26 Websites With Free Images You Need To Bookmark Today

Our definitive list of websites with free stock images and photos includes collections that exclusively feature plus size models, people of colour, trans and gender non-binary models, art, travel, S.T.E.M., and a whole lot more.

List of Websites with Free Stock Photos

  1. Unsplash
  2. Pexels
  3. Canva
  4. Rawpixel
  5. Art Institute Chicago
  6. The Met
  7. Pixabay
  8. Stocksnap
  9. Flickr
  10. CreateHER Stock
  11. WOC in Tech
  12. Negative Space
  13. Burst
  14. PICNOI
  15. Kaboompics
  16. Reshot
  17. Gratisography
  18. PicJumbo
  19. Styled Stock
  20. Shot Stash
  21. The Gender Spectrum Collection
  22. NASA
  23. Plus Size Stock
  24. Nappy
  25. Life of Pix
  26. Pikwizard

About Using Free Images and Photos

We created this list of free resources, because you should never source images from a random online search engine under the “images” tab. Those images may require a copyright license to put on your site or social media. You also don’t want to steal images from social media sites. I’ve heard horror stories of bloggers charged fines up to $5,000 for using an image without a license. And you certainly can’t do take random photos from the internet if you plan to put it onto something for sale.

Instead, you can source an image from a site that uses creative commons license which ranges from allowing any type of use with no mention of the source, to allowing only certain uses and crediting the source. Or use an image within the public domain, which means copyrights have expired, have been forfeited, or are inapplicable. Or a royalty free site, where you don’t need to pay royalties to the owner of the image every time you use it, but you may pay a one-time fee to download.

I recommend when you download an image from any of these sites, you check the license to see how you may use it and save the image into a folder on your computer specific to that site. For example, I have a folder on my computer called “Unsplash” where all my photos sourced from Unsplash go. This ensures I have a record of where I got the image from, in case the image was not supposed to be free, which potentially could happen in rare cases. It acts as a digital record for my business.

Let’s dive into this list of website with free images you need to bookmark in your browser for the next time you need the perfect image without spending a dime.

  1. Unsplash
  2. https://unsplash.com/

    Unsplash’s motto is “Photos for everyone”. I find their photos emotionally charged and magazine ready. Most of the people images feature younger early 20-somethings and often posed like Instagram models. But there are lots of gems worth checking out.

    View their license here.

    Images from Unsplash

  3. Pexels
  4. https://www.pexels.com/

    I’m not a big fan of Pexels because some of the images look like bad photoshop experiments or just plain weird and there are ads interwoven within their search. But they do have an extensive collection which makes it worth checking out if you haven’t found what you’re looking for on Unsplash.

    View their license here.

    Images from Pexels

  5. Canva
  6. https://www.canva.com/photos/free/

    Canva has free photos for download, but you need to create a Canva account in order to access them. Their photos are pretty and look like an Instagram account I would totally follow. But searching through the photos, I found I was too easily landing on paid photos during my search of freebies. And there is definitely choice overwhelm on this site. But I do recommend having a look.

    Images from Canva

  7. Rawpixel
  8. https://www.rawpixel.com/

    You’ll need to create an account to download images and you can access 100 free per month. They also have a collection from the public domain which includes artists like Monet and Katsushika Hokusai, as well as NASA photographs and textbook images. Make sure you select the “free” tab when searching otherwise you may fall in love with a photo only to discover it has a premium. You can also create boards on Rawpixel and download PSD and Illustration files. Rawpixels is quickly becoming one of my favorite sites to browse an image library.

    View their license here.

    Images from Rawpixel

  9. Art Institute Chicago
  10. https://www.artic.edu/collection?is_public_domain=1

    Speaking of art in the public domain, check out the Art Institute of Chicago. They digitized their collection on their website which includes paintings from Renoir and van Gogh as well as ancient cultural sculptures. Be sure to click “Public Domain” under filters to get only the content you’re allowed to republish on your website.

