Free Stock Photo Resources 2016 — A Mid Year Update

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Finding the right stock photos is key to creating marketing materials such as website layouts, flyers, posters, menus and banners. However, it has always been a struggle to find the most suitable image to use.

For startups, finding a satisfactory image is not the only hassle. With a limited budget, using paid content/stock photos is not always a viable option. Fret not! In this article, we have compiled a curated list of free stock photo websites to aid in your search for the best stock photo!

There are a variety of websites where free stock photos are available for public use. From our last count, there were at least 55 different websites dishing out free stock photos to content hungry creatives around the world. Sourced from their users or photographers, most of these photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero(CC0) license. In other words, they are not only free for personal and commercial use, but they are also legally permitted to be used for copies, modifications and distributions without a need for attribution.

Yes, it’s going to be awesome to have this list of 55 free stock image websites! However, at the end of the day, you — the content hungry creative, still face the same problem: Spending too much time searching forstock images because of the numerous websites you have to browse through.

The Rise of Aggregators:
Aggregators of stock photos pull images from independent websites together. Allowing you to search and compare different categories of photos across the different websites through their advanced search engines. Now you can access all the stock photos on one single website/platform!
Below is the latest list of free stock photo aggregators that we have found so far (including ourselves of course), as well as an updated list of independent free stock photo resources, just in case your stock photo requirements are too niche. Have fun and may the creative force be with you!

Aggregators:

1. Raydar
alt Raydar is committed to bringing a better way to search for amazing stock photos. It collaborates with partners who have the best resolution stock photos in order to curate a high quality content library for our users. The user-friendly search engine and categorization of photos allow you to search for the most suitable stock photos quickly.

2. Pexel
alt Pexels is dedicated to bringing the best stock photos to media types in the world. Its strong searchable database consists of a huge collection of free images. There is a monthly update of thousands of new photos sourced from users and free images websites. Popular searches from users are also suggested on the front page.

3. The stock
alt Different free stock photos sites are listed on The Stocks. Some of them are sponsored (paid) content from contributors like Stocksy and GraphicStock. It provides you with a simple search engine and allows you to know the source of each photo.

4. All The Free Stock
alt Like The Stocks, this is an integrated multisite search for stock photos. It has a curated list of free stock photos, audio, videos, icons, fonts, website templates, and sound effects. You can find all the best goodies in this place.

5. LibreStock

altLibrestock is a multi-search engine for Creative Commons licensed images. You can search around 50,000 free stock photos from over 40 sites by just entering some keywords. Popular tags of stock photos usually listed and suggested on the feature page.

6. Pixabay

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Apart from stock photos, you can also download other marketing resources like videos, vector graphics and illustrations from Pixabay. The straightforward search feature allows you to search photos by customizing different criteria such as media type, category, photo size and colour simultaneously.

7. Tookapic

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Tookapic is a marketplace for both free and paid stock photos. Users are allowed to submit both free or paid content/stock photos on the site. Sellers will then earn $5 per image sold while buyers will be charged differently according to the package they purchase. The search function also allows users to filter out free stock photos under the CC0 license and download them freely.

8. Stock Up

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Stock Up is a great database of CC0 licensed stock photos. You can search over 13,000 free stock photos across their 27 partner sites. Popular stock photos will be listed and ranked in the popular section.

Independent Free Stock Photo Sites:
1. Unsplash
2. Gratisography
3. Splashbase
4. Startup Stock Photos
5. Bossfight
6. Jay Mantri
7. Moveast
8. Travel Coffee Book
9. Death to the Stock Photo
11. Foodie’s Feed
12. Mazwai
13. Je Shoots
14. Super Famous Images
15. Picography
16. Magdeleine
17. Little Visuals
18. Splitshire
19. New Old Stock
20. Picjumbo
21. Life Of Pix
22. Public Domain Archive
23. IM Free
24. Cupcake
25. The Pattern Library
26. Getrefe
27. ISO Republic
28. Stokpic
29. Kaboompics
30. Function
31. Paul Jarvis
32. Lock & Stock Photos
33. Raumrot
34. MMT
35. Bucketlistly
36. Creative Vix
37. Barn Images
38. Shutteroo
39. The Pic Pac
40. Free Large Photos
41. Realistic Shots
42. Picalls
43. Pickle Jar
44. Good Free Photos
45. Stock Image Point
46. FoodShot
47. Nomad Pictures
48. Vladimir’s Collection
49. My Stock Photos
50. XXL Stock Photo
51. Skuawk
52. Minimography
53. Negative Space
54. Nobl Web
55. Free Nature Stock
56. Bara-Art
57. Use Raydar. Find Amazing Stock Photos, Faster.