21 FREE Stock Photo Sites for Social Media Images

If you’re looking for eye-catching images to use in your social media marketing, look no further. We’ve put together this resource of 21 great sources for FREE stock photos, and best of all, they’re all Creative Commons licenses, meaning you can share away!

  1. Pixabay

Every image you’ll find on Pixabay is released under Creative Commons CC0, meaning you can modify them and use them in commercial settings.

  1. Unsplash

With over 300,000 high-resolution images free to download, you can search for what you’re looking for or browse the collections.

  1. IM Free

The royalty-free stock photos here are curated into various themes for users to explore.

  1. Gratisography

Interestingly, every photo on Gratisography is by photographer Ryan McGuire, with new photos added weekly.

  1. FancyCrave

Proud of its collection of ‘beautiful photos that can’t be found elsewhere’, FancyCrave releases two new professional images daily.

  1. Kaboompics

The images here are popular with lifestyle and interior design bloggers, and you can even search by colour palette!

  1. Stockvault

While Stockvault also has stock photos for sale, once you select ‘Free stock photos’, you’ll find a vast amount of great quality photos to use.

  1. Negative Space

With 16 different categories, Negative Space makes it easy for you to search and find the perfect image for your social media marketing.

  1. ISO Republic

With free stock photos and free stock videos, ISO Republic adds more CC0 images every week.

  1. RawPixel

Offering paid as well as free stock images, the free collection at RawPixel is vast and creative. Not only does it offer fantastic social media images, it also works on initiatives that make a positive social impact.

  1. StockSnap

With hundreds of images being added every day, StockSnap is a popular choice with social media marketers. Have a look at the site and you’ll see why!

  1. Startup Stock Photos

StartUp Stock Photos, as the name suggests, is geared towards startup businesses, so the images are mostly suitable if you’re looking for images of casual business settings.

  1. Life of Pix

Created by the Leeroy creative and digital agency, the collection of free high-resolution images at Life of Pix isn’t huge, but it contains some beautiful imagery.

  1. Pexels

With a nicely arranged collection of CC0 licensed images, you’ll have no problems finding what you want at Pexels.

  1. Jay Mantri

Jay provides a beautiful selection of stunning photos, all free for you to use however and wherever you want!

  1. New Old Stock

Something a little bit different, New Old Stock offers a fascinating glimpse into the past with vintage photos from the public archives, with no known copyright restrictions.

  1. Refe

You’ll have to select ‘free photos’, as Refe also sells images, but once you do you’ll find 12 categories filled with stunning pictures for social media.

  1. Splitshire

Offering free images all taken by web designer Daniel Nanescu, the site offers plenty of free stock photos for commercial use.

  1. Morguefile

A free photo archive ‘for creatives, by creative’, the site also runs a daily photo challenge, the results of which are added to the library of images.

  1. Picjumbo

Not the biggest collection of free stock photos, nonetheless the images here are ideal for social media use.

  1. Burst

Burst, by Shopify, offers a mix of CC0 licensed images and images that fall under Shopify’s own license.

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