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You don’t want to bore your customers with the same old and uninspiring stock photos. But what do you do if you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on photographers or premium stock photos?
We have gone to the edge of the world wide web and came back with these 19 stock photo websites offering free stock images. So bookmark this page and enjoy the list!
Unsplash’s library has long exceeded 2 million photos. Their collection feature is well-organized, so you can quickly find photos within similar themes with ease. Overall, photos tend to be more artistic and trendy, which could be an excellent choice if it fits your brand persona.
Burst is a product from Shopify so you know this is designed for eCommerce entrepreneurs. While it’s still a growing library, it does have an amazing collection of photos. Especially, if you are looking for a high-end, chic style, or modern look.
Pixabay is one of the OGs in offering free stock images. It also has one of the largest image libraries. Pixabay’s strength is in its variety of pictures and videos.
Pexels always has the trendiest photos and a huge selection. If your target audience reaches younger generations, this is your go-to. It also has one of the best image search and tagging functions in the business.
If you want to stand out or give your startup a bit more flavor, Gratisography is your friend. It has the most unique and quirky library of photos to choose from.
A little older collection, but if you are going with a more user-generated look, this is a great choice.
Stockvault has a smaller photo library than its competitors, but it is a breathtaking international collection of photos.
Picjumbo offers both artistic and eye-catching photos. It’s a great resource if you are looking for stock photos to break you out of the corporate look.
Pikwizard offers one of the best editorial photo libraries in the business. You want a photo that tells a story? This is the place to find it.
It’s got an edgy personality, a trendy attitude, and a creative mind. That’s Rawpixel! A great place to find the perfect photo to energize your next project.
A must-bookmark resource for any designer. Reshot has stock photos, icons, and illustrations all in one house.
Adobe offers free high-quality, business-oriented stock photos. When you need to get serious, they have the picture to say just that.
As the name implies, Negativespace offers a more minimalist and clean style of stock photos. It might not have the largest photo count, but every photo here is thoughtfully curated.
Kaboompics has one of the best collections we have seen with objects and portraits. All the photos are professional and of high quality.
Looking to include witty gifs on your website or pages? Gyfcat is the spot. Its powerful search engine can help you find the perfect gif, meme, or and short video in seconds.
A product of the popular online photo editing tool, Canva.com/photos offers well-curated and versatile stock photos for free inside Canva.
Giphy has one of the largest gifs libraries on this planet. So whatever gif you are looking for, you can probably find it here.
Picography is known for its high-quality nature and fashion photos. Every photo here is tasteful and creative.
A niche stock photo website can rarely make our list, but Foodiesfeed is different. They’ve taken food photos to a whole new level. If you are in the restaurant business or anything related to the food business, this is the holy grail.
While all these websites offer free stock photos, you need to read the detail of the license and make sure to follow any copyright policy for each website. There are some licenses that allow for personal use while others allow for commercial use. In some cases, the licenses require you to attribute images to creators while others don’t. Some allow you to adapt or modify an image while others require you to use it in its original form. When using an image licensed through Creative Commons, be sure to read the fine print and abide by the terms.
Now that you have this handy list. Promise us, you will never put any netizen through another sleep-inducing stock photo like this one again.
What is your favorite stock photo website? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.
This article originally published on GREY Journal.