13 Free Stock Photography Sites That Don’t Suck

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13 free Stock Photography Sites for bloggers

Are you looking for free stock photography sites?

Photos engage your reader. However, many bloggers don’t have the time or the opportunity to find the “perfect” photo.

Look no further. These 13 sites provide photos that are free. You also don’t need to worry about licensing restrictions with these sites.

Consider this post an update to How to Make Powerful Blog Graphics for Free. That article offered 5 free stock photography sites. This article offers 13.

13 Stock Photography Sites That Don’t Suck

By Jacky Chou

Only those who have been a part of creating online content have a true understanding of how difficult it actually is. It is quite deceptively difficult, actually. I know what so many people think:

“It must be so easy, right?”


There are so many little frustrations and annoyances that can turn into major difficulties, and often do.

What is one of the most persistent roadblocks that get in the way of the smooth travel in terms of the creation of blogs, websites, and other online material?

For me, one thing has always been a major hindrance in this regard: finding high-quality stock photography to suit the content that I have created. I know that I am not alone in this struggle.

In fact, many of my colleagues and cohorts have shared with me that they struggle greatly in this regard, too. It is not for lack of choice, but, rather, because there are a lot of choices that simply are not very good.

Yes, a lot of stock photography sites are inadequate and deficient. However, many of them are also quite good.

Here, I have gathered a list of 13 of my favorite stock photography sites that seem to do a great job; all of these sites have something that makes them, in one way or another, totally exceptional and/or excellent. I will begin with the best example of one of these websites and move backward from there.

1. EyeEm

13 Free Stock Photography Sites for bloggers

EyeEm is the very best of the best. I have no doubt about that. If you are looking for a great organization, high-quality photos, and an all-around fantastic platform, this is the stock photography site for you. I know it is for me, and many of my fellow online content creators, all swear by EyeEm. In my circle of friends and professional acquaintances, we all just “Know” that this is the prime source for stock photos, and there is little-to-no debate regarding that. The photos are great and the site itself is top-tier.

The other sites just don’t quite hold a candle to this one, to be honest. EyeEm manages to take the best features of every other stock photography website and combine it all into one great conglomeration of goodness. I don’t know if there is anything else I can mention. Just know that any praise I give to the other sites is also encapsulated, in one way or another, in the EyeEm framework. If you need stock photography, there is not a single website that I would recommend more than this one, and that’s a fact!

2. Gratisography

13 Free Stock Photography Sites for bloggers

A fellow by the name of Ryan McGuire created Gratisography, which is, of course, a free stock photography website database. In many ways, this site is a total home run, and if you do not find what you are looking for on EyeEm, this is the first place that I would go. Ryan McGuire is also the manager of Bells Design, which is a reputable design company, as well. I really like the photos on this website. They are high-resolution and carefully selected. I am a big fan of it, and every single time that I have used this site, I have had good results. I recommend it with enthusiasm, for sure. I have no hesitancy in doing so, actually.

3. MMT

13 Free Stock Photography Sites for bloggers

MMT, a website managed by Jeffrey Betts, is an awesome collection of stock photographs. Although there are photos outside of these themes, I would specifically recommend MMT for folks that are looking for stock photos that exist in the realm of two very specific niches or types of content: office/work culture, and nature/flowers. As you probably know, there is a lot of content that can use stock photography that encapsulates both of these themes. A disproportionate amount of content marketing tends to relate to “work” in the commercial, office-based sense, and that can be witnessed quite plainly. However, even more content can be matched with the vague connotations of a beautiful flower, which is also the type of image that can really catch the eye of a specific target audience or two! MMT adds new photos to its repertoire on a weekly basis, so the impressive collection continues to grow!

4. StockSnap.io

13 Free Stock Photography Sites for bloggers

StockSnap is a great site that features a wide range of great images. Not only is the range vast, though, but the sheer quantity of images is also quite impressive. To put it simply, StockSnap is a site that features a whole lot of videos; the collection is huge! Does quantity negate quality? Not in this case. In my opinion, the quality of the photos on this site is not hindered by the large number of photos. This is a simple site that does what it is supposed to do, nothing more, nothing less; when that kind of simple mandate is delivered on well, like this one is, that is more than enough.

5. Unsplash

13 Free Stock Photography Sites for bloggers

Unsplash is a good site. They add 10 photos every week-and-a-half, and their collection is very impressive. They are high-res, high-quality photos that are successful in their aim to be more, and better, than the average stock photography site.

