List of Photo Stock Free Images for Download

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1. A Tribute to the Photographers / Websites
2. Contact Me
3. Websites of Free Stock Photos Commercial Use
4. Still Can’t find The IDEAL Photos That You Are Looking for?

5. Why Choose Depositphotos as Your Choice of Professional Stock Photos?


A TRIBUTE to the Photographers / Websites that Allow Free Stock Photos for Commercial Use

A photo tells a thousand words, which is why no quality article would be left without an image or two to enhance the topic and pleasure the eyes aesthetically after reading rows of text.

Me Taking PhotoRarely do the audiences know that finding appropriate photos to complement an article is one of the greatest challenges. The time searching for good photos can sometimes equate to drafting an article.

Bloggers and designers have to be wary of grabbing just any photos online for use due to the photo’s copyright issue and fear of infringement.

One can buy photos online from stock photo companies such as Depositphotos to save all the troubles and to get a royalty-free license photo as they have a wide range of selection, over 31,668,450 images, which one will be able to find a suitable one.

There are many small-time bloggers who are not propelled to invest on these photos if they can get free photos online that convey their needs.

We google for images under public domain use that either has no copyright, meaning that we can do whatever we want with the photos and no permission is needed or we attribute the photos to the photographers if they require it under the license of the photo which they register in.

I chanced upon a website www.freeforcommercialuse.net where the founder of the site, Markus Spiske displayed a list of other free stock photography websites. What a precious discovery for blogger like me as I have been always scratching my head with only 2 or 3 websites on hand!

I came up with a brilliant idea to write a short description of the founders and creators as an appreciation to their hard work for providing us quality high-res images to use, photos either taken by themselves or uploaded from others’ websites. Either way, they are kind enough to do it and give away free things.

Many website owners who are the photographers themselves went through the same phase of struggles in search of free photos and therefore decided to share their work to the rest of the world instead of letting them collect dust. Some request for attributions which are reasonable enough to acknowledge their effort.

Most of us draw free images for our use but didn’t bother to read much about their profiles. Hence, I took the opportunity to research on those awesome guys behind the masks. At least, if anyone comes to my website hoping to download free images from their website, they are compelled to glance through their profiles quickly. Wicked…….

I have also made an effort to screen through individual websites to make sure that they are still free for commercial use at the point of writing this article and which website requires attribution and which one does not.

Most importantly, I want to distinguish their photography style and admire their work. The way they arrange their photos for users’ search and the ease to facilitate the search will decide how often I will visit their site. This is done for record purpose so we could remember what are the categories that they are strong in and whether the genres suit our needs.

Special thanks to Markus Spiske once again. Without him, I would not have discovered most of the websites below. I will update the list if I come across any in future.


Contact Me

If you have a website with free stock images for commercial use and would like me to promote your website, kindly send me an email to [email protected] or fill in the comment box below.

Or, if you are the owner of the websites mentioned below and would like me to edit the information or remove them, kindly send me an email too.

Thank you.


Websites of Free Stock Photos Commercial Use

*Double check the attribution term again when you use a photo*

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Markus Spiske is the creator a few websites and some sites are in German language which hidden gems can be found.

Attribution: Required for all his websites below.

www.freeforcommercialuse.net – a list of free photo stock in which he displayed their links for free commercial use.

www.raumrot.com – 566 photos in stock (as of 4 Mar 2015).

Attribution: Yes (Photo: Markus Spiske / raumrot.com / CC-BY).

Browse by: Category.

        • Business
        • Food and Drink
        • Mountain
        • Nature
        • Seasonal
        • Sport
        • Technic
        • Transport
        • Urban
        • Special Sets

In German Language…

www.labormanuum.com – This project deals with minimization and reduction of consumer consumption. Old, discarded and forgotten materials/things were redesigned by recycling and/or reuse. Thus they are individually distinctive and unique. Minimalism in the Age of Less (translated by Google).

