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The Best Photo Sharing Sites

posted by Natasha Stokes on August 11, 2014 in Cameras and Photography, Photo / Video Sharing, Guides & Reviews :: 30 comments

Digital cameras and smartphones mean that most of us have a ton of photos scattered everywhere from phones and computer hard drives to Facebook and Instagram profiles.

But what happens when you switch phones, upgrade computers, or simply want to search all your photos at once?

Uploading pictures to a photo sharing site is a simple way to answer all those questions—and the services offer lots of other benefits, as well. You can organize large photo collections, make it easier for friends and family to contribute to shared albums and ensure your pictures stay with you no matter what device they came from.

There are four main criteria to think about when picking the best site for your needs:

1. Cost of storage. First you need to figure out how much memory you’ll need. This is largely determined by where are most of your pictures come from. Smartphone photos can range from 500KB to 2MB in size, while photos from point-and-shoot cameras are usually 1-5MB, depending on the megapixel-count of the camera. Choose lower storage limits at first; you can always pay for more when you need it.

2. Automatic photo sync. If you take a lot of photos, a service that syncs images automatically via a smartphone app or folder on your desktop can take the hassle out of backing up.

3. Privacy.  Do you want complete control over who can see your pictures? Family albums, for instance, might benefit from a site that keep albums password protected.

4. Full-size upload and download. If you want to back up a collection or print your photos, find a service that allows full-resolution uploads and downloads. Some services downsize photos for quicker uploads.

Below are our favorite sites and their best features. Let us know what you think – and what you use – in the comments.

Photobucket: Great for editing


If your smartphone doesn't offer much in the way of touch-up tools – or if you're transferring pics from a digital camera – you may want to check out photo services with basic editing tools built in. Stalwart photo-sharing site Photobucket offers an intuitive image editor with simple features, such as red-eye removal, sharpening and cropping. You can also add splashes of color to a black and white photo, try out vintage-style filters and draw or write on pictures.

You can upload photos from Facebook, your computer, or other websites. You can also create shared albums where friends can contribute photos, video and text of their own. Albums can be posted to Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Photobucket has a large community of users who post pictures to a public photo feed with tons of interest tags and trending topics, so it's also a good option if you want your albums to reach more than friends and family.

The site also has its own photo-printing service to reproduce images for framed prints, canvas wraps, photo books and even blankets and shower curtains.

Cost of storage: 2GB free, with an additional 8GB if you use the Photobucket app; prices range from 20GB for $2.99/month ($29.99/year) up to 500GB for $39.99/month ($399.99 a year)
Automatic photo sync? Yes, with desktop computer and iPhone/Android apps
Do you need an account to view photos? No
Privacy control: You can add a password to albums or choose to make them visible only to you
Full-size uploads/downloads? Yes

Flickr: Great for large photo collections


The grandaddy of photo-sharing sites, Flickr offers 1TB of storage for free (which can hold some 2 million photos) with no limit on picture resolution. Users can also upload 1080p high-definition video clips up to three minutes long.

Users can organize pictures into collections and sub-collections, with options to tag keywords and people either individually or in batches of photos. You can search your library by keyword or people tags and sort by dates that pictures were posted or taken—a godsend when a lifetime's worth of photos starts to stack up.

Flickr displays photos in a minimalist grid with a slideshow option. The site also offers the same beginner-friendly image editor as Photobucket, with Instagram-style color filters, cutesy effects like frames and stickers and basic editing tools, such as contrast, saturation and focus tweaks.

You can upload photos via email, the website, or directly from the Flickr smartphone app and share albums on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter. Avid photographers will have a huge audience in the Flickr community, who post 3000 photos are posted every minute on average.

Cost of storage: Free, with 1TB of storage and displayed ads; $49.99 a year for ad-free version
Automatic photo sync? Yes, through the Flickr smartphone app for iPhone and Android
Do you need an account to view photos? No
Privacy control: You can choose the audience for every photo as friends, family, public or only you (adding contacts allows you to set them as friends or family)
Full-size uploads/downloads? Yes

Yogile: Great for collaborative sharing


If you're hosting an event where many people will be taking photos, such as a wedding, Yogile is a simple way to create a shared gallery where everyone can upload their photos, without the need to sign up for an account. Once you create the gallery, attendees have two upload options: Upload images directly to a custom URL or reply to a Yogile-generated email with photos attached. You are given a link where attendees can go to upload or email their own photos.

This no-frills service has no editing options except for changing captions and photographer credits. You can sort photos by date or by contributor and anyone with access to the album can download full-size images. A slideshow option is a neat way to watch the story of the event unfold, as each photographer's pictures intermix into the correct chronological order.

