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20 Sites To Get Free Stock Images For Commercial Use3 minutes

February 26, 2015 4 min read

20 Sites To Get Free Stock Images For Commercial Use3 minutes

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Finding free stock images for commercial use for your website or for your next giveaway can be a pain. Just running a quick search for free stock photos, or royalty-free photos will bring you to tons of deceptive websites that require payment to download any of their images.

We’ve done the dirty work for you and compiled this resource of 20 different sites so you can get free stock images that fall under the Creative Commons Zero license or similar; meaning you can copy, modify, and use any photo you find, even for commercial purposes, without having to ask permission or provide attribution.

Free Stock Images for Commercial Use

All sites below have links to their terms and licenses. We’ve specifically chosen sites that offer Creative Commons Zero licenses or similar so that the images are free to use for commercial purposes. Be sure to read each site carefully, as terms may change over time.

Please note, even though we’ve done our best to provide you with this list of sites, we suggest you always do your own research when using an image to ensure that its license allows for what you plan to do with the photo.

free stock images for commercial use

1. Unsplash

License: Creative Commons Zero. See License.
Why it’s great: They add 10 new photos every 10 days.

realisticshots

2. Realistic Shots

License: Creative Commons Zero. See License.
Why it’s great: They add 7 new photos every week.

pixabay

3. Pixabay

License: Creative Commons Zero. See License.
Why it’s great: Over 320,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations.

Life of Pix

4. Life of Pix

License: Creative Commons Zero. See License (at top of homepage).
Why it’s great: Photos are broken down by category in their gallery.

gratisography

5. Gratisography

License: Creative Commons Zero. See License.
Why it’s great: High-resolution and high-contrast photos, with new photos added weekly.

freenaturestock

6. Free Nature Stock

License: Creative Commons Zero. See License.
Why it’s great: Stock photos of nature only, updated daily.

magdeleine

7. Magdeleine

License: Creative Commons Zero (on the link provided above). See License (each photo is marked as CC0 – Public Domain).
Why it’s great: Sort photos based on colors and tags, updated daily.

snapwiresnaps

8. Snapwire Snaps

License: Creative Commons Zero. See License (look under each photo to see the license).
Why it’s great: 7 hand-picked snaps every 7 days, completely free.

stocksnap

9. StockSnap

License: Creative Commons Zero. See License.
Why it’s great: Awesome search function with hundreds of hi-res images added weekly.

kaboompics

10. Kaboompics

License: You can use the images nearly any way you want, commercial or not. See License.
Why it’s great: Several different categories of photos, updated daily.

publicdomainarchive

11. Public Domain Archive

License: Images are public domain. See License.
Why it’s great: Everything you need for creative projects, updated weekly.

travelcoffeebook

12. Travel Coffee Book

License: Creative Commons Zero. See License on homepage.
Why it’s great: 10 new photos every 10 days of beautiful travel moments.

isorepublic

13. ISO Republic

License: Images can be used for almost any commercial project. See License.
Why it’s great: High-quality free photos for any creative project.

foodiesfeed

14. Foodie’s Feed

License: Free to use, modify, and edit for commercial purposes. See License.
Why it’s great: Free high-resolution images of food. What’s better than that?
Cons: Will make you indescribably hungry.

furiouscamera

15. FuriousCamera

License: Creative Commons Zero. See License.
Why it’s great: Free lifestyle photos to use on commercial projects, updated daily.

mmt

16. MMT

License: Creative Commons Zero. See License on homepage.
Why it’s great: Updated weekly with a lot of great nature and city photos.

jaymantri

17. Jay Mantri

License: Creative Commons Zero. See License on homepage.
Why it’s great: Beautiful landscape photography. 7 new images added every Thursday.

Pexels

18. Pexels

License: Creative Commons Zero. See License.
Why it’s great: Fast search results and beautiful images.

cupcake

19. Cupcake

License: Creative Commons Zero.
Why it’s great: Stunning landscape and nature photography from Jonas Nilsson Lee.

startupstockphotos

20. Startup Stock Photos

License: Free to modify, edit, See License on homepage.
Why it’s great: Stock photos for startups and tech related businesses.

Giancarlo is the co-founder of ViralSweep, the viral marketing platform for businesses. Connect with him on Twitter.
89 Comments
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  22. stas

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  23. Sara Rebeka

    CC0 Photo needs to spared more. Even I have support those site. I specially like pixabay. Some times I can use those image for professional use. Keep publishing those site with lots of unique content.

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  25. abajan

    This looks like a great list. Definitely bookmarked! I'm curious about which ones have not just photos but vectors, illustrations, clipart and so on. I know Pixabay does, because I use it fairly often. But what about the others?

  26. statbd

    Beautifully curated list, Giancarlo.Thanks for sharing and for all you do.

  27. Raj Kumar

    Great article Thanks for sharing with us.

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  31. Nelson Jon Kane

    Pixabay is great. But....just because they let you use a photo for free doesn't mean that you can use it in an ad. They have free photos of basketball players, but they have college jerseys on with the names of the colleges, so you can't use that for an ad, even if Pixabay says it's okay. :) Also, watch out for Shutterstock. They mix in their paid photos with free photos on sites, to try to trick you in to clicking on their photos.

  32. Star Pixel

    Thanks for the commercial use of 20 sites. Thanks for sharing a great post

  33. seoa2

    Snappa's drag-and-drop editor, it’s quick and easy to create your own graphics for blog posts, social media profiles and ads. The tool provides access to more than half a million free stock photos, 70,000+ vectors and shapes, and 200+ fonts. It's free to download up to 5 files per month, or $10 a month for unlimited downloads.

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    Great list! If you're interested in royalty-free digital watercolor illustrations, you can see them here: https://watercolorpng.com/

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    You can also try search free stock images in our site ImageFinder.co At the moment we have 196K images in our database and the numbers grow everyday.

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  66. Michael J Connors

    Don't forget morguefile.com, 400,000 free photos, has been around since 2002

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    its very hard find good images for website... everythink what is amazing its not for free... sometimes i think why im dont graphic :))

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    I got here the good idea, I recently used some free image and got idea from here, thanks

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    I have find this website for free pictures www.virtuoart.com and by the way your collection is great.

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  74. John

    Awesome! I can add my collection of Free stock images to these platforms. Actually, I am looking for the best platform for my collection. Can anyone help me with this?

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  77. Kija Inox

    I have checked about 20 websites until I find this one that offers plenty of possibilities to find a great website for pictures especially for my type of business. Many thanks to the author.

  78. MaxximuX

    Hey Giancarlo amazing effort here. I was pretty close to pay a monthly fee for getting access to stock pics with limited licensing, meaning that the license was good as long as I had a membership. A quick google search found your posting so thank you very much....I just started working on my site so currently is under construction. Will go live soon...

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    Great guide to finding good stock photos on the internet. I will also suggest https://jumpstory.com, which I use a lot. JumpStory is a new service, and it’s very different than the ones you mention, because they have much more authentic photos and videos than their competitors. Also the price is much lower – it’s totally free for 30 days and afterwards just 25 USD/month for unlimited downloads. Thanks again for sharing a good guide.

  80. Mike Smith

    Many thanks to the author of this website,save me from searching the weblike crazy.

  81. […] you need to find free stock images for your website, newsletter, brochures etc, this resource of 20 different sites containing visual images should be really helpful. It contains free stock images that fall under the Creative Commons Zero […]

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