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Great images are the key ingredients of putting together beautiful articles, posts or websites.

Photography has always been an essential part of the web design. But, we all know free stock photos are sometimes very difficult to find, especially good looking ones and in a high resolution format.

Thankfully, lately there has been a growing number of websites with beautiful and creative stock photos all over the internet and the best part is, they are free. We have come across a variety of places all over the web where you can find free photos that are available for public use, so here’s the list of the best free stock photo websites for designers, business owners and anyone else, we have curated just for you:

1. GRATISOGRAPHY

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Gratisography is a fun website with high-resolution free pictures for personal and commercial use, free of copyright restrictions.  There are awesome new pictures added every week, photographed by Ryan McGuire.

2. Magdeleine

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Magdeleine is another website with a large selection of hand-picked images placed in categories to make them easy to find. Most of the images are in color but there is a large selection of black and white photography as well.

3. Picography

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Picography is a blog-style website that offers free high-resolution photos to use however you like. The collection of images is engaging, fun and quite active.

4. Picjumbo

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Picjumbo has a great collection of free images, including illustrations and high quality photos, covering a wide variety of topics and scenes , available for personal or commercial use.

5. Public Domain Archive

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Public Domain Archive is a public domain image repository. This is a website where you come to explore and discover treasures by great photographers with new free stock photos added every week. A place to find inspiration and photography that you can use in your creative projects.

6. Pixabay

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Pixabay is absolutely a web designer’s dream. This website does not only offer an easy to use search feature, but breathtaking photos, vectors, art illustrations and videos as well.

7. StockSnap.io  

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StockSnap.io has a large selection of gorgeous free stock photos and high resolution images, with a resembling display to Tumblr. Although it doesn’t have categories, this website offers a handy search feature, making it easy to browse and it tracks down views and downloads numbers so you can find the most popular ones. Hundreds of images are being added on weekly basis.

8. Unsplash

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Unsplash has a wide collection of free, beautiful and high resolution photos. This site is one of the best sources to find images of high quality with 10 new photos are released every 10 days,under the creative commons public domain license as well.

9. Splitshire

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Splitshire is an amazing website with a collection of brilliant free stock photos of different categories by the web deisgner Daniel Nanescu. All of the photos are free for personal and commercial use.

10. IM Creator

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IM Curator has a curated collection of free web design resources, all for commercial use. It is great because of its categorized collections, including a category of free templates. However, their photo library is not the largest one.

11. Pexels

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Pexels has a huge assortment of free stock photos with 10 new high-quality photos added daily. All published photos are hand-picked high-quality ones uploaded by users or sourced from free image websites.

12. Raumrot

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Raumrot  offers amazing free handpicked stockphotos for commercial and personal use, categorized by motive and style. All available hi-res/hi-quality pictures are available to use on personal and commercial projects.

13. Tookapic Stock

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Tookapic stock is an inspiring place where you can find both free & premium stock photos, grouped in different categories.

14. Negative Space

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Negative Space provides new high resolution photos every week released under Creative Commons CC0. The photos are sortable by category, copy space position and by color.

15. Life of Pix

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Life of Pix is a resource website hand-made by the LEEROY creative agency offering free high-resolution photos with no copyright restrictions and with new pictures added every week.

As we already mentioned, recently there has been an increasing number of fantastic resources for free stock photography. These websites have come as a blessing for web designers, bloggers, marketers and all the creative people out there. We encourage you to browse through these resources and make your work shine even brighter choosing cool photos.

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