14 sites to download high quality commercial free stock photos

14 sites to download high quality commercial free stock photos

Image plays an important role in expressing mood and setting the tone for various designs. From the past, high quality stock images are really hard to come by but in recent years, more and more photographers are sharing their photographs for free and normally under Creative Commons Zero license, which means you can do anything you want with the images, including personal and commercial projects.

Stock Snap

StockSnap is the best place on the internet to find beautiful free stock photos that does not require attribution. Hundreds of carefully picked high quality stock photos will be uploaded weekly by the site authors.

Stock Snap


StokPic has a big library of CC0 stock images for personal and commercial use. They are releasing 10 new high quality images once in a fortnight. You can subscribe to their newsletter alert to get notified when new batch releases.



Unsplash can be considered as the forefront of this trend. 10 new high quality images will be featured on every 10 days. For anyone that are interested, actually Unsplash is a side project for a company called Crew, and this side project actually saved their startup. I like when they say The best marketing is when you don’t know it’s marketing.



Here you will find high-resolution & copyright free photos, curated by Magdeleine. They have really stunning nature photographs.


Jay Mantri

Jay Mantri is a designer from California, and he is sharing 7 new stock photos every Thursday. You will find lots of natural sceneries, architectures and daily lives photos here.

Jay Mantri

Little Visuals

Like Jay Mantri, Little Visuals releases 7 new photos every week and you can subscribe to their newsletter to receive new images zipped up right in your inbox.

Little Visuals

New Old Stock

If you ever need to have vintage stock photos, this will be your ultimate site. New Old Stock features vintage old photos from the Public Archives which are free of known copyright restrictions.



Created by Los Angeles based interaction designer Folkert Gorter, Superfamous features really cool aerial photos of landscapes and sometimes abstract style photos that are free to download and can be used on commercial works, as long as you credit it to Gorter. All the photos here are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.



Gratisography is a website featuring high resolution photographs that are free for all and can be used on any kind of projects. The photographs here are taken by Ryan McGuire.



Pexels is a search engine site that compiles the high quality stock photo websites (like Unsplash etc), and added the nifty search tools allowing users to find photos easier.


Stock Up

Like Pexels, Stock Up is a search engine for high quality stock photos and new photos added on weekly basis.

Stock Up


Pixabay is another useful free stock photo search engine website that has Shutterstock-ish interface. It has one of the largest databases of images and I believe you can find your preferred photos here for your next commercial works.


IM Free

In IM Free, you can find curated collections of free photos and resources, all available for commercial use.


Made in Moments Free Photos

Made In Moment is a new site that releases 10 free photos on every 10 days. The photos are taken by Marina and Tomy during their travel journeys.

Made In Moments

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There you go. Above are the websites that I want to share with you all today. Do you have other similar websites that worth mentioning? Leave your comment below!

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  • Jordan Klingeln

    I ealso enjoy this free for commercial use stock: http://barnimages.com/

    • Jayhan Sim

      Good one Jordan!

  • vins

    I don’t know anymore where I find your site, but you’re awesome, you’ve so awesome resources !

    • Jayhan Sim

      Thanks vins!

  • http://www.flashninjaclan.com Freeflashgames

    Also check out http://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of great public domain photos, especially travel photos. Appreciate it if you would add it to your list. Thanks.

  • MarshallKohl

    Excellent review ) If you don’t mind, I’d like to share one more useful source – templatemonster.com – properly arranged and categorized hq responsive themes for website creating. Pics are of different categories – Art, Pets, Nature, Sport, Hobbies, Books, Education, Electronics, Cars, Medicine, etc.

  • http://inspirationfeed.com Igor Ovsyannykov

    Great article Jayhan,

    I recently started http://fancycrave.com/ as a side project a few months ago. The site consists of completely free stock photos all taken by me and other talented photographers. It’s basically a collection of images from my travels around South East Asia, North America, and South America (soon). My aim for these photos is to help designers and creative alike. People can use these images for whatever purpose they please.

    I keep things very simple. I list the photo, its tags, the author, and the download link. I don’t make people jump through any hoop, like signing up for an email newsletter or making them “Like” my facebook page.

    I also started to publish niche specific photo packs all for free.

    I hope you and others will find it valuable. I just want to contribute back to the wonderful blogging, design, marketing, and creative community. If you see it fit, I’d be very grateful if you could add Fancycrave to this list.


  • MarshallKohl

    Thanks for the very helpful tips 🙂 It is hard to imagine a quality content with excellent photos. I’d like to share a good website templates, where one can purchase high quality stock photos, check templatemonster.com – all the themes are responsive, well arranged and original.

  • https://plixs.com PLiXS

    Hi, i’m the founder of https://plixs.com PLiXS is a site for free and high definition stock photos, images and Footage Videos with public domain license cc0. Maybe you can add PLiXS to your list? Great Thanks.

  • http://blogpiks.com Stuart Miles


    Very informative article.

    Please also check out https://blogpiks.com for thousands of unique images, free to use for any purpose.

    We specialize in images for blogs or articles especially business, technology, education, backgrounds and more.

    I appreciate it if you could add us to your list of sites.



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