30 Resources for Free Stock Images

Looking for free stock images online?  Nearly everyone has tried mainstays like Creative Commons, Wikimedia Commons, Stock Exchange and MorgueFile.  These are four excellent resources for free stock photos, but they’re far from the only options online.  Instead of pulling stock images from the same pool as everyone else, try these 30 resources – some of which you’ve probably never heard of.

1.  Stock Vault

A well-known free stock image resource with more than 30,000 free photos.

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2.  Creativity 103

More than 2,500 free images, textures, backgrounds and more for your graphic designs.

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3.  PDSearch

Royalty-free, public domain stock photos you can browse by category or search by keyword.

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4.  Free Range

Like some others listed here, you have to sign up for a membership (it’s free), but the high-resolution free stock images on this site make that slight inconvenience well worth it.

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5.  Free Photos Bank

An easy-to-navigate interface makes finding the perfect free stock images for your graphic designs a breeze.

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6.  DotGovWatch

Free public-domain photos taken by government employees.  This website lets you search for photos or browse pre-selected galleries.

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7.  Photogen

Thousands of free stock images for commercial and personal use.  High resolution!

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8.  FreeMediaGoo

Totally free stock images, plus audio and more.

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9.  Everystockphoto

This isn’t a gallery in and of itself, but a search engine for free stock photos that will connect you with many other great resources.

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10.  Freefoto

Bills itself as the largest collection of free photos online, with more than 130,000 images.

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11.  Pixel Perfect Digital

Not the most extensive collection, but the free stock images here are of excellent quality.

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12.  Imagebase

Free photos that you can treat as though they’re in the public domain in high resolution formats make this a great go-to site for that unique photo you’re after.

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13.  Open Stock Photography

A search engine for Wikimedia Commons, with access to more than 2 million free images.

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14.  Woophy

A unique take on free stock image search; this website lets you use a world map to drill down to a specific location. You’ll find free photos for that location.

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15.  Free Stock Photography

More than 1,000 images you can download and use in your designs, 100 percent royalty-free.

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16.  Photl

The images found on Photl can only be found on Photl, which makes it the perfect resource for finding something different and unique.

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17.  Kave Wall

Well-categorized stock images, textures and more you can download for free.

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18.  Turbo Photo

Browse galleries of free public domain images for graphic design, but be wary of the search feature – it takes you to Shutterstock, a paid image website.

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19.  Image After

The interface can put you off a little at first, but don’t ignore the powerful search tools for free stock images from an established website.

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20.  RGB Stock

Free high-quality stock photos, illustrations and backgrounds.

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21.  Free Stock Images

True to its name, you’ll find free stock images on this website.  You’ll also find free icons and other free graphics.

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22.  Nations Illustrated

More than 8,000 free photos for download, based on country of subject and origin.

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23.  Unprofound

An excellent resource of high-quality free stock photography, seeded by a small group of talented and dedicated photographers.

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24.  Cepolina

Different and cool, with free stock images plus icons and more for free download.

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25.  U.S. Government Photos and Images

Many of these are in the public domain, but some are not.  Always check licenses before use!

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26.  Liam’s Pictures from Old Books

Looking for a perfect vintage photo or image for free?  Look no further than this website, which has images from – you guessed it – old books!

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27.  Picdrome

Not extensive, but you will find unique photos here to add some spice to your designs.

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28.  Photo Rack

More than 10,000 free stock photos you can browse by category.

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29.  Design Packs

Download free full design packs that work together seamlessly in your own graphic designs.

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30.  Free Pixels

An excellent collection of free stock images for web and print design.

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  • http://www.SchoolPhotoProject.com SchoolPhotoProject

    We’d like to have http://www.SchoolPhotoProject.com included in this list as well. We are a free stock photo site that make good quality photos available for students and public in general. Big photo files, up to 4000 pixels in size are available to download. New free photos are uploaded daily. Thank you!

  • Brian Morris

    Thanks for the link! Hopefully I’ll receive more submissions so I can expand this post to include more – if you have a free stock photo site, please let me know.

  • http://www.SchoolPhotoProject.com SchoolPhotoProject

    Here are several more free stock photos sites we know:

    http://www.morguefile.com

    http://www.photogen.com

    http://www.sxc.hu

    http://www.pics4learning.com

    Thank you!