Good quality images are essential for web design, blogging, social media content and can even be used for book covers. By using images in social media, it is said that you can double the engagement on your posts.
Below is a list of my top websites offering beautiful free stock photography – no signups required! At the time of writing, all of these images fall under a creative commons public domain license which means they are free to use for personal or commercial use without attribution. It is, however, best to double check on each website to determine how the images can be used as things can change.
Unsplash is one of my favorite places to find photographs simply because they are all so beautiful. This blog-style photo site offers a large collection of high-resolution photos under the creative commons public domain license – free to use in any way you want. Images are on a wide range of subjects, but are not categorized so you will need to use the search bar at the top of the page if you are looking for something specific.
StockSnap has a large selection of stunning high resolution photos – all are free from copyright restrictions and no attribution is required. Images are added regularly and the excellent search feature makes it easy to find what you are looking for.
Pexels offers an excellent selection of creative high-resolution photographs released under creative commons as public domain and are free to use in whichever way you wish. Photos are added daily and are searchable by category. Pexels also offer a selection of free stock video footage.
Picjumbo offers a large selection of totally free high-resolution photographs for commercial and personal works. They have a search by category option with categories including animals, business, nature, people, technology and more, however, it is a blog-style site and even when using categories you will still need to scroll through pages of photos to find what you are looking for. They also offer a premium membership with extra packs of hi-res photos via email for a small monthly fee.
Gratisography offers different, quirky and fun high-resolution photographs to use for your personal or commercial projects. All photographs were taken by Ryan McGuire and are free of copyright restrictions. New photos are added weekly and are searchable by category.
Splitshire is a collection of different and unusual photographs by Daniel Nanescu. The photos have no copyright restrictions and are free for personal and commercial use. A blog style website with categories for searching.
Pixabay offers thousands of images released under creative commons as public domain and are free to use in whichever way you wish. The organization of the images is excellent with search bar or category searching options. To download you need to choose your size and enter a captcha. You do not need to register.
Jay Mantri posts some interesting photos on this blog style website. New photos are added every week under the Creative Commons CC0 license – free to use in any way you please. No real search options exist, so you need to scroll through the site to find photos, but you will find some gems.
Little Visuals has a selection of around 90 free high-resolution public domain stock photographs to use anyway you want. The photos are listed in blog style and you will need to scroll through the seven pages to see what you like. The images are large enough to use for book covers and subjects are mostly landscapes and objects. Sadly, the young photographer Nic died at 26 years old but his family are still maintaining the website and are fundraising in the hope to provide a number of schools or sports areas with portable defibrillators in Nic’s memory. There is a donation button on the website if you would like to donate towards the Hand on Heart Charity.
Picography is another blog-style site filled with high-resolution photos that can be used any way you like. This site offers different photos than I found elsewhere, more unusual. I didn’t find the search option to work too well, so I ended up scrolling through the blog searching for interesting photos.
**Watch out for my upcoming blog post on how to easily and professionally add text to photos for blog posts, social media, or ad campaigns.