Gone are the days when using stock photography meant cheesy smiles of people in suits or sub-par clip art style photos. There’s been a growing trend of sites offering high quality stock images, often for free or at low cost. You’ll have no doubt come across many of the images from these sites in blog posts, startup hero images and elsewhere.

1. Unsplash – Free (no attribution required) high quality images.


2. LittleVisuals – 7 Free (no attribution required) images emailed to you every week.

Little Visuals

3. Death To The Stock Photo Free (no attribution required) images emailed to you monthly.

Death To The Stock Photo

4. New Old Stock – High quality images from the past. Free and no attribution required.

New Old Stock

5. SuperFamous – Primarily nature inspired high quality photographs. Attribution required.

Super Famous

6. PicJumbo – Free stock photos everyday. No attribution required.

Pic Jumbo

7. The Pattern Library – Collection of high quality repeating patterns. No attribution required.

The Pattern Library

8. Gratisography – Free high quality stock photographs. No attribution required.


9. IM Free – Categorised free photos. No attribution required.

IM Free

10. Creative Market – Marketplace of high quality paid stock photography.

Creative Market

11. Stocksy – High quality paid stock photos.


12. Snapwire – Custom/Photos-to-order paid stock photography.


13. Refe – Low cost & free marketplace for stock photos.


14. Filter and Format – Limited sale paid stock photos ($100).

Filter and Format

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  1. This is a very useful collection. Thanks alot for taking the effort to document them in one place.

  2. Thought I might as well throw my contribution into the ring: It’s basically a modern, responsive abstraction on top of Wikimedia Commons.

  3. I’ll vote for which offer unlimited images for just 10 bucks per month. And their search is pretty awesome as well. We’re using it for all our websites now.

  4. Some great sites (both paid and free) here!

  5. This list isn’t complete without at leat a mention of

  6. Great way to find stock photos, thanks for the info!

  7. Here is another site for free photos

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  12. An extensive and useful list of stock photo websites can be found here : .Thought this would be a good addition to your awesome article.

  13. is a good resource. No attribution required

  14. Great list! Thanks so much. Found some new sites that I haven’t used before. This is one that I have found useful too.

    Thanks again.

  15. Hi Ben,

    Great collection you have here. Some new and cool projects. Thank you for featuring Refe among others.

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  18. Wow, thank you very much! This is exactly what I was looking for!

  19. Very good and comprehensive list!
    Try this one for vintage photos:

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