Cost of storage: $44.95 per year for unlimited uploads; free for 100MB worth of uploads a month, but albums automatically delete after 14 days
Automatic photo sync? No
Do you need an account to view photos? No
Privacy control: You can add a password to your gallery.
Full-size uploads/downloads? Yes

500px: Great for discovery


This sleekly designed site is all about its striking photography. You’ll find no family pics or collections of vacation snaps on 500px; instead there are highly edited shots of landscapes, animals and beautiful people, displayed in a minimal, endlessly-flowing grid.

You can upload pictures from your computer or import them from Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram and more. You can add keyword tags to make your photos easier to find.

Once you pick a couple categories you're interested in, say People or Macro, 500px will try to match you with other users whose taste matches yours. When you start following particular categories and photographers, your homepage (called “Flow”) will display pictures that your contacts have liked or commented on. You can also browse through dozens of themes, including Abstract, Street, or Journalism.

For pro users, premium accounts come with a portfolio website. 500px also offers the chance to buy – or sell – photos as wall art or stock photography.

Cost of storage: Free for 20 uploads a week; plans from $2.08/month allow unlimited uploads and ability to organize photos into sets
Automatic photo sync? No
Do you need an account to view photos? No
Privacy control: You can upload pictures privately so that only you see them; otherwise they are publicly visible by default.
Full-size uploads/downloads? Yes 

Shutterfly: Great for photo products


Shutterfly offers a creative range of photo gifts, including metal prints, wooden wall art and battery cases for smartphones. There's also the usual lineup of personalized stationary, crockery, blankets and cushions, as well as kiddy-oriented products like lunch bags, puzzles and books customized with your little one's face throughout their pages.

Even if you don't purchase any photo prints, Shutterfly is a good option for collating your photo collection online, as it offers unlimited storage with no restrictions on the size of photos uploaded and the ability to import pictures directly from Facebook, Instagram, iPhoto, Google+ Photos and Adobe Photoshop. You can also send pictures through iPad, iPhone or Android apps.

Once pictures are uploaded, you can send a link to the gallery via email or Facebook for friends to view. Anyone who can view your album can also order prints of the pictures in it. For collaborative albums, you can create a “Share” micro-site for group members to upload photos and share calendars, messages and polls. 

Cost of storage: Free, with unlimited storage; signing up gets you 50 free prints
Automatic sync? No
Do you need an account to view photos? No
Privacy control: Albums are private by default and Share sites are limited to their members.
Full-size uploads/downloads? Yes

ThisLife: Great for collating diverse sets of photos


If your pictures are scattered throughout the Internet, photo aggregator ThisLife can import and organize them. The service links with Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, Picasa and SmugMug to pull in all your photos and sort them by date and place. You can upload full resolution pictures directly from your computer and premium accounts support high-definition video, as well.

Photos are privately displayed in a timeline and can be further organized by category and people tags. You can also search by information in the image metadata (the camera used to snap the photo), its original source and the keywords associated with it (Instagram hashtags).

You can also organize pics into 'Story' galleries that you can then share via email. Since the service is owned by Shutterfly, you can also create prints and other photo gifts of your pictures.

Cost of storage: Free up to 2,500 photos; $59/year for 25,000 photos; $139/year for 100,000 photos
Automatic photo sync? Yes, through a desktop folder or the Instagram app
Do you need an account to view photos? No
Privacy control: Only friends with the link to the gallery can view it; however there's no password protection
Full-size uploads/downloads? Yes

Google+ Photos: Great for slideshows

Google+ Photos

A lot of photo-sharing sites offer a slideshow feature, but Google+ Photos throws in some unique auto-create options for photos taken with an iPhone or Android phone.

If you turn on auto back up and location history in the Google+ app, Google will collate a “Story” slideshow based on pictures snapped while you're away from your usual haunts—that is, when it thinks you're on vacation.

If you take a set of similar photos—say, on burst mode—the Auto Awesome feature turns the images into a mini-animation, viewable from the website or app. If you're on an Android phone (OS version 4.3 or newer), there's an additional Movie feature that can stitch together a movie from photos and videos you select.

You can also upload photos from your smartphone or computer and manually create albums. Photos can be as public or private as you want; users of the Google+ social network can set which Circles can view the photos, or simply email friends a link to the gallery. The photo viewer offers sharing and editing options, as well as a slideshow view.

Cost of storage: Free for unlimited photos at Google's downsized 'standard' size, which is sufficient for web sharing, or 15GB of full-size pictures (storage shared with Google Drive and Gmail accounts); from $1.99/month for 100GB, up to $299.99/month for 30TB
Automatic photo sync? Yes, option to sync to a private album via a desktop folder and iPhone/Android apps
Do you need an account to view photos? No
Privacy control: You can set the audience for the photo album and prevent others from sharing the album.
Full-size uploads/downloads? Yes, but full-resolution photos count against storage limit  

Zenfolio: Great for professionals


Built to host portfolios rather than photo feeds, Zenfolio offers sleek homepage layouts to show off your best images and a blog where you can easily upload photos and videos as you go.

