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100+ Websites Where You Can Find (Free) Stock Images for Your Blog (updated 2.3.16)

Carina Sitkus

This Sunday, the round-up has taken a new form. Instead of listing cool articles and bits of information, I've decided to list places where you can find professional and top-quality stock photos. Every blogger needs 'em, and they can get quite expensive if you don't know where to look! This list is compiled from the suggestions of fellow bloggers and my own top to-gos. 

Note: some of the sites are embedded within other articles so they can receive the appropriate credit. Feel free to bookmark this page so you don't have to add them all to your favorites list separately.  

Here's it is:

  1. The Stockpile. Original stock photos with Creative Commons zero license.
  2. Crow the Stone.
  3. New Old Stock.
  4. These 39 Sites Have Amazing Stock Photos You Can Use For Free.
  5. Barn Images. More than just barn images! 
  6. Superfamous.
  7. The 8 Secret Places to Find the Best Stock Images. Unsplash is my favorite, although it's becoming so popular that tons of other bloggers are using the images, too, making it difficult for you to stand out.
  8. New Old Stock.
  9. This is listed in the resource below, but I wanted to highlight it because it's a great site that allows you to easily search for images. You just have to make sure you're searching for the free ones...
  10. Picjumbo.
  11. Unsplash.
  12. Getrefe.
  13. Life of Pix. New photos are added weekly on this one.
  14. MMT. Photos from Jeffrey Betts.
  15. Death to the Stock Photo.
  16. 53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts.
  17. Magdeleine. Another great site for finding handpicked photos. This link is where you can find the public domain images. 
  18. I'd Pin That! This is another resource that allows you to easily search for photos by subject. It also lets you edit the photo before saving it. That's how I made the image for this post. Super cool!
  19. The Pattern Library.
  20. The Internet Archive of Book Images on Flickr- They now have over 500 years worth of images scanned from books that are no longer under copyright. Even if all the images aren't great for blog posts, how neat is that? You can also use the Creative Commons section of Flickr, but you need to make sure you give photo credits!
  21. Gratisography.
  22. Magdeleine.
  23. Picography.
  24. morgueFile- This is one of the easier sites that allows you to download images without worrying about creating an account or accidentally finding yourself in the "for fee" images section. The only caveat is that some of them ask that you give photo credits. 
  25. Pexels-  This site posts five new pictures every day, no attribution required.
  26. This list by a Medium blogger- (If you haven't started a Medium blog yet, you should). 
  27. Pixabay and Public Domain Archive are some other free sites worth exploring.
  28. Bossfight- New images. Daily!
  29. IM Free.
  30. Raumrot.
  31. If you're looking for graphics or images for design projects, Graphic stock lets you download 20 images per day. Canva is also a great site for making social media and other graphics (think Pinterest pins, cover photos). 
  32. ISO Republic.

Have a resource that you think should be added to this list? Comment and I'll be sure to add it for the benefit of our fellow writers.

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