Browse by: Category.

frankenfotos.com – 246 photos taken in Germany for commercial and editorial use.

markusspiske.com

Browse by: Category (translated by Google)

        • Alps
        • Edibles
        • Live
        • People
        • Mother Earth
        • Urbane
        • V8
        • Two Gung

Marcos Gali

Photo Credit: Marcos Gali – www.facebook.com/marcosgali.gallery

www.facebook.com/marcosgali.galleryinto.marcosgali.com

Marcos Gali is a friend of mine. He is a Spanish guy who stays and works in an IT company in London. During his spare time, he enjoys taking photograps and has very creative photographs which had won him some awards.

Attribution: Yes. (Photo: Marcos Gali – <name of website which you extract photo from>).

Browse by: Category.

        • Street Photography
        • Fine Art of Nude
        • Thailand
        • Sports and Action
        • World War II (Documentary)
        • Conceptual and Ideas
        • Cities
        • Mood and Feelings
        • Landscapes
        • You Sessions
        • United States

www.freeimages.comFreeimages was launched in 2001 as an alternative to expensive stock photography. Over 410,450 photos online contributed by more than 30,000 photographers. Photographers are encouraged to send in their work for exposure.

Attribution: No.

Browse by: Category and Search Box.

        • Abstract
        • Architecture
        • Business
        • Computers
        • Concepts
        • Food
        • Nature
        • Objects
        • People
        • Places
        • Seasonal and Cityscapes
        • Transportation
        • World

pixabay.com – Pixabay was first developed by Simon Steinberger and Hans Braxmeier in Ulm, Germany in December 2010 supporting 26 languages currently. Over 340,000 free photos, vectors and illustrations can be downloaded.

Attribution: No.

Browse by: Category and Search Box.

        • Food/Drink
        • Emotions
        • Education
        • Computer/Communication
        • Business/Finance
        • Beauty/Fashion
        • Backgrounds/Textures
        • Architecture/Buildings
        • Animals
        • Health/Medical
        • Industry/Craft
        • Music
        • Nature/Landscapes
        • People
        • Places/Monuments
        • Religion
        • Science
        • Sports
        • Transportation/Traffic
        • Travel/Vacation

www.publicdomainpictures.net – Created by Bobek Ltd. Over 96,200 photos online contributed by various photographers.

Attribution: No but with an option to do so via HTML link.

Browse by: Category and Search Box.

        • Animals
        • Architecture
        • Background
        • Business
        • Flowers
        • Food
        • Holidays
        • Illustrations
        • Landscape
        • Light
        • Effects
        • Macro
        • Nature
        • Objects
        • Office
        • Other
        • People
        • Seasons
        • Sports
        • Still Life
        • Symbols

stockphotos.io – David Choi is a full time web designer and developer based in New York City who created this website for images to be distributed together with his products without worrying for license restrictions. Around 27,000 photos are in stock. Various image sizes are available for download. There are also other great free resources to be found.

Attribution: Yes unless otherwise stated. Check license for individual photo.

Browse by: Category, Sub-category and Search Box.

        • Designs & Concepts
        • People & Nature
        • Illustrations

openphoto.net – Michael Jastremski from Philadelphia uses various brands and models of cameras for his photography. Various contributors to the site. Each photo displays the model of the camera being used.

Attribution: Yes. A HTML code is provided on each image to attribute for the photo credit.

Browse by: Category and Search Box.

        • Animals
        • Architecture
        • Arts
        • Colors
        • Commented Images
        • Concepts
        • Derived Work
        • Descriptions
        • Events
        • Feelings
        • Flowers
        • Food
        • Holidays
        • Imaged Mosaics
        • Landscapes
        • Licenses
        • Life
        • Light
        • Living Spaces
        • Nature
        • Our Favorites
        • People
        • Photos
        • Places
        • Popular
        • People
        • Professions
        • Recreation
        • Seasons
        • Shapes
        • Skies
        • Still Life
        • Study
        • Technology
        • Texture
        • Weather

www.pexels.com – Over 1,800 photos in stock by various contributors. 35 new photos added every week. Only creative commons photos (CC0) from reliable sources are added to the database.

