I've been building this post for a while now. It has served as somewhere to gather my ever-increasing list of great photo sources for free imagery to use on various projects.
I will be constantly updating this article as and when I discover new sources.
However, on some of the sites, some photos may require attribution. I've done my best to identify which license they fall under but I would still advise you to do your own research and determine how these images can be used - just to be on the safe side.
With that out of the way, let’s dive into our top picks for free stock photos.
StockSnap.io has a large selection of beautiful free stock photos and high-resolution images. The site also has a very handy search feature making it easy to browse through the thousands of images available. In addition, the site tracks views and downloads so you can find the most popular photos available.
StockSnap adds hundreds of images on a weekly basis and all photos are released under creative commons public domain – no attribution required
Unsplash is a collection of free high-resolution photos and has arguably become the best source for stock images. The quality and subjects covered are excellent.
Unsplash releases 10 new photos every 10 days and they’re released under the creative commons public domain license.
Pixabay features thousands of images you can use for your projects across many categories. All pictures are released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain.
Gratisography offers free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. New awesome pictures are added weekly and are free of copyright restrictions. All pictures are captured by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design.
Negative Space provides 20 new photos every week released under Creative Commons CC0. The photos are searchable and can be sorted by category, copy space and color.
Splitshire is a collection of delicious free stock photos by web designer Daniel Nanescu. The photos are free for personal and commercial use.
Life of Pix is a resource created by the LEEROY creative agency offering free high-resolution photos with no copyright restrictions. New pictures are added weekly.
Every month a photo pack of 10 photos within a certain category will be delivered to your inbox. The goal of Death to Stock Photos is to bring you a variety of options in which to use for your mockups, blog posts or social media.
Death to stock photo uses their own license which you can read on their webpage.
Superfamous is the Los-Angeles based studio of Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter. You can use the work for your own purposes — including commercial use — as long as credit is provided. Folkert features various collections including aerial, biological, geological, and more.
Picjumbo is a collection of totally free photos for your commercial & personal works. New photos are added daily from a wide variety of categories including abstract, fashion, nature, technology and much more.
A curated collection of free resources, all for commercial use. Since the photos are curated from various sources, some photos may require attribution.
Vintage photos from the public archives free of known copyright restrictions. These can give a real retro feel to projects.
Free mobile photos for your personal or commercial projects.
Freestock offers a wide range of high quality photos all released under Creative Commons CC0.
Tookapic stock is a marketplace for both free & premium stock photos. You can filter by free photos which are all released under Creative Commons CC0.
There is no excuse for poor images on your website or marketing materials and graphics. Try and use genuine images with real people that really enhance your message. Use photos with tones and filters that identify your brand and use colour overlays when you want to make text really stand out. An image should enhance what you are trying to say - not drown it out.
The standard of free imagery is incredible - just be selective and really choose imagery that enhances your message.