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Best Free Stock Photo Sites And Reviews

Updated on April 5, 2013

Free Stock Photos For All

Just like in print media, pictures play a great role in the visual appeal and effectiveness of a web page lay out. Previously, on the net, people used to just copy and place any picture they can find, on to their sites or blogs without bothering to find out the copyrights issues or the exact requirements for using them. Now things have changed and more and more publishers are aware of the copyrights issues involved in using photos on their works.

So finding the perfect picture or photo for an article has become a real task. There are umpteen number of sites that offers free stock photos, which are not exactly free, if you read the fine print! Writing this article has taken me much longer than usual because I had to sift through the myriad of those sites to find the ones that really offers free stock photos for Internet publishers like us. Moreover, it has become very important these days, here at HP, to have good quality images on your hubs. The sites reviewed here may help you find that free, but high quality photo, to use on your articles here, so that your work will not get unpublished for the reason of using pixelated images.

I hope this page will help you to find those perfect images for your articles or sites. Some of the photos may require a link back while some of them need no such thing. The policies vary from site to site that offers free stock images. Always read the terms and conditions before using the images.

Free Photos From Image Base

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Castleleaf in handA happy girlA beautiful treeempty road
Castle
Castle
leaf in hand
leaf in hand
A happy girl
A happy girl
A beautiful tree
A beautiful tree
empty road
empty road

Free Stock Photos - ImageBase

David Niblack's ImageBase have a great collection of free stock photos for you that are really free. You can use these images for whatever you want, personal, commercial or non-profit use for free. But you cannot copyright the images nor can you resell them unaltered, which is understandable. This is a very friendly and easy to navigate site. You can search their collection of stock photos either by full gallery, view available images as a slideshow, or by category.

Photos From Abstract Influence

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Arial view of a streetFinger chipsCity viewBy the waterfallRed flower
Arial view of a street
Arial view of a street
Finger chips
Finger chips
City view
City view
By the waterfall
By the waterfall
Red flower
Red flower

Free Stock Photos - Abstract Influence

Abstract Influence, a simple but diverse community of photography and design enthusiasts is designed as a participatory forum. A simple registration process is required if you want to post replies to discussion threads or to begin your own. Once you register, you can create your own blog and personal gallery, where you can upload your own stock photos and designs as well as get free access to download those provided by other users.

Free Photos From Free Pixels

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BedroomFruitsLaptop Beautiful Lake
Bedroom
Bedroom
Fruits
Fruits
Laptop
Laptop
Beautiful Lake
Beautiful Lake

Free Stock Photos - Free Pixels

FreePixels offers free high resolution digital stock photos for use in both personal and commercial design projects. This site has a neat design and a very pleasing layout. You can browse through the categories of their photo collection and download high quality backgrounds, digital art and stock photos. Image categories include abstract, concept, travel, architecture, nature, objects and food/drink. Currently there are more than 3,234 Images in 37 categories.

From Free Media Goo

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CyclistsCoinsRiverEnter buttonFantasy
Cyclists
Cyclists
Coins
Coins
River
River
Enter button
Enter button
Fantasy
Fantasy

Free Stock Photos - Free Media Goo

Free Media Goo is more suitable for the people who do not really like to link back. Simple and streamlined, this collection of royalty free stock images is quite comprehensive, with some wonderful images of wildlife, nature, beaches, aviation, buildings, sports, finance and more. The site says that it is created and run by developers for developers to provide a way to gather assets that can be used in print, film, TV, Internet or any other type of media both for commercial and personal use. To use their images, you require nothing more than a simple download. No need for annoying links and no limits to the amount of images you can use.

Free Photos From openphoto

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Light at the end of tunnelCherriesPigBirds by the seaDark sky above sea
Light at the end of tunnel
Light at the end of tunnel
Cherries
Cherries
Pig
Pig
Birds by the sea
Birds by the sea
Dark sky above sea
Dark sky above sea

Free Stock Photos - OpenPhoto

You need to register to access many of the features at openphoto. Currently the site is updating their layout. I think they are worth checking back. Categories currently available include animals, architecture, places, life, concepts, and much more. You may need to attribute a creative commons license to use the images.

Free Photos From morgueFile

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A beautiful buildingBerriesBubblesSports carBackground Texture
A beautiful building
A beautiful building
Berries
Berries
Bubbles
Bubbles
Sports car
Sports car
Background Texture
Background Texture

Free Stock Photos - morgueFile

The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative ventures. The owners of Morgue File have a philosophy of free exchange of photos and ideas. This user friendly site offers a community section where you can participate in discussions or join as a member if you like to contribute your own work. They also provide free online photography courses and sponsor a photo competition. Their stock photos can be used in commercial or personal projects without permission or credit from the photographer, which is very convenient.

