Where to get free images for your next project
By: Andrijana Jarnjak
Free images or premium images? This is probably a question that you ask yourself when starting a new project. I would say it depends on the project. We use both premium and free images for our web projects. Premium images are great and are high quality but if you want to give them to your clients the licences are quite costly.
There are a lot of sites with free images and some of them are well known, like Unsplash, Pixabay or Picjumbo. There are other websites out there that offer high quality, free photos that are less known. We’ve pointed out some of our favorites first and the have provided quite a large list of other sites we think are worth of mentioning at the bottom of the article.
Almost all of the images on these sites are royalty free. You can use them in both personal and commercial projects, but check the licence before using them in your project. We hope you’ll find something useful in this list below.
Images are categorised in albums on this website. For example: nature, camera, etc. You can search popular albums, recent albums or all albums. Every image has a different licence. Some of them are free to use for commercial projects and some are not so make sure to check before you use them. The good thing is that this website will let you filter the images by licence.
Barn images has a collection of both free and premium stock images. It’s searchable and easy to navigate. You can search by a term or browse through collections. There is a small but great food images collection, so if you are running a restaurant this site is worth taking a look at! Attribution is not required, but is appreciated.
This website is a small collection of free images by an amazing photographer, Jonas Nillson Lee. The images are mostly nature and landscapes. Images are released under CC0 and are available in high resolution.
Fancy Crave features images from different photographers and adds two new images every day. The site is searchable by term or you can serach photos by category, such as: food, nature, people, tech, etc. Images are released under CC0 licence.
Getrefe is a site that features incredible images from different photographers. There are no categories or search options, only images. The collection is large and included images such as: landscape images, food images, technology images (laptops, cameras, etc.), etc. Images are free and attribution is not required.
This is the royalty-free collection of images by Ryan McGuire, a visual artist. You can search images by term or browse through categories, such as: nature, objects, people, urban and whimsial. The latest category features some really crazy images, including photomanipulations that are really worth the time to take a look.
Trully inspirational images by Jay Mantri are available under CC0 and in high resolution. If you’re looking for incredible nature and travel images than his site is a perfect place.
Kaboompics is one of my favorites. It has high quality images, especially ones featuring tech devices (phones, laptops), which are used often in web design. The site is searchable. You can search by term, by category or by tags under each image. New images are added every day and you can use them for both free and commercial purposes.
Pexels is another great site to get free images for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. All images are licenced under CC0. You can search images by term, browse through popular searches, new photos or popular photos. It’s a great place to find trully amazing and high quality images for your next project.
All images on photo Collections are licensed under Public Domain licence, which means you can use them in both commercial and non-commercial projects. It’s mainly focused on landscape photography, but there’s also people, beauty and advertising categories.
Picjumbo is one of the most popular sites offering free photos for commercial and personal projects. It offers an easy-to-use search feature. You can subscribe to receive notifications about new images, which are added daily. This website features great high resolution images. You can get their Photoshop plugin ($19.99) and get direct access to images while designing.
Picography is a simple gallery of images made by different photographers. Thre is no search or categories, so you have to scroll through all the categories. It can be time consuming but it’s worth it., The images are great and perfect for web designers.
Pixabay is a great place to look for a high quality free photos, videos and illustrations. All resources are licenced under CC0 licence, so you can use them for both commercial and personal projects. The search feature is great, you can define image orientation, media type, image portions, transparency and categories. This is one of the best sites offering free photos.
This website is a really nice scroll-trough gallery of free photos by Klaye Morrison, a web developer and photographer. Although it’s a small gallery it offers great photos, especially for travel websites and blogs.
This is one of the most interesting free images sites. You receive 7 free images every 7 days by signing up or you can manually search for the images. But there’s something even more interesting! You can create a request for an image – a custom request, set a desired price and time span when you need it. Then, you can nominate your favorite photos (photographers submit it), licence your selected photos and award photographers. Interesting isn’t it?
Splitshire is one of the most popular free stock photo sites. Images published are free for commercial use. The site is searchable, easy to use and offers wide range of high quality photos from diffrent categories.
Streetwill is a great resource for vintage photos from a diverse set of categories. All images are licenced under Public Domain, so you can use them in both commercial and personal projects.
This one is a well known free stock photos site offering 10 new images every 10 days. The site is searchable, easy to navigate and offers high resolution photos, mainly focused on landscapes. However, there are plenty of images from other categories as well.
