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.
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.
EveryStockPhoto site is becoming more and more popular, now there are 4,4 million free photos!
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).
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.
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.
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.
All images are separated in 18 different categories with really handy navigation.
More than 11,000 stock photos are available for now.
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.
FreeFoto.com is made up of 122879 images with 157 sections organized into 3386 categories for now, pretty impressive indeed.
Over 4 million photographs are over here for free or 0.20$/image.
All images are at least 2400 x 1600, and photos can be used for commercial or personal projects.
Over 8,000 photos available for now, each photo can be downloaded in five formats – up to 1024x768px.
This interesting site offers high resolution and really beautiful photos of continents.
20 different categories with high quality nature and architectural photos.
4.9 million royalty-free stock photos with almost 80 000 new photos every week.
Several thousands of royalty free pictures here and free for use.
FromOldBooks site offers scanned images, engravings and pictures from old books
2,500 original stock photos for free.
More than 5,000 free photos out there and free for commercial use.
Every picture is free to use and really high resolution – from 1600×1200 until 3072x2048px!
All pictures listed at PhotoRack are Free to use for personal and commercial projects.
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.