Free Photos From FreeImages

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FireworksNatureCoins in handWinter snowTomatoes
Fireworks
Fireworks
Nature
Nature
Coins in hand
Coins in hand
Winter snow
Winter snow
Tomatoes
Tomatoes

Free Stock Photos - FreeImages

This UK based, easy to use site offers over 2500 original stock photos, free of charge. All images at Free Images are free to use on websites and printed materials. You will need to credit the site to use the images. Although registration is not necessary, you can sign up for their mailing list to be notified of website features and images updates, as well as to gain access to a special members only area featuring additional image galleries.

Photos From FreePhotosBank

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AirportBirdsOld buildingHorse cartCoconut tree
Airport
Airport
Birds
Birds
Old building
Old building
Horse cart
Horse cart
Coconut tree
Coconut tree

Free Stock Photos - FreePhotosBank

Another great collection of free stock photos, with an easy to use user rating system. Images are organized into clearly defined and easily navigable categories. FreePhotosBank do not retain the right to license other photographer’s works. You will need to use their “contact” function within the photographer’s profile to contact them and ask permission before using the images.

Free Photos From SXC

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Colorful balloonsHolding handsSand dial Timepiece Beautiful countryShadows
Colorful balloons
Colorful balloons
Holding hands
Holding hands
Sand dial Timepiece
Sand dial Timepiece
Beautiful country
Beautiful country
Shadows
Shadows

Free Stock Photos - SXC

You can browse through SXC’s gallery of over 350,000 stock photos, as provided by the site’s 30,000 plus users. Photos are provided free of charge. This site has a very friendly layout, with a discussion forum where suggestions and problems are dealt within a community based setting. A quick registration is required to upload and download photos, as well as participate in the forum. Always ask permission from the photographer if you want to use the images. You may also require to give credit to the artist.

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      Savannahkim 5 years ago

      Thanks for the resources. May I add www.kozzi.com- they have a lot of quality free stock photos that you can use. Just check it out. In this regard, thanks for this post. It's quite useful though.

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      PhotoJoe21 5 years ago from Callahan, Fl

      Wow! I guess it's true that you learn something new everyday. Very Interesting!

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      Leanna McCarthy 5 years ago from Vancouver

      Great work! Thanks for the information. I've come back to this hub several times.

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      pride-n-prejudice 5 years ago

      Thank you. I really needed this!

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      shawn 5 years ago

      thanks a lot very helpful

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      Top Stocks 6 years ago

      I like all your post.

      It's superb & fantastic.Carry on........

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      MrHunter 6 years ago from Highway 24

      This is great. Thanx for your time and trouble.

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      Cameron Dean 6 years ago from New York

      Great info. Thanks a million!!!

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      iZeko 6 years ago

      Very useful! Exactly what I've been looking for. Thanks!

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      Friend of Friends 6 years ago

      Excellent hub I just loving it for great info and links

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      AnnieMarie82 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks! Very useful hub...Good looking out!

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      seanorjohn 7 years ago

      Thanks for this very useful free photo sites info.

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      Kanel 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this great list! Really only best sites are here. But i use some others as well, and i would mention www.photl.com among them. Large high resolution collection, up to 35 Mb available for downloading daily.

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      Jonesie201 7 years ago from London, England

      Thanks for that info, I am always after new sources of images.

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      John Harper 7 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      This has to be one of the MOST USEFUL hubs I have ever seen.

      Thank you very much for your efforts and hard work.

      John

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks so much for the resources!

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      princess g 7 years ago

      Awesome, thanks!

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      Lioratova 7 years ago

      Fantastic! I just bookmarked this Hub. Thank you! ;)

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      Gener Geminiano 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Great Hub bookmarked it Sun and rated it up! Thanks a lot. :D

      BTW can I link this wonderful hub to my Hubs ha Ma'm...

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      katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      A tremendous amount of work here and so well done. Well done.

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      Melvin Porter 7 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      This was a very helpful hub. Thanks for the suggested resources for photos.

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      Friso 7 years ago

      Great reviews on websites. However to effectively make money from stock websites, you can't just upload photos to them. You should optimize it, spin it with different backgrounds and few other tricks

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      fdoleac 7 years ago from Hollis, New Hampshire

      Thank you for this valuable information. I will look to you in the future.

