Looking back on the year 2016 all I can say it was a busy year, working on the new design and launching it in November. The blog also got a face lift although I’m always tweaking it with small changes. It’s always fun to look back and see what images are the most popular stock photos on the site, what categories are most viewed and what search terms are the most popular.

Although we don’t have the exact downloads per year, we get a pretty good idea from our traffic logs what pages are the most popular. Many of the top stock photos are featured in Photoshop/Illustrator tutorials from popular websites and that explains why they are downloaded and viewed so often. Our lovely users add thousands of really great photos each year and last year we have indexed over 28.000 public domain images from various CC0 sources and will continue to add more this year.

It’s time to crunch the numbers and list the most popular stock photos and categories of the year. With over 10 million pageviews side-wide in 2016, this is our most viewed content:

Most Popular Categories of 2016

  1. Free People Stock Photos / 77.117 pageviews.
  2. Free Graphics / 44.508 pageviews.
  3. Free Nature Stock Photos / 41.407 pageviews.
  4. Free Textures / 34.966 pageviews.
  5. Free 3D Renders / 33.643 pageviews.
20th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 6.458 Pageviews

Old Page by 2happy

Free Old Page Texture

19th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 6.466 Pageviews

Smoke by Bjorgvin Gudmundsson

Free Smoke Stock Photo

18th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 6.958 Pageviews

Happy Birthday by Mark Manalaysay

Free Happy Birthday Stock Photo

17th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 7.059 Pageviews

Concrete Texture by homero chapa

Free Concrete Texture

16th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 7.302 Pageviews

Vintage Paper by Nicolas Raymond

Free Vintage Paper Texture

15th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 7.882 Pageviews

Law by Geoffrey Whiteway

Free Law Stock Photo

14th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 8.028 Pageviews

Metal plate by Merelize

Free Metal plate Texture

13th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 8.815 Pageviews

Polaroid by Janaka Dharmasena

Free Polaroid Stock Photo

12th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 8.976 Pageviews

Glue Stained Paper Texture by Nicolas Raymond

Free Glue Stained Paper Texture

11th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 9.631 Pageviews

I Love You by basem

Free I Love You Stock Photo

10th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 12.417 Pageviews

Aaron – Ford by Gavin Firkser

Free Aaron - Ford Stock Photo

9th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 12.417 Pageviews

Sea by Boris A Nesterov

Free Sea Stock Photo

8th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 12.676 Pageviews

Grungy Vintage Paper by Nicolas Raymond

Free Grungy Vintage Paper Texture

7th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 13.252 Pageviews

Grunge background by 2happy

Free Grunge background Texture

6th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 15.977 Pageviews

Flower – Roses by Nirodha Abeywardana

Free Flower - Roses Stock Photo

5th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 16.235 Pageviews

Wood Background by 2happy

Free Wood Background Texture

4th. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 19.100 Pageviews

Eid Mubarak Greeting Card by ANTONIUS ANDRY DJUMANTARA

Free Eid Mubarak Greeting Card Stock Photo

3rd. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 20.343 Pageviews

Grunge Background by 2happy

Free Grunge Background Texture

2nd. Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 20.618 Pageviews

Pink Tablecloth Seamless Fabric Texture by Merelize

Free Pink Tablecloth Seamless Fabric Texture

Most Popular Stock Photo of 2016 / 26.001 Pageviews

Red and White Tablecloth by Merelize

Free Red and White Tablecloth Texture

Congratulation to Merelize with 4 stock photos on the top 20 list and for owning both 1st. and 2nd. place this year.

An honorary mention goes out to Nicolas Raymond and 2happy for having 4 photos each in the top 20. 2016 was definitely the year of the texture for us with 13 images out of top 20 being free textures and background images.

And finally we have the 10 most popular keywords that visitors searched for in 2016.

  1. Business
  2. Woman
  3. Food
  4. Christmas
  5. Family
  6. Wedding
  7. Computer
  8. Nature
  9. Beach
  10. Love
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