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.
A well-known free stock image resource with more than 30,000 free photos.
More than 2,500 free images, textures, backgrounds and more for your graphic designs.
Royalty-free, public domain stock photos you can browse by category or search by keyword.
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.
An easy-to-navigate interface makes finding the perfect free stock images for your graphic designs a breeze.
Free public-domain photos taken by government employees. This website lets you search for photos or browse pre-selected galleries.
Thousands of free stock images for commercial and personal use. High resolution!
Totally free stock images, plus audio and more.
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.
Bills itself as the largest collection of free photos online, with more than 130,000 images.
Not the most extensive collection, but the free stock images here are of excellent quality.
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.
A search engine for Wikimedia Commons, with access to more than 2 million free images.
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.
More than 1,000 images you can download and use in your designs, 100 percent royalty-free.
The images found on Photl can only be found on Photl, which makes it the perfect resource for finding something different and unique.
Well-categorized stock images, textures and more you can download for free.
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.
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.
Free high-quality stock photos, illustrations and backgrounds.
True to its name, you’ll find free stock images on this website. You’ll also find free icons and other free graphics.
More than 8,000 free photos for download, based on country of subject and origin.
An excellent resource of high-quality free stock photography, seeded by a small group of talented and dedicated photographers.
Different and cool, with free stock images plus icons and more for free download.
Many of these are in the public domain, but some are not. Always check licenses before use!
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!
Not extensive, but you will find unique photos here to add some spice to your designs.
More than 10,000 free stock photos you can browse by category.
Download free full design packs that work together seamlessly in your own graphic designs.
An excellent collection of free stock images for web and print design.