12 Great Websites to find Free Stock Images for Your Website

In this post, I will make a list of 12 popular free stock images websites where you can download stock images to use on your website freely.

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If you are building a new website, whether it is for personal use or for commercial use, and you need to put some images on it to better represent your content, you have a couple of options for finding the images.

Your first option is to prepare the images yourself, either by taking photos with your camera/phone or by creating graphic designs on your own, which is not possible in most cases unless you are good at taking photos or creating graphics. Your second option is to hire someone, a photographer or a graphic designer, to prepare the images for you. If you are on a budget, you will most probably want to skip this option as it may be very costly depending on the nature of the images and how many of them that you need.

Another option that you can go for while finding images for your website is to use stock images. In fact, this is the most widely preferred option by most websites, even the ones that has huge budgets, simply because it is a lot easier to find the exact type of image that you want to put on your website among the millions of readily available stock images.

Stock images, which cover stock photos and graphic designs such as icons, illustrations and vector art etc., can be found online on a multitude of websites for a fee or for free. Honestly speaking, there are much more paid stock image sources compared to free ones, but still many websites even the ones that sell stock images offer a collection of free stock images in order to attract more potential customers or generate more ad revenue.

You can find stock images on countless sites on the web. But a word of caution before using any image that you find online on your website: Check the license/usage terms of each site, even each image that you are considering to use to make sure that your use will be within allowed limits. For example, some sources require attribution when you use their images for commercial purposes, which means that you will need to give attribution to the owner of the image or to the site that you took the image from, on the page where you will be using the image.

List of Free Stock Image Websites

Now, let's see 12 of the most popular free stock image websites where you can find some nice images that you can use on your website.

1. FreeImages.com

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A project of Getty Images, FreeImages.com hosts hundreds of thousands of free photos and illustrations that you can choose from, in many categories such as outdoor, fashion, education, home design, people and more. As of now, FreeImages.com has a collection of 388,478 images you can download and use on your website.

Here is their license terms.

2. Unsplash.com

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Unsplash.com works in a different concept. When you subscribe, which is optional, they send 10 new stock photos to you every 10 day. Though, you can still download the previous photos on their site. They produce high resolution photos with a unique art style.

Here is their license terms.

3. Morguefile.com

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Morguefile.com is another Getty Images project that offers a wide variety of free high resolution stock photos. You can use their photos for both personal and commercial purposes. Currently, there are 373,594 freely available images on Morguefile.

Here is their license terms.

4. Pixabay

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Pixabay has risen in popularity over the last couple of years and that is rightfully so as they have a huge collection of stock images, vectors, art illustrations and videos. It currently has over 560,000 free images. Pixabay also has a detailed search filter that will help you find the images you are looking for easily.

Here is their license terms.

5. StockFreeImages.com

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StockFreeImages.com is one of the largest free stock image collection sites that has a huge variety of photos and illustrations in almost all categories that you can think of. It has over 1,5 million stock images and over 50 thousand photographers who publish and share their photos on the site.

Here is their license terms.

6. FreeImages.co.uk

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FreeImages.co.uk has a big archive of stock photos that you can use on your websites. They have over 16,000 high quality stock photos in 89 categories to choose from. They require attribution but that shouldn't be an issue if you don't have the budget to purchase images that you can use without attribution.

Here is their license terms.

7. StockSnap.io

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StockSnap.io offer a selection of beautiful stock photos for free, with no attribution required. The site's collection is evergrowing as hundreds of new high quality images are being added every week.

Here is their license terms.

8. Stockvault.net

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Stockvault.net has a large collection of free stock images ranging from business to shopping and from food to vintage photos. As of now, they have 64,183 free images to choose from.

Here is their license terms.

9. Gratisography.com

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Gratisography.com is one of that free stock photo sites with their own unique art style that you can notice in their photos. New images in various categories aare added every week.

Here is their license terms.

10. Picjumbo.com

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Picjumbo has a rather interesting starting story actually. The photographer behind the site decided to build the site when his photos were rejected by other stock photo sites and since then over 3 million photos were downloaded from his site.

Here is their license terms.

11. .Pexels.com

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Pexels collects free stock images from multiple sources and makes them available to its users in one single place. Their collection grows as they keep adding 20 new images every day.

Here is their license terms.

12. TheStocks.im

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TheStocks.im is another free stock photos collection site that gathers images from around 20 websites and presents them in one place.

There are many more websites that you can find totally free high quality stock images, photos and illustrations and I will add them to this list or to new lists that I will publish on this site in the future. If you liked the free stock image resources listed on this post, please share this post with others to let them know about this great websites that they can find free images to use on on their websites.

If you are looking for public domain images for your project, also check my other post where listed 9 Websites to Download Public Domain Images.

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