Best Stock Photo Sites (Updated for 2019)

By: jwilde

stock photography websites

Searching for stock photography websites is a pain, but it is part of doing business. If you run a website, blog or social media channel, you need high quality photos (and no lawsuits due to copyright infringement).

Which sites are the best stock photo sites? That depends on what your needs are.

The main questions I have when evaluating these stock photography websites are:

  • Do they have a good variety of photos for your niche?
  • Are they easy to find (I've found the answer is no! Time is MONEY.)?
  • Is the licensing easy to understand?
  • Is the cost reasonable for your purposes?

Here is the list of stock photography websites with my initial notes. Last updated 5-6-2019.

Stock Photo Sites

Here is the list of stock photography sites and a bit of information about each one. This is where to buy stock photos.

Adobe Stock

One of the most recognizable brands in the image world.


"Over 100 million real-world images by 20 million creators."

Four plans, with the simplist being $20 per photo.


"Explore over 247 million royalty-free images, stock footage clips, and music tracks." -shutterstock


Owned by Getty Images.


"We add carefully crafted media packs EVERY 30 DAYS. We top your library off so you can stay creating. We’ve done this 150 times already, so you have +3,500 PHOTOS once you subscribe. Dive in & shine on!"

This photo site has a different model. It’s not for me, but maybe it works for you, if you're not looking for specific type of photo and have no deadline.


Getty Images


"Photos & vectors of any size, within your monthly limit."

Lowest cost plan for individual is 75 images per month at $69.

Free Stock Photos

Here is a list of where to get stock photos for free. Most offer free images for commercial use.



"All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible."

Negative Space

"At NegativeSpace, it’s our goal to simplify the process of sharing and finding beautiful, high-resolution images. Because of this, all the photographs (and their raw image files) are made available under the Creative Commons CC0 license."


"All photos on Pexels are free for personal and commercial purposes."


"Free stock photos for websites and commercial use."


"Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes." -Pixabay

Over 1 million+ high quality stock images and videos to use for your website.

Based in Germany.


"Every single image on StockSnap are governed exclusively by the generous terms of the Creative Commons CC0 license."


"Handpicked, non-stocky images. All photos published on Reshot are free to use, both for commercial and noncommercial purposes."

Creative Commons Search

"CC Search is a tool that allows openly licensed and public domain works to be discovered and used by everyone. Creative Commons, the nonprofit behind CC Search, is the maker of the CC licenses, used over 1.4 billion times to help creators share knowledge and creativity online."

My initial testing of this search engine turned up mostly unprofessional photos. However, this site has a very important mission and is worthy of following. You also need to clearly understand all the CC licenses before using any image.

"Creative Commons is a global nonprofit organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools. Our legal tools help those who want to encourage reuse of their works by offering them for use under generous, standardized terms; those who want to make creative uses of works; and those who want to benefit from this symbiosis. Our vision is to help others realize the full potential of the internet."

Read the Creative Commons FAQ

Creative Commons Search Tool


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Best Stock Photo Sites (Updated for 2019)

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