WinePhoto co. is a free image gallery focused on wine industry images. It is perfect for small winery or tourism agnecy sites. Images can be used for personal and commercial projects. Attribution is required.
There are many other great sites to get free images for your next project. Above are our favorites, sites that we use the most, but there are also some great ones that are worth mentioning. Here is the full list of other sites that offer royalty free images.
- 4FreePhotos – http://www.4freephotos.com/photos.php
- Backgroundimagepro – http://www.backgroundimagepro.com/
- Compfight – http://compfight.com/ ( A Flickr search tool)
- Death to Stock – http://deathtothestockphoto.com/
- Dotspin – http://www.dotspin.com/the-commons/
- Everystockphoto – http://www.everystockphoto.com/
- Foodiesfeed – http://foodiesfeed.com
- Free digital photos – http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Architecture_g292.html
- Free Historical Stock Photos – http://www.historicalstockphotos.com/
- Free Images UK – http://www.freeimages.co.uk/
- Free Nature Stock – http://freenaturestock.com/
- Free Photo Factory – http://freephotofactory.com/
- FreeFOODPhotos – http://freefoodphotos.com/
- FreeImages – http://www.freeimages.com/
- Freejpg – http://www.freejpg.com.ar/
- Freepick – http://it.freepik.com/
- Freerange – https://freerangestock.com/index.php
- Gatag – http://free-images.gatag.net/en/
- GoodFreePhotos – http://www.goodfreephotos.com/
- Graphic Burger – Iceland free photos vol1 – http://graphicburger.com/iceland-free-photos-vol-1/
- Graphic Burger – Iceland free photos vol2 – http://graphicburger.com/iceland-free-photos-vol-2/
- High Resolution Photography – http://highresolution.photography/
- IM FREE – http://imcreator.com/free (requires attribution)
- ISO Republic – http://isorepublic.com/
- Lefty – https://lefty.io/ (gathering photos from social networks)
- LibreShot – http://libreshot.com/
- LIFE OF PICS – http://www.lifeofpix.com/
- Little Visuals – http://littlevisuals.co/
- Magdeleine – http://magdeleine.co/browse/
- morgueFile – http://morguefile.com/
- Negative Space – http://negativespace.co/
- New Old Stock – http://nos.twnsnd.co/ (Vintage photos)
- Openphoto – http://openphoto.net/
- Photl – http://www.photl.com/
- Photocase – http://www.photocase.com/
- Photocrops – http://www.photocrops.com/
- PhotoEverywhere – http://photoeverywhere.co.uk/
- Photogen – http://www.photogen.com/
- PhotoPin – http://photopin.com/
- Photoree – http://www.photoree.com/ (collect images from other websites)
- Photos5 – http://photos5.com/
- Pichit – http://pichit.me/
- PublicDomain Archive – http://publicdomainarchive.com/
- Realistic Shots – http://realisticshots.com/
- RGBStock – http://www.rgbstock.com/
- ShutterPixx – http://shutterpixx.com/
- Startup Stock Photos – http://startupstockphotos.com/
- Stock Snap – https://stocksnap.io/
- Stocka – http://www.stocka.co/
- Stockvault – http://www.stockvault.net/
- Stokpic – http://stokpic.com/
- Superfamous – http://images.superfamous.com/ (requires attribution)
- Tookapic – https://stock.tookapic.com/?filter=free
- Vecree – https://vecree.com/
- Vector Open Stock – http://www.vectoropenstock.com/
- Vintage Printable – http://vintageprintable.com/
- WallpaperStop – http://www.wallpaperstop.com/
- Ilmosys Photos– http://photos.ilmosys.com/ – Suggested (added March 30, 2016)
- Business Images Free– http://BusinessImagesFree.com – Suggested (added March 30, 2016)
- All The Free Stock – http://BusinessImagesFree.com – Suggested (added March 30, 2016)
- JESHOOTS – http://jeshoots.com/ – Suggested (added April 29, 2016)
- SKITTERPHOTO – http://skitterphoto.com/ – Suggested (added April 29, 2016)
- Ultra HD Wallpapers – http://www.uhdwallpapers.org/ – Suggested (added April 29, 2016)
- Scatterjar – http://scatterjar.com/ – Suggested (added Oct 19, 2016)
All of these sites offer royalty free images, which means you can use them in both personal and commercial projects. However, some of them requires attribution, so check the licence before using the images. Hope you’ll find this list useful. If you know about any other site offering free images, just leave a comment and we’ll update the list.