10 Amazingly Free Stock Images Websites  – we didn’t believe these are free either

In general, free stock images are very difficult to find. A huge portion of the stock photo market is owned by professional companies, for instance Shutterstock and 123RF, who charge $20 or more for only one photo.

Lucky for you, this article will present a lovingly curated list of the world’s best free stock photo websites for designers, business owners and anyone else. This set of websites will give you the opportunity to access high-quality stock photos without any hassle or significant cost.

1. Superfamous

At SuperFamous, the Dutch artist Folkert Gorter and his graphic-design peers curate a collection of incredibly high-resolution photos, perfect for use as desktop backgrounds or use in website design.

2. Pixabay

Pixabay is a dream of any web designer. Not only does this site offer an easy-to-use search feature, the images are absolutely brilliant. And most don’t require any attribution at all.

3. Gratisography

Gratisography’s collection is, in a word, incredible. This website was built by Ryan McGuire, a web designer and an artist, this site features some of the most evocative images on the web and they requires no attribution whatsoever

4. IM Free

IM Creator, which also offers an online website building tool, it offers a small library of premium-quality free photos. Attribution is required but it’s well worth it: These pictures are of a high resolution and sometimes they have better quality than those of paid sites.

5. New Old Stock

New Old Stock is a collection of antique photos, many of its images was taken by government agencies or discovered in estate sales. You can scroll for hours without getting bored.

6. Little Visuals

LittleVisuals is an exceptional website, run according to more of small-scale, handpicked approach than most stock image websites.All what you need is to sign up for its email list and you’ll receive seven high-resolution pictures via a zip file every week.

7. Getrefe

GetRefe  is a reat deal when you need architectural or landscape images fast. There are no frills, no categories on this website, just beautiful, natural high resolution images taken by a series of photographers traveling throughout Europe.

8. Picography

Picography is simplest site on this list, it is a scroll-through gallery of random shots offered by a group of professional photographers. You can’t search it but this website is great for people looking for evocative photos.

9. Public Domain Archive

Eclectic vintage pictures join ubermodern scenes at Public Domain Archive, a high resolution online collection of images, many with striking symmetry and muted colors.

10. Jay Mantri

One of Southern California’s finest designers, Jay Mantri provides this eponymous collection, with free, inspiring photos that’s updated every Thursday.

Attribution and licenses explained

When you do a Google Images search, the resulting photos are usually not necessarily ones that are free to immediately use. In most cases, the photos are still covered by copyrights.

If you are looking for images to use for a design and want to keep yourself out of copyright trouble, you need to locate sites that explicitly define the copyright license of each image. For all the websites listed above, the license is generally easy to find. There’s typically a description of the license on every page or at least a link to a description.

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