25 Websites with Stunning Big Background Photos

High-quality photographs can have a huge impact on the look of a website. The photos can either help to enhance the design, or they can serve as a focal point. In some cases, the entire background (or a large percentage) of a website will consist of a large photo. In these situations the other design elements wind up complementing the photo, instead of the other way around.

In this post we’ll showcase 25 websites that make use of very large background photos. There are a variety of different types of websites included, and all different kinds of photos that are being used. Hopefully this variety will help to provide some inspiration for your own work by showing some of the possibilities.

Blind Barber

Blind Barber

Anna Safroncik

Anna Safroncik

Cortac

Cortac

Biamar

Biamar

De Certeau & Associes

De Certeau & Associes

Encandle

Encandle

Nike Better World

Nike Better World

Inzeit

Inzeit

Planet Propaganda

Planet Propaganda

TIGI

TIGI

Reflexion

Reflexion

CGRendering.com

CGRendering.com

X-Prime Groupe

X-Prime Groupe

Au Petit Panisse

Au Petit Panisse

Guns N’ Roses

Guns N' Roses

Grayden & Jenny

Grayden & Jenny

Yan Studios

Yan Studios

Asics – Stop at Never

Asics - Stop at Never

Nature Valley Trail View

Nature Valley Trail View

Marcus Thomas

Marcus Thomas

Salt Surf

Salt Surf

Blitz

Blitz

Viventy

Viventy

Shelley Sandzer

Shelley Sandzer

Shaw and Shaw Photography

Shaw and Shaw Photography

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  • John, June 25, 2012

    I know this might not be the most popular thing to say, but i’m suprised bing.com didn’t show up on this. Probably the most popular site with a background image theme.

    • Steven Snell, June 25, 2012

      Hi John,
      Bing is definitely one possible site to include. A few things I would like to point out:
      1 – Part of the reason Bing wasn’t included is because 99% of people reading this post would already be familiar with it.
      2 – There are literally thousands of possible sites to include. My goal with this collection was to compile sites that I thought would serve well for inspiration. It’s not intended to be a list of the most prominent sites with large backgrounds. Since most people are already familiar with Bing it didn’t seem important to include it in this showcase. I’d rather showcase some other sites that readers may not have seen before.

  • This is a paradise! Great list of inspirations! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • David Z, June 25, 2012

    I always love a site with large Photos. I think it is one of my favorite new trends.

  • Craig Smith, June 26, 2012

    Great set of sites. I do like the big photo websites.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Gad, June 26, 2012

    Amazing background pictures. The site visitors get inspired immediately from the site’s theme.

  • htun.me, June 26, 2012

    Next time, can you guys include my site which is one page? with full big photos

  • OrangAkaun, June 27, 2012

    All of them are awesome. It took the entire monitor’s display. I’m pretty sure whoever develop it is very good at what they doing.

  • Rob, June 28, 2012

    in 96 I said to the techies in the ad agency: I want big photos – corner to corner –

    reply: That’s impossible!

  • Andy Smith, June 29, 2012

    Don’t you love Blind Barbers fixed navigation too. Sleek! We featured them in a blog post too.

  • Andy Smith, June 29, 2012

    Actually, just realised it’s in their news section…

    blindbarber.com/news

  • Mark Perrigon, July 2, 2012

    You left out Intel which was probably one of the first to do this.

  • rickymartin, August 31, 2012

    This article gives the light in which we can observe the reality

  • Aamir Shahzad, May 8, 2013

    awesome collection…

  • Jacek, May 8, 2013

    If I may suggest something. there is one more stunning site with big picture backgrounds:
    http://www.raven-resources.com/