12 Amazing And Free Stock Photo Resources

There are various components, from typography to colors, that makes a design impressive. Photos used are definitely one of the most important factors.

Today, almost any type of photo we can dream of exists in the web. And, thankfully, there are many stock photo websites which helps us find them easily.

Here is a list of 12 free stock photo resources that you must bookmark:



stock.xchng is probably the most popular service which provides free stock photos.

It has 1000s of high-quality images which are very well categorized. Usage requires a free membership.



MorgueFile lets you to download photos without registration & it has a very open license to use images on almost any type of work.

Besides the free photos, it has an online classroom which teaches about photography & a crowded community discussing in its forums.



openphoto is a very straightforward website with no details & extras. It simply presents the photos in categories.

Most of the images are licenses with CC:Attribution-ShareAlike (photo used).

Photo Rack

Photo Rack

PhotoRack is a great resource for stock photos where all images can be used in any type of work.

It surprisingly lacks of one thing: a search function.



unprofound.com is an awesome site which is ran with an amateur spirit.

There are lots of free stock photos to browse, they can be filtered by colors & they are totally free.

Freerange Stock

Freerange Stock Photos

The site offers thousands of photos which can be used in commercial projects as well.

Photos can be browsed quickly, a popular images page shows you what's hot & more. Download requires free membership.



FreeDigitalPhotos offers both free & paid versions of images where the free versions are limited in size and requires a link back to the photographer.

Photos are categorized in detail & no registration is required.



FreeFoto is a huge resource with a bunch of categories & their sub-categories.

Licensing is mostly offers an attribute for online use or a non-commercial offline use (photo used).



Although FreePixels isn't the biggest website, almost every photo included are high quality & beautiful.

They can be used in any type of projects an attribution is required (written or visual).

Public Domain Photos

Public Domain Photos

The website has ~15,000 free stock photos & cliparts listed. No registration is required.

And, as the name states, the photos presented are very open-licensed.



The website is relatively different than others. It offers downloads as design packs of 15 images.

Although it doesn't have a large database yet, the sets presented are pretty impressive.



Everystockphoto.com is a website which indexes images from other stock websites.

They are currently offering a search for ~5 million images.

Other Resources:

Here are more amazing resources which has great photos but can only be used in non-commercial projects.

  • Stockvault is a stock photo sharing website where photographers can upload any number of images & others can use them for free (only non-commercial)
  • Woophy is a photo community which focuses on geographical categorization of photos with an interactive search map.
  • Historical Stock Photos is a nice resource for finding, mostly black & white, historical photos.

Is your favorite resource missing? Please share them in the comments and we can add them to the list as well.

  1. Reply Jordan Walker January 11, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Great list of resources.

  2. Reply Ted Rex January 11, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    What a great resource to share. I made this page one of my three links for the day on my daily Design Thought blog:

    All the best, Ted

  3. Reply Jamie Giberti January 11, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    You missed out http://www.sxc.hu which is a very good collection of free images (and which is incidentally number 1 in google for “free stock images”).

  4. Reply Umut M. January 11, 2010 at 1:05 PM


    Sxc.hu is included as the 1st item in the list. Agree that it is a great resource.


    Thanks so much.

  5. Reply Curtis January 11, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Nice list, will definitely use these.

  6. Reply Greg Bulmash January 11, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    I’d suggest giving a nod to WikiMedia Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org

    It gathers all the images used in Wikipedia, plus a lot more. It could use some better search features (including being able to search by license), but it’s a very interesting and useful resource.

  7. Reply Greg January 12, 2010 at 1:48 AM

    rgbstock.com Is very new but up an running they took there time making sure it was done right and has alot of photos already to go by alot I belive its over 4000 and counting
    This one will be big fast BUT still will be free and hold to the artist helps artist

  8. Reply Hernan January 12, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    I would add http://www.photoxpress.com/ as one of the best.

  9. Reply Martin January 12, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    I’d like to shout out http://www.freeimages.co.uk, some of the images are not that big, but its always been a trusty source, I’d second sxc.hu / stockxchng, that’s top of my list too.

  10. Reply vlad January 13, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    What about Flickr with Creative Common search filter?

  11. Reply Elle January 13, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Thank you for this resource! It’s great!

  12. Reply Bruno January 14, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    you forgot about cgtextures.com/

  13. Reply Michael Garmahis January 14, 2010 at 8:37 PM
  14. Reply ProHerb January 18, 2010 at 5:02 AM

    Greatest List, I love free pic.

  15. Reply Herman January 19, 2010 at 4:22 AM

    An new and fast growing free stock photo site. Could be interesting too

  16. Reply Yakov January 19, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    http://www.KosherStock.com offers weekly free photos for personnal and commercial use. KS is a royalty-free microstock site (photos, illustrations and cliparts) focusing on the Jewish life, culture and religion.

  17. Reply Anna Sondej January 20, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Extended vertion (more than 50 free stock photo) at BLue Vertigo http:www.bluevertigo.com.ar/

  18. Reply Jaspal February 2, 2010 at 6:25 AM

    Thnx for the list .. i was really in the of finding few free photos … keep it up

  19. Reply Marius February 7, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Great article! I appreciate that you wrote down the licenses usually used on the websites.

  20. Reply Jason February 14, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    thanks so much for this list!
    I do want to warn those who may not be aware but there are many images on all these sites that are not TRUE open stock, but simply images taken from other sites and posted. This isn’t a reflection on the site itself, just those who contribute that may not understand what copyright is. So be careful with what you use and how you use it.

