Free images and stock photos
Good pictures can really help make your website or blog look great.

Taking these yourself is not always the most suitable option, so stock photos are a common choice.

There are a number of paid for services, however there is also a growing number of excellent free alternatives, some of which we've listed below:

Pixabay is easy to search and has a great collection of images, making it one of our top choices.
All pictures are released under creative commons public domain, and can be used without attribution even for commercial applications.

Morguefile is one of the classic choices, having been around for a while. It's got an extensive searchable archive of royalty free images and is still one of the best options available.Images are free to use for creative projects but are not in the public domain. 
Attribution is required if you don't alter the image and for example use it in a blog post.
StockSnap is also searchable and provides a large selection of beautiful images.
All photos are are released under creative commons public domain, with no attribution required.

Freeimages is like a free version of a classic paid stock photo website. As such you'll find more images of a particular subject and fewer beautiful high resolution photos.
Take care to note the usage restrictions for each photo. Standard restrictions allow the commercial usage of an image.

Dreamstime is another popular alternative to a paid stock image website, with a large section of searchable free images.Note the usage restrictions of each image. 
The Limited Royalty Free License allows you to use an image for commercial purposes provided the maximum amount of physical copies is limited to 10,000 copies.

Picjumbo is a searchable collection of free photos that are usefully organised into a good range of categories.
Photos are free for commercial and personal use.

Unsplash is a great collection of high resolution photos ideal for website headers and is popular for use in themes. If you want a beautiful photo this is one of the best choices.
All photos are released under the creative commons public domain.

Gratisography is another great collection of high resolution photos. All pictures were taken by Ryan McGuire and have real character. If you want a photo to deliver impact this is a great site to check out.
All pictures are provided under creative commons zero, and are free to use for personal and commercial projects without attribution required.

DesignersPics provides modern high resolution photos taken by web designer and developer Jeshu John. Images are categorised and searchable.
All images are free for personal and commercial use, and attribution is appreciated but not required.

Life of Pix
Life of Pix is collection of high res photos provided by the LEEROY advertising agency. The collection isn't searchable, but the gallery organises the photos into several categories.
All images are free of copyright restrictions.

Splitshire is another great collection of photos, provided by web designer Daniel Nanescu. Photos are organised into useful categories.
All photos are free for personal and commercial use.

Superfamous Studios
Superfamous is the studio of interaction designer Folkert Gorter, and provides a great collection of photos well suited to backgrounds; with aerial photos, environment and nature images, geological photos and images of a textural quality.
The images are available to use for your own purposes as long as credit is provided (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license).

Jay Mantri
Jay Mantri offers 7 photos every Thursday, covering a variety of themes with plenty of environment photos. Use the archive for a quick overview and subscribe to receive the photos in your inbox each week.
The pictures can be used freely (Creative Commons CC0 license).

Snapwire Snaps
Another 7 free photos a week tumblr blog, provided by a range of contributors.
All pictures are free to use under the Creative Commons CC0 license.

Real life mobile photos from a number of named contributors. Click Archive to see the full range of photos. You can also view free images on Getrefe's main site.
Photos are free for personal and commercial projects.

New Old Stock
New Old Stock stocks vintage photos from the public archives.
Images titled and searchable, and are free of known copyright restrictions.

Little Visuals
Sign up to receive 7 images in your inbox every 7 days. Sadly the site's photographer died, so no new images have been added. You can donate to the Hand on Heart charity through the website.
All images are provided under the Creative Commons CC0 license.

Lock & Stock Photos
Lock & Stock Photos is provided by AJ Montpetit. Each photo sits under a snappy title, and many are urban detail shots, such as interesting wall decals and textures.
His photos are shared under Creative Commons License ShareAlike.

Modern and bright high resolution photos provided by Jan Vesek. Photos are categorised and you can sign up to receive updates in your inbox.
All photos are free for personal and commercial use without attribution.

MMT is a free photo blog, with new photos provided by Jeffrey Betts every week. Most images are high resolution macro photographs.
The photos are provided under the Creative Commons CC0 license.

Cupcake is a small collection of mostly nature photos provided by photographer Jonas Nilsson Lee. Use the archive for a quick overview.
The photos can be used freely without attribution (Creative Commons license CC0).

Crow the Stone
Another small collection of mostly nature photography, provided by Abinav Thakuri. Use the archive for a quick overview, and subscribe to receive the images in your inbox.

Bucketlistly provides a collection of travel photos from Asia, Africa and Australia by Pete R.
The photos are free to use for non commercial purposes as long as attribution is given. A license is required for commercial use.

Death to the Stock Photo
Death to the Stock Photo lets you sign up to receive 10 images in your inbox each month. They also offer a premium service.
Images are provided using their own license, which you can read on their website.

We hope you find that list helpful. There's a growing number of great free images available across the web, many of which have real character and charm.

Do you know of any other resources for free stock photography? Let us know.

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