Are you looking for free stock photos for your blog?
Or for your next design project?
You are in the right place.
Today, I will share with you 33 of my favorite websites that offer professional stock photos for free.
All of these websites offer images with no copyright. That means you can download and use these images for both personal and commercial purposes.
A Note About Copyright
Most images on the Internet are governed by Copyright laws. That means you can’t use them without the permission of the creator of those images. If you do, you would be infringing its copyrights.
If you want to stay away from any legal trouble and want to get high-quality images for free, look for images that are available under the public domain or the CC0 License. These images are completely free to use for everyone.
You can do whatever you want with these images. You can edit them however you want and you can even sell them as a part of your commercial projects.
All the sites below offer high-resolution free stock photos that you can use for both personal as well as commercial projects. A lot of them license their images under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license which allows you to modify and use the images however you like without asking for permission.
The Best Free Stock Photo Sites (2019)
Splitshire offers free High-resolution stock photos shot by professional photographers. Their collection includes breathtaking images that you can use for commercial purposes.
They add new photos to the site almost every day. Unlike most of the other sites on this list, Splitshire offers images under a custom license. You are allowed to use them however you see fit, but you are not allowed to redistribute them or sell them as is.
A large number of categories to choose from including Abstract, Animals, People, Weddings, and a lot more.
Unsplash offers a large collection of thousands of free stock photos for commercial use. All their images are licensed under Creative Commons Zero License. You can download any image you want and use it in all your projects without asking permission from the author. You don’t even need to credit the author, although it is appreciated.
Pexels offers thousands of high-quality stock photos from aspiring photographers around the world. You can search their site based on keywords, tags, or even color to find the perfect images for your project.
Hundreds of professional photographers upload new photos every month. Whatever project you are working on, you can probably find the perfect images on this site.
All images licensed under a custom license called the Pexels license that offers complete freedom with only a few limitations. You are allowed to modify or use the images however you want without permission or attribution. You can read all the details about their license on this page.
If you are looking to get inspired or get your creative juices flowing, check out their popular photos page. It showcases the images the most viewed images.
Pixabay is a community of photographers and creatives. They offer over 1.6 million free stock photos that you can use in all your projects however you like. Their collection of stock photos is evergrowing with new images being uploaded every day.
All the images and videos licensed under a simple Pixabay license. It dictates that all the images can be downloaded for free and used for commercial use. The only limitation is that you cannot redistribute the images as is without any modifications. If you modify the images to create something of your own, you are allowed to redistribute or even sell them.
Their website’s search engine is very powerful and offers dozens of options to find the best images. The best part about this site is that it is available in so many different languages including English, Italian, and Dutch.
Jay Mantri is a professional photographer. All the images on his website are licensed under the CC0 license which allows you to do whatever you want.
In Jay’s own words:
free pics. do anything (CC0). make magic.
Although the site hasn’t been updated in over a year, there are hundreds of free high-resolution images you can download and use in your projects without any restrictions or attribution.
StockSnap offers thousands of photos under almost all the categories you can think of. Their category page even includes a category named Happy.
Hundreds of new professional images are uploaded to this site every day. All of these images are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. You can use these images in as many projects as you like; even the commercial ones.
If you are ever having a bad day, visit their Food category page. It is filled with images like that areo guaranteed to put a smile on your face or hunger in your stomach.
Skitterphoto offers thousands of high-quality free stock photos under the Creative Commons Zero license. All the images are available under the public domain and can be used without permission or attribution.
Photos on their site range from Animals to Nature to Architecture. You can easily find the perfect images for all your creative projects by using the search option or by looking at their category pages.
According to the website, Gratisography offers “the world’s quirkiest collection of free high-resolution pictures”. All the images on this website are completely free and are offered without any copyright restrictions. The same as the CC0 license.
The photographer behind this website likes to take pictures that are creative and novel. Unlike most of the other websites on this list, you will only find weird looking images on this site that grab attention. The best part? You can use any of these images in your commercial projects including Facebook Ads and your blog.
Negative space offers high-resolution stock photos under dozens of categories for free under the Creative Commons Zero license. They add new beautiful photos every week. They offer hundreds of images you can download and use for your commercial and personal projects.
MMT offers free photos, videos, and wallpapers under the public domain CC0 license. You can download, modify, and use these images however you want.