  21. Reply Fabricio C Zuardi February 18, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    Nice wrap up! If you plan to write a similar post about stock video footage repositories check it out this under-development project of mine: http://alpha.publicvideos.org there are currently more than 2 thousand clips available, all free footage dedicated to the commons with a CC0 waiver, available in Ogg Theora, Ogg Dirac and H.264 MP4 🙂

  22. Reply Shafi Shaikh March 7, 2010 at 2:38 AM

    Great place for best photos. I really like these kinds of websites those offer free and good photos.

  23. Reply Jimmy March 15, 2010 at 2:48 AM

    http://www.photospd.com is also a really good resource for public domain photos. It’s a new site so there is new content here and it is always improving.

  24. Reply Dez Pain April 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    http://www.rgbstock.com/ now has more than 36,000 free photos and graphics for personal and most commercial use. Expanding rapidly.

  25. Reply Paul May 10, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    Here is another site for the list free stock photos it is my own site of a growing collection of high quality photos under a CC licence. Thanks.

  26. Reply alexnjoy May 13, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Nice list of websites )) I can ad another one: http://mocii.com/ – mainly about vector graphics, but they also have free stock photos

  27. Reply George June 6, 2010 at 6:49 AM

    AbsolutVision also offers a few hundreds free pictures, check here —> http://www.absolutvision.com/AbsolutVisionV2/gallery/free_stock_images

  28. Reply jay June 22, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Nice list of websites )) I would like an another one:
    http://www.rgbstock.com. More then 41,000 free stock photos online

  29. Reply Allie June 28, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Of all these above i love sxc.hu most. This list is missing looots of good resources. Like http://www.photl.com and http://www.fotolia.com. I love these as well. They have large collecions as well.

  30. Reply Mike July 6, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    well.. as sxc is still the best, sites like fotolia are mainly based on promoting their paid services, than really sharing content..

    I am building a large list of these resources – at http://designbeginshere.com

    It is classified by type and free/pay.. updating it constantly. Feel free to use it or add to it! Some of the sites listed here are unknown to me, thanks for that! =)

  31. Reply geekers magazine July 31, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    I really like these kinds of websites those offer free and good photos.thnx a lot for compiling them .

  32. Reply img_guy September 3, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    You can find royalty-free public domain images at:


    They’re all totally free to do with as you please! Enjoy!

  33. Reply Youtupedia September 21, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    http://www.Youtupedia.org is not in the list, so I add it here.

  34. Reply A Collection Of Free Images September 22, 2010 at 4:28 AM

    Great list of resources! If I don’t have a good image in my own collection(http://freeimagescollection.com/), I head to first 2 of the sites you have mentioned.

  35. Reply Paul A Houle November 10, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    You might be interested in

    Ookaboo: Free Pictures Of Everything on Earth

    which, unlike many “free” stock sites, is 100% free for both non-commercial AND commercial use.

  36. Reply Juegos December 16, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Great post I never heared this sites, I actually buying images on depositphotos, I like more the old stockxpert but they sell or fusion with other sites and is so much expensive.

  37. Reply Queralt January 7, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Hi. I wanted to suggest a good site:

    Nearly 100% of our Royalty Free photos are Free Download. Every image is absolutely free, with some more options to buy individual higher resolutions. They can be used either for private or commercial purposes. In exchange, we only ask you to use the images according to our Licensing. Thanks. 🙂

  38. Reply picdrome September 22, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    Thanks for the list!

    I suggest also http://www.picdrome.com
    This is a growing Public Domain picture collection, free of copyright and licensed under Creative Commons.

    All items are free to download for personal and commercial use, without restriction and are available in high definition.

    New photos are added on a daily basis.

  39. Reply Missy November 9, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Thank you much! When I google “free stock” or “open stock” I frequently just get sites with ad links to Shutterstock and no real original content. SO FRUSTRATING!!

  40. Reply SchoolPhotoProject July 13, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    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!

  41. Reply james July 20, 2012 at 5:12 AM

    My staff has orders to check http://www.kozzi.com first before they go anywhere else. Kozzi.com has 70,000 free stock images and if those dont work they have even more premium images for in most cases no more then $4. Saves me and my clients thousands of dollars a year easily

  42. Reply Rohit August 6, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Nice list of Stock Photo Resources But usually i use Flickr google & stock.xchng

  43. Reply Mackie October 27, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Nice list! Another site for fully free images from public domain is http://freetems.net/ .

  44. Reply Simon October 30, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    As a team member of Pixabay, I’d like to suggest Pixabay.com as a new resource for great Public Domain photos and clip arts. Have a look, it’s really awesome and it’s the number 2 free image resource on Wikipedia today!! 😉

  45. Reply Daan van den Bergh November 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    For the artsy-fans DeviantArt.com is a great one.

    Missed it in this listing.

  46. Reply Bill August 22, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    This list totally rocks. Thanks to computer classes I was forced to look for free images. Here is the bomb.

    Thank you

  47. Reply baltensperger July 28, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Hi, thanks for share this sites. One more site i would like to recommend you it’s https://plixs.com they serve many quality images with public domain license.

  48. Reply owldesign August 17, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Any interested in more free stock photos, I’m sharing few every so often here http://photocollections.io/

  49. Reply Vertex Lab October 12, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    a good list there

  50. Reply Stuart Miles March 19, 2016 at 12:10 AM

    My web-site has got 30,000 pics, totally free for any use. Don’t hesitate to visit here – http://BusinessImagesFree

  51. Reply hemant kumar arya July 25, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    This is really an awesome post and very informative. This article is really very helpful for newbie bloggers. We all judge a book by its cover, Stock images with high quality is the basic & essential need of any blogger & there are lots of sites which offers us stock images for free, so that we can use them in our blog.
    Thank you !

Leave a reply