There are a lot of websites out there offering (free) stock photos. You can use them on your website, for your social media postings, your free ebooks etc.

If you’re looking for pictures of people, you’ll find that the people in these images are often cis-gendered, young, able-bodied, Caucasian and stereotypical. It’s a lot harder to find images that represent people in all their diversity.

I am all about inclusiveness, and that’s why I created this list of websites that DO offer stock photos of people in all their diversity: people of colour, people with disabilities, gender-non-conforming people, and people depicting relationships other than dad-works-mom-stays-at-home.

Free stock photos:

Women of Colour in Tech
The images are also available on Buffer’s social media image maker Pablo.

CreateHER Stock
“CreateHER Stock is your destination for images you can truly relate to. Curated for female bloggers, creatives, and online influencers of color.”

Picnoi
“We recognize that most other FREE stock image sites have very few or no images of people of color. We sought out to create a space where publishers, bloggers, website owners, marketers, designers, graphic artists, advertisers and the like can easily search and find diverse multi-racial images. The majority of people in the world are of color so there is no reason why stock imagery shouldn’t include them.”

Nappy
“Beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people. For free.”

 

Paid stock photos

Ethnicity

Aboriginal Stock Images
“A site dedicated to photos, videos and illustrations depicting the life of Aboriginal people in Canada.”

Arabian Eye collection
By phocal Media. They also have specific sets for different ethnicities (eg. African, Asian, Hispanic).

Asia Images
“Our premium Rights Managed collection featuring images of business, lifestyle, and travel destinations in Asia shot by some of the top photographers in the region.”

AsiaPix
“Our Royalty Free collection of contemporary business and lifestyle images, with and emphasis on Chinese culture and subjects.”

Blend Images
“Blend Images is the world’s leading multicultural commercial stock agency.”

Businesswoman collection
By Erickson Stock. Ethnically diverse business women.

Colourstock
“Colorstock is the first curated stock photo marketplace featuring people of color. All people of color.”

FotoArabia
“Royalty-free Middle Eastern & Arabic themed images.”

Diverse Stock Photos
“The stock photos for sale on this website offer a growing range of diverse bodies engaged in both everyday and extraordinary activities. ”

Hispanic or Latino?
Gallery by Masterfile.

International Women’s Day gallery
By Masterfile. “Celebrate the strength, resilience and power of women and girls from around the world.”

Inmagine
Type in a search word, and refine your search by ethnicity (Caucasian, African-American, Asian, Hispanic).

Kosher Stock
“Royalty-free stock images of the Jewish World!”

Lean In Collection on Getty Images and on iStock. This collection does not just contain people of colour. It’s “a library of thousands of creative images devoted to the powerful depiction of women and girls, families of all kinds, and men as caretakers as well as earners.”

Lensy Asia
“Lensy is a social photography marketplace that connects everyday photographers to photo buyers.”

Mosaic Stock
“Mosaic Stock’s commitment to diversity means that our catalog will continue to be updated with new photos of models in a wide range of ethnicities, body types, and ages.” Please note: “Mosaic Stock is a specialty site, and our images are intended exclusively for use on book covers and any related merchandise, advertisement, or media. Our licenses do not allow for use outside of those purposes.”

NativeStock Pictures
“The Leading Supplier of Indian Country Imagery”

Picture India
“Our specialized collection of Royalty Free images representing the essence of contemporary Indian lifestyle and business themes, while retaining the flavor of India’s rich cultural heritage.”

Salam Stock
“Digital Views of the Muslim Experience”

Stocksy
Stocksy has an ethnically diverse set of images and a great number of gender non-conforming images as well.

TONL
TONL seeks to transform the idea of stock photography by displaying images of diverse people and their stories around the world.

Weddings gallery
By Masterfile. Ethnically diverse wedding images.

Sexuality, gender, family

Colourbox
“Colourbox has images of same-sex couples of all ages, in all manner of everyday situations and special occasions. Boyfriends in the kitchen preparing dinner, proud fathers with their son, relaxed girlfriends enjoying a walk in the city, and brides posing for special wedding photographs.”

Genderblend Collection
Getty Images created this collection of images that “Genderblend”.

Hands-on dad
Gallery by Masterfile. “Celebrating the modern, hands-on dad. (…) Whether single parents, members of a traditional nuclear family or part of a same-sex relationship, Dads have been taking on bigger and bigger roles in the past decade.”

Inmagine
Large collection (I searched for LGBT) of people of different genders, sexual preferences, ages and ethnicities.

Lean In Collection on Getty Images and on iStock. This collection does not just contain people of colour. It’s “a library of thousands of creative images devoted to the powerful depiction of women and girls, families of all kinds, and men as caretakers as well as earners.”

LGBT collection
By Erickson Stock. Images of same-sex couples, mostly Caucasian.

Stocksy
Stocksy has an ethnically diverse set of images and a great number of gender non-conforming images as well.

Search results for the term LGBT: of course you can do your own search within the more general stock photo websites as well, by searching for words like gay, lesbian, black gay couple, black lesbian, transgender, homosexual couple etc. To make it easier for you, by simply clicking on the links hereafter you’ll be taken to the search results for the term LGBT on these websites: iStockPhotoInmagineGetty ImagesDreamstimeMasterfile.

Ability

Disability Images
This website has two main collections. “DisabilityImages.com creates and distributes royalty free stock photography of positive lifestyle, containing authentic people with real disabilities. (…) The General Lifestyle Collection specializes in real people and places with specific concentrations in Hispanic culture, seniors over 60, industry/technology, and the City of Boston.

Diverse Stock Photos
“The stock photos for sale on this website offer a growing range of diverse bodies engaged in both everyday and extraordinary activities. ”

PhotoAbility
“Stock Image Library featuring individuals with disabilities in Travel, Leisure and Lifestyle settings.

Age / Seniors:

Inmagine
Nice collection of ethnically diverse seniors.

Seniors Collection
By Erickson Stock.

Search and refine by age:
Here are some sites that allow you to further refine your search results by age: StocksyGetty Images, Dreamstime (via advanced search).