32 Sites With Amazing Free Stock Photos for Your Marketing Campaigns

25 March, 2015

A picture is worth a thousand words - refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. Stock photos add visually interesting and compelling content to your marketing.

If you need stock photos for your website, blog, or social media marketing, you can:

  1. Take the photos yourself.
  2. Hire a professional photographer to take them.
  3. Find some free images online that are in the public domain.
  4. Buy a license to use an image from a stock photography website.

According to HubSpot, Facebook photo posts generate 55% more Likes than the average post. 

I’ve compiled the ultimate list of websites offering free stock photos for your blog, email, and social media marketing in this post.

Animal Photos

The name is self-explanatory Animalphotos.info offers outstanding quality images of animals, categorized like a directory, all licensed under Creative Commons. 

BigFoto

bigfoto.com A royalty-free photo agency. This site offers a massive and constantly growing photo gallery of free downloadable pictures. You can use these images just as you wish for personal or commercial purposes, and there are no watermarks or complicated rules.

Clker

Clker.com hosts many historical images that were obtained from the library of congress. The images on clker are in the public domain. Anyone can use them.

Creative Market

creativemarket.com is a platform for handcrafted, mouse-made design content from independent creatives around the world. It has both free and paid images.

Death to the Stock Photo:

deathtothestockphoto.com has a goal of helping brands create rich digital experiences that elevated their visual aesthetic without shelling out wads of cash or their sanity. 

Deviant Art 

DeviantArt.com is the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts and a platform for emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works with an enthusiastic, art-centric community. With over 32 million registered members uploading over 160,000 original artworks every day, everything from painting and sculpture to digital art, pixel art, films, and anime.

Dreamstime 

Dreamstime.com is one of the world leaders in stock photography and a reliable supplier of high-quality digital images, free and paid at affordable prices. Online since 2000 as a Royalty-Free stock photography website, Dreamstime has evolved into a powerful and active community-based site. The exquisite stock image gallery you can browse today has been uploaded by photographers worldwide, shot on film or digital. 

Flickr 

Many flickr.com users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.

Foodie's Feed

foodiesfeed.com Free images of food for bloggers, designers, web devs. Both personal and commercial use is allowed. Sign up for weekly delivery to your inbox. The only condition is that selling and re-selling the pictures is prohibited. 

Foter

Foter.com allows you to search, manage and add free stock photos to blogs, forums, websites, and other online media. With over 190 million free Creative Commons images from many online sources and the entire system is also available as a WordPress plugin for seamless use within the WordPress platform.

Free Images

freeimages.co.uk has more than 13700 free digital photographic images for web, DTP, and design. Royalty and cost-free stock photos. 

FreeDigitalPhotos

FreeDigitalPhotos.net offers a unique way to download photos and illustrations. All images are available free of charge for business, personal, charitable, or educational use. These free images are small-sized but perfect for websites or draft printed work. If you need a larger-sized version, then they are all available for purchase.

FreeFoto.com

FreeFoto.com is the largest collection of free photographs for non-commercial use on the Internet. The comprehensive, yet easy-to-navigate site, offers images that are free for online use, with higher quality versions available for sale. Download photos and illustrations. ALL the images are available free of charge for business, personal, charitable, or educational use. These free images are small-sized but perfect for websites or draft printed work. If you need a larger-sized version, they are available for purchase.

FreeMediaGoo.com 

FreeMediaGoo.com offers high-quality free stock photo backgrounds and images for free. In addition, the photos provided are obligation-free, so you don't have to be concerned about trademarks or copyright issues.

Freerange

freerangestock.com Stock provides quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use. For free. Freerange is an advertising revenue-supported photographic community - photographers get paid when users click on the ads that appear next to their submissions. 

From Old Books

www.fromoldbooks.org Stock photos from antiquarian books are scanned images, but they are useful if you are writing about events in the past. The images here are mostly scanned at 1200dpi or higher. For non-commercial or educational use, they are generally free.

Genre

getrefe.tumblr.com is a marketplace of royalty-free, high-quality, natural-looking photos of people interacting with technology. 