    Images from Art Institute of Chicago

  11. The Met
  12. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search#!?showOnly=openAccess&perPage=20&searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&offset=0&pageSize=0

    Need a little more classy art in the public domain to source for images or just some inspiration? The Met has also digitized their collection. You’ll find everything from old cartoons to over 23,000 ceramics. For real. Be sure that “Open Access” is check-marked when searching for the images you can use for free.

    Images from The Met

  13. Pixabay
  14. https://pixabay.com/

    Pixabay is a lot like Pexels and Unsplash. One thing that makes it unique is you can send a donation to the user who loaded the photo to the site. That’s kinda nice. Otherwise, you’ll find similar images on Pixabay as you would on Pexels and Unsplash.

    View their license here.

    Images from Pixabay

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  15. Stocksnap
  16. https://stocksnap.io/

    Similar to Pixabay is Stocksnap. It mixes paid images in with their free images when you search for an image. But the paid ones are super obvious – they have a Shutterstock watermark and a yellow star, so you’re unlikely to mistake a free one for paid. The “trending” tab was disappointing because it had some slightly NSFW suggestive images which kinda left me feeling like people are pervy jerks.

    View their license here.

    Images from Stocksnap

  17. Flickr
  18. https://www.flickr.com/

    It feels like Flickr was one of the original photo-sharing websites. It’s been around for…. ever? I didn’t fact check either of those two statements. But I do know I’ve been using Flickr since 2011 and it was designed as a social network. When you browse, make sure to filter by “Creative Commons” or “Commercial Use”. Check below the image, under the copyright info to whether you need to credit the source in order to use. On Flickr, you’ll get a much wider and diverse range of high quality photos from around the world, including public events and regular day-to-day people.

    Images from Flickr

  19. CreateHER Stock
  20. https://createherstock.pixieset.com/

    There is a very small collection here that is updated monthly but it’s really hard to navigate around the website. That said, it’s worth a visit to snag some beautiful shots featuring women of color, especially if you run a women-centered business or blog and are tired of coming up with the same female faces on the other stock photo sites. You have to trade a download for your email address, which is a small price to pay.

    Images from CreateHER Stock

  21. WOC in Tech
  22. https://www.flickr.com/photos/wocintechchat/

    For more diversity, specifically in the tech sector, check out Women of Color in Tech on Flickr. You do need to credit them to use their images. They’ve since shut down their community and stopped uploading, but the images are still available.

    Images from WOC in Tech

  23. Negative Space
  24. https://negativespace.co/

    Negative Space is similar to Stocksnap and also shows paid results from Shutterstock on top of their free search. I found Negative Space to return very few results. But I did see some images on there I hadn’t seen on other free sites, so it’s worth a gander.

    View their license here.

    Images from Negative Space

  25. Burst
  26. https://burst.shopify.com/

    Burst from Shopify has a nice collection similar to the main-stream sites like Pixabay, but I found they had a broader collection for the types of images service-based businesses might search for. If you’re a B2B owner, this might be a good option for you.

    Images from Burst

  27. PICNOI
  28. https://picnoi.com/

    PICNOI features images with people of colour. I hesitate to even tell you about this particular website because navigating PICNOI is brutal. They don’t have a search feature and once you’ve picked an image, there’s no way back to the main collection. And the site is super slow. That said, if you want to spend some time to stock up on photos that you can keep on file for yourself, this is a place you can check out. Note that most of their images are low-resolution which is fine for social media posts, but won’t look great in print.

    Images from PICNOI

  29. Kaboompics
  30. https://kaboompics.com/

    Kaboompics feels like the grown up mid-30’s married-with-kids sister of Unsplash. There’s a similar magazine-style quality to the images, but feels a little more mature. The “quick download” button in their search makes it really simple to grab your favorite image on the fly.

    View their license here.

