The 16 Best Sites for Free Images (That Don't Look Like Stock Images)

Finding high quality images is a key piece to overall success with social media campaigns. You don’t want to do everything right, then fall short because you used obvious stock photos. And if you use them without permission or ownership, it could end up costing you.

So what should you do? Start by searching for original images that are true to your brand and fit with the campaign. If you’re still out of luck, here are 16 sites that offer free, premium quality photos that should deliver what you’re looking for.


When you sign up, you’ll receive access to 10 new, professional quality photos each week. Delivered via email, you receive a wide range of landscape and inspiring shots.


Openphoto has been around for years for a reason. As a curator of open source photos, you’ll find a comprehensive library of categories to suit your fancy.


As the self-professed largest provider of stock photography, Dreamstime is more of a community than a photo portfolio. You can peruse over 37 million photos here, free to use with attribution.

Getty Images

For noncommercial use, Getty Images is the easy answer. For images you’ll use commercially, though, you’ll need to agree to their licensing agreement.


You’re free to use more than 100,000 photos here. All that’s required is a backlink for attribution purposes. You’ll find a bevy of specific photos for European countries and the UK, making it great for any international travel posts.

Public Domain Archive


Go modern, vintage, or hi-res with artistic photos available at Public Domain Archive. You can even download thousands of photos from Unsplash, previously only available in individual downloads.


The photos range from amateur to professional, so searching here may take longer. By default, everything that’s published on Flickr is unavailable for commercial use. You’ll need to change the search settings to look for free use photos.

Morgue File

Billed as “for creatives by creatives,” this is a place where the artists of the world go to find inspiring artwork. You can find your share of public use photos.


Almost 80,000 photographers upload on Stock Vault, delivering an extensive selection to choose from. Free for all photos.


This minimalist site has cherry-picked collections of photos to use for free commercially. Categories are diversefrom hipster, to brochure, to vintage.

Little Visuals

This site operates in memorandum of its creator. Sign up to receive seven hi-res pics sent via email, free to use however you wish.


At Gratisography, you gain access to some high quality photography that’s free to use commercially.

Jay Mantri

This photographer offers free, commercial quality photos specialized in world travel.

Foodies Feed

Working on a healthy eating flyer or a vegan blog? Well-curated and free to use, get your food pics here.

Im Free

Im Free has everything you need to spice up your site.

Death to Stock

Ending this list is a site hoping to bring creativity back to the world of commercial photography.


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