Getty Images 

www.gettyimages.com has more than 50 million high-resolution royalty-free images, editorial stock photos, vector art, video footage clips.

Gratisography

www.gratisography.com Free high-resolution pictures for personal and commercial projects. Ryan McGuire of Bells Design captured all pictures.

ISO Republic

isorepublic.com provides high-quality, free photos for creatives. This website was founded in October 2014 by Tom Eversley, a designer and photographer from England.

Jay Mantri

jaymantri.com offers free stock photos with 7 new photos every Thursday. You can follow the website on Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, or Youtube.

Life of Pix

www.lifeofpix.com offers free hi-res photos for personal and commercial use. New photos are added weekly, all images on the site are donated to the public domain. 

Little Visuals

little visuals. co has not been updated for over a year now. Sadly the young man who created this amazing site died suddenly in Nov 2013. His name is Nic he is 26. His family is still maintaining the site and collecting donations for Hand on Heart Charity in the hope of providing several schools or sports areas with portable defibrillators in Nic’s memory.

Magdeleine 

magdeleine. co is a photo gallery with hand-picked high-resolution pictures for your inspiration.  

Merge File

www.morguefile.com offers high-resolution stock photos for your illustration, comp, or design needs? The term "morgueFile" is popular in the newspaper business to describe the file that holds past issues. Although the term has been used by illustrators, comic book artists, designers, and teachers. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits.  

New Old Stock

nos.Townsend.co Vintage photos from the public archives.

Open Photo

openphoto.net curated open-source photos under creative commons licensed images. 

Pexels

www.pexels.com free high-quality photos you can use everywhere, free for commercial use, and no attribution required. 

PhotoEveryWhere 

Photoeverywhere.co.uk: A collection of high-resolution travel stock images of more than 3600 photos that are free to use and ready for instant download. Images can be browsed by keyword search or viewed on a world map.

PhotoPin

photopin.com Search millions of Creative Commons photos and add them to your blog posts easily. PhotoPin uses the Flickr API and searches creative commons photos to use for your blog. 

Picography

picography.co by Hidden Depth provides stunning photography for use however you like.

Pixabay 

pixabay.com/en/ Search over 340000 free photos, illustrations, and vector graphics or share your own pictures as public domain on Pixabay.

PublicDomainArchive 

publicdomainarchive.com 100% free Public Domain Images New free stock photos added weekly No attribution required. Images are released under creative commons.

Raumrot

www.howtostartanllc.org offers outstanding high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. 

Resplashed

www.resplashed.com Free HD images for your web and design projects. 

Splitshire

www.splitshire.com Delicious free stock photos for personal & commercial use. 

Stocksnap

stocksnap.io curates the best stock photos from around the web and selects photos from many daily submissions. The result is a repository of high-quality and high-resolution beautiful stock photography free from all copyright restrictions - no attribution required.  

stock photos for Free

www.stockphotosforfree.com Here, you can download over 100,000 completely free stock photos from around the world. This site covers every topic from exotic locales to talent-released people and everything in between. 

UnrestrictedStock

unrestrictedstock.com high-quality stock photos, videos, and vectors for free and with no usage restrictions.

Unsplash

unsplash.com free high-resolution stock photos. Download 10 new free stock photos every 10 days.

Wikimedia Commons

commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page, the free media repository. If you are browsing Commons for the first time, you may want to start with Featured pictures.

Wunderstock

Wunderstock is a free stock photo website with millions of beautiful free images. They have a simple mission -- to make the world a more beautiful place, one photo at a time.

Now that you know some of the best websites to get free stock images, it's time to take advantage of them and use them for your blog, website, presentation, etc.

Probably I have missed some other good stock photo sites out there. Let me know your experience with any stock photo sites.


Izzy

Izzy

My name is Izzy and I am a co-founder of IDS, an award-winning HubSpot Solutions Partner. I lead our team of consultants who provide professional guidance to help businesses implement the HubSpot CRM platform migrate, integrate their tech stack to HubSpot to create a seamless environment for sales reps to use. There is nothing I love more than solving the challenges that come up when someone wants to migrate an old system or integrate their tech stack with HubSpot - it's like a puzzle!

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