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Free Photos // 25 Great Resources for Stock Images for Social Media

Sean Huxley // 15th February 2018
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When we hear the words ‘stock photos’ we think of a cliché happy family, sitting in a park doing some awkward pose, right?

Perhaps this was the case 10 years ago, but now the standard of stock images has soared to new levels.

The internet is abundant with high-quality free photographs that can be used for your content. Many of these images are posted for free use by professional photographers.

In this post we have curated a list of 25 awesome and free stock photo sites for social media images.

Note: Websites that are under the Creative Commons License allows you to modify, distribute any photo on the site, even for commercial purposes without asking for permission.

 

stocksnap

StockSnap

StockSnap.io has a large selection of free high-resolution images. You can browse by popular searches, recently added, trending, categories or simply enter your desired image into the search bar.

Licensing: Creative Commons

 

burst

Burst (Shopify)

Burst is a free stock photo site that is powered by Shopify. Home to thousands of high-quality photos available for free download. They offer a cool feature that allows you to enter your email and get the top free stock photos sent to your inbox each week.

Licensing: Creative Commons

 

Pixabay

Pixabay

Pixabay has over 1.3 million images and videos shared by their community. They also offer vector graphics which is a great feature for creating content.

Licensing: Creative Commons

 

 

 

picography

Picography

Picography has been providing stunning images to millions of people for the past 3 years. It is now one of the top sources for gorgeous, high-resolution, free photos.

Licensing: Creative Commons

 

unsplash

Unsplash

Unsplash offers users a beautiful interface to browse high quality photos. If you are stuck on search ideas try browsing the photos of the year, top 100 most viewed photos of 2017 and most downloaded photos of 2017.

Licensing: Creative Commons

 

 

life of pix

Life of Pix

With Life Of Pix you can discover a fine selection in their featured section. Explore the best photographers of the week, or have a look at the latest photos uploaded. Their website is very cool to use and display large high-res photos for your viewing pleasure.

Licensing: Creative Commons

 

 

picjumbo

Pic Jumbo

Picjumbo is free stock photo site created by designer & photographer Viktor Hanacek in 2013, and now has over 5 million photo downloads. An easy to use website with a large collection of photos.

Licensing: Creative Commons

 

 

visual hunt

Visual Hunt

Visual Hunt searches for the best free images from online sources and brings them together in one spot. Their website is clean and really easy to use. This is one of the biggest collections of photos on the list.

Licensing: Creative Commons

negative space

Negative Space

Negative Space is a community of photographers who want to share their work. And a community of online visitors who want to use their beautiful, free high-resolution images without any restrictions.

Licensing: Creative Commons

pexels

Pexels

Pexels have over 40,000 free stock photos, and approximately 3,000 new photos added monthly. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and easy to discover through the discover pages option.

Licensing: Creative Commons

magdeleine

Magdeleine

Magdeleine gives you the opportunity to browse by ‘dominant colour’ which is a really cool feature. The website is super easy to use and prides itself on quality photos over quantity.

Licensing: Creative Commons

free stocks

Free Stocks

Free Stocks offers a huge selection of high-resolution photos. Their website isn’t as contemporary as some of the others listed above and could do with an update. None-the-less, you will find some great photos for your social media posts on this site.

Licensing: Creative Commons

Kaboom Pics

Kaboom Pics

Kaboom Pics offer a wide range of photographs including architecture, fashion, food, landscapes and much more. They also update regularly with blogs on topics such as photography, productivity and inspiration.

Licensing: Creative Commons

 

splitshire

SplitShire

SplitShire has nearly 1000 photos available for free download. In just two years they have had over 2 million downloads and over 6 million page views.

Licensing: Creative Commons

 skitter photo

Skitter Photo

Skitterphoto has a large collection of professional high-quality photos. The best photos can easily be found under ‘admins picks’ to help you find a professional photo fast.

Licensing: Creative Commons

shot stash

Shot Stash

Shot Stash is an easy to navigate website with thousands of free images. Browse by category including abstract, nature, business, food, technology and more. New images are added daily to keep your content looking fresh.

Licensing: Creative Commons

free range stock

Free Range Stock

Free Range Stock offer high-quality photos and illustrations for commercial use. Their website is a little dated but still really easy to use.

Licensing: Creative Commons

ISO republic

ISO Republic

ISO Republic provides free stock photos for creative professionals. Since launch, they’ve published over 3,000 CC0 licensed images, with more being added every single week.

Licensing: Creative Commons

find a photo

Find a Photo

Don’t let Find a Photo’s basic website fool you, there are thousands of high-quality photos here to be found. You can browse by collection, colour or by entering key words into the search bar.

Licensing: Creative Commons

Gratisography

Gratisography

Gratisography offers a large database of free stock photos. The website is a little cluttered but offers a nice selection of images if you don’t mind searching through the noise.

Licensing: Creative Commons

MMT

MMT Stock

MMT is a collection of stock photos from photographer Jeffrey Betts. This website does not have the large volume of photos of other stock websites but there are some beautiful collections to browse.

Licensing: Creative Commons

styled stock

Styled Stock

Styled Stock offers feminine stock photography perfect for your next project. If you are a beauty, fashion or travel blogger then this website is for you.

Licensing: Creative Commons

death to the stock

Death to the Stock Photo

Death to the Stock operate a little differently to other stock photo websites. A free sign up with your email and they will send you free sets of images every month with the purpose to inspire your social media posts. They also offer a premium service that allows you to search thousands of photos.

Licensing: Creative Commons

new old stock

New Old Stock

New Old Stock is a collection of vintage photos form the public archives free of known copyright restrictions. Searching is a little difficult on this website, the best way is to browse by skipping through pages.

Licensing: Personal and non-commercial use

Fancy Crave

Fancy Crave

Fancy Crave collaborate with independent photographers to deliver stunning, emotionally-driven photos fit for any project.

Licensing: Creative Commons

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