The best stock photography for free

30/01/2019
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In a visual age, imagery is powerful. It can give us the feels, allow us to show off our personality and also drive higher engagement.

It’s little wonder with such breadth of ability you can find it on everything from branding and advertising through to news and travel.

Over the years purchasing good quality imagery has become a minefield for the uninitiated, with royalty free, rights managed and editorial usage terms common place in stock libraries. Tick the wrong box and you could land yourself with a sizable fine for violating Copyright protection.

Maybe there’s another way? Over the past few years there’s been a rise in stock photography for free websites, with the composition quality to match that of the paid sites. This is great news for start-ups and brands who create marketing content on scale.

We've put together a list of 8 sites that offer stock photography for free with high quality, free to use images for commercial projects.

StockSnap

StockSnap | Web design Southampton


In the words of StockSnap they’re "not your typical crappy stock photo site". They offer beautiful, high quality stock photos for just about any use you can think of. All the photography is released under Creative Commons (CC0) license.

https://stocksnap.io

Pexels

Pexels | Web design Southampton.


Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages. All the photography is released under Creative Commons (CC0) license.

https://www.pexels.com/

Unsplash

Unsplash  | Web Design Southampton


Probably the best known of the free stock sites, Unsplash has rapidly become the go-to resource for high quality, unique imagery. Offering thousands of high resolution photos for free under the Creative Commons (CC0) license.

https://unsplash.com/

Burst

Burst  | Web Design Southampton


Burst was launched by Shopify to help new businesses find quality images for their marketing. You’ll find imagery targeted at a range of niches from food and travel through to lifestyle and business. Some photos are released under Creative Commons (CC0) license, while others fall under Shopify’s own photo license.

https://burst.shopify.com

Pixabay

Pixabay | Web Design Southampton


Home to thousands of high quality images, vectors, short video clips and illustrations. The main search bar allows you to filter your query down by factors like media type, orientation and color. All photos are released under Creative Commons (CC0) license.

https://pixabay.com/

Foodiesfeed

Foodiesfood  | Web Design Southampton


Looking for high quality, mouth watering food photography, Foodiesfeed is where it’s at. Food photographers from all around the world share their photos under the Creative Commons (CC0) license. Perfect if you run a food blog.

https://www.foodiesfeed.com/

Picjumbo

Picjumbo  | Web Design Southampton


With new content uploaded daily, Picjumbo offers a wide range high-quality images for categories ranging from people through to technology.

https://picjumbo.com

Kaboompics

Kabooompics  | Web Design Southampton


Kaboompics is one of the most popular sources of free images for lifestyle, interior design and specialised bloggers in World. Created and curated by graphic designer and photographer, Karolina. Photos can be used for commercial purposes but cannot be sold or redistributed.

https://kaboompics.com/

For more information on how we can help you engage with your customers more effectively, contact our Creative Director, Jamie Gregory

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