6. Negative Space

13 Free Stock Photography Sites for bloggers

This isn’t the best stock photography site on the web, but that does not mean that it is flawed, either. As a matter of fact, as far as I can tell, there is nothing wrong with this website. It’s just not the best. But not every site can be the best, and sometimes you end up sifting through quite a few collections to find the photo you need; that is the nature of searching for stock photography. I never hesitate to recommend this site to a friend.

7. Freestocks.org

13 Free Stock Photography Sites for bloggers

Not only are the “stocks” on this site “good” but they are also quite high-quality, and very consistent. I have used Freestocks.org on more than one occasion, and I am confident I will end up sifting through this photo database once again. And, to be honest, I will be happy to do so.

8. Picography

Free Stock Photography Sites

I really like Picography, and the photographers that Dave Meier has got contributing to this site are very good. This is a really solid choice; if you are looking for stock photography, definitely drop by this collection and take a long look. I’ve found a significant amount of solutions on Picography.

9. Death to Stock

Free Stock Photography Sites

Is “Death to Stock” a stock photography website? Simply: not really. This is a unique service, in which 10 high-quality images will be sent directly to your email inbox on a monthly basis. Since subscribing, I have never been disappointed with the ones that have been sent my way. Also, they offer a premium service which allows you to access their entire catalog, which I have greatly considered purchasing due to the general quality of the photos in their collection.

10. Picjumbo

Free Stock Photography Sites

Picjumbo has no glaring flaws at all, and it meets all of the requirements of your modern, high-quality stock photography resource.

11. New Old Stock

13 Free Stock Photography Sites

As suggested by the site’s title, this is a site that specializes in “old-fashioned” photos. But, if that is what you are into, this is absolutely the site you should be heading in the direction of!

12. Getrefe

13 Free Stock Photography Sites

If you need proof that modern technology has made an impressive amount of progress, look through these great images and then consider that they were all captured on mobile phones. I never would have been able to tell! This is beyond a gimmick, though; these are seriously nice photos.

13. Kaboom Pics

13 Free Stock Photography Sites

If the other 12 resources on this list fail you, Kaboom should be able to be a serviceable option! It’s not exceptional, but it is continuously good, and there are some very nice images stored on this site!

Author Bio:

My name is Jacky Chou; I am the founder of Indexsy, and my work’s also appeared on Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, and Forbes. In 2016/2017, I have worked with brands such as Grammarly, Trademob, East Dane (Subsidiary of Amazon), Movable Ink, One Football, Overdope, and much more.

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Update: Pixa Ocean is also available as a free stock photography site.


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  1. Robin Khokhar

    ⁠⁠⁠Hi Jacky and Janice,
    It’s a great list. I will be checking all the websites for sure. And also if it is possible to add my website http://www.pixaocean.com to this list of free stock images.
    I will be thank ful.
    Thanks for the great share.
    Have a good day ahead.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Robin,
      Sorry it took me a few days to respond. I went to edit the post to add your site, but I saw a cart in the upper right-hand corner. This implies your site doesn’t offer free graphics. I thought I’d ask before updating the article.

      • Robin Khokhar

        Hi Janice,
        The graphics and Images on the Pixaocean are completely free. That Cart button is there is because I am working on it so that users can download multiple images at one time. You can also check the common creative license in the disclaimer and privacy policy pages.
        And also thanks for getting back.
        If you updating it, please do let me know so, that I can share it on social media.

          • Anil Agarwal

            Hi Janice,

            Wow, great list of sources for stock photography.

            I personally use Stock Snap. It’s really a great resource for people who wants to grab high quality and FREE images for their blog posts.

            And I also use tools like Photoshop to edit those pictures to use on my own site (or videos).

            I think one should be spending a lot of time in finding and grabbing the right set of free images (which are copyright free) so they can save more time while writing content for their sites.

            Great compilation.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Paul,
      Thanks for coming by and commenting on the post. I am familiar with Pixabay. I am a fan. I use it on occasion.

  2. Melinda Mitchell

    Good morning, BBFFJ! And Jacky. Again you have knocked it out of the park, BBFFJ, by having such an excellent guest.
    Jacky, I had never heard of any of these, so thank you for introducing me to entirely new resources!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi BBFFM,
      Do you think you might use the 13 sites to find purple images or are you pretty happy using your camera? Thanks for commenting on my guest author’s post.

  3. Kristi File

    Thanks for sharing such great resources! I’ve heard lots of great things about EyeEm. I’ll have to check them out!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Kristi,
      My pleasure. Thanks for writing with this testimonial about EyeEm.

