Mark Crosling of Strategic Content recently published the ultimate guide for all your free photo needs. Listing 56 websites, you can use it to download high-quality photos at no cost. All the listed free photo websites have been summarized to include information about:
- any copyright restrictions.
- whether photo attribution is required.
- search capability on the site to find photos.
- whether signup is required.
- link to the website.
Unless specified in the summary below, photos are free of copyright restrictions, which means you can download them and use them for commercial or personal purposes, without attribution.
I was particularly impressed by some websites that specialize in specific topics, such as food or vintage photos. Just click on the images to visit the respective website!
New Old Stock
New Old Stock contains vintage photos from the public archives. They are not just free of copyright restrictions, but also a great way to pass your time scrolling through them!
The site is a free image archive of historical prints and images dating from the 17th but mostly from the later 18th century and 19th century.
FoodiesFeed is a resource of free realistic food photos in high resolution and free digital goods related to food.
Bossfight aggregates photos daily from other popular free photo download sites that are free of restrictions. You can download photos individually, subscribe for free, or get a downloadable zip file of EVERY image once a month.
One of the largest collections of free high-quality photographs. RGBStock is searchable by tag or category and photos are free of all copyright restrictions.
Another aggregator that curates the best free images from many online sources and pulls them together.
Travel and Nature
Bucketlistly contains 2800+ travel photos categorized by country.
João Pacheco, a designer born and raised in Portugal, has posted high-quality travel photos from his journeys to Asia.
Travel Coffee Book
A large collection of travel photos from different destinations.
Free Nature Stock
Free Nature Stock is the ultimate destination for nature lovers.
Minimography specializes in royalty-free minimalist photos.