20 of the best free stock photos sites. The best places to get free stock photos for your blog

I love taking photographs for the blog, but I love a good stock photo too. Sometimes you just need the perfect picture for a post and it’s not always one you can take yourself. Especially when you are short of time, need a group shot or something specific.


You might be tempted to just use good old Google images but that could land you in so much trouble, simply linking back to the source is not good enough. You need actual permission from the owner of the image in order to use to use the photo otherwise you could get in serious trouble. There has been cases of where bloggers have been sued!

20 of the best free stock photos sites. The best places to get free stock photos for your blog


Not everyone has the budget for stock photos or subscriptions from the big sites such as iStock or Shutterstock so I’ve rounded up my favourite free stock photo sites.

  1. Pixabay
  2. Freepik
  3. Freely Photos
  4. Unsplash
  5. Negative Space
  6. Splitshire
  7. Pexels
  8. KaboomPics
  9. IM Free
  10. DesignersPics
  11. Public Domain Archive
  12. Magdeliene
  13. Ashley Ella Design
  14. Death to the Stock Photo
  15. creaTTor
  16. Magdeliene
  17. Stocksnap
  18. Ashley Creates Things
  19. Creation Swap
  20. Gratisography

I’m sure you’ll be able to find the perfect shot through these free stock photo sites, there’s some incredibly beautiful shots for all projects & blog posts. Just don’t forget to check the licence & attribution.

Are there any other free stock photo sites that you use? Which one is your favourite?

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  1. August 27, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    Thanks for posting these links. I have only ever used or heard of pixabay so willbe checking some of the others out!

  2. August 27, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    I use pixabay a lot, it’s great.
    There are also some Creative Commons licenced photos on Flickr, just have to make sure you use the correct acknowledgements.

  3. August 27, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    This is such a helpful list, thank you. I’ve used Pixabay but the choice can be limited on certain topics. Also Shutterstock but they all seem to be payable now. This has some great alternatives. #TheList

  4. August 27, 2016 / 5:46 pm

    There’s some of my favourites on there like Unsplash, but a lot I don’t know either. I sometimes find bloggers keen on photography have their own free stock photography. I guess it’s just making sure you know even on the free sites, if you need to credit or not.


  5. August 27, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Ooh thank you!! I am forever wondering where to get stock photos from. Will bookmark this!

  6. August 27, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    It can be tricky to find the perfect image sometimes, and I can never remember where to find free images. Will pin for reference!

  7. August 27, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    This is great! Such a help. I’m definitely going to book mark this post so I can refer to it on future. Thank you for sharing xx

  8. August 28, 2016 / 7:04 am

    Great post. I use pixelbay before, must check out the other.

  9. August 28, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    I don’t often use stock photos but there’s always a need for it at times! I love Unsplash, but there are loads here that I’ve not heard of before – bookmarking this post for future reference! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove – we’d love to see you back next week!
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  10. August 28, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Will definitely keep this list for future reference – thankyou!

  11. August 28, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    This is a really useful post, I use stock images on sponsored posts where the blog topic is something I’ve never used. I’ll be bookmarking this post for future use, thank you 🙂

  12. August 28, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    I try to use my own photos, but there are occasions when you just need a shot you can’t get and use stock images. So many I haven’t heard of before,thanks I am bookmarking this for future. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x
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  13. August 29, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    Fantastic post, thanks for sharing. I use the odd stock image and am often looking for new sites.

  14. August 30, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    Fab list! Though I must admit I’ve stopped using stock photos. Used to use them many years ago when I first started out. At the moment, I use mainly my own photos, however, would also consider using them again if ever I find the need for it:)
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  15. August 30, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    This is fab !! Thanks for sharing . I will definitely be using #sharethebloglove

  16. September 1, 2016 / 7:54 am

    Great list. I use Kaboom pics and Unsplash mostly, but occasionally go elsewhere. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x
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  17. Stephanie
    September 2, 2016 / 3:33 am

    I’ve never really used stock photos’ but ive bookmarked this for future references.

  18. September 2, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    Great list, thanks for posting!

  19. September 5, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    I’ve never thought to use stock images, but will definitely check these out. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • September 10, 2016 / 5:53 pm

      It’s always good to know where to find them if you do
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  20. January 5, 2017 / 1:37 am

    Awesome list! I don’t use stock photography because I am a photographer but I love that there are all these great options out there!

  21. January 6, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Oh wow thank you so much for sharing, I hadn’t heard of most of these! 🙂 #thelistlinky
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  22. January 6, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    These are fab, there’s a few on this list that I haven’t come across before. #thelist

  23. January 7, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    This is a brilliant list. I’m pinning it as it will be useful forever! Thank you so much #TheList

  24. January 8, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. I use pixabay and recently discovered Unsplash but I hadn’t heard of the others. Pinning this list to refer back to x

  25. January 13, 2017 / 12:09 am

    I love unsplash as well. And I’ve been using pixabay this week too. I do prefer to do my own, but sometimes I don’t have the time to do it ahead of my post. #thelist

  26. April 6, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Great sites!

    Another site you might like to add is Blogpiks.com. This has 30,000+ free graphic images, especially for business, finance, education and backgrounds.

  27. April 12, 2017 / 8:21 am

    Hi, very informative article.
    Please also check out https://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of unique public domain photos, all high-resolution and free to use for any purpose.We specialize in photos by location as we document cities, national parks, state parks, national landmarks, and more. We update with 20+ photos each week. Appreciate it if you could add us to your list of sites.

  28. May 17, 2017 / 11:44 am

    This is great and has been very useful, thank you SO much! xx

  29. January 10, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    I know this is an older post but I wanted to say thank you, I’m going to go through the list as I have a post ready to go live but don’t have a suitable photograph of my own.

    Thank you so much for sharing

    Cherie || My Mama Musings

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