Visuals are an essential part of your branding should you use them for your website, blog, presentation or any other communication. Stock photos can get a little expensive, and sometimes overused. Increasingly there are some great alternatives offering free stock photos – they support new artists and make their money on extras, which you don’t need to use. They are not copyrighted and are of great high res quality. Perhaps some of these could also be handy if you are an aspiring photographer and want your photos to be featured. Feel free to add any suggestions that we missed:
Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All photos are tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages. Currently they cover over 10,000 free stock photos. And every month at least 1,500 new high resolution photos will be added. All photos are hand-picked from photos uploaded by users or sourced from free image websites. All published pictures are high-quality and licensed under CC0.
2. Life of Pix
Life of Pix is your go to place for free high resolution photos with no copyright restrictions for personal and commercial use. All images are donated to the public domain. The site is run by Leeroy Advertising Agency in Montreal and its network of photographers.
The site offers free, high res photos delivered to your email every month. A % of the profit from Premium Memberships pours right back into our community, to fund photography trips, creative projects, and adventures for our members around the world.
StockSnap is a great place to find free stock photos.Pictures are of high quality, high resolution and added on a daily basis. All photos uploaded to the site are released under Creative Commons – CC0 and do not require attribution. The site curates the best stock photos from around the web and we also upload photos from select photographers within our network.
Another great place for high resolution stock photography without copyright restrictions. The site is run by the team at Crew.
Picjumbo is a free stock photo site created in 2013 by designer & photographer Viktor Hanacek. It all started when several stock photo sites rejected his photos due to ‘lack of quality’. Two years later, picjumbo has had almost three million image downloads.
Free high-resolution pictures for your personal and commercial projects. All pictures are free of copyright restrictions.
Quite a few of our readers also recommended Pixabay which I haven’t used before, but looking at it now it’s definitely a great addition to the list. With a high volume of quality, high res photo it’s another great resource if you are looking for pictures.