Attribution: No.

Browse by: Category and Search Box.

        • summer
        • business
        • abstract
        • sunset
        • art
        • black-and-white
        • car
        • building
        • people
        • vintage
        • technology
        • street
        • city
        • nature

absfreepic.com – Contributed by various photographers. At least over 1,000 free photos in stock.

Attribution: No.

Browse by: Search Box and Tags.


www.goodfreephotos.com – Bob, the creator of a gallery of over 1,000 stock photos lives in Madison, Wisconsin. He compiled photos of things and his travel with some captions so you get more details of the photos. He has some unique categories such as Fossil, Rocks and Crystals which are uncommon.

Attribution: Consider a credit link to http://www.goodfreephotos.com when using a photo in this site would be much appreciated.

Browse by: Category and Search Box.

        • Photo Album of the United States
        • Canada
        • China
        • Haiti
        • Mexico
        • Food
        • Plants
        • Animals
        • Other Photos
        • Weapons
        • Rocks and Crystals
        • Fossils
        • Sky and Clouds
        • Relics and Art
        • Textures
        • Automobiles

kaboompics.com – Karolina is the creator and a web-designer from Poland. There are 900 photos available, mostly 3888px or 5472px. Contributors are welcome to send in their photos.

Attribution: To include in the photo credit where possible as a courtesy anywhere on the same page of the photo > “Photo by Staffage via: kaboompics.com” (or similar statement). Photos can be used uncredited if you can’t or don’t want to do it.

Browse by: Category and Tags

        • Abstract
        • City and Architecture
        • Fashion
        • Food
        • Landscapes
        • Other

unsplash.com – Based in Montreal with a group of Crew team. 10 new photos every 10 days.

Attribution: No.

Browse by: Category and Search Box

        • Buildings
        • Food & Drink
        • Nature
        • Objects
        • People
        • Technology

isorepublic.com – Founded by Tom Eversley, designer and photographer from England for 15 years in the creative industry. He is not using real models, hence is not suitable for some commercial use. Brands that have registered trademarks need to be respected and acknowledged.

Attribution: No, but it is appreciated, particularly for commercial WordPress themes and web templates.

Browse by: Category and Search Box.

        • Architecture
        • Nature
        • People
        • Textures
        • Urban
        • Various

picjumbo.comViktor Hanacek is the creator of picjumbo and a website designer. He claimed that no photo stock agency wanted his photos therefore he created his own website in November 2013. His photo quality is mostly 3500+ px in wide.

Attribution: Not necessary but greatly appreciated.

Browse by: Category, Tags and Search Box.

        • Abstract
        • Animals
        • Architecture
        • Business
        • Christmas
        • Fashion
        • Food
        • Nature
        • People
        • Roads
        • Snow & Winter
        • Sunlights
        • Technology
        • Things
        • Wedding

www.gratisography.comRyan McGuire owns a website design company and is a multi-faceted whimsically creative visual artist based in Ithaca, New York who used his art to connect with people. His photography style denotes a touch of humor.

Attribution: No.

Browse by: Scrolling.


www.freemagebank.com –  The folks from freemagebank have been in the graphic design industry for years and needed to take photos for their projects. Soon, they found themselves carrying a camera shooting everything. The images filled their hard drives doing nothing so they thought that maybe they could be helpful to you.

Attribution: Appreciated when you can but it is not necessary.

Browse by: Category and Search Box.

        • Abstract
        • Animals
        • Architecture
        • Around The House
        • Business
        • Celebrations
        • City
        • Electronics
        • Food
        • Health & Beauty
        • Illustration
        • Landscapes
        • Lifestyle
        • Music
        • Nature
        • Objects
        • People
        • Science
        • Sports
        • Travel

Photo Credit : Splitshire

Photo Credit : Splitshire

www.splitshire.comDaniel Nanescu, an Italian, loves photography so much that he gave it away for free. He loves the awesome feeling of people connecting to his art.

Attribution: Attribution not required but appreciated.

Browse by: Category.

