Whether you’re an aspiring writer/blogger or designer, finding images to add to your content is one of the toughest parts of working on the web. Finding both original and free stock photos that don’t require attribution often adds an extra step to your work, which can be stressful for those with deadlines and other tasks on their plate.

Adding images without knowing the source also opens you or your employer up to legal issues. Most are simply threats, but you will have to go back and replace it, adding more work to your plate.

To keep your job simple, and your work both looking great and free of issues, here are three of my favorite sources for free stock photos.


There are a lot of sites out there that offer free photos. The problem? Most of the photos on those sites are generic stock photos usually reserved for the homepage of your local computer repair shop. (Yeah, the one that looks like no one has touched in 20 years!)

Pixabay is different. Anyone can contribute photos, meaning there’s a lot of diversity compared to those generic stock photo sites, but Pixabay does have a quality standard. So unlike Flickr, where you may find some really amazing photos shot by professional photographers, you’ll also stumble upon amateur low-resolution photos that are out of focus.

With 360,000 photos at your disposal, you’ll also have plenty of options to sort through!


While I love Pixabay for its quality, quantity, and diversity, Stocksnap offers up unique shots that are the perfect compliment to the types of blog posts we publish here on HackCollege.

The founders, Marc Chouinard and Christopher Gimmer, do a fantastic job of curating a selection of images that are all perfect. Obviously you’ll need the appropriate content to attach them to, but I often save images for rainy days when I might write about specific topics.

If you’re looking for the absolute best of the best attribution-free stock photos on the web, you have to visit Stocksnap!

Note: The featured image above is from Stocksnap.


One of the most important qualities in a good stock photo site is organization. Picjumbo does that better than Pixabay and Stocksnap in my opinion, with a great tag and category system that makes finding the perfect photo simple.

Much like Pixabay, it has a large selection yet keeps a high standard of quality to ensure every photo is one someone would want to use in their next project.

Specifically for designers, Picjumbo has a Photoshop plugin that allows users to search for images in the site’s database and instantly apply it to a project as a new layer. It’s a bit pricey at $11.99, but the convenience for someone who spends a lot of time in Photoshop makes it invaluable.


What site do you use for free stock photos? Are we missing out on a site that blows these out of the water? Let us know in the comments below!