10 Free Stock Photo Sites for Social Media Images

10 Free Stock Photo Sites for Social Media Images

Having a photo to accompany your post is one of the most important components; especially if you are looking to boost engagement. If you’re marketing your business on social media, you know how difficult it can be to find that perfect image. You either have to pay for the photo or spend too much time searching for one that works. That’s why we put together this collection of free stock photo websites, just for you!

All of these sites contain photographs that are free from copyright restrictions or are licensed under creative commons. This means you can copy, modify, and distribute even for commercial purposes, without paying or asking permission.


1. Pexels

Pexels is our go-to site. All photos on this site are curated from many of the sites listed below. There are thousands of options and almost 100 new photos are added daily.

2. Pixabay

Pixaby not only offers a large collection of free stock photos but thousands of vectors and art illustrations as well.

3. Negative Space

Negative Space lets you choose from 20 new photos each week. The photos are searchable and can be sorted by category, color, and copy space

4. Stocksnap 

Stocksnap has hundreds of high-resolution images added weekly. The site also has a very handy search tool making it easy to browse through the available images.

5. Refe

If you’re in need of a diverse subject matter, check out Refe. As they state on their website, “using great imagery helps portray emotions, increase sales, and conversions,” these free photos are a great resource.

6. Gratisography

All pictures on this site are taken by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design and can be used in both your personal and commercial projects.

7. IM Free

A curated collection of free web design resources, all for commercial use.

8. Picography

Picography contains beautiful free stock photos submitted by a variety of talented photographers including Dave Meier.

9. Burst

Burst was launched by Shopify to help business owners make better product displays, websites, and marketing campaigns.

10. FoodiesFeed

Perfect for food bloggers, this site offers thousands of beautiful and realistic food pictures in high resolution.

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