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SALLIE - Stanford ALL-Image Exchange

SALLIE is available for use by any school, department, or organization with a direct Stanford University affiliation to manage digital assets for communications purposes related to University business. (It is not intended for research, academic, or other types of digital assets. SALLIE is not available for personal use by individuals.)

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Stock photo websites

Here is list of our most frequently searched and utilized photo sites.

We recommend that you include credits wherever possible out of appreciation for the photographer's work, even for free images with licenses that don't require attribution.

Places and things

Site Quality Cost ($–$$$) Notes
Unsplash ★★★★★ Free

A great place to start your photo search for more general topics (ex. nature, tech)

Pixabay ★★★ Free

Solid, free options for general topics, but can veer towards feeling "stocky"

Pexels ★★★ Free

Solid, free options for general topics, but can veer towards feeling "stocky"

Shutterstock ★★★ $ (monthly subscription)

Many options that should suit your needs, but can err on the "stocky" side

Adobe Stock ★★★ $ (monthly subscription)

Many options that should suit your needs, but can err on the "stocky" side

iStock ★★★★ $$ (monthly subscription or credit packs)

A reliable source of vector illustrations

Reuters Pictures ★★★★ $$ (~$50/image)

The billing system isn't the most convenient, but the photos are good if you need a more editorial image.

Stocksy ★★★★★ $$  ($75/image)

Beautiful photos that lean abstract ("art forward," as they call it)

ScienceSource ★★★ $$$ (~$125/image)

Expensive, but good if you are looking for specialized technological or scientific imagery. Can look "stocky," though.

People

Site Quality Cost ($–$$$) Notes
The Gender Spectrum Collection by Broadly ★★★★★ Free

"A stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés."

nappy ★★★★★ Free

"Beautiful photos of Black and Brown people, for free."

TONL ★★★★★ $ ($25/image)

"Find culturally diverse stock photos that represent the true world we live in. Creating an inclusive culture takes both commitment and action."

POC Stock ★★★★ $$ ($75/image, subscriptions also available)
  • "The main focus, or the majority of the models in the photo must be person(s) of color from Black, Asian, Native/Indigenous racial groups, and Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern cultural groups

  • Cannot contain logos, branding, company names, or product/brand names

  • No excessive editing or retouching"

More resources

Looking to go deeper into the stock imagery rabbit hole? Here are some resources that you can wade through when you have the time: