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30 Free Stock Photo Sources Providing Quality Images for Personal & Commercial Use

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Finding a good, free stock photo can be a pain. How many times have you come across a website that offered lots of images for free download, but the lion’s share of the content was hardly worthy of attention? Forget about low-res amateur pictures and costly files. Today we offer for your consideration 30 free stock photos sources, which can be used for personal or commercial purposes.

High-quality visual content is the solid foundation of a competitive web resource. But finding the right images and stock photos can be more time-consuming than it may appear. Of course, we can always take photos by ourselves, hire professional photographers or buy a license at a stock image site. There are a variety of online resources that provide stock photos for public use, but most of them are either of inferior quality or old enough that photos were relegated to a public domain. You will not find any of the aforementioned stuff on this list. Here are the top 30 places from where you can download quality images for free.


IM Creator offers photos on different topics, from all around the world. Free for personal and commercial purposes, any picture can be found via advanced search.



MorgueFile is well-known as one of the oldest and richest online image repositories. The website requires no membership. Any file can be found via live search or by tag. To download an image, simply click it and download from the same screen.



Along with offering a wide selection of quality free photos, Pixabay boasts a rich selection of free vectors and free drawings. All files can be used in personal and commercial projects.



Public Domain Pictures is a repository for free pictures by amateur photographers. If you download files for commercial purposes, double check the disclaimer since some pictures may require a property release.



Raumrot offers a selection of hand-picked and high-resolution photos in different styles and on various topics including Business, Food & Drink, Mountain, Nature, Seasonal, Sport, and more. You can use their files for personal or commercial purposes. Take note that some rights are reserved.



Funny, quality and made with love, images on Gratisography can bring a breath of fresh air into any design project. All pictures were taken by photographer Ryan McGuire. The gallery is updated weekly.



Getrefe is mostly tech- and nature-centric. By filtering the archive by date and post type, you can easily find the necessary visuals in a matter of clicks.



Stockvault boasts a truly impressive gallery. With over 50,000 files, their gallery includes photos, textures, objects, and renders.



Magdeleine is a free photo repository that was made super-easy to search. If you visit the website, you can find a filter allowing you to search not only by category but also by colors and license. Simply put, here you can find free images taken by different photographers from all around the web.



To download free quality images from Rgbstock, you need to create a free account with just one click. If you are keen on photography, you can upload your own gallery there. Experienced staff will carefully examine each file either leaving it on the site or rejecting it. By doing this, only high-quality photos are exposed in public.



By subscribing to Death to the Stock Photo, you will receive an email with a new gallery of free high-resolution photos every month. All files are free to be used in personal and commercial purposes, on blogs, in social media, etc.



If you need a collection of retro style images for any of your works, then you are welcome to



On Compfight you can search through Flickr’s galleries using Flickr API. The platform was tailored for the efficient location of images for blogs, inspiration and research.



FreeMediaGoo is a rich repository for quality free stock photo backgrounds and images that developers can use in print, TV, Internet or other projects.



As the name implies, is a hub for all high quality public domain images that its founder Matt has ever come across on the web.



iStockPhoto provides photos, illustrations, video, audio and editorial files, all available for free download. To get access to the weekly updated gallery, you need to be registered first.



Developed by Viktor Hanáček back in 2013, PicJumbo boasts a rich selection of high-quality images for personal and commercial use. For easier navigation, categories menu and tag cloud were organized in a side menu. You can follow updates right on the site or have them emailed weekly.



Daniel Nanescu is a founder of SplitShire. Being a photographer himself, Daniel shares free stock photos that can be used for both personal and commercial purposes. High-quality images on Abstract, Animals, Nature, Automotive, People, Street life, and many other categories can be found on his site.



The Pattern Library shares a valuable collection of patterns provided by talented designers from all over the world.



Jay Mantri shares 7 new high-quality photos every Thursday.  All photos are free to use in any way you wish. The style of photos varies, so you will surely find something to your liking in the gallery.

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Pickup Image offers a valuable collection of free public domain images, all of which can be downloaded and modified without asking permission.



PhotoPin helps bloggers find free quality images on any topic by using advanced search. What’s more, you can filter files by commercial and non-commercial, depending on the end user’s requirements.



On Unsplash you can find new photos every 10 days. This is a blog-style stock photo source that allows you to submit your own photos for public use.



Function is a web design blog that shares valuable resources and inspiration along with tips on where to find free photos on the web. In addition, you can find here several volumes of free images provided by @liammckay.



123rf is a great repository for royalty free photos. The gallery features romantic, grunge, sensual, fashion, beach, antique, and many other collections of free stuff for your consideration.



If you don’t know where to find history-related free images, go to Ancestry Images. The website features more than 31K free images of old and antique prints, maps, portraits, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.



CreativeCommons.Photos is a website featuring a vast choice of free public domain images. Filterable gallery and advanced search make it easier to find images on a certain topic.



Foodie’s Feed is a personal project of Jakub Kapusnak, a food photographer form Prague who shares free food images for bloggers, web devs and designers. Both personal and commercial use allowed.



Foter has all the images you may need. The library includes over 220 million free stock photos for any online media. The images are mostly taken from Flickr, so attribution is required.



Life of Pix provides free high-resolution photos with no copyright restrictions. The gallery is updated every week. Images can be used for any project of yours, either personal or commercial.


Bookmark this list of free stock photo sites if you enjoyed it. Are there any other cool resources we should have mentioned on this chart? You’re welcome to share your thoughts with us below this post.

Happy hunting!

2 Responses

  1. Pexels is a free stock photography website.
    It wasn’t until last year that I learned about this site (thanks to a reader), and I’m so glad I did.
    I absolutely love Pexels. It’s the only website I use when I need free stock images for my blog posts.
    I think this could actually be one of the most useful websites for bloggers. Especially in a time where visuals are a must for your blog content.
    Images on Pexels are free for personal and commercial use. They can be modified, distributed, and do not require attribution.
    If you’re looking for more websites that offer free images, check out my post Where to Find Free Images for Your Blog.

  2. My Stock Photos
    Finding high-quality, free to use images is a major battle every blog writer fights. Great imagery is a crucial piece of a great blog article. The next entry on our list of the best blogging tools – My Stock Photos – helps you do just that – find amazing, high-quality stock images. Free of charge.
    You really can’t beat free. Just don’t go overboard on adding tons of random pictures to your posts now that you have access to them. Make sure they’re all relevant and add value.

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