Representation Matters: A Collection of Diverse Stock Image Resources

3 min readSep 12, 2020

This is by no means a comprehensive collection of diverse images. But, it’s a start and hopefully a good resource for people to remember when using photos in professional or personal posts. Representation matters. Help be a part of the change to make that happen.

One of the pieces of feedback I hear from people is that they don’t know where to find diverse images to use. Well, no more excuses. This blog post is a resource with lots of links to get you started.

Disclaimer 1: always check the resources for permissible usage for your needs.
Disclaimer 2: not all of these sites are free, check before using.

Note 1: I will update this blog post as I find new resources and have time.
[Last updated December 29, 2021.]
Note 2: Be sure to search within each site for diverse images, as many have large repositories of diverse photos in their collection.

Let all people see themselves in the careers they want to have!

▪ 500px

▪ AI Generated Photos

▪ Alamy Arab Photos
Note: The URL says “arab-men” but there are Arab women on that site.

▪ Alamy Non-Binary Photos

▪ AllGo — An App For Plus Size People

▪ Bantu Photos — Authentic African Photos

▪ Black Illustrations

▪ CanStock Photos Arabic

▪ Countries Stock Photos

▪ CreateHER Stock —
Your Destination for Authentic Stock Images Featuring Melanated Women

▪ Creative Commons

▪ Creative Market, Diversity Avatars

▪ Creative Market, Inclusive Icons

▪ Deposit Photos

▪ Disability Images

▪ Disability Inclusive Stock Photography

▪ Disabled and Here: Black, Indigenous, people of color

▪ Diversity Photos

▪ Envato Elements

▪ FreeImages

▪ Freepik

▪ Gender Spectrum Collection: Stock Photos Beyond the Binary

▪ Haute Stock

▪ ImageFinder
(contains some NSFW images)

▪ iStock by Getty Images — Diverse Families

▪ Iwaria — specializes in African imagery, which includes landscapes and cultures as well as people.

▪ The Jopwell Collection — Vol. 1:
Free Stock Images Of Our Community At Work

▪ Jopwell

▪ Jopwell Latinx Collection

▪Mocha Stock — quality images featuring people of color

▪ Muslim Girl Collection on Getty Images

▪ Nappy

▪ NativeStock Pictures — leading supplier of Indian Country images

▪ Noun Project Photos

▪ Pexels

▪ Pexels Latino Hispanic Photos


▪ Pixabay

▪ Pixerf — Asia’s Fastest-Growing Asian Stock Photo Site

▪ POC Stock

▪ Public Domain Pictures

▪ Raw Pixel

▪ SheBold Stock

▪ Shutterstock Hispanic Tech Images

▪ Slides Carnival

▪ Tetra Images

▪ TONL — Culturally Diverse Stock Photos

▪ UK Black Tech

▪ Unsplash

▪ Unsplash LGBTQ+

▪ Wikimedia Commons

▪ WOCinTech

“Plant the seed of possibility!” — Lupita Nyong’o

Source: Disabled And Here, Photo by Chona Kasinger




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