The best stock photo libraries

A screenshot from Shutterstock, one of the best stock photo libraries
(Image credit: Shutterstock)

The best stock photo libraries are a great resource for designers who need images to incorporate into their work. Whether you're looking for generic imagery to convey a particular situation or emotion or photos of a specific place or object, there's a decent chance that you'll be able to find what you need.

Of course, there are many situations where bespoke imagery is by far the most desirable option, but if the client doesn't have the budget for photography, or taking original images isn't practical, stock photography websites could help you out. Online stock image sites have multiplied over the years and there are now a lot of options with very different pricing structures, from the best free stock photo libraries to huge premium image banks.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.