They upload new high-resolution photos and videos every week. A large number of categories available to choose images from. Their website also offers a page called Curated Collections. You can find many different collections like Work + Tech. These collections contain dozens of free stock photos.
Magdeleine is an evergrowing collection of beautiful, breathtaking stock photos. Most of the pictures on this site are licensed under CC0, but some of the pictures require attribution. There’s a new High-Resolution photo added every day.
Life of Pix offers free High-Resolution images licensed under CC0 license. You can download and use these images in as many projects as you want without paying any royalty. All the images can be modified as needed and used without attribution to the photographer.
New beautiful, professional-looking stock photos added every week to this site. The site features 10 awesome photographs every week selected by the team.
This site contains thousands of pictures that you can use on your blog or ads or in any other creative project for free. You can do whatever you want with these images without any attribution.
The only limitation of the license is that you cannot redistribute the images without permission. New photos are added every two weeks.
Fancycrave “wishes to raise the bar of stock photography.” Their website offers hundreds of free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. You can download these images, modify them, and use them in both personal and commercial projects.
Dozens of categories to choose images from. Two new photos added every day.
Cupcake is a cute, simple website that offers thousands of photos that are copyright free. All of the images are licensed under the CC0 license and can be used for commercial projects.
KaboomPics offers hundreds of free high-quality images that you can use for both personal and commercial projects. While redistribution of the images without permission is not allowed, you can use them however you see fit.
Their site includes not only stock photography but also mockups you can download and edit yourself with Photoshop or GIMP.
Although the owner of the site passed away a few years ago, the site still has a lot of high-resolution free stock photos to offer. All the images on this site are released under the Creative Commons CC0 license. You can use them in all your projects without attribution or permission from the photographer.
New Old Stock is a collection of Vintage Photos that are free of any known copyright restrictions. These images are available under public domain. Most of the pictures on the site are free of any copyright restriction, but it is still a good idea to check the license before using the images.
If you are looking for pictures that are actually old, not just instagram filter old, then this is the site to check out.
Picography offers images that are released under Creative Commons Zero license. All the images on this site can be used for any purposes you want. You can use the images however you see fit without asking for permission. A wide variety of royalty free stock photos to choose from.
FoodShot is a curated collection of high quality, high-resolution food photos. All food photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero license. They add a new high-quality picture every day.
Glyphs.co is a huge library of free stock photos licensed under CC0 license. You can use these pictures for commercial use in Facebook Ads and for personal projects like your blog. A large number of categories available to choose from.
Plenty of free high-resolution stock photos licensed under Creative Commons CC0. A lot of categories to choose from. I love the design of this website. If you are looking for some creative inspiration, check out this website.
All images on this site are licensed under CC0 license and can be used for both your personal and commercial projects. Over 1,500 free high-quality photos available to download and use without any attribution to the author.
Freely Photos offers hundreds of photos that are copyright free. You can use these images in all your commercial projects as all free images are licensed under Creative Commons CC0 license.
A large collection of photos with mostly animal and nature pictures. All photos licensed under CC0 license. New photos added every week. A large variety of photos to choose from.
Collection of more than a 100 premium free stock photos to choose from. All images are licensed under Creative Commons CC0 license. A lot of categories available to download images from.
7 free beautiful photos every 7 days available for commercial use. Photos from more than 200,000 photographers available for free. All pictures are licensed under Creative Commons Zero license.
All the pictures on Reshot are can be used in commercial projects without any restrictions.
FreeStocks.org offers thousands of free stock photos licensed under the CC0 license allowing you to modify and use the images however you see fit.
A large collection of free food images offered under the Creative Commons Zero license. You can download, modify, and use these images in all your projects without any attribution to the creative behind the pictures.
PicJumbo offers thousands of free pictures you can use download and use for free without any copyright restrictions.
ISORepublic offers hundreds of free high-quality stock photos and videos you can use in all your projects and modify as much as you want. All the content on this site is licensed under the CC0 license.
Although the website says that you can use all of the images for free, it doesn’t state any details about the license.
Over To You
All the websites on this list offer a large collection of images that you can use for both personal and commercial projects. You can use these free images on your blog, website or in Ads without asking for permission. You are free to use them however you see fit.