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Are you looking for royalty-free photos you can use in your work?
Do you need a quick image with “no strings attached”, to throw into a professional presentation?
Are you ready to finally have an easy starting point for your next “perfect image” search?
Where Can I Find A Free Photo?
Thanks to paid advertising and misleading copyediting on web sites that sell photos, search engines do a lousy job identifying web sites that offer free and CC0 stock photos. Here are more than 2 dozen I’ve found in my research (plus some bonuses).
I’ve sorted in roughly the order I’ve found the most value. Sites I use the most are at the top; sites I use less often are toward the bottom. Because each has somewhat different themes and contributors, you may find you have different preferences.
Let me know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!
Thanks to everyone who’s shared these with me over the years (see credits at the bottom)!
Free Stock Photos
- Google Images (filtering with Tools > License > Labeled for reuse).
- Take your own
- Negative Space
- Life of Pix
- ISO Republic
- www.nappy.co ‘Beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people.’
- DeathtoStock has a really funky “free email pack per month” with their newsletter
- Fotolia. (NOT Adobe Stock, which bought Fotolia and is trying to make everyone convert — click on the ‘Go back to Fotolia’ link when you see their ad for it).
Free Banner Images
- http://stocksnap.io/ Free 2000 x 1200 photos
Bonus: Free stock videos
Bonus: Free icons
Please Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
Please offer proper attribution on your work for the source of the photo.
Share your sources of free and CC0 images and photos below.
Many thanks to the following for your contributions to the above:
- Members of Ray Edwards Copywriting Academy
- Members of Sam Ovens Consulting Accelerator
- Right Management
Also published on Medium.