There’s no limit on the size or number of photos you can upload, so it’s a good tool to store ultra-high resolution images taken with a DSLR.

You can sort photos into galleries that have searchable descriptions and category and keyword tags. Photos can be viewed in an elegant slideshow, in which you control the background music and for the player’s speed and transitions.

Zenfolio supports plug-ins to transfer pictures from professional photo-management software, such as Adobe Lightroom and Aperture. For pros who want to sell their prints, there's the option to build in a shopping cart, as well guestbook and contact pages.

Cost of storage: $30/year for 2GB of storage, plus an additional 1GB for every year you hold an account; $60/year for unlimited storage; from $140/year to add selling features
Automatic photo sync? No
Do you need an account to view photos? No
Privacy control: You can add a password to a gallery to keep it private
Full-size uploads/downloads? Yes

Facebook: Great for social sharing

Facebook photos

If you simply want your photos stored where it's easy for friends to see them and share them with other friends, then Facebook might the best place to upload your camera work. You get unlimited uploads, a high likelihood that the person you want to tag is also on the network (something that the fuller-featured, lesser-used Google+ cannot claim) and a simple interface for liking and commenting on photos.

You can send individual pictures by private message, or share a particular photo publicly on a friend's wall. Each album also has the option to be turned into a shared album, allowing multiple friends to add to the gallery.

The downside, as with all things Facebook, is that it isn't possible to be truly private. Even if your album visibility is set to friends-only, photos tagged with friends' names are still viewable to all their friends (unless they've set their privacy so that no one can see their photos), which could be a turnoff if you're looking to share family albums.

Uploaded photos are limited to 2048 pixels wide, so high-resolution pictures off a camera will be downsized and therefore less suitable for printing.

Cost of storage: Free, with unlimited uploads
Automatic photo sync? Yes, option to sync privately from smartphone apps, then you choose which ones to share
Do you need an account to view photos? Yes
Privacy control: At your most private settings, friends of anyone tagged in a photo will be able to see that photo.
Full-size uploads/downloads? No

[family views photos via Shutterstock]

Discussion loading


Great List

From Mohammed Anzil on August 11, 2014 :: 12:01 pm

This is a great list. My favorite is Flickr because Flickr is the photo sharing site that act like a social networking site. Real Facebook of photo sharing…...

With a great 1TB of space and excellent syncing feature we don’t need to worry anything about our clicks….



Not any more

From Digby on September 06, 2015 :: 3:46 am

If you like having every 4th or 5th photo replaced by an advert Flickr is the place for you


Need some Additions

From Mothi Venkatesh on August 13, 2014 :: 2:46 pm

Thanks for the great list, you dug a lot. Yet, you failed to mention some super awesome website This will fill your resource: Top Image Hosting sites.



Photo Sharing

From Barry Sacks on August 20, 2014 :: 11:23 pm

Another great site you can add to your list of photo storage sites is smugmug.



Avoid Flickr

From Flickr is NOT FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS on November 07, 2014 :: 4:39 pm

They changed it because most people post smartphone/tablet shots there. Their own stats prove this as Smartphones are the top 20 devices used by members. If you are facebook oriented and like snapshots then go for it. If you are a serious photographer using actual camera equipment then use ANY OTHER PLACE .......



another good one.

From !yet another. on November 08, 2014 :: 1:11 am

I found this site loading hosted images very quickly, it’s slow on gifs(animated), but load really fast other image formats such as jpg. Try it you’ll love it.



No limits and full size download

From Severon on November 10, 2014 :: 5:19 am

My favorite is because this photo sharing site has no limits and you can download all photos in best quality and full-size. One thing that isn’t cool at the moment, the site don’t have millions of photos.



From Dean S. Voss on November 16, 2014 :: 7:26 pm

This was an excellent post and well covered with short and sweet content. May I ask about image management as it applies to faster websites?

Head to Head:

Upload images directly to the WordPress media section?


Use one of the above Image Hosting sites and then enter the image link to the site page to show image?

Which offers faster site speed? 

And if 3rd Party Hosting wins… which of the above services do you (or your followers) suggest? The priority being 1: high quality images and 1A: fastest site speed.

I would appreciate everyone’s feedback and especially yours.



hi Dean ,Ever heard of

From Naveen on June 16, 2015 :: 6:55 am

hi Dean ,

Ever heard of CDN(Content delivery network). As per my knowledge , 3rd party hosing sites will provide faster speed as browser can make only limited parallel connection to same server . I tried to share images in original size with my friends and relatives and it was quite fast ... they have a desktop app as well to do so which was very convenient and fast .... try it




From Naveen on June 16, 2015 :: 7:00 am

here is link to see features of this awesome tool ..




