OK, lets cut to the chase and get right to the topic. YOU are looking for copyright free stock images for your website or your blog or maybe your presentation or something else or you wouldn’t be here. Sure you can buy them from iStockPhoto, Shutterstock or some other site for a few bucks, but there are tons of sites out that that offer copyright-free stock images for …well… FREE.
Here are some of my favorites
- Pixabay is a repository for stunning public domain pictures and it offers over 250,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations. You can use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial applications. Free signup allows you to bypass captcha (so signup unless you want to spend your time filling in random letters and numbers to download each image)
- PhotoPin allows you to search millions of Creative Commons photos from Flickr and add them to your blog posts. If you search for an image make sure you scroll past the first few rows of sponsored images and click on the images from PhotoPin. HTML for attribution is available once you click on the image.
- You can get some great images from Unsplash. Subscribe and they will send you 10 new high resolution images in your inbox every 10 days or you can look at their archives and take a look at all the images they have to offer. They dont have thousands of images but the ones they do have are pretty decent and not to mention they are all high resolution and copyright free.
- Death to the Stock Photo offers free images to you inbox every month. They give you a free image pack right away when you signup. They also have a paid premium option of $10/month which gets you extra pack of images, access to their entire library of images including the past image packs.
- MorgueFile is a free photo archive which has a collection of about 325K images.
- If you are looking for ClipArts, vector image or icons then head over to Openclipart. All cliparts can be used for unlimited commercial use and all clipart are released into the public domain. Each artist at Openclipart releases all rights to the images they share at Openclipart.
- StockPhotosforFree as the name suggests offers stock photos for free :). They have over 100K HD images neatly organized by themes. There are photos that cover every topic from exotic locales to talent-released people and everything in between.The images come with a royalty free license so you can use them in all types of media, for worldwide distribution or even use them in commercial projects. Signup is required for downloading photos.
- FreeImages (which was previously stock.xchng) contains over 350k high quality stock photos! They have everything from wallpaper to images for blog post.
- Copyright-Free-Images has over 9k images filed under 24 categories and 347 subcategories.
- Gratisography offers high-res images for personal or commercial projects for free. New images are added every week and are copyright free. No email subscription needed and they dont have a paid plan either but feel free to donate a few bucks for their coffee fund
Some images may have a creative commons license requiring attribution. Make sure you check the license information below each image.If you know any similar sites that offer free images, please let me know in the comments below.