About Stockvault.net

What it´s all about, and the people behind the site

Stockvault.net is a stock photo sharing website where photographers, designers and students can share their photographs, graphics and image files with each other for free.


Stockvault's sole purpose is to collect and archive medium and high resolution photographs that designers and students can share and use for their personal and non-commercial design work.

Since 2004 Stockvault.net has catered it's visitors with free imagery, "ready to use" web layouts and logos and helped those who don't have the means to turn to the royalty free agencies. We are in no way trying to compete with royalty free stock, but rather to fulfill the need for "somewhat" free stock imagery.

The People behind the site

The photographs and images are submitted by photographers and artists from around the globe. It's safe to say that stockvault.net would not be so successful if it wasn't for all the dedicated people who have submitted their work so generously throughout the years, without asking for anything in return.

Bjorgvin Gudmundsson

Bjorgvin Gudmundsson

Founder & Administrator

Bjorgvin is a graphic designer and photography enthusiast born in Iceland. He started Stockvault.net back in 2004 as his personal stock gallery, and has been constantly working on it ever since. For the past 10 years he's been working in the advertisement industry in both Denmark and Iceland. Today he runs his company Curly Eskimo for a living, and has never been more passionate about his job. In his free time, he enjoys playing his guitars, improving his photography skills and spending time with his fiancee and 3 year old son.

Eric Shafer

Eric Shafer

Blog author

Eric Shafer is a creative media enthusiast from Chicago, IL. He works frequently in the fields of graphic design, web design, web development, programming, audio, music and computer graphics. He is one of the founders of Presidia, an entrepreneurial team designed at empowering the creative media community. He is also one of the administration team members at CreativeFan.
Caleb Kimbrough

Caleb Kimbrough

Blog author

Caleb Kimbrough is a blogger and designer hailing from the heartland of USA. He runs Lostandtaken.com a blog focused on releasing the best free texture available. He also provides textures for numerous blogs, magazines, and other publications.

The History

Back in 2001 the graphic / new media designer and hobby photographer, Bjorgvin Gudmundsson, started a small online gallery with his own photographs under his personal site, www.b-man.dk

The main idea was to collect and provide these so called "stock photos" for designers and students to use in their artwork and "Photoshop battles(tennis)". This concept is still in use here at Stockvault.net, but the photo gallery and user base has just gotten a bit bigger.

In 2004 Bjorgvin registered the domain stockvault.net and moved the gallery of photos (not that many back then) to a brand new and automated image gallery software, as the old one was static and 100% manually updated.

During the next few years the gallery slowly kept growing and various photographers and designers started submitted their own images to the gallery. The site also went through a few re-designs, always improving and focusing on free designer- & webmaster resources.

Today Stockvault.net offers designers & photographers to sign up for free and upload their images via fully automated back-end, and to access it's advanced features.

For the past year, the site has served over 10.000 unique visitors on a daily basis with peeks of up to 50.000 visits on a single day.

This is the direction stockvault.net will be heading in the future. - More free stock photos for personal and educational use. - A lot of user submitted quality content.