Web design that stands out depends much on good photos, graphics, video and illustrations. They give it the real ‘pop’ that consumers expect out of leading brands today. We know they’re not so easy to come by, so we figure we’d put a list of our favorite stock photo resources together to make it easy for you.

Unsplash

Great, free hi-res photos of nature and sceneries. 10 new photos every 10 days from different creatives.

unsplash.com

Stocksnap.io

Loads and loads of sceneries and cities on this searchable site.

stocksnap.io

Picjumbo

A variety of exclusive photos from many different fields and contexts – from only one contributing photographer. Talented Romanian Viktor Hanacek offers both free and premium content.

picjumbo.com

Pexels

Pexels provides high quality and free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All photos are tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through discover pages.

pexels.com

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Pixambo

Free high quality photos for commercial & personal use.

pixambo.com

StartUp Stock Photos

Startup Stock Photos was started as an outlet for photos the founders were already taking regurlarly. They later found people and organizations all over the world used these photos to promote their own projects. Browse through photos, no search.

startupstockphotos.com

Raumrot

Free hand-picked photography sorted in categories. There are also special sets of photos, like “Berlin”, “Sport”, “Mountainview” and “Live on stage”.

raumrot.com

FoodiesFeed

Enough with the sceneries, as the name suggests, this site provides food photos! Free photos for your site or just to inspire dinner plans.

foodiesfeed.com

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KaboomPics

New photos everyday. Search or use tags or categories to navigate.

kaboompics.com

Oliour Photos

Free stock photos from Oliur Rahman.

photos.oliur.com

High Resolution

Photo stream with curated talented and award-winning photographers.

highresolution.photography

FreePik

Free photos with Creative Commons license.

freepik.com/popular-photos

WOCinetech

A Flickr set of photos with woman in tech. Even though it’s 2016, there is a gap in many stock photo sets when it comes to this scope.

flickr.com/photos/wocintechchat

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IMCreator

A curated collection of free resources, all for commercial use.

imcreator.com/free

Minimography

Royalty-free minimalist photos.

minimography.com

Flickr Creative Commons

All Creative Commons licensed photos from the Flickr service.

flickr.com/creativecommons

MyPhotoPack

A new, free photo pack every month.

myphotopack.com

Jay Mantri

Free pics. Do anything. Make Magic.

jaymantri.com

Gratisography

Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects

gratisography.com

The Pattern Library

Patterns shared by the most talented designers out there for you to use freely in your designs.

thepatternlibrary.com

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Premium Stock Photo Resources

If you are willing to pay a little or more for your photos there are huge collections to choose from. Upsides of paying is a greater variety to choose from, supporting the artists of course, but you might also be interested in the partial or complete exclusivity. That is to say, it’s less likely that someone else is using the same photos as you on their site if you pay for it.

Stocksy

Exclusive hand selected for quality (but rather expensive).

stocksy.com

iStock

iStock is a Getty images collection of photos, illustrations and video.

istockphoto.com

Adobe Stock

Adobe recently expanded their stock photo services.

stock.adobe.com

Shutterstock

Shutterstock is a great collection of commercial photos, illustrations and video.

shutterstock.com

BigStock Photo

BigStock and Shutterstock are the same collections actually. 41 million resources.

bigstockphoto.com

Death to the Stock Photo

A photo and inspiration haven for creatives. New sets every month, all with less of the traditional stock photo touch to them. Mostly premium but there are also free photos.
deathtothestockphoto.com

Unstock Envato

Unstock strive to provide more unique, authentic photos. Less stock photo looking, that is.

unstock.envato.com

License

Many of the collections of photos linked to here are under CC, Creative Commons license. Read more about CC and be sure to double check that you have the right to use the photos in the way you intend.