  4. Jitendra


    It is an awesome list. I am bookmarking this list right now as I need a lot of images for my articles. Thanks for making this list, I really found some cool websites in it.

    Have a great day.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jitendra,
      Thanks for reading the list of free photo sharing sites and bookmarking the post. I am glad you found the sites helpful. Thanks for writing to tell us.

  5. Shantanu Sinha

    Hello Jacky,

    Nice to see you here at Janice’s space 🙂

    WOW!! These amazing photograph stock web sites looks very amazing.

    Photography has been my weak side since the very beginning and I am working on a web site of mine, to promote my skills.
    I have been collecting and clicking images from different part of my country.

    Great to have this list over here.

    Thanks for the share.


    • Janice Wald

      Hi Shantanu,
      Thanks for commenting on Jacky’s article. Like you, I am always trying to improve my blog photography. I even took a class on my vacation.

  6. Ramit

    Great Collection for Sure!
    It will ease my task of finding quality photos for my blog posts.
    I highly appreciate your effort. Thanks for posting.
    Best Regards.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ramit,
      I am glad you found the list of free image-sharing sites helpful. Thanks for coming by to tell us.

    • Janice Wald

      My pleasure Biswajit! Glad you enjoyed my guest author’s recommendations. Thanks for writing to tell us.

  7. John Doe

    Thank you for compiling that list. There are so many great sites that you listed and of course the best part of it is they’re all free

  8. Golden

    Hey Jacky,
    Thanks for dropping.
    But I still wonder why footolia didnt make the list

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Golden,
      I wrote the guest author to tell him you have a question. Thanks for coming by and commenting.

  9. Lorenza

    Hi Jacky and Janice! I have always just used Pixabay for free stock images, but I’ll definitely check out the ones mentioned in case I don’t find what I’m looking for. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lorenza,
      I am a fan of Pixabay and use it sometimes as well. Thanks for coming by and writing us.

  10. aini

    oh wow 🙂 … i was in search of these type of website …thanks a lot for sharing them <3

  11. Linda

    This is incredibly helpful for my non-Photo-Challenge posts. I Know about Pixabay and Death to Stock and look forward to trying the others!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Linda,
      I have heard good things about Unsplash. Since it has good “word of mouth,” be sure to try that one. I’m glad you found the list valuable. Thanks for writing to tell me. Great to see you.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Deep,
      Nice to meet you. Thanks for coming by my blog and commenting on the article. I’m glad you found the image-sharing site list helpful.

  12. Anzal

    Very helpful list here.
    Will be sure to consult these when im stuck.
    I don’t know if you have heard of pexels.com but it’s pretty good as well. I use it for my posts.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Anzal,
      Thanks for coming by and offering us your recommendation. I have heard of Pexels and know people who use it.

  13. Janice Wald

    Thank YOU for your recommendations. All of Flicr isn’t free, but many of the images are.

  14. Adeel Sami

    Hello, Jacky!

    Great reading this best list of the images’ sites on Janice’s place!

    Honestly, I didn’t hear any of the mentioned sites in my life… And surely they would be so worth to try out!

    I am the only user of Pixabay and Pexel to get my desired images for my content.

    Surely gonna check all of ’em. 🙂

    Thanks again for the best share!

    ~ Adeel

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Adeel,
      I need to check out Pexel. I’ve heard good things. Thank you for your enthusiastic comments. I’m so glad you found Jacky’s list valuable. Thanks for writing to tell us.

  15. Deb

    It doesn’t look like the images on EyeEm are for free. Have they recently changed?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Deb,
      I wrote the guest author and told him you have a question about EyeEm.

  16. heidi

    Thanks for this, I saw a few I didn’t know of and I love Kaboompics, I think they have the best actually though they do ask for credit. Great post

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Heidi,
      Thanks for writing. I appreciate you providing a testimonial about Kaboompics. Thanks as well for the compliments on the article.

  17. Nzekwe Godswill

    Hi Janice,
    Amazing!!! This is awesome checklist. I have saved it offline. I think, it’s time to implement this secret strategies before it went viral. LOL!


  18. Amos Struck

    Good post Janice.. Many people don’t know this but its important to be careful when using images from free photo sites for commercial purposes. Many of these sites don’t have proper verification procedures in place to ensure the images are from the copyright holders.

    Example: Someone may submit another photographer’s work to the website and the free photo site might make the photo available for download without proper verification.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Amos,
      I’m glad you liked our post. Although it was written by a guest author, I do like some stock photography sites like Unsplash.
      Regarding what you shared: My friend was sued when her guest author used a photo she didn’t have the legal right to use.
      Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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