Where To Find The Best Copyright Free Photos Online [25+ sites]

Stock photos are expensive. That’s no secret. They’re prices can reach the hundreds and thousands depending on the use case and quality. And while they definitely have their time and place, they’re not always needed.

Sometimes all you need is a photo to spruce up your latest marketing campaign. This is where free online photo resources with no usage limits come into play. The trouble is, though, that a lot of sites that offer free photos have only the bad or the cheesy ones. Lucky for you, we searched and searched and searched some more to put together this mega list of 25+ resources to get quality, totally free photos for your commercial and non-commercial needs.

Before we get into the actual resources though, a few words on copyright and licenses. Generally, all the resources listed here use a CC0 (Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal) or similar license or similar license. This means that you are free to copy, modify and distribute the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission and without the need to attribute the original author or source.

The websites listed below vary in reliability. ALWAYS check the terms of agreement on the website to ensure its reliability and ALWAYS check the license before using any image from anywhere to make sure that you’re not in breach of copyright law.

Copyright Free Photo Resources

500px & Other Paid Stock Photo Sites

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Just because a photograph is on a paid stock photo site doesn’t always mean that all their photos are copyright protected. Many stock photos sites like 500px, iStock, and others have copyright free photos included in their libraries.

Same goes for Flickr and similar photographer sites:

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BURST by Shopify

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“Over 1000 royalty-free images for entrepreneurs”

Photos organized into clickable and searchable collections (categories). All images are properly tagged and include 10+ tags on average.

Unsplash

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Over 200,000 high-resolution photos from photographers around the world. Known for their high quality of photos. 10 new photos every 10 days.

License: Custom “Do whatever you want” license. Accessible HERE

Pixabay

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Over 1,000,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations.

License:CC0

Public Domain Archive

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Great for vintage images.

License: CC0

ISO Republic

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License: Custom, read more here –http://isorepublic.com/terms/

Life of Pix

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Photos provided by the Leeroy advertising agency in Montreal and it’s network of photographers.

License: CC0

Death To Stock Photo

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Theme based collections that are delivered to your inbox every month.

License: Custom license similar to CC0 with the only real difference being that the photos are not in public domain and thus cannot be redistributed. Modifying is fine.


Pexels

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Stock photo search engine that includes photos from all over.

License: CC0

Travel Coffee Book

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Travel photos!

License: CC0

Free Nature Stock

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Free nature photos by Adrian Pelletier, new photo added every day.

License: CC0

FoodiesFeed

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Food pictures. Lots of them.

License: CC0

MMT

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Updated weekly, great selection of nature and city photos.

License: CC0

PicJumbo

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All photos are properly named, making searching so much easier. No more IMG2323.jpg

License: Custom license similar to CC0 but without redistribution rights.

FuriousCamera

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Includes multi site search engine + a small selection of original images

License: CC0 (original images)

KaboomPics

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600+ original photo shoots with category search.

License: Custom license, CC0 minus redistribution rights

StockSnap.io

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Good search engine + image tagging.

License: CC0

Magdeleine

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Color and tags based sorting.

License: CC0

Gratisography

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Photos by Ryan McGuire.

License: Custom license, CC0 without redistribution rights.

Realistic Shots

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7 new photos every week.

License: CC0

Jay Mantri

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Photos by Jay Mantry, mostly landscapes.

License: CC0

Cupcake

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Mainly landscapes and nature photography by Jonas Nilsson Lee with a couple cityscapes and food photos added in for good measure.

License: CC0

Negative Space

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License: CC0

FreeStocks

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License

Skitterphoto

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Started out by having photos by two amateur Danish photographers and later added photos from all over.

License: CC0

New Old Stock

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Vintage photos from the public archives.

License: No known copyright restrictions

Shot Stash

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License: Custom, similar to CC0 but without redistribution rights

Stock Up

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A search engine of 31 photos websites.

License: Depends on the site, mostly CC0

StokPic

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Lifestyle photography, 10 new photos every other week.

License: Custom, similar to CC0 but without redistribution rights

Reusable Art

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Old images and graphics rescued from old books, magazines, and other print materials.

License: Custom. All of the images are copyright free and in the public domain in the United States, in countries that are part of the Berne Convention, and any country that grants copyrights to artists up to 70 years after their death. Ancestry Images

Importance of Reverse Image Search

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When using images from popular free image search engines and gallery sites, chances are that someone else has already used the very same image. This is not good.

To make sure that the image(s) you want to use are not overused by tens or even hundreds of other merchants, there is a handy tool called a reverse images search. They work by analyzing your image (uploaded or via a link) and then looking around the web for the same and/or similar images.

 

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This functionality is built right into Bing and Google (click the little camera icon when searching) as well as stand alone services like TinEye

An added benefit of these services is that they can also be used to check if an image is copyrighted or not. When you insert an image that is supposed to be copyright free and it pops up in many stock photos sites then it’s safe to assume you should reconsider using that particular one and search for a new one.

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Ott Niggulis
Ott Niggulis is a freelance writer who focuses on business, marketing and CRO. Marketing is a numbers game, and he loves numbers.
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