        • Categories
        • Blur Backgrounds
        • Food
        • Fashion
        • Instagram
        • Landscapes
        • Fashion
        • People
        • Wedding
        • Bokeh
        • Technology
        • Automotive
        • Abstract
        • Nature
        • Still Life
        • Video
        • Things

mmt.liJeffrey Betts is a user experience and interface designer from New York. He uses a Canon PowerShot SX60 HS for most of his work. He has approximately 300 photos in his collection currently with new photos added every week.

Attribution: No.

Browse by: Category and Grid.

        • Animals
        • Beaches
        • Buildings
        • Clouds
        • Flowers
        • Food & Drinks
        • Landscapes
        • Leaves
        • Macro
        • Nature
        • NYC
        • Objects
        • Ocean
        • Snow
        • Space
        • Subway
        • Sunset
        • Technology
        • Transportation
        • Trees
        • Urban
        • Weather
        • Winter

freefilehunt.com – An interesting website where not just photos can be found, but a lot of other free files such as themes, fonts, vectors, background and textures, icons and templates etc are browsed by categories.

Attribution: Check rules for individual categories. Some photos do not need attribution.

Browse by: Category and Search Box.


barnimages.comRoman Drits and Igor Trepeshchenok are both Latvian photographers based in Hamburg, Germany. They have a special way to categorize photos according to colors.

Attribution: No but would appreciate if you could place a link to their website.

Browse by: Category, Tags, Colors and Search Box.

        • Abstract
        • Animals
        • Architecture and Cityscape
        • Arts and Entertainment
        • Beauty And Health
        • Concepts And Ideas
        • Food and Drink
        • Industry
        • Landscape
        • Lifestyle
        • Nature
        • Objects
        • People
        • Travel Locations

jaymantri.comJay Mantri is the founder of the site. 7 photos will be sent every Thursday when you subscribe to his newsletter.

Attribution: No.

Browse by: Archive by months where thumbnails of all photos are shown.


nos.twnsnd.co – Cole Townsend is a visual designer who has a passion for clean and intuitive solutions. He studied Art History and has a collection of unique old vintage photos of mostly black-and-white from the public archives.

Attribution: No. Free of known copyrights restrictions. 

Browse by: Scrolling.


www.lifeofpix.com – Hand-made with love by Leeroy Advertising Agency in Montreal & its network of photographers.

Attribution: No.

Browse by: Scrolling.


beststockphotofree.comCarl is a young Polish photographer from a village near to Warsaw who just started his photography passion not long ago. His favorite outdoor places are abandoned and forgotten buildings, landscapes…

Attribution: Yes and No. Check individual photos for the license required.

Browse by: Category and Search Box.

        • Abstract
        • Architecture
        • Blog
        • Buildings
        • Categories
        • Designs
        • Education
        • Fauna
        • Featured
        • Flora
        • Food
        • Landscapes
        • Others
        • People
        • Religion
        • Sports
        • Symbols
        • Technology

thestocks.im – The Stocks is a search engine categorizing 16 free stock photo websites.

Attribution: Yes and No. Check license requirement of different website.

Browse by: Category.

        • Unsplash
        • Little Visuals
        • New Old Stock
        • Superfamous
        • Startup Stock
        • Gratisography
        • MMT
        • Getrefe
        • Crow the Stone
        • Pexels
        • Stock Up
        • Jay Mantri
        • Magdeleine
        • Free Nature Stock
        • Travel Coffee
        • Moveast

allthefreestock.comSajio George works as an SEO Analyst in Melbourne. He has his own blog about SEO and design. There is a large compilation of Free Stock Photos websites, Free Stock Video, Free Sound Effects and Free Icons, all listed under Creative Commons Zero license.