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      Zanetta 8 years ago

      oh this is just what I have been looking for,

      thank you

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      Write at Home 8 years ago

      A really helpful hub, especially for us newbies. Thanks! :)

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      Leop 8 years ago

      This is wonderful. Thank you for your helpful resource.

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      Carlos Vieira 8 years ago from Portugal

      Nice hub. Very helpfull.

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      Sasha S 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks so much for this - I've only just realised that with the hubs I use stock photos for, I've always come back to this hub for the links.

      Great list! Cheers again!

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      EarnMate 8 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Fantastic. All I'm looking for is here.

      Many thanks for sharing.

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      balamscss 8 years ago from India

      hi man u really...rocking!!!

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      Camping Dan 8 years ago

      Thanks for a great list of resources. I waste so much time trying to find photos for sites and posts.

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      delzky 8 years ago

      Thanks for doing the nitty gritty of putting together this hub. Now it will be lots easier for us to find great stock photo.

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      creativeMind 8 years ago from Cochin

      its good that you published this hub.a great lot of people like me spend a lot of time to get free to use images..thanks..your hub can save a lot of time

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      AdviceMaven 9 years ago from Livermore, CA

      I have read a bunch of these lists, but I like the way you have added the usage terms and not just rated the range of photos. Thanks!!

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      Rookie Expert 9 years ago from US

      Wonderful hub. Very helpful. I have added it to my stumpleupon page so that more people can benifit from the information. Thanx.

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      Health Conscious 9 years ago from South Florida - USA

      This hub proves that giving freely and completely will bring rewards, look at all the comments.

      I give it my thumbs up

      Thank you.

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      GoogleCashMoney 9 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Great Collection mate.

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      Lilymag 9 years ago from Upstate New York

      Awesome, thank you so much!

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      RUTHIE17 9 years ago

      Very nice!! I use a few of these places but am always looking for new ones to add to my list. Thank you!! Gave it a thumbs up and will pass on the Hub address for others!

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      CarpetDiem 9 years ago from Southern California

      Great hub. I guess one really does learn something everyday. I didn't know there were FREE stock photo websites (at least any that are good). I just published a hub on designing trade show displays and recommended that my readers check out Istock, which I use. One has to pay for their images, but they are quite reasonable. I'll be interested to check out these sites and see how many images they have, how good the quality is, and if they have high resolution images that are suitable to large format printing (ie. trade show display graphics). If any of them do, I can see I'll need to update my hub. Thanks for the work you must have put into finding these and writing this hub.

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      sdorrian 9 years ago from Chicago

      Great Hub! I'm always looking for new (and free) photos. Thanks for compiling this info into one hub!

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      anniebutterfly 9 years ago

      enjoyed the information.

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      lacyleathers 9 years ago from US

      Thanks for the info.....I'm always looking for open source pics!

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      RUTHIE17 9 years ago

      Wonderful list---thank you for sharing!!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thank you for sharing SunSeven! This is a great list.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      As a designer, this is very helpful resource for me. Thanks!

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      esocial 9 years ago from California

      Thanks for the list. The one I've been using for the images in my hubs is sxc.hu, but thanks to you, now I've got a bunch more places to pull from. Great!

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      Stephanie Hicks 9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wonderful

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      starrwriter 9 years ago from Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

      This is a truly valuable article. I can really use this right now. Thank you so much.

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      chantelg4 9 years ago from Northern Ontario

      Thanks for the awesome info!

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      daghfal 9 years ago from doha

      Thanks for information. Nice collection and excellent resources.

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      Karen Ellis 9 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks, This article is a great help to all of us. It's appreciated.

      Karen

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      Jess Ba-ad 9 years ago from Philippines

      You've provided excellent resources for photos. I have bookmarked this page and will be using it to find photos if I need any. Thanks for your research.

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      Diana Harvey 9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi

      What can I say but thank you and thank you. You are a star to have done all this research and I appreciate it so much.

      Take Care of you Di

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      Sherri 9 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Excellent information. Thank you so much. You just made my work so much easier!

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      Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is great! Exactly what I've been looking for, thx so much.

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Great list! I can't wait to go check them out. Thanks for sharing this :)

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      Ricardo Nunes 9 years ago from Portugal

      Wow, what a list! Great research work. I´ve bookmarked this one because there so many sites and I´ll need time to go through all of them. Thank you so much for sharing, thumb up.

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      sminut13 9 years ago from singapore

      great information and links. i'll definitely be coming back here again next time for help. great hub, thanks for sharing.

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      Rob Jundt 9 years ago from Midwest USA

      Great resource. Thanks!