30 Free Stock Photo Sites: Ultimate Collection

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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.

Shutterstock Stock Photo Keyword Search:Search Terms:


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.

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2. EveryStockPhoto

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

every-stock

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).

free stock photos pixabay

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.

morgue-file

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.

flickr

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.

deviantart

7. Kavewall

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

kave-wall

8. StockVault

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

stock-vault

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.

image-after

10. CreatingOnline

creating-online

11. AllDigitalDreamer

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12. FreeFoto

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

free-foto

13. DreamsTime

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

dreamstime

14. FreeRange

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

15. FreeDigitalPhotos

freedigitalphotos

16. FreeStockImages

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17. TurboPhoto

turbo-photo

18. FreePhotosBank

freephotosbank

19. Cepolina

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

cepolina

20. BigFoto

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

bigfoto

21. OpenPhoto

20 different categories with high quality nature and architectural photos.

openphoto

22. ShutterStock

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

shutterstock

23. PdPhoto

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

pdphoto

24. FromOldBooks

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

25. FreeImages

2,500 original stock photos for free.

freeimages

26. PublicDomainPhotos

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

public-domain-photos

27. FreeLargePhotos

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.

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49 Comments Best Comments First
  • Joel Drapper

    Monday, October 27th, 2008 14:14

    18

    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!

    Joel Drappers last blog post : Google Webmaster Chat Event

    +2
  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 01:51

    1

    @Benek as far as I know there is not free photos available, so I didn’t include it..

    0
  • Simon Vallee

    Saturday, October 25th, 2008 20:34

    17

    Nice roundup. Much thanks!

    0
  • ethnicomm

    Saturday, October 25th, 2008 06:17

    16

    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 :)

    0
  • Johnson Koh

    Saturday, October 25th, 2008 04:48

    15

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

    Johnson Kohs last blog post : Make a Web Interface with Car Images

    0
  • Joel Drapper

    Monday, October 27th, 2008 14:17

    19

    Stupid me. http://everystockphoto.com is a search engine.

    Joel Drappers last blog post : Google Webmaster Chat Event

    0
  • Internet Trend

    Thursday, November 6th, 2008 05:18

    20

    Very cool collection! thanks for sharing this to us. :)

    0
  • Bmiller

    Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 04:14

    24

    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.

    0
  • rajkumar

    Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 16:02

    23

    i like much your site it hepls to desiging

    0
  • valuestockphoto

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 03:57

    22

    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.

    0
  • Susan

    Thursday, December 11th, 2008 16:09

    21

    This is a must to add to your list.
    http://www.fontplay.com/freephotos/

    0
  • IhateDesign

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 19:28

    14

    Thanks for the resources, really appreciatte!

    IhateDesigns last blog post : IhateBACKUP!

    0
  • manu

    Saturday, October 25th, 2008 01:14

    13

    Really nice list.
    There is also http://pixdaus.com/, which is my preferred:)

    0
  • Janko

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 10:30

    6

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

    Jankos last blog post : Handycons – a free, hand drawn social media icon set

    0
  • River Girl

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 03:40

    5

    Great post and beautiful site!

    River Girls last blog post : Hurry and Get a New Macbook for $869!

    0
  • pab

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 03:18

    4

    Awesome collection, Some news ones I hadn’t heard of.

    pabs last blog post : WE Design Change

    0
  • Benek

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 01:38

    2

    How could you forget istockphoto.com?

    0
  • Valerio Vaz

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 11:58

    7

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

    Thanks for sharing

    Valerio Vazs last blog post : Concurso – Picture Challange 2008

    0
  • backslashW

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 19:25

    8

    Whoao!!! What a great list!!!!
    Thanks a lot, i’m bookmarking this site right now.

    backslashWs last blog post : Marineros a remontar la cuesta

    0
  • v2lmedia

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 17:30

    12

    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.

    0
  • Endure Graphic Design

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 15:21

    11

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

    0
  • Rahul

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 21:21

    10

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

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 20:17

    9

    Thanks people..for all those many responses..:) Appreciated! :)

    0
  • Ryan

    Friday, March 13th, 2009 06:23

    25

    Thanks for the listings. I found thousands of good quality royalty free images at http://www.sunipix.com

    0
  • WAP KIDS

    Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 12:41

    26

    Hey, Great collection here. Thanks For All. How could you forget http://www.corbis.com and http://www.veer.com?

    0
  • jareso

    Saturday, May 15th, 2010 13:55

    43

    Nice listing.
    And what about this one? Database of stock images: http://www.StockPhotos.it
    Maybe you will find it useful. Contains a lot of free but also commercial images.

    0
  • marizmendi

    Friday, May 7th, 2010 22:05

    42

    Excellent collection, thanks for post it….

    0
  • ashok pai

    Friday, March 12th, 2010 14:04

    41

    here’s another one to the list:
    http://www.rgbstock.com
    decent place, nice collection of images.

