8 Free Stock Image Sites You Need to Bookmark

Images are vital to social media content engagement: tweets with an image receive 150% more retweets, while Facebook posts with images generate on average 37% more engagement. Some teams may be lucky enough to have an image budget but mostly, that’s not the case. There’s one place left to turn – free stock image sites!

We’ve all seen the cheesy stock images of the smiling businessman on the phone – *cringe*. Cancel that stock photo site subscription! You can get beautiful images for free, no subscription required.

We’re highlighting our 8 favourite free stock image sites for beautiful, high-resolution visuals. There’s no attribution required for these, even for commercial use! You’re free to use them for your organisation’s blog, website and social media platforms:

  1. Unplash
  2. Burst
  3. Pexels
  4. Pixabay
  5. Negative Space
  6. Picjumbo
  7. Kaboompics
  8. Rawpixel


Founded as a humble Tumblr blog back in 2013, Unsplash has grown to become a powerful photo library. Over 150,000 contributors add thousands of high-quality images every day.


Burst was created with Shopify users in mind, but that doesn’t mean their photos aren’t beautiful. Browse their handy collections to find the right image for your organisation’s needs.


Pixabay has a huge selection of illustrations and vectors as well as photos. If you find yourself needing an image on the go, they also offer a mobile app for Apple and Android.


Alongside their beautiful photos & videos, Pixabay also has a huge selection of free illustrations and vector graphics to use in your design work. If you find yourself needing an image on the go, Pixabay also offers a mobile app for Apple and Android.

Negative Space

Organised into useful categories, Negative Space has a photo for any sector. Trying to curate a perfect Instagram feed? They also have a neat feature to browse images based on their primary colour.


While Picjumbo has a premium option with exclusive photos, they still have over 2,500 free images for you to use. Fancy downloading all the free photos at once? You can do that too!


With advanced searches and aesthetic photoshoot collections, Kaboompics are valuable for chic photos. Specialising in interior & lifestyle, they are well worth a look for beautiful visuals.


Rawpixel also offers a premium membership for access to exclusive images. You can still download up to 5 images per day with a free account! They have a huge range available from poster templates to classical artwork.

With these free stock image sites available, you don’t need cheesy photos representing your brand.

Which site is your go-to for free stock images? Did you discover a new one from this blog post? Tell us on Twitter @SoCrowd!