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Free Stock Photos Websites to use in 2020

Free Stock Photos for Commercial Use

 

Free Stock Photos

Bloggers, web designers, graphic designers, and many other professions all need royalty- free stock photos for their blog posts, website pages, or flyers. And for many, paying for royalty-free stock images for commercial use from sites such as Shutterstock might exceed their budget.

Luckily, there are a lot of websites out there that provide absolutely free stock photos with no copyrights (licensed under creative commons CC0 1.0 public domain dedication) others free for personal or commercial use with attribution, which means crediting the photographer or designer with a mention or hyperlink that links back to the free stock images website, similar to the free stock photos used in this article. On some other websites you can pay a small donation if you feel like it.

In this article, I compiled a list of websites that provide free stock photos for commercial use that I found useful for a blog, a website, or for your next brochure design. I personally use many of these websites for my personal blog here, and I hope that you find these free stock images websites useful for your work as well.

 

One more thing before we proceed to the list, it is important to understand under which license you are using a free stock image, photo, or vector. If an attribution is required, you must mention it. If not, you may or may not credit the photographer and the site. I mentioned the type of license under each website in the below list, a no-copyright license mainly means that you are free to modify and use the stock photos for personal and commercial use in website, mobile app, advertising material, social media, magazine, ebook. Obviously, you cannot sell or resell the photos on stock websites.

1. Pixabay

Free Stock Photos - Pixabay

Pixabay claims to have 1.7 million (and counting) free to use stock photos. It was one of the first websites to provide such an awesome free content back in 2010, and it is my personal favorite along with the next entry on my list: Pexels.

Wait, there is more. Pixabay also provides free stock videos, how awesome is that!

License: No copyright, all content on Pixabay can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use across print and digital, except in the cases mentioned in “What is not allowed”.

 

2. Pexels

Free Stock Images - Pexels

Pexels is one of the most successful royalty-free stock photos that provides over 1 million free stock photos for commercial and personal use. You can read their success story here. Both Pexels and Pixabay were acquired by Sydney-based Canva in 2019.

License: No copyright, absolutely free to modify and use, attribution is not required but appreciated.

Pexels also provide free stock videos, I found many useful videos there, free for commercial use. Give it a try.

3. Unsplash

Free Stock Photos - unsplash

Unsplash is a free stock photos website with a generous community that provides over one million free high-resolution images, and it is updated on a daily basis.

License: All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. Attribution is not required but appreciated whenever possible.

4. Freepik

Free Images - FreePik

Freepik.com is another good site that provides free stock photos and vectors for commercial and personal use but requires attribution. Unlike Pixabay and Pexels, where all the content is free for commercial and personal use, there is a daily download limit of 10 free stock images per day and also some photos and vector on Freepik require premium membership to download. The premium membership sells at a reasonable price of €10 per month, or even less than that for a one-year commitment.

License: Attribution is required for free downloads. Premium subscription is required for free commercial use without attribution.

5. Little Visuals

Free Images - Little Visuals

Little Visuals is a free stock photos website with a sad story behind it. The website has this story on his home page:

“Little Visuals began life as a passion project of Nic Jackson. Tragically, Nic died suddenly in November 2013. Whilst Nic didn’t get the chance to maintain and grow Little Visuals himself, this website remains accessible to all. As his family, we have ensured that all of the images will remain available and free for commercial use.”

License: Free stock photos to use for both personal and commercial use, no attribution required.

6. Life of Pix

Life of Pix

Life of Pix is the 6th entry on my list of free stock photos websites, it has a wide range of high-resolution royalty-free photos for commercial use, and every week they feature “a photographer of the week” on their home page.

Life of Pix also provides free stock video clips on lifeofvids.com

License: No copyright, free high-resolution photos for personal and commercial use.

7. Free Range Stock

Free Stock Photos - Free Range Stocks

Free Range is another good choice if you are looking for free stock images for your next project. They are search partners with iStock (Getty Images) and they even have a support form. I wonder why someone would use support on a free stock photos website, but it is there if you have any inquiries.

License: Free to use for commercial and non-commercial use without attribution.

 

8. Vecteezy

Free Stock Photos - Vecteezy

As the names suggest, on Vecteezy you can find a large collection of high-quality design vectors in addition to free stock photos. But not all content is free, some require a paid subscription, you can find the subscription plans here.

Free stock videos are also available on the EEZY network on videezy.com.

 

9. Free Stocks

Free Stock Images - FreeStocks

Free stocks didn’t waste much time on naming their brand.  And their website is relatively new and still needs some work and content, but it is worth checking.

License: Free stock photos to use for both personal and commercial use.

