Awesome places to find royalty free images for personal and commercial use

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Stop searching and using for photos through Google, this may get you in trouble because you don’t own the image and you may not have the required permission to use it. The good news is that there’s are lots of sites that offer royalty free images for personal and commercial use. 

Please Note: Almost every site that I have mentioned below provides high quality, attribution free, royalty free photos without becoming their member.

Their terms and conditions of use are almost the same. However, some have their own site license so it is better if you have a glance on their license page before using them.

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Terms used in the article:

Creative Commons Zero (CC0) – It means the person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. You can copy, modify, distribute, and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

Royalty Free – material subject to copyright or other intellectual property rights may be used without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use. In our case, the photographers who created the photo is still the owner of the photo. But you don’t need to pay to use their photos.

Attribution Free – You don’t need to provide credit to the owner when using the images.

What you CAN DO using these photos:

  • Photos are free to use. Attribution is not required (may require at some site). Giving credit to the photographer or the website is not necessary but always appreciated.
  • You can modify the photos. Be creative and edit them as you like. Use it on your website, blog article, e-commerce shop, newsletters, e-book, presentation, or a template you sell.
  • On print media, use photos for flyers, postcards, invitations, magazines, albums, books, CD covers, and more.
  • Share them on social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Even make videos on youtube using these copyright free images.
  • Promoting your products using these images and creating unique ads, banners, and marketing campaigns.

What you CANNOT DO using these photos:

  • Don’t redistribute or sell images on other stock or wallpaper platforms.
  • Don’t portray identifiable people in a bad light or in an offensive way.
  • Don’t use images with identifiable brands to create a misleading association with a product or service.
  • You can copy, modify, and use them both in personal and commercial projects. However, you can not sell the photos themselves.

I hope you understand the legal aspect of using these site. now let’s get started.

Lists of sites to find royalty free images for personal and commercial use.

Pixabay

This is one of my favorites. Pixabay.com has a large collection of high quality stock images as well as videos, illustrations, vectors, and music. All photos are released under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). 

You don’t need to sign up to download the photos, but I have observed, to download free high-resolution images (Full HD or larger) you need to sign up which is free as well. 

Tip: If you are looking for high quality png background, check their illustrations category.

Unsplash

Another favorite of mine. Unsplash.com offers a large collection of free high-resolution images that are released under Unsplash license. They even have full HD background for wallpapers as well. Signup is not required.

Pexels

A gem of a site. Pexels offers a huge collection of high quality free stock photos as well as videos that are licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Searching through this site is easy and you don’t need to signup to download photos.

Burst by Shopify

Burst is a free stock photo platform that is powered by Shopify. They have a huge collection of high-resolution, royalty free images that were shot by their global community of photographers. Burst is built to provide designers, developers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs get access to beautiful free stock photography around trending business niches. Signup is not required.

Realistic Shots

realisticshots.com is a project by Commit 2 design that offers high resolution free stock photos for personal and commercial use. 7 new photos added every week. Photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Signup is not required.

Life of Pix

Lifeofpix.com is a platform created by the LEEROY creative agency. It offers high-resolution copyright free images. New images are added weekly. Signup is not required.

Gratisography

If you are looking for quirky, beautiful, catching but copyright free images. Gratisography.com is a place to be. They curate only the most interesting pictures, the ones with a personality, a perspective, a story to tell, and then publish them on their site. Signup is not required.

Libreshot

Libreshot.com is created by Martin Vorel who enjoys taking pictures. Every picture that you see on the site is shot by him. You can download all the photos for free and use it for your personal and commercial projects. Signup is not required.

Stocksnap

stocksnap.io has a large collection of beautiful free stock photos. this site is updated regularly. The site tracks views and downloads so you can discover the most popular photos. Photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Signup is not required.

Startup Stock Photos

startupstockphotos.com offers free photos for startups, bloggers, publishers, websites, designers, developers, creators, etc. Photos are mostly related to the corporate niche. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Signup is not required.

Foodies Feed

Foodiesfeed.com is one of the best resources for highly visually appealing copyright free images related to food. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). The download takes a few seconds for the guest user, for instant download and latest updates on your email you can become a member which is also free. 

Free Stocks

freestocks.org has a collection of free high-resolution images. They offer royalty free stock images for both Commercial and Personal Projects under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Signup is not required.

Picography

picography.co has a collection of gorgeous, high resolution, royalty free images. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). 

Free Nature Stock

freenaturestock.com has high resolution, royalty free images and videos of nature. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). 

Yeah Stock Photos

yeahstockphotos.com post free stock images that are royalty free, attribution free, and can be used for personal or commercial purposes. Use them as they are or transform them into something new.

Magdeleine

magdeleine.co has high resolution images that are updated every day. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Although you can use the image attribution free, some require attribution. so make sure you check it before you use.

Kaboom Pics

kaboompics.com created by Karolina is a royalty-free service for stock images. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Kaboompics is one of the most popular source of free images for lifestyle, interior design, and bloggers around the world.

Travel Coffee Book

travelcoffeebook.com shares royalty free images of beautiful travel moments. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). 

Pic Jumbo

picjumbo.com by Viktor Hanacek is a free stock photo site. It has both free photos as well as premium (paid) photos as well. Apart from stock photo, it has free high resolution, HD background wallpapers photos as well.

ISO Republic

isorepublic.com has thousands of high resolution, royalty free images and videos. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). 

Focastock

focastock.com has a great collection of high resolution, free stock images and videos. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). If you are a graphics designer or a creative artist you are surely going to love this site.

Cupcake

Apart from the cute logo, cupcake has an elegant collection of high resolution, free stock images. Photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0).

Skitter Photo

skitterphoto.com is a place to find, show, and share public domain photos. This site offers high-resolution images and is licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0).

Little Visuals

littlevisuals.co was a passion project for Nic Jackson. Tragically, Nic died suddenly in November 2013. But his family has ensured that all of the images will remain available and free for commercial use. The images are licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

Free Range Stock

freerangestock.com offers high quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use. Free registration is required to download the photos.

Jay Mantri

jaymantri.com offers high quality creatiive photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0).

Creative Commons

This is a search engine. You provide your search keywords and then choose from the various licensed like CC0, Public Domain Mark, etc.

Tip: Search for “photo” and tick CC0 for the best results.

Free Images

freeimages.com is a great collection of free stock photos – all free for personal and commercial use. While downloading the photo it gives you options to download photo of the low, medium, high or original resolution.

Although there are lots of other free stock photo sites on the web, I have shortlisted which I find easy to use as well as the simple license type.

Let me know which site you like the most or if you know a great site that also provides royalty free images please mention in the comment box below.

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