10 Best free stock photo websites for designer and business

If you've ever tried searching for free stock photos on the Internet, you probably know what a ridiculous hassle it can be.
As a general rule, free stock photos are extremely difficult to find. A huge portion of the stock photo market is owned by professional companies like Shutterstock and 123RF, who charge $20 or more for a single photo. Even when you can find free stock photos, most are low resolution, watermarked, blurry and, at best, uninspired.
Lucky for you, there are a few ways to access high-quality stock photos without any hassle or significant cost.
Here's a lovingly curated list of the world's best free stock photo websites for designers, business owners and anyone else:

1. Unsplash

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Unsplash adds 10 new royalty-free photos every 10 days and they're almost always of breathtakingly attractive beautiful landscapes. Just scroll down the home page to see foggy rivers, faraway mountain ranges or even battered signs in all their high-resolution glory.

Searchable? No 
Attribution required? Yes 

2. Superfamous

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Dutch artist Folkert Gorter and his graphic-design peers at SuperFamouscurate this collection of incredibly high-resolution images, perfect for use in website design or as desktop backgrounds.
Searchable? No 
Attribution required? Yes 

3. Picjumbo

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Picjumbo is a personal favorite of mine due to its easy navigation and extremely high-resolution photos (with no attribution required). This site also happens to sport a great collection of food shots, so if you're running a restaurant or nutrition-themed startup, you might find it worth your while to take a browse.
Searchable? Yes 
Attribution required? No, for almost all images  

4. Pixabay

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Pixabay is a web designer's dream. Not only does this site offer an easy-to-use search feature, the images are absolutely brilliant. And most don't require any attribution at all.
Searchable? Yes 
Attribution required? No, for almost all images 

5. IM Free

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IM Creator, which also offers an online website building tool, put together this small library of premium-quality free photos. Attribution is required but it's well worth it: These pictures are of the same, if not better, quality as those of paid sites.
Searchable? Yes 
Attribution required? Yes 

6. Gratisography

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Gratisography's collection is, in a word, incredible. Built by the talented Ryan McGuire, an artist and web designer, this site features some of the most evocative images on the web and they requires no attribution whatsoever.
Searchable? No 
Attribution required? No   

7. MorgueFile

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One of the simplest sites on this list,MorgueFile has a streamlined layout and carefully curated list of photos. Its selection isn't as large as that of some of the other sites on this list, but the photos included cover a wide range of topics. You can find images of everything from wildlife to antiques.
Searchable? No 
Attribution required? No

8. FreeImages

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One of the most exhaustive directories of open-source images,FreeImages is my go-to resource when I'm working on new web projects. While most stock-photo sites focus on a small niche (usually landscape photography), FreeImages offers thousands of pictures from a diverse set of categories. Most important, it's searchable, which is an incredible time-saver when you're working on a project.
Searchable? No 
Attribution required? Sometimes 

9. Little Visuals

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LittleVisuals is a unique site, run according to more of small-scale, handpicked approach than most stock-photo sites. Sign up for its email list and you'll receive seven high-resolution pictures via a zip file every week.
Searchable? No 
Attribution required? No  

10. New Old Stock

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New Old Stock is a collection of antique photos, many taken by government agencies or discovered in estate sales. You can scroll for hours without growing bored.
Searchable? No 
Attribution required? No 

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