9 stunning FREE stock photo websites

Written by Victoria Lee

Stop scouring the web for free images for your social media posts. Here the best places to find stunning free images online – without copyright limitations.

Images are processed by the brain 60,000x faster than text making them vital to your efforts to get your customers to engage with your small business or startup on social media.

Here’s a round-up of the top 9 free stock photo websites where you can find stunning images, without copyright limitations, that you can use on your website, your blog, and your social media posts.

Scroll down to gain access to an Aladin’s cave of professional photography covering every category under the sun.

Bookmark this page now and say goodbye to the days of lousy, dull stock photos!

Safety Note: Double-check each image license and credit to the author as applicable.

1. Unsplash

What: Landscapes, nature, and travel

Search function: Yes

Image categories: Yes

We say: Perfect for stunning landscapes images and wide, natural imagery.

2. SplitShire

What: Fashion, still life, cars, weddings

Search function: Yes

Image categories: Yes

We say: Packed with unusual categories that will inspire you to try something new and different.

3. Creative Commons

What: Creative Commons includes a handy function that allows you to search specifically for copy-right free images, video and illustrations via a number of third-party sites, including Google Images, Wikimedia Commons and Flickr.

Search function: Yes

Image categories: No

We say: A mixture of professional and amateur photography. Great if you are searching for a very specific image. Double check licensing on each image as some restrictions apply.

4. Pexels 

What: Food & drink, tech, nature

Search function: Yes

Image categories: Yes

We say: A fantastic selection of quality images sorted into useful categories.

 5. Stokpic 

What: Beautiful, high quality bright, happy images

Search function: Yes

Image categories: Yes

We say: If all other sites fail you, StockPic will serve up that image you’re hunting for.

6. Life of pix   

What: Landscapes, cities, books and nature

Search function: Yes

Image categories: No

We say: Superb quality and quantity of images.

7. Gratisography  

What: Quirky, random images made to put a smile on your face.

Search function: Yes

Image categories: Yes

We say: If you’re looking for something to spice up a blog post or just to brighten up your day then Gratisography is for you.

8. Picjumbo

What: From weddings to sunsets.

Search function: Yes

Image categories: Yes

We say: With a collection of ver 1,500 well-tagged and categorised images, you will find the perfect image in moments with picjumbo.

9. Foodiesfeed 

What: Everything delicious and edible under the sun

Search function: Yes

Image categories: Yes

We say: Whether you’re after a photograph of a salad or a toffee pie you will find it here in mouth-watering crystal-clear quality.

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