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A Long List of FREE Stock Photo Sites!

Since you’ve just launched your blog or online biz you probably don’t have premium or styled stock photos in your modest budget, for use in your visual content. Then you should be thrilled to know there are tons of FREE stock photo sites where you can find images in the public domain. There are tons sources that don’t even require you to give an attribution, although it’s always nice to “buy the photographer a cup of coffee” (if they ask!). 

If you’ve been to our site before and are a friend of the “Muse Tribe” community, you’ve heard me talk about the importance of visual content. Having a file on your desktop of ready-to-go, quality images that you feel are on point with your BRAND is a must-have for your blog or business. You never know when you’ll need an image for a blog post, or social media. Stock photos can also be great to use when creating your own marketing materials.

So clear an afternoon and prepare to be wowed, as you scroll through all 26 of these fabulous sites!  Don’t forget to download the full list + bonus sites when you click below.

Happy photo hunting!

Click here to get 2 FREE downloads (including THIS entire LIST + Bonus Sites) for your Online Resource Library!


Photographer Jonas Nilsson Lee offers free stock photos to the public domain. That means no attribution ever unless, of course, you want to.

Death to Stock Photo

This is a free stock photo library. While you have to supply your email and wait for photos to be delivered to you once a month, they are all high quality, beautiful photos. I have subscribed to this service, and I am always pleased with the images. Oh, and you get a free photo pack when you sign up.


Photos found on DesignersPics are given free of copyright by photographer, web designer and developer Jeshu John. Attribution is requested but not required.


Epicantus is a resource provided by Visual and UX designer and Lean Startup coach Daria N. All images are free to use without attribution. You can also request specific photos.


If you run a food or recipes blog, then this could be a great resource for you. Photographer Jakob Kapusnak is the photographer behind all the fabulous food photos. While attribution is not required, he does ask for it. The only restriction is against selling the photos as if you own them.

Free Nature Stock

Free Nature Stock is a brand new stock library from designer and photographer Adrian Pelletier.


FreePhotosBank offers a searchable database of free to use stock photos. Small thumbnails pose a challenge for easy browsing.


GetRefe mostly outdoorsy images of nature or urban vignettes.


Photographer Ryan McGuire offers images with a lot of humor with unusual composition. While attribution isn’t required, it is appreciated.

ISO Republic

Tom Eversley has graciously allowed us to download his high-res photos for free.

Click here to get 2 FREE downloads (including THIS entire LIST + Bonus Sites) for your Online Resource Library!

Jay Mantri

This guy posts seven new high-quality free stock photos every Thursday.


Jeshoots hosts a small gallery of searchable high-res photos.

Life of Pix

Life of Pix hosts images donated from the Canadian firm, Leeroy Advertising Agency.

Little Visuals

The photographer for this site was named Nic. A talented young man, he died suddenly in 2013. Nearly 4 years later, his images live on and they’re still free. His family has a donation button that is NOT required of any guests but you’re welcome to hear his story and donate to his family’s charities in his name.


Jeffrey Betts is the photographer behind MMT.li. They are mostly nature images, (lots of flowers, beware!) updated weekly.

New Old Stock

New Old Stock is a great source of retro and historical images, put together by Cole Townsend.


While this is a small gallery, it is full of beautiful images.

Public Domain Archive

Find both vintage and modern photos that are part of the public domain.


This site offers a searchable, medium-sized gallery for your stock photo needs.

Click here to get 2 FREE downloads (including THIS entire LIST + Bonus Sites) for your Online Resource Library!

Skitter Photo

Three Dutch photographers based in the Netherlands have kindly allowed the world to have their high-quality photos for free.

Snapwire Snaps

Each week, you’ll find seven new photos for your use.


Photographer Daniel Nanescu provides us with super high-quality stock photos.

Startup Stock

Need business and/or tech images? This gallery has images of startups for startups.


This site happens to be my personal favorite! Instead of telling you why….just go there and see for yourself!


Stockvault has an expansive library of over 50,000 images, renders, objects, and textures.


Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos. 10 new photos (sent right to your inbox if you sign up) every 10 days.

What are some of your favorite sources for free stock photos? Please share them in the comments section and we’ll update this post list (4x/year) AND the download with bonus sites, with your favorites!


Jessica @alegriasmuse



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  • Reply
    September 12, 2015 at 5:44 am

    thanks for this useful post!

    • Reply
      Jessica Adams
      September 12, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      You’re very welcome! We often post lists of things that apply to fellow writers/bloggers so please, come back and check up on us! 🙂

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    Debbie Woodruff
    September 12, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Thank you! It’s so nice to have so many options listed in one post. #sitsblogging

    • Reply
      Jessica Adams
      September 12, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      You’re very welcome! If you get a chance, check out some of the other articles on here…many of them lists of helpful stuff in one post! #sitsblogging

  • Reply
    Jessica Lasseter
    September 12, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks for the list! I’ve been needing to know this!

    • Reply
      Jessica Adams
      September 12, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Happy to help (love your name btw)! Please bookmark this site or subscribe for more awesome lists & info for freelance writers, bloggers, creatives of all industries! 🙂

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    September 12, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Nice Article Jessica! Can you consider including our project http://www.sketchjar.com in this post? It would definitely encourage us further.

    • Reply
      Jessica Adams
      September 13, 2015 at 12:01 am

      Absolutely! What a great site 🙂 In fact, I’m going to add you guys to a small list of suggested sites for free stock photos, included in our official “Submission Guidelines” page (we only accept images that the writer owns or got through a legit stock photo site when submitting their posts). Thanks for reaching out and please share the article in a bit, once you’re added!

  • Reply
    September 14, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    What a great resource. Thanks for compiling something so useful.

    • Reply
      Jessica Adams
      September 14, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      You’re very welcome, thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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    Ian Campbell
    December 16, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    You could add http://www.phuketstockphotos.com for good free photos of scuba diving, all types of sea life as well as landscape photos of the beaches and tropical areas of the island.

    • Reply
      Jessica Adams
      January 24, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      Thank you Ian! I love it when people share more stock photo sites after reading this list….I try to update both the blog post and the download every few months or so and will definitely take a look at this site!

      Jess @alegriasmuse

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