Attribution: No

Browse by: Category

        • Finda.Photo
        • Barn Images
        • ABS Free Pic
        • Furious Camera
        • Realistic Shots
        • Free Nature Stock
        • Stock Snap
        • Stok Pic
        • Nobl Web
        • Bara-Art
        • KaboomPics
        • 1 Million Free Pictures
        • re:splashed
        • Stock Up
        • Splashbase
        • Magdeleine
        • MMT
        • Apfel Stiel
        • Camarama
        • pond5
        • Jeeshoots
        • Picography
        • Pexels
        • ISO Republic
        • Designers Pics
        • Gratisography
        • Split Shire
        • Life Of Pix
        • Startup Stock Photos
        • Stock Image Point
        • Stock Photos For Free
        • morgue File
        • Crow The Stone
        • Skitter Photo
        • Little Visuals
        • Unsplash
        • Good Stock Photos
        • Jay Mantri
        • Free Range Stock
        • New Old Stock
        • Snapwire Snaps
        • The Pattern Library
        • Travel Coffee Book
        • Pixbay
        • Moveast
        • Pic Jumbo
        • Snapographic
        • Camarama
        • Foodies Feed
        • Death To Stock Photo
        • Authentic Snaps

www.freefoodphotos.com – An interesting website specializing in all the food photos professionally taken. Just by looking at them make our mouth salivate. You can send them an image request if you need their help.

Attribution: Yes, under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. You can attribute (credit) by making a link to http://freefoodphotos.com or directly to the image page you download the image from. If you are printing the image or using it somewhere that does not support hyperlinks then just credit us in text as “freefoodphotos.com”, if you can’t add some text then stamp/rasterize the text onto the image itself.

Browse by: Category, Tags and Search Box.

        • Bread & Cereals
        • Breakfast
        • Sweets & Dessert
        • Cooking & Prep
        • Diary Produce
        • Fruit
        • Herbs & Spices
        • Meals
        • Meat & Poultry
        • Seafood
        • Seasonal
        • Vegetables

superfamous.com – Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter owns the Superfamous studio in Los Angeles.

Attribution: Yes, under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

Browse by: Category.

        • Aerial
        • Biological
        • Social
        • Geological
        • Psychological
        • Phenomenological

www.imcreator.com/freeIM Creator is a website company in New York. Photos are from various contributors.

Attribution: Yes.

Browse by: Category, Sub-Category and Search Box.

        • People
        • Business
        • Technology
        • Food & Drinks
        • Sports & Fitness
        • Education
        • Objects & Items
        • Fashion & Beauty
        • Nature
        • Inspiration
        • BW (Black & White)
        • Occupations
        • Arts & Music
        • Lifestyle
        • Recreation
        • Ambient
        • Transportation
        • Cityscape

photopin.com –  Photopin uses Flickr API and creative commons photos for searches. Choose the license type according to your requirement – Commercial and Non-Commercial. 8 choices of image sizes offered for selection of download. HTML code is provided on every photo to be pasted at the bottom of the blog post.

Attribution: Yes.

Browse by: Search Box.


www.flickr.com/creativecommons/by-2.0 – Flickr (pronounced “flicker”) is an image hosting and video hosting website for the community to share and embed personal photographs, and used by photo researchers and bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media.

Attribution: Yes. Under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0). Always confirm the license of the photo before using when performing a search, copyright photos may appear.

Browse by: Search Box.


search.creativecommons.orgCreative Commons provide search services by other independent organizations. Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link.

Attribution: Check license on individual photo.

Browse by: Search Box and individual website.


magdeleine.co – A website with various contributors.

Attribution: Yes and No. Check license category.

Browse by: Category, Tags and Search Box.

        • Nature
        • City & Architecture
        • People
        • Animals
        • Food
        • Technology
        • Objects
        • Abstract

hirestock.com – Andi and Anggi Krisna have some interesting photo shots on Asian food, scenery and landscapes which are a rare find.

Attribution: No.

Browse by: Category and Search Box.

        • Abstract
        • Animals
        • Architecture
        • City View
        • Food
        • Furniture
        • Music
        • Nature
        • Technology
        • Things
        • Wedding

finda.photoDavid Barker from London is the creator of the site. He uses one unique way to browse photo by colors where he groups photos close to that color together.

Attribution: No.