    Images from Kaboompics

  31. Reshot
  32. https://www.reshot.com/

    Reshot promises “Handpicked, non-stocky images.” and it certainly feels non-stocky with some unconventional faces and places throughout.

    View their license here.

    Images from Reshot

  33. Gratisography
  34. https://gratisography.com/

    Gratisography is… interesting. There are some bizarre photos on the site that you don’t see elsewhere that you may find fun to use on your website or post. It’s a relatively small collection (only 40 pages of content) and there are Shutterstock ads on the side. But if you want to break out of the mainstream stuff out there, check out Gratisography

    Images from Gratisography

  35. PicJumbo
  36. https://picjumbo.com

    PicJumbo feels like a crowded flee market on the weekend. There are lots of ads littered throughout each page and many times they ask for an email (you don’t need to put one in to download freebies). The images of people eerily never show the face. So be prepared for lots of T&A with hair covered faces if you search “women”. That said, they have some nice scenic and really cute dog pics.

    Images from PicJumbo

  37. Styled Stock
  38. https://styledstock.co/free-stock-photos/

    Exactly as you would imagine the perfectly stylized Pinterest worthy #bossbabe desk and accessories would be arranged. It’s a small collection of similar pink, white, and copper still life photography at the touch of a mouse click.

    View their license here.

    Images from Styled Stock

  39. Shot Stash
  40. https://shotstash.com/

    Shot Stash isn’t great for business or tech images, but they do have a good collection of travel photos. Overall, it was a small collection but there were unique images in the landscape and travel sections I haven’t seen elsewhere.

    View their license here.

    Images from Shot Stash

  41. The Gender Spectrum Collection
  42. https://broadlygenderphotos.vice.com/

    The Gender Spectrum Collection is a stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés. The collection aims to help better represent members of these communities as people with careers, relationships, talents, passions, and home lives – not defined by their gender identities. It’s a small collection that I hope to see grow much bigger over the years.

    View their license here.

    Images from The Gender Spectrum Collection

  43. NASA
  44. https://images.nasa.gov/

    Not just galaxies and rockets (although they have lots of those too), this collection has historical images as far back as 1920. Perfect if you’re looking for S.T.E.M. based images and people working in technical fields or if you’re really into space (like me). They also have audio and video files. Their search feature is not great, but they have an extensive collection worth browsing if you’ve got the time.

    View their license here.

    Images from NASA

  45. Plus Size Stock by Poley Creative for Allgo
  46. https://unsplash.com/@canweallgo

    When it came time to source images of plus sized women for their social media, this tech company could not find appropriate representation. So they created their own collection and shared it with the world! It’s a very small collection with only a handful of models. But you’re bound to find a few gems.

    View their license here.

    Images from Allgo

  47. Nappy
  48. https://www.nappy.co/

    Beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people that are magazine ready and oh-so Instagram-able. The search feature is limited, but if you don’t mind scrolling for your perfect shot, then this is the place to find excellent stock photography featuring people of colour.

    View their license here.

    Images from Nappy

  49. Life of Pix
  50. https://www.lifeofpix.com/

    This website features hopelessly cool millennials traveling the world and being awesome. I’ve included it in my list because there is really nice travel photography in here including cities and local people. However, don’t expect to find any diversity when it comes to age and physical appearance because they’re mostly all young, thin, and perfectly pretty. Not that there’s anything wrong with that of course.

    View their license here.

    Images from Life of Pix

  51. Pikwizard
  52. https://pikwizard.com/

    Pikwizard has 100,000 free images on the site, and about 20% is exclusive to their platform (so you won’t find anywhere else). Their ultimate goal is to get to more than 1 million images! Wowza. They also have free videos. As a bonus, they offer a handy photo editor option so you can crop or add text with their online software. Note that some images are paid, but you’ll either see a “premium” button in the corner, or a watermark, or no download icon appears – then you know it’s a paid image to avoid.

    View their licence here.

    Images from Pikwizard

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