No website or blog is complete without using images. Images are also crucial for creating engaging social media posts. There are numerous stock photo sites that allow you to purchase and download royalty free images to use in your own projects, but this can become expensive if you regularly use a lot of images.
I have compiled a list of the best FREE stock photo websites. I use many of these sites myself. They offer great variety and enable you to create content without infringing on anyone’s copyright and without spending money on a stock site subscription.
Pixabay offers a large selection of photos, illustrations, graphic and videos. The images are available under the Creative Commons CC0 licence. You are permitted to use and modify as you wish in both personal and commercial projects.
A substantial selection of photos are available on Pexels. All are under CC0 licence, you can download, modify and use them as you wish. The photos are easily searchable and there is a huge variety of images to choose from.
Stocksnap offers thousands of great high quality images free from any copyright restrictions. New images are added regularly and you can easily browse by category and see which images are the most popular. You are free to use the images in both personal and commercial projects without attribution.
Unsplash offers high resolution photos that free to use however you wish. Browse by collection, search for a specific image by keyword or simply scroll through their vast selection of photos for inspiration.
Browse and explore photos via category and download for free to use in your projects. All photos are public domain and are available to use and modify without attribution.
Life of Pix
Life of Pix offers high resolution photos without copyright restrictions. New photos are regularly added and there are loads of stunning images to choose from. Browse via category or search through images via photographer. Life of Pix also has a selection of videos available to download.
Photos by photographer Jay Mantri. Download and use as you wish.
ISO offers a varying selection of free photos and textures as well as premium images. Images are arranged by category or you can also use the search bar to find something specific. ISO also has a selection of royalty free videos that you can download and use in your projects.
FOCA Stock offers free photos for commercial use. Images are grouped by collection or you can search via image tag or filter images by category.
The images on Kaboompics are free to use in both personal and commercial projects. You can search for photos by category as well as filter by colour which is particularly useful. You can also select whether you want to view only vertical or horizontal images. There is a lot of variety and a good selection of images to browse.
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