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10 Best Stock Photo Sites


Since everything from sermon slides to blog posts and more are image-driven, the search for great stock photos happens frequently. Avoiding copyright issues makes subscribing to one of the many stock photo sites a wise choice. To help make your search for the perfect image a bit easier, we’ve compiled a list of stock photo sites that offer excellent options.

Here are 10 of the best stock photo sites (plus five options for free stock photos): 

#1 – Adobe Stock
#2 – Canva Pro
#3 – DepositPhotos
#4 – iStock
#5 – ShareFaith
#6 – Shutterstock
#7 – SparrowStock
#8 – LightStock
#9 – PhotoCase
#10 – StockUnlimited

#1 – Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock is powered by a world-class community of creative professionals.  With their artist contributors adding new assets daily, you have access to a large collection of unique and diverse content. 

  • Cancel anytime
  • Additional standard assets at $9.99 each 
  • Rollover up to 36 standard assets with plan renewal 
  • Includes access to standard images, templates, 3D and music tracks 

Cost: Subscriptions start at $29.99 a month for 3 standard assets. Additional savings are available for annual memberships.

#2 – Canva Pro 

Canva makes designs simple and fun. You can create stunning designs with your photos and videos, even if you are not a design expert. It offers unlimited access to millions of high-quality photos, icons, and illustrations with Images Pro. 

  • 60M+ premium stock images, photos, videos, and graphics
  • Resize images with the click of a button
  • Add text and easily edit pictures
  • 450K+ premium templates
  • 3000+ fonts 

Cost: $9.95 a month or $199.40 a year when billed annually 

#3 – DepositPhotos 

With over 181 million files in the DepositPhoto library, you are guaranteed to find what you need. This stock photo site offers high-quality, royalty-free stock images, high-definition footage, and thematic collections for all of your creative projects.  

  • Unused downloads transfer to the next month
  • Additional images are $1 each
  • Print or digital use
  • Life-long rights to use images
  • Printing Rights up to 500,000 copies 

Cost:  Subscriptions start at 30 images a month for $29 or $0.97 an image. Discount offered for annual subscriptions. 

#4 – iStock

iStock offers authentic content from over 160K artists worldwide. You can find images at any size for the same low price. 

  • Lowest prices on images 
  • Standard license 
  • Boards to organize and share files
  • Access to iStock Editor 

Cost: Basic Subscription starts at $40 a month for 10 images from the essentials collection. Discount offered for annual subscriptions. 

#5 – ShareFaith 

Enjoy the largest collection of church graphics and creative church resources. ShareFaith’s church graphics bundle features the best in church PowerPoints, bulletins, flyers, newsletters, stunning worship graphics, loops, and mini-movies. All church graphics are available in 4K (UHD), SD, and Photoshop, downloadable in a variety of formats. 

  • $500 worth of content 
  • 90,000 Unlimited Church Graphics 
  • 7-Day Free Trial Available 

Cost: Media plan starts at $25 a month when billed annually or $30 for a month-to-month plan. 

#6 – ShutterStock 

ShutterStock has over 1.7 million new images, videos, and music tracks that are uploaded weekly. This worry-free licensing keeps you legally protected and free from copyright issues. They offer round-the-clock support in over 20 languages. 

  • Standard License
  • Coverage for 1 user 
  • Auto-Renewal with an easy opt-out
  • Includes Editor Pro

Cost: Month-to-month subscriptions start at $49 for 10 images. Discounts are offered for annual subscriptions. 

#7 – Sparrowstock 

SparrowStock was created by Christian artists and storytellers to offer everything you could want from a stock photography site. It offers easy access to a commitment-free library of high-quality images without any complicated pricing tiers or credits.

  • New content constantly being added
  • Access to 1000’s of Royalty-Free Christain Photos
  • Full License

Cost: Month-to-month subscription option available for $29 a month and annual subscription available for $149. 

#8 – LightStock

Lightstock is a two-sided marketplace that collects, curates, and licenses stock content to the faith-based community. It is available in both a pay-as-you-go option and as an annual subscription. Photos, vectors, slides, social graphics, digital prints, flyers, connection cards, and postcards are all available for 1 credit and the credits never expire. 

  • All sizes cost the same
  • Access to social graphics library with an annual subscription 
  • No commitments
  • Re-download forever

Cost: Pay-as-you-go credits begin at $12 for 1 credit. Prices decrease as credit purchases increase. An annual subscription is half the cost of the pay-as-you-go option. 

#9 – Photocase

Photocase offers royalty-free stock images that show real people with real emotions. The pictures offer an authentic style and local content. The uncomplicated search option allows you to find exactly what you are looking for. 

  • Upload purchased images to social media without extra license
  • Images can be used simultaneously by several colleagues
  • Transfer of image license to customers is permitted
  • Images can be cleared for sensitive topics such as religion, politics, pharmaceuticals, and illness on special request

Cost: Images can be purchased based on credits starting with 5 credits for $14. Credit bundles offer additional savings with discounts starting at 20% off. 

#10 – StockUnlimited 

StockUnlimited is a subscription-based website that offers subscribers unlimited downloads of stock graphics, stock images, icons, buttons, backgrounds, textures, and much more. There are thousands of new and fresh files every week to ensure the most up-to-date content. 

  • Unlimited Downloads
  • 1 Million+ premium assets
  • Includes images, audio, fonts, and templates
  • 7-Day money back guaranteed

Cost: Unlimited download subscriptions are $19 a month. Annual Subscription offers huge savings at $79 s month.

Free Stock Photo Sites 

There are many great options for finding free photos. When considering this option, remember that they are free for everyone.  It is possible you will see your graphics in other advertising because everyone has access to them. 

#1 – Freelyphotos 

Freely is a high-quality Christian stock photography site that collects and curates the best images for churches, bloggers, and Christian creatives. Photographers from around the world donate their images and talent. 

  • Ability to browse collections
  • Search bar to easily find content 

#2 – Pexels

Pexels is a free photo-sharing site that offers users access to 1,000 of photos. With collections categorized in ways from tones and feelings to plants and travel, it is fun to explore as you find the right creative for your needs. Pexels allows you to be as creative as you want by offering you the ability to modify the photos and videos used from their site. 

  • Fully curated collections
  • Access to videos 
  • Attribution is not required but appreciated

#3 – PikWizard

PikWizard offers free stock photos in a wide variety of subjects.  You will find lots of images of people looking natural and in their own environments. PikWiard has photos that are listed under two license categories and neither require credit to the photographer. 

  • Access to over 1 million stock images and videos
  • Safe for commercial use 
  • Online photo editor available  

#4 – Pixabay

Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives who share copyright-free images and videos. All content is realized under the Pixabay License, which makes it safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist. On their site, you will find photos, illustrations, vectors, videos, and music that can all be shared at no cost to you. 

  • Access to over 1.8 million high-quality stock images and videos 
  • Search functionality 
  • Mobile options available

#5 – Unsplash

Unsplash offers over 2 million free high-resolution images that are gifted by a generous community of over 211,166 photographers. The Unsplash license, which makes them free to do whatever you want with them. The search button allows easy exploration of popular photo categories. 

  • Access to over a million photos under 
  • Collection tabs allow for fun exploration

Check out other graphics resources:

6 Simple Online Visual Graphics Software Tools

6 Custom Church Graphics Options

Canva for Church Graphics [Free ebook]

Sermon Graphics for all 66 Books of the Bible

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