 

10. PNG Tree

Free Stock Images - PNG Tree

PNGTree.com is not as generous as the previously mentioned websites, it only allows registered users to download two photos per day for free and attribution is needed. But it surely has a wider range of asset types such as PNG, ClipArt, Vectors, and PSDs. PNG Tree premium plans provide access to millions of creative assets.

License: Attribution is required for free downloads. Premium subscription is required for free commercial use without attribution.

 

How does Free Stock Photos Websites make money

You can’t but appreciate communities providing any free content to the world over the internet. We all like getting free stuff, but at the end of the day, a website or an app requires resources to run. And unfortunately, these resources are not free! So,  if this article makes you wonder how does all these websites generate revenue while all or most of their listings are free, here I tell you their secret.

1- Affiliate Marketing

While searching for an image on most of the above-list websites, you find the exact beautiful image you need for your project, and you get excited to download it, but when you click it, you find out that you are being redirected to a paid stock photos website such as iStock, Shutterstock or Adobe Stock. That’s because the free stock images website you are on has a search partnership or affiliation with a paid stock photo provider.

Whenever you can’t find what you are looking for on the free stock images website, you will have to go buy it from a stock photos provider, and a commission is credited into the free stock photos website account that provided the link.

2- Premium Subscriptions

While many of the above-listed websites have a large collection of free photos, you will not be allowed to download certain images of premium quality without paying a subscription fee. And that’s how they generate revenue.

3- Donations

Some free stock images websites rely on donations to make enough income to keep their site running. And there are many generous donators out there that appreciate beautiful photography.

4- Advertising

If you visit some of the above-listed websites, you will easily notice the google ads banners. That’s another good source of money for websites that got millions of hits.

 

Final thoughts on Free Stock Photos Websites

I wrote this article to let you know about these sites, if you don’t know already, and to show some appreciation to all the great work photographers, designers and website builders are doing. I love all the listed websites and use them all the time, and I hope that you too find this list useful.

And finally, if there are more free stock photos websites that you know about and are not on my list please share them in the comments below.

 

Nizar Hakeem

Technologist, computer and communications engineering graduate, certified in the governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), AWS Cloud, and ITIL with 12+ years of solid experience in information technology systems infrastructure and a unique mix of both technical and business skills. Blogging about technology, movies, travel, and food!

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Free Stock Photos Websites to use in 2020

Free Stock Photos for Commercial Use

 

Free Stock Photos

Bloggers, web designers, graphic designers, and many other professions all need royalty- free stock photos for their blog posts, website pages, or flyers. And for many, paying for royalty-free stock images for commercial use from sites such as Shutterstock might exceed their budget.

Luckily, there are a lot of websites out there that provide absolutely free stock photos with no copyrights (licensed under creative commons CC0 1.0 public domain dedication) others free for personal or commercial use with attribution, which means crediting the photographer or designer with a mention or hyperlink that links back to the free stock images website, similar to the free stock photos used in this article. On some other websites you can pay a small donation if you feel like it.

In this article, I compiled a list of websites that provide free stock photos for commercial use that I found useful for a blog, a website, or for your next brochure design. I personally use many of these websites for my personal blog here, and I hope that you find these free stock images websites useful for your work as well.

 

One more thing before we proceed to the list, it is important to understand under which license you are using a free stock image, photo, or vector. If an attribution is required, you must mention it. If not, you may or may not credit the photographer and the site. I mentioned the type of license under each website in the below list, a no-copyright license mainly means that you are free to modify and use the stock photos for personal and commercial use in website, mobile app, advertising material, social media, magazine, ebook. Obviously, you cannot sell or resell the photos on stock websites.

1. Pixabay

Free Stock Photos - Pixabay

Pixabay claims to have 1.7 million (and counting) free to use stock photos. It was one of the first websites to provide such an awesome free content back in 2010, and it is my personal favorite along with the next entry on my list: Pexels.

Wait, there is more. Pixabay also provides free stock videos, how awesome is that!

License: No copyright, all content on Pixabay can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use across print and digital, except in the cases mentioned in “What is not allowed”.

 

2. Pexels

Free Stock Images - Pexels

Pexels is one of the most successful royalty-free stock photos that provides over 1 million free stock photos for commercial and personal use. You can read their success story here. Both Pexels and Pixabay were acquired by Sydney-based Canva in 2019.

License: No copyright, absolutely free to modify and use, attribution is not required but appreciated.

Pexels also provide free stock videos, I found many useful videos there, free for commercial use. Give it a try.

3. Unsplash

Free Stock Photos - unsplash

Unsplash is a free stock photos website with a generous community that provides over one million free high-resolution images, and it is updated on a daily basis.