    0
  • Karl

    Monday, March 8th, 2010 12:55

    40

    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…

    Thanks

    0
  • Sarah

    Monday, June 28th, 2010 21:47

    44

    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.

    0
  • Nick Jones

    Monday, September 20th, 2010 15:37

    45

    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 !!

    0
  • Martha

    Thursday, March 29th, 2012 05:47

    49

    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. ^^__

    0
  • Haffey

    Thursday, July 14th, 2011 17:10

    48

    hey, check http://depositphotos.com/free-photos.html , they offer free trial subscription for new users.

    0
  • Charles

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 01:04

    47

    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 -

    0
  • nodoToose

    Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 03:19

    46

    just read the topic! Awesome job.

    0
  • Mark

    Sunday, March 7th, 2010 14:39

    39

    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

    0
  • jay

    Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 14:51

    38

    A brand new free stock photo site:
    http://www.rgbstock.com. In 2 month time more then 30.000 photos on line.

    0
  • Naresh Sharma

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 21:37

    30

    It is very nice information for Users..

    Thanks
    Naresh Jangid

    0
  • Tom the Webmanager

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 21:22

    29

    I love searching for pics at these photo sites, even if i do not search for something special it is just cool to see the great pictures at this sites!

    Tom the Webmanagers last blog post : Mainstream?!?! – The Top 3 Most Exceptional Product Management Blogs

    0
  • John

    Saturday, May 16th, 2009 01:56

    28

    There are a few photos and illustrations on stockazoo too.

    Johns last blog post : Vector Icon – Globe & Cloudy Continents

    0
  • serge666

    Sunday, March 29th, 2009 12:38

    27

    fotobank photos.dp.ua !

    serge666s last blog post : Ford

    0
  • Paul

    Sunday, June 21st, 2009 16:09

    31

    Hey! Nice job here! I’ll be dropping by from time to time :)

    0
  • John Parks

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 21:08

    32

    Now I have unlimited access to great resources for images.

    0
  • Cystar

    Sunday, February 28th, 2010 01:06

    37

    There are some great quality photos with NO LIMITATIONs at:
    PulicDomainPictures dot Net

    http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/browse-category.php?c=flowers&s=2

    0
  • Shi Yali

    Saturday, February 13th, 2010 06:24

    36

    Hi, I offer free small size versions of my commercial images at http://asiastockimages.com , there are more than 1000 images to choose from. Very useful for blogs and web sites.

    0
  • jay

    Saturday, January 30th, 2010 21:53

    35

    a brand new hight quality free stock photo site: http://www.rgbstock.com
    Check it out!

    0
  • Teresa Schultz

    Thursday, December 24th, 2009 16:46

    33

    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.

    0
  • Yakov

    Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 22:57

    34

    http://www.KosherStock.com offers weekly free photos for personnal and commercial use. KS is a royalty-free microstock site (photos, illustrations and cliparts) focusing on the Jewish life, culture and religion.

    0
  • Mike Smith

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 02:17

    3

    Nice article here. Good collection. Thanks for sending this to me through stumbleupon.

    -1
  • Martha

    Thursday, March 29th, 2012 05:47

    49

    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. ^^__

    0
  • Haffey

    Thursday, July 14th, 2011 17:10

    48

    hey, check http://depositphotos.com/free-photos.html , they offer free trial subscription for new users.

    0
  • Charles

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 01:04

    47

    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 -

    0
  • nodoToose

    Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 03:19

    46

    just read the topic! Awesome job.

    0
  • Nick Jones

    Monday, September 20th, 2010 15:37

    45

    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 !!

    0
  • Sarah

    Monday, June 28th, 2010 21:47

    44

    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.

    0
  • jareso

    Saturday, May 15th, 2010 13:55

    43

    Nice listing.
    And what about this one? Database of stock images: http://www.StockPhotos.it
    Maybe you will find it useful. Contains a lot of free but also commercial images.

    0
  • marizmendi

    Friday, May 7th, 2010 22:05

    42

    Excellent collection, thanks for post it….

    0
  • ashok pai

    Friday, March 12th, 2010 14:04

    41

    here’s another one to the list:
    http://www.rgbstock.com
    decent place, nice collection of images.

    0
  • Karl

    Monday, March 8th, 2010 12:55

    40

    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…

    Thanks

    0
  • Mark

    Sunday, March 7th, 2010 14:39

    39

    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

    0
  • jay

    Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 14:51

    38

    A brand new free stock photo site:
    http://www.rgbstock.com. In 2 month time more then 30.000 photos on line.

    0
  • Cystar

    Sunday, February 28th, 2010 01:06

    37

    There are some great quality photos with NO LIMITATIONs at:
    PulicDomainPictures dot Net

    http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/browse-category.php?c=flowers&s=2

    0
  • Shi Yali

    Saturday, February 13th, 2010 06:24

    36

    Hi, I offer free small size versions of my commercial images at http://asiastockimages.com , there are more than 1000 images to choose from. Very useful for blogs and web sites.