From Seth on November 27, 2014 :: 9:11 am

Another one to share photos privately: GrooPix

Everything is private, you can share photos as albums with whom you choose to. You can upload/download as much as you want, full size.




Another tip

From Martin on January 13, 2015 :: 10:54 am

Hi, thanks for the list. I like this one




From trex on January 14, 2015 :: 3:51 pm

great article and thanx for the list! like the ptions but I think you should also look into another one , . i would definitely recommend it!


From Luesak Luesukprasert on February 04, 2015 :: 8:34 am


I would like to introduce It’s our new online album service that makes use of your own Google/YouTube account to create you own dedicated photo and video gallery.

Our service is built specifically for the casual photographers who want an easy and quick way to share their photos and vidoes with friends and families.

Some features include:
1. Unlimited space with Google/YouTube
2. Super fast and easy uploader (just drag the whole folder into your browser and CamJamm does the rest).
3. Very powerful album organizer with unique features such as album sub sections for those long vacations that span multiple days and weeks.
4. Very nice slideshow.
5. Quick filters lets your viewers find albums very quickly via special tags.
6. Many many many other cool features!

You need to visit





From Julia Martin on February 06, 2015 :: 2:57 pm

I created a shutterlfy website to share photos with friends and family but discovered that they are altering the uploaded photos - colours changed and size changed, too. There is no photo editing tool on the website available to control how pictures are changed. If the uploaded picture is downloaded, it is significantly different from the original.



hi Julia ,This happens as

From naveen on June 16, 2015 :: 6:15 am

hi Julia ,

This happens as while uploading pics but providers will compress the original images to save space hence image quality will not be the same . They are many providers which now a days specifically mentioning that images will be uploaded in original size . I personally prefer the having unlimited storage for free for 6 months and then later subscription fee is very less compared to other competitors like flickr etc ....Try it

Naveen grin



thanks for the list, all

From Alvi on February 13, 2015 :: 8:54 am

thanks for the list, all of those photo sharing sites is awesome but Flickr is my favorite smile


Awesome websites!

From James Defranco on June 16, 2015 :: 10:12 am

I’m actually quite impressed with the amount of websites to share my photos! I’m a professional photographer, and I take pictures of my family all the time. I’ve been trying to find places besides the usual to post. I might use these for future projects!


Flickr does not provide any support

From Juergen Dankwort on June 30, 2015 :: 1:01 pm

I have been a Flickr client for years with their Pro Account. All has worked fairly well but they made changes since Yahoo got into this. A friend I sent an album link to got an “Ooops, sorry, you landed on a dead page” by Flickr or something like that. When she tried this again she was asked to open an account which Flickr claims is not required and it never has been required in the past. My beef is that Yahoo has no support for this. Their website does not mention Flickr and no way to email them except after a long search I got to a page where one had to choose an issue and I selected something that resembles my problem but I still have not received a reply and it’s been days. I think any site that charges a monthly or annual fee for a Pro Account should also provide a phone number for Help.
I am giving up with Flickr as much as I hate to do this.



Best Photos website

From Ivan on August 16, 2015 :: 2:29 pm

For download photos i used best website with amazing photos

This website update daily with new content.



Rohani ilaj

From hamzashahid1397 on August 19, 2015 :: 8:50 am

Very nice information go there



Share your best moments with us-

From Gagr Dotcom on August 26, 2015 :: 5:13 am

Hey Friends,,

I would like to suggest an image sharing site where you can share your funny moments by just creating an account.

Once just visit the site.

Reply , I'm using this

From Jessica Lewis on September 10, 2015 :: 12:56 pm , I’m using this service actually! It’s easy and free.



Deviant Art

From Scott on September 10, 2015 :: 1:19 pm is a popular one with creative types. It’s also more community focused than most.



i would like to add

From HostPic on October 07, 2015 :: 3:14 pm

i would like to add a new free image hosting and premium image hosting very powerful




Image with Map

From Ritu Verma on October 08, 2015 :: 2:27 am

Any one tell me site that add my image with my location..



My favorite site to share personal media with family & friends.

From Williams on October 25, 2015 :: 12:17 pm

My favorite site to share personal media with family & friends is



why is Flickr display only 20 images only on feeds

From Mahafuzu on October 26, 2015 :: 7:51 pm

I have over 100 images on my Flickr group which I wanted to display on my app, but only 20 of the images are displayed on the app. Please is there a solution to this



Thanks for sharing that link.

From Mel Trey on October 30, 2015 :: 6:19 pm

Thanks for sharing that link. I too am impressed with that site. It was wonderful and easy to follow layout to share photos and videos is amazing.


few additions

From Bojana Kovačević on February 02, 2016 :: 4:43 am

I’d maybe beg to differ when it comes to facebook (because of the privacy settings, that is). Try out this one

It’s a community and a platform that lets you monetize your photos as well


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