30 free stock photos websites to download images

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Using stock photos in the design can save us a lot of time. Instead of hiring a photographer, you can instantly access high quality of stock photography by browsing through the stock photo websites.

There are a lot of websites offering stock photos. Some of them are free, while most of them aren’t. So, if you are going to use stock photos in your design, you have to be aware of the license and agreement that may be involved.

Today, we are going to share 30 websites where you can download free stock photos. If you found any free stock photo website that isn’t in the list, feel free to send me or add through comment.

1. Stock xchng

Contains over 350,000 quality stock photos. You can easily get a quality and beautiful wallpaper for your desktop, or simply an illustration for your blog. The advanced search feature lets you easily search through the site for your desired image.


2. Free Historical Stock Photos

Historical Stock Photos offer historical related photos for Emails and Personal Websites. If you need any historical photos, this is a great site for you.

Free Historical Stock Photos

3. Stockvault

Free Stock Photos and free Images for personal, educational and non-commercial usage.


4. DesignPacks

DesignPacks offers high quality image collections that can be used in both personal and commercial projects. Each of the collection contains 15 images.


5. Abstract Influence

Abstract Influence, Photography, Stock Photos, Graphic Design, art, forums, Photoshop, Sioux Falls, community, South Dakota, blog, free photography, cheap images, creative, web design and Free Stock Photos Graphic Design Community

Abstract Influence

6. Aarin Free Photo

Aarin Free Photo offers digital images absolutely free. We also provide Web Design tips to help you with ideas and image manipulation.

Aarin Free Photo

7. PD Photo

PDPhoto.org is a repository for free public domain photos. Most of these photos are free to use for any purpose

PD Photo

8. FreePhotosBank

Free stock photos and images provided by various photographers.


9. Everystockphoto

Basically, everystockphoto is an image search engine where it collects photos from various sources such as flickr, stock.xchng, Morguefile, Freerange Stock and etc. Make sure you view the license term before download them.


10. Photogen

Free photos from the Photogen library of stock photos and images – search and download free stock photos in high resolution of animals, agriculture, architecture, backgrounds, concepts, nature, transport, travel and destinations, business and industry – free for commercial and personal use.


11. Cepolina Photos

More than 8000 free stock photos are available for download here. Maximum resolution is 1024×768.

Cepolina Photos

12. Studio7designs

Really nice collection of nature-inspired photography.


13. Woophy

Woophy is a community for travel photographers. The main page contains a map with a lot of dots. Each dots represent images taken at that place.


14. Free range

This site provides tons of high quality and high resolution free stock photos. However, users are required to register before download. If you are looking for some high resolution textures, you can also visit this site.



15. PhotoEverywhere

Another great free stock photos site that collects and shares tourism images from around the world.


16. Open photo


17. Free Stock Photography

You’ll find stock photos covering a range of categories such as textures, animals, technology, water, fire, jobs and careers, buildings and more.

Free Stock Photography

18. MorgueFile

The morguefile filter has been designed to help you find images quickly and easily. You can browse these images by category. I like the filter feature as it really help to make search easier and faster.


19. Kave Wall

Images are categorized into 18 different categories for easy browsing.

Kave Wall

20. CreatingOnline Stock Photos

The site offers both free and premium stock photos for download. More than 1000 photos are available for free in 400-600 pixels.

CreatingOnline Stock Photos

21. Dreamstime

Dreamstime lets you search through the gallery for more than 7,000,000 images. There are more than 1000 photos added weekly.


22. FreeDigitalPhotos.net

There are thousands of royalty free photos in this site, which mean you can use these photos for both corporate and personal use. While the photos are free, you are required to pay for the high resolution photos.


23. Turbo Photo

Browse through 2,000 free stock photos from 10 categories.

Turbo Photo

24. Shutterstock

Largest subscription based stock photos website. They have more than 9,000,00 royalty-free stock photos and around 70,000 new stock photos added each week.


25. 5000 Free Stock Photos

This website provides more than 500 free stock photos from public domain. Users are allowed to use these images fo any purpose, including commercial.

5000 Free Stock Photos

26. ImageBase

Free stock photos in 6 categories.


27. FreeImages.co.uk

FreeImages contains more than 3000 original stock photos.


28. FreePixels

Around 4k of images categorized in 40 categories.


29. Hoover Stock Photos

Hoover Stock Photos offers royalty free stock photos, backgrounds, illustrations, photo images, and digital art for use in personal and commercial web site design projects.

Hoover Stock Photos

30. Photo Rack

Photo Rack is a place great place for you to browse and download free stock photos. These photos are categorized into 12 categories and different sub categories.

Photo Rack

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  • http://www.pingdesigns.net David

    I try and avoid using stock images whenever possible, it’s why I got into photography. Stock images are extremely useful for mockups and projects with little time to produce. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.webanddesigners.com WAD

      Ya indeed, stock photos are really useful for mockups and people who are not into photography.

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  • http://inspirationfeed.com inspirationfeed

    Wow 30 resources? I only knew of 5 before. Than you for the info, it’s always nice to get free great quality stock images! I’ll gladly share this with my followers!

    • http://www.webanddesigners.com WAD

      Glad it came handy for you. I usually browser your site and find many useful resources out there.

  • http://fantasyinspiration.com Sutsurikeru

    I didn’t realise there were so many to choose from?! I normally just go to Stock xchng.

  • http://www.stockvault.net Bjorgvin

    Hey WAD
    Thanks for listing http://www.stockvault.net, I appreciate that.
    We redesigned the site few months ago, so your screenshot is a bit out-dated.
    I can create a new image for you, and send over if you’d like?

  • http://angelsecretgarden.blogspot.com Lavender

    Thanks for the great resources. Can I suggest to add http://www.123rf.com ? I’ve used some of their free images.

    • http://www.webanddesigners.com WAD

      Sure you can. 123rf.com is one of our sponsors.

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  • sanja

    I think that http://www.rgbstock.com has a place among the top 30. It offers more than 60.000 high quality images in high resolution, completly free for personal or commercial use.

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  • Henry Rivers

    don’t miss out on free trials too, a good way to get pro-standard content in bulk.
    most well known one is http://depositphotos.com/ but there also now the same one here http://www.ingimage.com