15 Websites For FREE Photography – Beautify Your Content


Images and illustration have always been an important part of content creation, particularly in web design. Many large businesses invest thousands of pounds into stock photography, usually resulting in generic, tacky imagery of people wearing suits and throwing a thumbs up. Because that’s what business is about, right?

Thankfully, there’s a huge number of online communities and websites offering (much better)  high-resolution images for free. That’s right – completely FREE. Everyone can use these images for personal and commercial projects with very little restriction.

Photo 04 - Horse

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1 – Unsplash

Unsplash allows you to explore the world through its large collection of high-resolution photography. With its wonderful community, the website has made huge achievements. Over three photos are downloaded every second, and it hits over a billion hits a month.

In addition, ten new photos are uploaded each week – so there’s always fresh content. Check out their pixel-perfect collection here.

License: Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

Photo 01 - BlueberriesVisit Unsplash  //  Visit Download Page




2 – Gratisography

Gratisography is an awesome website offering a wide range of wacky and wonderful photos. Every photo is captured by Ryan McGuire – a creative visual artist based in New York. They’re all free of copyright restrictions, and his personality is certainly expressed through his work.

From a gorilla fighting a banana to a cat wearing a tie – you’ll find it all on Gratisography.

License: Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

Photo 02 - HorseyVisit Gratisography  //  Visit Download Page




3 – Cupcake

Cupcake offers stunning “free (do whatever you want) photos”, as Jonas puts it. Jonas Wimmerström is a Sweden-based photographer and the creator of Cupcake, sharing his photography skills with the world through his website.

You can also check out Jonas’ portfolio here – but note that these photos are copyrighted.

License: Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

Photo 03 - TreeVisit Cupcake  //  Visit Download Page




4 – Magdeleine

“Hand-picked free photos for your inspiration.” The collection of photographs over at Magdeleine is truly something special. Each image has a different license – but the majority are released under Creative Commons CCO.

License: Creative Commons Zero (CC0)  //  Required Attribution

Photo 04 - HorseVisit Magdeleine  //  Visit Download Page




5 – Pixabay

Pixabay offers over 850,000 free photographs, vectors, and illustrations – all at the click of a button. There’s really not much else to say, so check out their GIANT collection below.

License: Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

Photo 05 - MonkVisit Pixabay  //  Visit Download Page




6 – Life of Pix

Life of Pix is yet another website offering free high-resolution photography for personal and commercial use, all hand-picked with love. As a bonus – new images are added weekly.

License: Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

Photo 06 - LeavesVisit Life of Pix  //  Visit Download Page




7 – Realistic Shots

Realistic Shots is a project created by Commit 2 Design. There are dozens and dozens of free stock photos to explore, with an additional seven added each week.

License: Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

Photo 07 - GirlsVisit Realistic Shots  //  Visit Download Page




8 – Yernju

Although this website is a little empty, the small selection of breath-taking photos is certainly not to be missed. From blossom trees to skyscrapers – you can see them all over at Yernju.

License: Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

Photo 08 - FlowersVisit Yernju  //  Visit Download Page





9 – Free Stocks

Free stock photos for personal and commercial purposes. Plain and simple. Be sure to visit the founder’s personal page here.

License: Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

Photo 09 - BenchVisit Free Stocks  //  Visit Download Page




10 – Pexels

Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our Discover pages.

Currently, we cover over 25,000 free stock photos. And every month at least 3,000 new high-resolution photos will be added. All photos are hand-picked from photos uploaded by our users or sourced from free image websites. We make sure all published pictures are high-quality and licensed under CC0.”

Enough said.

License: Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

Photo 10 - Big BenVisit Pexels  //  Visit Download Page




11 – Negative Space

Negative Space offers the kind of content you’d normally pay for over at Graphic Stock or another paid service. Free high-resolution stock photos – updated weekly. No copyright restrictions or required attribution. Sort by category, colour and copy space position. What more do you need?

License: Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

Photo 11 - FieldVisit Negative Space  //  Visit Download Page




12 – Picjumbo

“Viktor Hanacek is a 22-year-old photographer, online entrepreneur and life enjoyer living in the Czech Republic. In 2013 he created this stock photo site called picjumbo with free pictures that are today used by millions of bloggers, designers, and marketers all around the world.”

Join the community and read more about the author here.

License: Unclear, but free for both personal and commercial use.

Photo 12 - GoatVisit Picjumbo  //  Visit Download Page




 13 – ISO Republic

“ISO Republic provides free stock photos for creative professionals. Founded in 2014 by Tom Eversley, a designer and photographer from England, and the main contributor to this website.”

Over 1000 free images are uploaded to ISO Republic. This includes categories such as architecture, nature, food and drink, technology, textures and so much more.

License: Unclear, but free for both personal and commercial use.

Photo 13 - TowersVisit ISO Republic  //  Visit Download Page




14 – Travel Coffee Book

Travel Coffee Book aims to share its beautiful travel moments with the world – all through a camera lens. Every photo is released under the Creative Commons CCO license, so they’re something to cherish forever. Support them by joining the community and subscribing now!

License: Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

Photo 14 - WheelVisit Travel Coffee Book  //  Visit Download Page (Currently Unavailable)




15 – Jay Mantri

Jay Mantri describes himself as a visual designer by day and a ‘burger monster’ at night. He’s a truly gifted photographer, and he’s kind enough to share his gift with the world. Take a look at his collection below.

License: Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

Photo 15 - PlantVisit Jay Mantri  //  Visit Download Page




16 – Avopix

License: Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

I’ve recently discovered Avopix thanks to a reader (shoutout to Martin in the comments!) This online gem features over 150,000 free images under the Creative Commons License, as well as MILLIONS of free videos. This website also allows users to search images by colour, an awesome feature for finding photographs that fit with a specific colour scheme!

Join the community today by heading over to Avopix.com!

Photo 16 - CarVisit Avopix  //  Visit Download Page




To conclude this post – I’d just like to give a MASSIVE shoutout to everyone who has made this possible. From the creators and administrators to the photographers and designers. Thank you all so much. You’re awesome!



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