for high quality, unique imagery. Offering thousands of high resolution photos for free under the Creative Commons (CC0) license.

Burst - Shopify

Burst by Shopify - free stock photo library

Burst was launched by Shopify to help new businesses find beautiful free stock photos for their marketing. You’ll find imagery targeted at a range of niches from food and travel through to lifestyle and business. Some photos are released under the public domain Creative Commons (CC0) license, while others fall under Shopify’s own photo license.


pixabay high quality free photography

Pixabay is a free to use stock photography site that's home to thousands of high quality images, vectors, short video clips and illustrations. The main search bar allows you to filter your query down by factors like media type, orientation and colour. All photos are released under Creative Commons (CC0) license.


foodiesfeed free food photography

Looking for a high quality, free photo collection site with mouth watering food photography? Foodiesfeed is where it’s at. Food photographers from all around the world share their photos under the Creative Commons (CC0) license. Perfect if you run a food blog.


picjumbo high quality stock images

With new content uploaded daily, Picjumbo is a free stock image site that offers a wide range high-quality images for categories ranging from people through to technology.


kaboompics interior design imagery

Kaboompics is one of the most popular sources of free stock imagery for lifestyle, interior design and specialised bloggers in World. Created and curated by graphic designer and photographer, Karolina. Photos can be used for commercial purposes but cannot be sold or redistributed.