Death to Stock Photography: The Free Image, Photo and Pattern source to rule them all

Another list I’ve been maintaining and extending for a while — now imported and updated for Medium. I’ll be adding some graphic examples here to the list over the next couple of weeks.

When building this list, I looked deeply at each site and was continually surprised by how good the photography was.

You don’t have to settle for clichéd crud — with a couple of minutes work, you’ll find something that transcends your opinion of what’s available.

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IMAGE META SEARCH

Google Free Image Search

Use Google for your free image search, naturally!

Creative Commons Meta Search

Excellent one-stop shop.

Compfight

Flickr free image meta search.

Bing Search by Usage Rights

Use Bing too!

Everystockphoto

Search engine for free photos

Photopin

Creative Commons image search.

Visual Hunt

Image meta search engine.

Flickr by License Type

Search by CC license type on Flickr.

Wikimedia Commons

Another great source of images.

500px by License Type

Search 500px by the type of CC license.

Furious Camera

List of resources and meta search facility

Find a Photo

Meta search for CC0 (free) photos.


DO WHAT YOU LIKE FREE IMAGES

Gratisography

Several hundred totally free images.

IMCreator

Many Creative Commons images on here.

Death to the Stock Photo

Lovely images, totally free

Superfamous

Excellent images, creative commons.

Photocollections.io

Superb images, all creative commons.

New Old Stock

Vintage photos from public archives, totally free.

Imagebase

Lots of good images, no restrictions.

Freerangestock

Lots of good images, no restrictions or CC.

Unsplash

10 free photos every 10 days. Nice stuff.

Mayangs Textures

4k+ free patterns, fabrics, textures. Useful.

Subtle Patterns

As it says — free and subtle patterns.

Pixabay

Nice Creative Commons images.

Norebbo

Free illustrations and schematics.

Dotspin

Free if you give photo credit.

Wefunction

Some free photos and resources.

Startup Stock Photos

Lots of lovely cliched startup photos your clients will love and their customers will hate <grins maliciously>.

Free Nature Stock

Royalty free nature photography — great stuff too.

Jay Mantri

CC photos for free.

Picography

Free high res CC images.

Streetwill

Free CC images, high res.

Realistic Shots

7 new photos a week — nice food photos!

Life of Pix

Some great free photos from Montreal.

Foodies Feed

Minimal restrictions (no resale) — food photography!

Image After

Architecture, Fabrics, Texture — great stuff — no resale but unrestricted.

Kavewall

Creative commons textures, surfaces, backgrounds, patterns — great stuff.

Freeimages

16k images. No resale but unrestricted.

Move East

1k+ images. Completely free.

Splitshire

500+ images. Completely free.

Pexels

5K free photos.

Vladimir’s Collection

Lots of free photos.

The Library of Congress

Free photos.

The Library of Congress

Free photos.

The British Library

Free — some really cool stuff.

Skuawk

Curated public domain photos.

Minimal Photography — Minimography

Minimal photos, no restrictions.

Negative Space

New photos added weekly, all CC0.

Libre Shot

CC0 images — lots of them!

Large Photos

Yeah — huuuuge photos, all free CC0.

Stocksnap

Large range, CC0 so all free.

Tookapic

Search for CC0 images.

Fancycrave

2 free images each day.

Nobl Web

Completely free images — some excellent.

Bossfight

Big source and nice grid view of images by category — all completely free.

re:Splashed

Nearly 1K completely free images — very nice landscapes.

Good Free Photos

Public domain photos — free.

Magdeleine Hand Picked

Curated CC0 freely usable photos — nice idea!

Pond5

Vintage public domain stuff.

Jeffrey Betts

Some very nice closeups and background type photography.

Stock Image Point

CC0 and completely free images — high res.

Splashbase

Free photos, by collection.

Travel Coffee Book

Awesome travel photos, all free.

ABS Free Pic

CC0 licenses so completely free.

Trunklog

Leftover pics of the world, unite.

Picography

Free CC0 images

Designers Pics

Completely free high res images.

Skitter Photo

CC and free.

Stokpic

Some stunning images, drip fed!


MINIMAL RESTRICTIONS

Freeimages

2.4M images, minimal restrictions.

RGBStock

100k images, minimal restrictions apply.

Picjumbo

Wide range of images, minimal restrictions.

Unprofound

1K+ images, very minimal restrictions.

Photober

500+ images, minimal restrictions.

Morguefile

372k images, credit required for source, can be modified.

Stock Photos.io

27k images, credit required for source.

Stock Photos

27k images, credit required for source.

Stock Vault

63k images, some restrictions.

Stock Vault Pinterest board

See some of their good stuff!

Kaboom Pics

Abstract, architecture, fashion — free apart from resale.

Iso Republic

Some restrictions — many categories.

Snapwire

7 free photos, every 7 days.



ICON SOURCES

Icon Finder

An icon search engine — hah!

Icon Monstr

Free icons.

Font Awesome

More icons..

The Noun Project

150k icons.


MISCELLANEOUS

Fake it not Make it

App which inserts your website into videos or screenshots. Really impressive way to have people ‘looking’ at the ‘chosen’ website on a mobile phone or monitor. Just so crazy and easy I had to include it, despite the high res versions not being free!

Scoopshot

Crowdsource photography and get people to take pics locally!



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