30 Free Stock Photo Sites: Ultimate Collection

Huh, I know there are maybe even too many articles about places, where to search for photos and images, but those articles were usually very old, many sites do not work anymore and that kind of stuff. So my goal was to create ultimate collection with the best places where to search for and get nice quality images. I think every site of this list is worth checking out, although in most cases with sxc.hu site alone is enough.

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1. Sxc.hu

The leading free stock photo site. If You don’t know about this site and call Yourself a designer, I’ll feel ashamed – MUST KNOW site offering an impressive collection of many high-quality photos taken by amateur photographers from around the world. There are more than 380.000 quality stock photos. If You are searching for something this is the first place where to look, totally my favorite one.


2. EveryStockPhoto

EveryStockPhoto site is becoming more and more popular, now there are 4,4 million free photos!


3. Pixabay

Pixabay.com is an international community for sharing outstanding public domain images. Pixabay currently offers about 65,000 copyright free photos, cliparts, and vector graphics that may be used freely and without attribution for any purpose (Creative Commons CC0 dedication exclusively).

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4. MorgueFile

One more site worth looking for. “This morgue file contains free high resolution digital stock photographs and reference images for either corporate or public use. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for illustrators, comic book artist, designers, teachers and all creative pursuits.” – Quote from their homepage.


5. Flickr

Everybody know about this site with their main purpose as photo management and sharing application.  Great place for inspiration and searching for good photographs, but don’t forget to check  author’s license, before using them.


6. Deviantart

Very popular community and also very good photos sometimes can be found there, but yes, don’t forget about license and asking authors first for their permission.


7. Kavewall

All images are  separated in 18 different categories with really handy navigation.


8. StockVault

More than 11,000 stock photos are available for now.


9. Image*After

Image*After is a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture from our site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial and currently there are more than 20,000 free textures and images available.


10. CreatingOnline


11. AllDigitalDreamer


12. FreeFoto

FreeFoto.com is made up of 122879 images with 157 sections organized into 3386 categories for now, pretty impressive indeed.


13. DreamsTime

Over 4 million photographs are over here for free or 0.20$/image.


14. FreeRange

All images are at least 2400 x 1600, and photos can be used for commercial or personal projects. freerange

15. FreeDigitalPhotos


16. FreeStockImages


17. TurboPhoto


18. FreePhotosBank


19. Cepolina

Over 8,000 photos available for now, each photo can be downloaded in five formats – up to 1024x768px.


20. BigFoto

This interesting site offers high resolution and really beautiful photos of continents.


21. OpenPhoto

20 different categories with high quality nature and architectural photos.


22. ShutterStock

4.9 million royalty-free stock photos with almost 80 000 new photos every week.


23. PdPhoto

Several thousands of royalty free pictures here and free for use.


24. FromOldBooks

FromOldBooks site offers scanned images, engravings and pictures from old books oldbooks

25. FreeImages

2,500 original stock photos for free.


26. PublicDomainPhotos

More than 5,000 free photos out there and free for commercial use.


27. FreeLargePhotos


28. ImageBase

Every picture is free to use and really high resolution – from 1600×1200 until 3072x2048px! image-base

29. PhotoRack

All pictures listed at PhotoRack are Free to use for personal and commercial projects. photorack

If You know some more good free stock photo sites, please share with us, to evolve our design community!!


Last Updated: January 15, 2012. Removed offline websites.

Dainis Graveris

Dainis is 25 years young man, who struggled for 3 years while studying in design academy and working for local design agency, because of ignorant teachers and agency boss. He couldn't believe this is all life could offer to him! And then he discovered true Internet possibilities, he was lucky to find his passion early in life and take advantage of this beautiful Information (Internet) Age! Now he is committed to help others succeed, to help others take charge of their life and follow their passion! His goal is to open Your eyes and help unveil Your true potential!

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  1. Martha says

    Yow! This post contains a good list of stock photo sites but my favorite site for free stock photography is missing. Take a look at this site: http://www.kozzi.com. It’s truly full of awesome photos and images. ^^__

  2. Charles says

    I like your post – All of these sites have some free stock photos – I found that the best way to search and find all the real “Free” images that agencies offer is to use http://www.oseeris.com using the Free tab -

  3. says

    I came across this superb quality post while surfing web this morning. Thanks for the quality info and I just bookmarked it and would help newbies and other industry masters walk over this post.

    Keep up the quality work 32 !!

  4. Sarah says

    Thank you for putting it all together. All great sites in one plcae, Thats what everybody needs. I like and often use some of them. But still there is another cool site, which has a big collection of free photos (www.photl.com). But they have mainly studio photos.

  5. says

    Fantastic post, this is a gem. To find these websites manually it’s a pain because the sites themselves do not make it easy to know if they are free, low cost, cheap etc etc etc…


  6. Mark says

    Good to see everystockphoto getting a mention near the top. it’s pretty supr but I guess they could be doing with grabbing images and photos from some of the other 30 you mentioned. Great list and certainly going into my bookmarks too :D

  7. Teresa Schultz says

    Nice collection, thank you. I often use sxc.hu – a very handy site to often find everything I need in one place, but sometimes I can’t quite find everything there, and your list here looks good to go through when that happens.

  8. says

    There are a few photos and illustrations on stockazoo too.

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  9. Bmiller says

    I would like to suggest another site for free stock photos:

    Free Stock Photos Webphotomart.com

    The site offers thousands of free stock photos and clip art illustrations submitted by staff photographers and other sources.

  10. says

    have a look at valuestockphoto.com we have 1000’s of images that are free for blogs and website use with the code provided. Also our sister site at photoeverywhere.com where we have 1000’s of high resolution images available for free under a creative commons license.

  11. Joel Drapper says

    Wow! There are some great sites listed here. You saved me a lot of money buying them from iStockPhoto.com :P

    Maybe I should make a tool to search them all. If I ever get round to it I will post it here.

    Thanks again!

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  12. ethnicomm says

    Great post – thanks for sharing. I’ve been a big fan of sxc.hu and morguefile but you’ve now opened up a wide range of options for me :)

  13. says

    Excellent list Dainis!
    You’ve just given me more choices on places to source images :D

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  14. v2lmedia says

    Hey this is a pretty good collection. I was aware of most , but see a few here that I don’t even have. Good Stuff.

  15. Endure Graphic Design says

    Great list! I only knew of a few of these sites, glad there are more to choose from! Thanks!

  16. says

    A must have collection for web developers and designers like me. Thanks for the effort for bring up this article. Cheers.

  17. Valerio Vaz says

    Hey, Great collection over here. Some i didn’t know about. Got to try some.

    Thanks for sharing

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  18. says

    Nice post. There are some new sites for me..

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