9 of the best free stock photography websites

Good stock photos are hard to come by. Stock photos are great for visuals and are really needed to bring a design to life. If you go to your normal stock websites, the photos do not have a story behind them, they feel fake and staged and bring nothing to the design. These photos are also usually premium. There has now been an increasing amount of free stock photography sites popping up and the level of photography within is outstanding.

These sites are a go to resource for designers and developers a like to bring a design to life without hassling a client for content. Although, we would all love content before design, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. It may also be the case that you are creating your own wordpress theme or website theme and you just need to fill a space with a generic image without categorising the website.

Have a look through the following resources to bring your next design to life.

super-famous

Super Famous

http://superfamous.com/

startup-stock-photos

Startup Stock Photos

http://startupstockphotos.com/

splashbase

Splashbase

http://www.splashbase.co/

raumrot

Raumrot

http://www.raumrot.com/10/

unsplash

Unsplash

https://unsplash.com/

getrefe

Getrefe

http://getrefe.tumblr.com/

pixabay

Pixabay

http://pixabay.com/

little-visuals

Little Visuals

http://littlevisuals.co/

gratisography

Gratisography

http://www.gratisography.com/

Heres a bonus of a stock video library.

mazwai

Mazwai

http://mazwai.com/

Update:

We are going to keep adding new ones as and when we find them:

StockSnap

https://stocksnap.io

Let us know if we have missed any good ones !

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  • Hi,
    Please also check out http://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of unique public domain photos, especially travel photos. Appreciate it if you would add it to your site. Thanks.

  • Great article!

    I recently started http://fancycrave.com/ as a side project a few months ago. The site consists of completely free stock photos all taken and edited by me. It’s basically a collection of images from my travels around South East Asia and South America (soon). My aim for these photos is to help designers and creative alike. People can use these images for whatever purpose they please.

    I do not make any income from the website. I keep things very simple. I list the photo, its tags, the author, and the download link.

    I hope you and others will find it valuable. If you see it fit, I’d be very grateful if you could add it to this list. Cheers!

  • MarshallKohl

    Unsplash is the only source I know among the mentioned ones in the list) Check out also this service templatemonster.com – great themes for e-commerce, wordpress, joomla, magento, etc. websites.

  • Hello there,

    Would be great if you can put http://Blogpiks.com in the list. Has more than 30,000 cost-free pictures principally business, educational, technology and backdrops.

    Thanks A Lot!