    0
  • jay

    Saturday, January 30th, 2010 21:53

    35

    a brand new hight quality free stock photo site: http://www.rgbstock.com
    Check it out!

    0
  • Yakov

    Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 22:57

    34

    http://www.KosherStock.com offers weekly free photos for personnal and commercial use. KS is a royalty-free microstock site (photos, illustrations and cliparts) focusing on the Jewish life, culture and religion.

    0
  • Teresa Schultz

    Thursday, December 24th, 2009 16:46

    33

    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.

    0
  • John Parks

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 21:08

    32

    Now I have unlimited access to great resources for images.

    0
  • Paul

    Sunday, June 21st, 2009 16:09

    31

    Hey! Nice job here! I’ll be dropping by from time to time :)

    0
  • Naresh Sharma

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 21:37

    30

    It is very nice information for Users..

    Thanks
    Naresh Jangid

    0
  • Tom the Webmanager

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 21:22

    29

    I love searching for pics at these photo sites, even if i do not search for something special it is just cool to see the great pictures at this sites!

    Tom the Webmanagers last blog post : Mainstream?!?! – The Top 3 Most Exceptional Product Management Blogs

    0
  • John

    Saturday, May 16th, 2009 01:56

    28

    There are a few photos and illustrations on stockazoo too.

    Johns last blog post : Vector Icon – Globe & Cloudy Continents

    0
  • serge666

    Sunday, March 29th, 2009 12:38

    27

    fotobank photos.dp.ua !

    serge666s last blog post : Ford

    0
  • WAP KIDS

    Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 12:41

    26

    Hey, Great collection here. Thanks For All. How could you forget http://www.corbis.com and http://www.veer.com?

    0
  • Ryan

    Friday, March 13th, 2009 06:23

    25

    Thanks for the listings. I found thousands of good quality royalty free images at http://www.sunipix.com

    0
  • Bmiller

    Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 04:14

    24

    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.

    0
  • rajkumar

    Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 16:02

    23

    i like much your site it hepls to desiging

    0
  • valuestockphoto

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 03:57

    22

    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.

    0
  • Susan

    Thursday, December 11th, 2008 16:09

    21

    This is a must to add to your list.
    http://www.fontplay.com/freephotos/

    0
  • Internet Trend

    Thursday, November 6th, 2008 05:18

    20

    Very cool collection! thanks for sharing this to us. :)

    0
  • Joel Drapper

    Monday, October 27th, 2008 14:17

    19

    Stupid me. http://everystockphoto.com is a search engine.

    Joel Drappers last blog post : Google Webmaster Chat Event

    0
  • Joel Drapper

    Monday, October 27th, 2008 14:14

    18

    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!

    Joel Drappers last blog post : Google Webmaster Chat Event

    +2
  • Simon Vallee

    Saturday, October 25th, 2008 20:34

    17

    Nice roundup. Much thanks!

    0
  • ethnicomm

    Saturday, October 25th, 2008 06:17

    16

    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 :)

    0
  • Johnson Koh

    Saturday, October 25th, 2008 04:48

    15

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

    Johnson Kohs last blog post : Make a Web Interface with Car Images

    0
  • IhateDesign

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 19:28

    14

    Thanks for the resources, really appreciatte!

    IhateDesigns last blog post : IhateBACKUP!

    0
  • manu

    Saturday, October 25th, 2008 01:14

    13

    Really nice list.
    There is also http://pixdaus.com/, which is my preferred:)

    0
  • v2lmedia

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 17:30

    12

    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.

    0
  • Endure Graphic Design

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 15:21

    11

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

    0
  • Rahul

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 21:21

    10

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

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 20:17

    9

    Thanks people..for all those many responses..:) Appreciated! :)

    0
  • backslashW

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 19:25

    8

    Whoao!!! What a great list!!!!
    Thanks a lot, i’m bookmarking this site right now.

    backslashWs last blog post : Marineros a remontar la cuesta

    0
  • Valerio Vaz

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 11:58

    7

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

    Thanks for sharing

    Valerio Vazs last blog post : Concurso – Picture Challange 2008

    0
  • Janko

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 10:30

    6

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

    Jankos last blog post : Handycons – a free, hand drawn social media icon set

    0
  • River Girl

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 03:40

    5

    Great post and beautiful site!

    River Girls last blog post : Hurry and Get a New Macbook for $869!

    0
  • pab

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 03:18

    4

    Awesome collection, Some news ones I hadn’t heard of.

    pabs last blog post : WE Design Change

    0
  • Mike Smith

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 02:17

    3

    Nice article here. Good collection. Thanks for sending this to me through stumbleupon.

    -1
  • Benek

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 01:38

    2

    How could you forget istockphoto.com?

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 01:51

    1

    @Benek as far as I know there is not free photos available, so I didn’t include it..

    0

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