StockPhotos.io is a high quality, high resolution public domain and Creative Commons licensed professional free stock photos sharing community. Currently we have around 27,000 images.

All photos displayed in this site are allowed to make commercial use of the work as long as you give proper credits to the authors. Please visit FAQ page about image acceptance criteria and more.

Why Stock Photos?

My name is David Choi and I am a full time web designer and developer based in New York City making a living from this ever-changing Internet era.I need images all the time for website contents and web designs, so I created this site actually more to scratch my own itches:

Packaging and Distribution
  • I wanted to include the images with my products for distribution without worrying about the license restrictions.
  • Paid stock photo images are too expensive in most cases, specially for extended license for redistribution which can drive the cost up from $50 to hundreds of dollars per image (yes, that’s PER image!).
  • Proprietary images are not suitable for free services, like creating free website themes.
Save Time and Energy
  • There are plenty of professional high quality free images scattered across the Internet, but they are just time consuming and hard to find, let alone trying to find the ones for commercial use.
  • Although some search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Flickr do provide free image search query feature, it’s still a chore to pick the good ones among plethora of search results.
  • Got tired of misleading “Free Stock Photos” sites.
Needed a Central Bookmarking System That…
  • Allows to manage all my favorite images on the Net when they are discovered, so I can find them instantly when needed. It should also help me to trace back to the original author for attribution. By the way, the original author of the background Eiffel Tower image used on this site is ZeroDesign :).
  • Uses infinite scroll fluid masonry layout for smooth and fast browsing.
  • Has community feature to allow anybody to join to bookmark and share their own favorite images organized into categories.

I hope this site will scratch your itches too! By the way, if you have any suggestions on how this website could be more useful, please let me know! Thank you.

May 5th, 2013