Getting just the right photo can be a real hassle. Hiring a photographer is usually pricey, and online options aren’t much better since stock image websites are often expensive. Then there’s the fact that many stock images look staged (and cheesy.) And don’t get us started on free images. They tend to be low quality, watermarked, and uninspiring.

But high-quality images don’t have to come with a price tag. We’ve done the footwork for you and compiled a list of our five favorite stock photo sites: high-quality, inspiring, and FREE photos that don’t require attribution. That’s a huge plus.

5 of the best free stock image websites for free, high-quality images to download

1) Pexels

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Pexels has  25,000+ free, high resolution stock photos, and it’s dedicated to adding around 3,000 new images a month.  All images are licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0), so not only are they free, they don’t require attribution.


2) Pixabay


Pixabay offers more than 880,000 free photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and videos. All images and videos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0), so they’re cost- and attribution-free.

3) Negative Space

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Negative Space is an online community for photographers to share their images, and for people to access high quality images. Twenty new pictures appear every week. All images are free under Creative Common Zero licenses. Plus, it’s easy to navigate and search for images in various categories.


4) Makerbook

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This is a fantastic resource for start-ups. Makerbook offers a large collection of free images hand-picked from 30+ stock photo sites. Categories include tablet, business, computer, smartphone, smartwatch, top view, people, and technology.


5) Unsplash

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Unsplash offers high-quality, unique photos. No staged actors with awkward smiles here. With its various collections of images, it’s fun to go through each page. Unsplash offers 10 new images every 10 days. All images are licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0), which means free and no attribution required.

What’s your favorite stock image site? Let us know in the comments below.