20 places to get free stock photos

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Finding free stock images 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 sites so you can get free stock images that fall under the Creative Commons Zero license or similar terms. This means you can copy, modify and use any photo you find, even for commercial purposes, without having to ask permission or provide attribution. All sites below have links to their terms and licenses.

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.

1. Unsplash

License: Creative Commons Zero. See license.

Why it’s great: They add 10 new photos every 10 days.

2. Realistic Shots

License: Creative Commons Zero. See license.

Why it’s great: They add seven new photos every week.

3. Pixabay

License: Creative Commons Zero. See license.

Why it’s great: Over 320,000 free photos, vector images and art illustrations.

4. Life of Pix

License: Creative Commons Zero. See license (at top of home page).

Why it’s great: Photos are broken down by category in the gallery.

5. Gratisography

License: Creative Commons Zero. See license.

Why it’s great: High-resolution and high-contrast photos, with new photos added weekly.

6. Free Nature Stock

License: Creative Commons Zero. See license.

Why it’s great: Stock photos of nature only, updated daily.

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.

8. Snapwire Snaps

License: Creative Commons Zero. See license (look under each photo to see the license).

Why it’s great: Seven hand-picked snaps every seven days, completely free.

9. StockSnap

License: Creative Commons Zero. See license.

Why it’s great: Awesome search function with hundreds of high-resolution images added weekly.

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.

11. Public Domain Archive

License: Images are public domain. See license.

Why it’s great: Everything you need for creative projects, updated weekly.

12. Travel Coffee Book

License: Creative Commons Zero. See license on home page.

Why it’s great: Ten new photos of beautiful travel moments every 10 days.

13. ISO Republic

License: Images can be used for almost any commercial project. See license.

Why it’s great: Free, high-quality photos for any creative project.

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?

Downside: This site will make you indescribably hungry.

15. FuriousCamera

License: Creative Commons Zero. See license.

Why it’s great: Free lifestyle photos to use on commercial projects, updated daily.

16. MMT

License: Creative Commons Zero. See license on home page.

Why it’s great: Updated weekly with a lot of great nature and city photos.

17. Jay Mantri

License: Creative Commons Zero. See license on home page.

Why it’s great: Beautiful landscape photography. Seven new images added every Thursday.

18. Camarama

License: Creative Commons Zero. See license.

Why it’s great: Beautiful stock photography updated weekly.

19. Cupcake

License: Creative Commons Zero. See license.

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

20. Startup Stock Photos

License: Free to modify and edit. See license on home page.

Why it’s great: Stock photos for startups and tech-related businesses.

Giancarlo Massaro is a co-founder of ViralSweep, which can help you build and manage sweepstakes on your website. Connect with him on Twitter. A version of this article originally appeared on the ViralSweep blog. 
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