My Top 10 List of Free Stock Photography Websites

Are you a Web Designer? Do you work in Marketing, Social Media or other areas that need a constant flux of good stock pictures, vectors

or videos? Than this list of links will help you a lot.

Incredibly enough, the stock market for payed commercial pictures not only still works but also it’s not cheap at all… And why do I say this? The web has flooded with websites that offer for free pictures, vectors, videos of all kinds.

Now, all these items are releases under what is called the Creative Commons CCO. That specifies, among other things, that “You can copy, modify, distribute, and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking for permission or giving credits to the artist. However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights.”

Feel free to check out for more details if you feel that it is necessary so that you don’t take any risks.

But basically, us, photographers who give away for free our work, release them of rights.  The downside to all this freedom is that,  the biggest platforms built their databases ALSO by curating pictures from one another.. massively: don’t be surprised to find same pictures on more of the platforms. Bottom line – tthis will not bother you or your work in anyway.

That being said, this is my suggestion for amazing free pictures (&more) databases:

  1. Pexels – they remain my all time favorite; I believe the allure of the themes / editing of the pictures fits best this period’s style in  social media, design, web design and more. Also, the database is huge and I’m positive that you will find what you are looking for;
  2. Foodies Feed– Let’s say you are a writer for a food blogger… Or you build their website. I can’t think of anyplace that suits better for the job. Don’t believe me? Check it out!
  3. Public Domain Pictures you can find everything from high to low quality pictures, but be patient, they might just surprise you.
  4. Pixabay has a quite impressive database of images and videos – there are very few stock pictures themes you won’t find on this website;
  5. Stock Vault – they have a big, very thorough structured database of pictures and, with a bit of patience, you can spot some quite unique ones;
  6. PX Here – if you use Pexels you will find this website entirely familiar.. it’s said that it’s a copy of it. What do I know? It will, though, be useful for YOU!
  7. Skitterphoto I don’t know about the size of their database but I know I was so impressed with some pictures advertised on their front page.
  9. Unsplash 
  10. Death to the Stock Photo

I was inspired to create this blog post because, I myself, am one of the contributors to these databases (in the first 8 websites). You can find and download for free my pictures found by the username ‘Dana Tentis’ or ‘Greek Food-Ta Mystika’. Lately it has come to my understanding how useful this can be – from the other side of the freelancer’s point of view. Working in Design, I use everyday these pictures and have to admit that neither me, or my clients would afford to pay for them.. in this Greek perishing economy..

I have the feeling I’m not alone in this, right?

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