Warning! Nobody likes huge blocks of unbroken text on a web page or blog. It’s just bad for business.
An excellent article typically mixes a combination of text, images, infographics, video and other media elements. First, it’s easier on the eye and secondly, the adage that a “picture is worth a thousand words” does have some traction, mainly if you are using images to convey a particular message.
Sourcing images from the older traditional repositories can work out to be an expensive business, so in this post, we’ve curated a list of some of the best websites for FREE images and stock photos.
Pixabay – https://pixabay.com/
Pixabay host a repository of over one million stunning images. It is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes.
Unsplash – https://unsplash.com/
Unsplash hosts images gifted by a generous community of photographers. All photos published on Unsplash are available for free. You can use them for commercial and non-commercial purposes.
Pexels – https://www.pexels.com/
Pexels mission is “Empowering Creators”, and they have thousands of free high-quality photo available. All images on Pexels are available for free for commercial and non-commercial use. Attribution is not required although giving credit to the photographer or Pexels is appreciated.
Life of Pix – https://www.lifeofpix.com/
Life of Pix is a community of photographers who have come together to share their best shots.
The repository features thousands of free high-resolution photos with no copyright restrictions for personal and commercial use. There are new photographs added weekly, and all images are donated to the public domain.
Gratisography – https://gratisography.com/
Gratisography describes their offering as the world’s quirkiest collection of free high-resolution pictures, comprised of the world’s best, most creative images – photos you won’t find anywhere else. All completely free of copyright restrictions.
If you are looking for some slightly “off the wall” or bizarre images, then Gratisography is worth checking out.
Burst – https://burst.shopify.com/
Burst is a free image repository operated by e-commerce giant Shopify. The site includes free stock photos for websites and commercial use. All of the pictures are royalty-free, with no attribution required and you don’t need to be a Shopify merchant to use them.
Stocksnap – https://stocksnap.io/
StockSnap offer beautiful, high quality stock photos for just about any use you can think of – including commercial usage – for free.
Picography – https://picography.co/
Picography has been providing stunning images to millions of people for the past three years. It is now one of the top sources for high-resolution, free photos. Images can be used however and wherever you like, with no attribution required. All images are Creative Commons (CC0) licensed.
Bucketlistly – https://www.bucketlistly.blog/photos/
BucketListly Blog provides a free creative commons (Attribution: Non-Commercial) collection of over 8000+ travel photos from all over the world anyone can use.
ISO Republic – https://isorepublic.com/
ISORepublic offers our high-quality free stock photos and video under a free Creative Commons CC0 license. There are no restrictions. You can freely download, use on both personal and commercial projects, edit or share, and do so without permission or attribution to the creator of the work.