5 free websites for stock images

In-house photo libraries are rarely kept up to date or full of high quality images to accompany your press release, newsletter or other communications content.

So whatever your profession, it’s never a bad idea to have some stock photography websites up your sleeve.

I’ve compiled five free stock photography websites below, so you too can have access to millions of images instantly.


Pixabay is an image repository which integrates images from other image hosting sites.

They attempt to gather the very best of free stock images for your own personal or commercial use.


Pexels started in 2015 and has grown to develop a reputable stock photo library.

It doesn’t only display images located on the Pexels website. It also outsources images from such high-quality websites as GratisographyLittle Visuals, and more.


StockSnap provides an excellent and extensive library for free stock imagery. With hundreds of high-quality photos added weekly.

Life of Pix

Life of Pix is great because the photos are broken down by category in their gallery.


Gratisography has high-resolution and high-contrast photos, with new photos added weekly.

So once you’ve downloaded your new images you can then use them standalone within your existing content or to create something new.

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Do you know any other great websites for stock images? Let me know in the comments below.

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94 thoughts on “5 free websites for stock images

  1. Simon says:

    Which one to try… this is the question. I’ve tried sites before and they don’t really give you free to use. It sounds like I’m a cheapskate I know but I can’t afford to spend money on pictures that are not being used for business.

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    • rachaelstray says:

      I use Pixabay and Pexels on a daily basis for work for high quality FREE images and the others every so often. It depends what type of image I am after.

      Apart from when we hire a professional photographer I professionally and personally haven’t paid for any images. Hope that helps 🙂


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