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Where to find the best free stock photographs

Looking for high-quality free stock images? you've come to the right place. We have done the research and reviewed all the websites that offer free stock photos and selected just the top 10 stock photo websites. All the websites on the list offer free photos available to download in high-resolution.
Almost all of the photos on every site on our list come with Creative Commons Zero license (CC0). Which means you can use them on your homepage, blog, social media, ad creative, email, print, flyer etc.


So here are the 10 best stock photos websites...


Makerstock

Rating: 3 star free stock photos


Pros: The photos are of a very good standard and are labelled.

Cons:  The collection is relatively small and only covers a narrow range of themes. No site search is another downside. This is also a gateway site so photos are downloaded via their parent website which can require signup in some cases.



Kaboompics

Rating: 3 star free stock photos


Pros: This is a nicely designed website. The site search takes an interesting approach with the ability to search by colour and orientation. The images are to a very good standard too with no sign up required to download.

Cons: Not all themes/topics have photos allocated to them, so the collection needs adding to. The website also runs slower than others and perhaps needs a better server. 

Pic Jumbo

Rating: 3 star free stock photos


Pros: Picjumbo is free stock photo site created by designer & photographer Viktor Hanacek in 2013. Photos are all of a very high quality. Easy to download with no sign up required. There are categories and a good site search.

Cons: The library is still growing and as such there are still topics/themes with no photos available. Multiple requests for your email via pop ups and on screen requests are a bit annoying. Some images are held back for premium members only. Download limits apply.

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1001 Free Downloads

Rating: 3 star free stock photos


Pros: This website is not a dedicated stock photo website but it does have a good selection (but not huge) of good quality (but not great) free stock photos. The site search is excellent and you can easily find the photos you need (if they are there). It's almost a great site, just needs more high quality content. No sign up for download required either.

Cons:  The photo library still has some gaps with some labels having no photos available on the topic so you may not find what you are looking for.



Pexels

Rating: 4 star free stock photos


Pros: Free high quality photos you can use everywhere with no attribution required. All available to download with no sign up too. The collection of images is huge, although not the biggest in this list, it covers all themes we could think to search anyway.

Cons: There are on page ads (but not many). There is a good site search (but without the extra functions of other sites)



Freepik

Rating: 4 star free stock photos


Pros: Not totally dedicated to stock photos but still has a huge selection covering all topics. Great site search makes finding what you need easy. Photos are to a high standard too. No sign up required for download.

Cons: A small selection of images are for premium users only. There are some pop up ads on occasion. Other on site ads for paid photo sites can be confused for search results and clicked on.



Free Images

Rating: 4 star free stock photos


Pros: A great selection of images across every theme makes this site a great option to get free stock images. Site search and category labels make finding the right image easy.

Cons: You must sign up for a free account before downloading. Images are not always of the highest quality as any member can upload their photos with minimum moderation.



Pixabay

Rating: 5 star free stock photos


Pros: Over 1.2 million high quality photos, illustrations, and vector graphics free for commercial use with no attribution required makes this a great free stock photo website. The site search is particularly excellent with the ability to search by category, orientation, colour, size and label. 

Cons:  Some sponsored images from Shutterstock are shown at the top of search results.



StockSnap

Rating: 5 star free stock photos


Pros: High quality and high resolution images free from all copyright restrictions – no attribution required. The site search is good and the photos are well labelled and categorized too. No sign up needed and images are downloaded in jpeg format as opposed to in a zip which can be a slight added nuisance. 

Cons: None really. There are on site ads for premium photo providers but they are clearly labelled.



Unsplash - Editor's Choice

Rating: 5 star free stock photos


Pros: Over 300,000 free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers. Says it all really! Site search and labels make finding the right photo easy too. No ads, no intrusive pop ups just easy to browse and easy to download.

Cons:  None I can find!