Browse by: Category, Color and Search Box

        • Action
        • Aerial
        • Bokeh
        • Close-ups
        • Curves
        • Glare
        • Landmarks
        • Landscapes
        • Laptop
        • Light rays
        • Long-exposure
        • Person
        • Reflections
        • Screens
        • Technology
        • Urban
        • Wild animals
        • Jay Mantri
        • Life Of Pix
        • MMT
        • Picography
        • Skitter Photo
        • Startup Stock Photos
        • Unsplash

www.freeepy.com – By Pavel Barysevich.

Attribution: No.

Browse by: Archive by months where thumbnails of all photos are shown.


realisticshots.com – Henry Reyes is a freelance web developer and designer from Dominican Republic. Contributors are welcome to submit their photos to them.

Attribution: No.

Browse by: Archive by months where thumbnails of all photos are shown.


startupstockphotos.com – The website was created from Sculpt, an Iowa City-based social media marketing agency. Initially it was used by friends and some writers in Midwest, subsequently it expands its name to all over the world. Most photographs were taken by Eric Bailey and contributions from outside are welcome.

Attribution: No.

Browse by: Archive by months where thumbnails of all photos are shown. Photographs are mostly in business setting.


freeforwa.siterubix.comAlex Sol stays in Montrea.  He created this website initially to share his photo with the members in Wealthy Affiliate targeting on blog relating to “Making Money Online” and Wealthy Affiliate. Photo collection is small at this moment but will be built up gradually.

Attribution: No.

Browse by: Category and Search Box.

        • Animals
        • Business
        • Food
        • Make Money Online
        • Nature
        • Random
        • SEO Images
        • Urban
        • Wealthy Affiliate


Still Can’t find The IDEAL Photos That You Are Looking for?

Why do people want to buy photos online when they have so much free resources? Why are the stock photo companies doing so well when there have so many “competitors”?

Depending on the user which can be anyone from a blogger to a company, if the niche is for travel-related, then it is easier to pick from the free photo stock resources which have a wide variety of professional stunning choices. If the user is looking for people-related photo and a specific expression, this is where the challenge arises.



Shutterstock Over 20 millon stock photos

1. Live Models Are Not Free

Photographers that offer free resources normally take their photos on still objects such as landscapes, scenery, architectures and food. Those things are there and they are free. Online stock photo companies offer images by real paid models who will take instructions and portray the styles according to what the clients or the photographers need.

And if you are talking about specific group of people such as really photogenic beautiful women and handsome men to enhance the brand that you are selling, these attractive specific group of people sell their time to make sure you get the effect that you want.

The same theory goes for babies or even elderly models, where they are paid to fulfill the obligation of the shoot no matter how long it takes to achieve the desired effects.

2. Studio and Special Background Settings Rental Cost

Booking a studio cost money. Many corporate companies use models shoot in a studio to give a very professional image to their brands. Some users and clients require special background setting such as the hotels and properties where one has to rent the location in order to get it done, needless to say, all these are part of the cost too.

3. Travel Cost

If traveling cost is involved in part of the professional photography and not just merely traveling for personal interest, one can agree that the photos will not be free.

Perhaps after all the searching for suitable photos for hours and days, one should try out  a paid services like Depositphotos because even the photographs know that offering free images download will not be able to satisfy specific niche and standard.


Why Choose Depositphotos as Your Choice of Professional Stock Photos?

1. Great Customer Service

Because Depositphotos have great customer service and getting in touch via their live chat session is a breeze! It takes less than 30s to get connected and to ask questions which the response is instant. One could understand how frustrated it is to invest in a service just to know that the customer service sucks and takes donkey years to never to response back to you.

The standard of their customer service is like their photos, high quality and reliable. I know that because I have done the trial for you a number of times and thus could speak highly of them from my heart.

2. Free Trial Subscription

You are encouraged to try out their free trial subscription where you can download 5 free photos daily for 7 days with no obligation. If you like what you see, you can continue on the subscription with a variety of plans and pricings for you to choose from. Try it now! It is absolutely free!



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