14 websites with free stock photos

March 13, 2018

 

1. unsplash.com

Unsplash adds 10 new royalty-free photos every 10 days and they're almost always of breathtakingly attractive beautiful landscapes. Just scroll down the home page to see foggy rivers, faraway mountain ranges or even battered signs in all their high-resolution glory.

Searchable? No 
Attribution required? No

 

2. superfamous.com

Dutch artist Folkert Gorter and his graphic-design peers at SuperFamous curate this collection of incredibly high-resolution images, perfect for use in website design or as desktop backgrounds.
Searchable? No 
Attribution required? Yes

 

3. picjumbo.com
Picjumbo is a personal favorite of many designers due to its easy navigation and extremely high-resolution photos (with no attribution required). This site also happens to sport a great collection of food shots, so if you're running a restaurant or nutrition-themed startup, you might find it worth your while to take a browse.

Searchable? Yes 
Attribution required? No, for almost all images

 

Photo from picjumbo.com.

 

 

4. pixabay.com

Pixabay is a web designer's dream. Not only does this site offer an easy-to-use search feature, the images are absolutely brilliant. And most don't require any attribution at all.
Searchable? Yes 
Attribution required? No, for almost all images

 

5. imcreator.com/free
IM Creator, which also offers an online website building tool, put together this small library of premium-quality free photos. Attribution is required but it's well worth it: These pictures are of the same, if not better, quality as those of paid sites.

Searchable? Yes 
Attribution required? Yes

 

6. gratisography.com
Gratisography's collection is, in a word, incredible. Built by the talented Ryan McGuire, an artist and web designer, this site features some of the most evocative images on the web and they requires no attribution whatsoever.

Searchable? No 
Attribution required? No

 

7. morguefile.com

One of the simplest sites on this list, MorgueFile has a streamlined layout and carefully curated list of photos. Its selection isn't as large as that of some of the other sites on this list, but the photos included cover a wide range of topics. You can find images of everything from wildlife to antiques.
Searchable? No 
Attribution required? No

 

8. freeimages.com

One of the most exhaustive directories of open-source images, FreeImages is my go-to resource when I'm working on new web projects. While most stock-photo sites focus on a small niche (usually landscape photography), FreeImages offers thousands of pictures from a diverse set of categories. Most important, it's searchable, which is an incredible time-saver when you're working on a project.

Searchable? No 
Attribution required? Sometimes

 

9. littlevisuals.co

LittleVisuals is a unique site, run according to more of small-scale, handpicked approach than most stock-photo sites. Sign up for its email list and you'll receive seven high-resolution pictures via a zip file every week.

Searchable? No 
Attribution required? No

 

Photo from nos.twnsnd.co.

 

 

10. nos.twnsnd.co

New Old Stock is a collection of antique photos, many taken by government agencies or discovered in estate sales. You can scroll for hours without growing bored.

Searchable? No 
Attribution required? No

 

11. picography.co

The simplest site on this list, Picography is a scroll-through gallery of random shots offered by a handful of professional photographers. You can't search it but this site is perfect for designers looking for evocative photos.
Searchable? No 
Attribution required? No

 

12. getrefe.tumblr.com

If you need architectural or landscape photos fast, GetRefe is ideal. There are no frills, no categories on this site, just beautiful, natural images taken by a series of photographers traveling throughout Europe.
Searchable? No 
Attribution required? No

 

13. jaymantri.com

One of Southern California's finest designers, Jay Mantri offers this eponymous collection, Jay Mantri, with free, inspiring photos that's updated every Thursday.
Searchable? No 
Attribution required? No

 

14. publicdomainarchive.com

Eclectic vintage pictures join ubermodern scenes at Public Domain Archive, an expansive online collection of images, many with striking symmetry and muted colors.
Searchable? No 
Attribution required? No

 

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