Free Stock Photo Resources 2016 — A Mid Year Update

Free Stock Photo Resources 2016

63 different websites and counting.

Free stock photo resources/websites are increasing, and its a good thing! While it’s unclear who really started it all, some early pioneers include the team from Death To The Stock Photo and Unsplash. From our last count, there were at least 55 different websites dishing out free stock photos to content hungry creatives around the World. Most of these free stock photo websites are run as a side hobby by photographers and/or creatives, and it doesn’t hurt that it helps to increase their profile too.

Slowly but surely however, the problem of finding stock photos comes back to haunt us again. With more websites to browse through, and within each of them Hi-Res eye candy level free photos, You — the content hungry creative, spends too much time searching for it. It is these reasons surely, that sparked the rise of aggregators. We know because this is why we built Raydar.

Aggregators are not easy to build. The technicalities go beyond awesome Hi-Res stock photos, but into the details like how do you retrieve the latest free stock photos (APIs or Crawlers), and what are the criteria that the website must meet before it can be considered a partner source. Beyond good quality free stock photos, things like stock photo keyword strength (the higher the number of accurate keywords, the better) and how the pages are structured on a code level are very important too. Then comes the aggregator site’s user interface and user experience. The website has to be fast and stable, and it must look good. Wait, have we mentioned server cost?

When you put in so much effort into building an aggregator and paying to sustain it, naturally, a question in mind will be “How can I monetise this?” While most aggregators monetise by placing advertisements, Raydar’s model is slightly different — we will soon have licensable stock photos that are more specific and tailored.

In the spirit of sharing is caring, you can find in the list below 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!


1. Raydar

What’s Unique: No ads, carefully curated partners, download from partner site.

2. Pexels

What’s Unique: Download directly, has ads, you can donate to them if you like their site, Shutterstock affiliate.

3. The Stocks

What’s Unique: Search on original website from their site, has sponsored content like Stocksy and GraphicStock.

4. All The Free Stock

What’s Unique: Search on original website from their site, also has other goodies like free stock video, fonts, website templates, sound effects, etc

5. LibreStock

What’s Unique: Has ads, download from partner site.

6. Pixabay

What’s Unique: Has user submitted images, can select image size for download, Shutterstock affiliate.

7. Tookapic

What’s Unique: Has user submitted images, including paid content too.

8. Stock Up

What’s Unique: No ads, download from partner site.

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

Edited by Keith Teo