Where to Find Free Stock Photos

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  • Are you looking for royalty-free stock 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?
Excited Woman Just Found Free Images
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Where Can I Find A Free Stock 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 CC0 and free 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

  1. unsplash.com
  2. pexels.com
  3. pixabay.com
  4. Google Images (filtering with Tools > License > Labeled for reuse).
  5. pxhere.com
  6. Megan Stewart’s resource list
  7. ThemeIsle.com
  8. rawpixel.com
  9. StockSnap
  10. Take your own
  11. KaboomPics
  12. Libreshot
  13. Negative Space
  14. Life of Pix
  15. ISO Republic
  16. Picjumbo
  17. JESHOOTS.com
  18. https://www.matteoduo.com/free-photo-websites-commercial-use/
  19. www.nappy.co ‘Beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people.’
  20. FancyCrave
  21. DeathtoStock has a really funky “free email pack per month” with their newsletter
  22. Freedigitalphotos.net
  23. AvoPix
  24. Freerange
  25. 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

  1. https://www.backgroundimagepro.com/
  2. http://www.linkedinbackground.com/
  3. http://freelinkedinbackgrounds.com/
  4. http://stocksnap.io/ Free 2000 x 1200 photos

Bonus 1: Free stock videos


Bonus 2: Free icons


Give Credit Where Credit Is Due:

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Share your sources of free and CC0 images and photos below.

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