License: All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. Attribution is not required but appreciated whenever possible.

4. Freepik

Free Images - FreePik

Freepik.com is another good site that provides free stock photos and vectors for commercial and personal use but requires attribution. Unlike Pixabay and Pexels, where all the content is free for commercial and personal use, there is a daily download limit of 10 free stock images per day and also some photos and vector on Freepik require premium membership to download. The premium membership sells at a reasonable price of €10 per month, or even less than that for a one-year commitment.

License: Attribution is required for free downloads. Premium subscription is required for free commercial use without attribution.

5. Little Visuals

Free Images - Little Visuals

Little Visuals is a free stock photos website with a sad story behind it. The website has this story on his home page:

“Little Visuals began life as a passion project of Nic Jackson. Tragically, Nic died suddenly in November 2013. Whilst Nic didn’t get the chance to maintain and grow Little Visuals himself, this website remains accessible to all. As his family, we have ensured that all of the images will remain available and free for commercial use.”

License: Free stock photos to use for both personal and commercial use, no attribution required.

6. Life of Pix

Life of Pix

Life of Pix is the 6th entry on my list of free stock photos websites, it has a wide range of high-resolution royalty-free photos for commercial use, and every week they feature “a photographer of the week” on their home page.

Life of Pix also provides free stock video clips on lifeofvids.com

License: No copyright, free high-resolution photos for personal and commercial use.

7. Free Range Stock

Free Stock Photos - Free Range Stocks

Free Range is another good choice if you are looking for free stock images for your next project. They are search partners with iStock (Getty Images) and they even have a support form. I wonder why someone would use support on a free stock photos website, but it is there if you have any inquiries.

License: Free to use for commercial and non-commercial use without attribution.

 

8. Vecteezy

Free Stock Photos - Vecteezy

As the names suggest, on Vecteezy you can find a large collection of high-quality design vectors in addition to free stock photos. But not all content is free, some require a paid subscription, you can find the subscription plans here.

Free stock videos are also available on the EEZY network on videezy.com.

 

9. Free Stocks

Free Stock Images - FreeStocks

Free stocks didn’t waste much time on naming their brand.  And their website is relatively new and still needs some work and content, but it is worth checking.

License: Free stock photos to use for both personal and commercial use.

 

10. PNG Tree

Free Stock Images - PNG Tree

PNGTree.com is not as generous as the previously mentioned websites, it only allows registered users to download two photos per day for free and attribution is needed. But it surely has a wider range of asset types such as PNG, ClipArt, Vectors, and PSDs. PNG Tree premium plans provide access to millions of creative assets.

License: Attribution is required for free downloads. Premium subscription is required for free commercial use without attribution.

 

How does Free Stock Photos Websites make money

You can’t but appreciate communities providing any free content to the world over the internet. We all like getting free stuff, but at the end of the day, a website or an app requires resources to run. And unfortunately, these resources are not free! So,  if this article makes you wonder how does all these websites generate revenue while all or most of their listings are free, here I tell you their secret.

1- Affiliate Marketing

While searching for an image on most of the above-list websites, you find the exact beautiful image you need for your project, and you get excited to download it, but when you click it, you find out that you are being redirected to a paid stock photos website such as iStock, Shutterstock or Adobe Stock. That’s because the free stock images website you are on has a search partnership or affiliation with a paid stock photo provider.

Whenever you can’t find what you are looking for on the free stock images website, you will have to go buy it from a stock photos provider, and a commission is credited into the free stock photos website account that provided the link.

2- Premium Subscriptions

While many of the above-listed websites have a large collection of free photos, you will not be allowed to download certain images of premium quality without paying a subscription fee. And that’s how they generate revenue.

3- Donations

Some free stock images websites rely on donations to make enough income to keep their site running. And there are many generous donators out there that appreciate beautiful photography.

4- Advertising

If you visit some of the above-listed websites, you will easily notice the google ads banners. That’s another good source of money for websites that got millions of hits.

 

Final thoughts on Free Stock Photos Websites

I wrote this article to let you know about these sites, if you don’t know already, and to show some appreciation to all the great work photographers, designers and website builders are doing. I love all the listed websites and use them all the time, and I hope that you too find this list useful.

And finally, if there are more free stock photos websites that you know about and are not on my list please share them in the comments below.

 

Nizar Hakeem

Technologist, computer and communications engineering graduate, certified in the governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), AWS Cloud, and ITIL with 12+ years of solid experience in information technology systems infrastructure and a unique mix of both technical and business skills. Blogging about technology, movies, travel, and food!

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