5 places to get free stock photos

Posted on December 27, 2016 | https://andy-powell.net/?p=3145

Finding good sources of stick images is difficult, and as a result many small businesses resort to Google image searches which means that frequently they end up using images unlawfully and can end up facing big legal bills.

At the moment my go to places for stock images are as follows.


My current favourite is pexels.com offering a large selection of images under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license which means anyone can use them for for any purpose.



Another regular site is pixabay, which is very similar to pexels in the way it operates.



More CC0 images this time brought to you by Snappa an online graphic design package.



This one is more like a gallery of created images rather than your traditional keyword search but offers amazing royalty free images non the less.



This one takes a little more effort but by using the advanced search tool on the flickr website you can search by licence allowing you to find cc0 images.


Andy Powell is a website specialist with 20 years experience, he is also the founder of Hack Oldham, a non profit co-working and maker space, a digital trainer and a maker of things.

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2 Replies to "5 places to get free stock photos"

  • Yinan Chen
    February 3, 2017 (2:19 am)

    Hi, very informative article.
    Please also check out https://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of unique public domain photos, all high-resolution and free to use for any purpose.We specialize in photos by location as we document cities, national parks, state parks, national landmarks, and more. We update with 20+ photos each week. Appreciate it if you could add us to your list of sites.

  • How much does a website cost? -
    December 29, 2017 (8:42 am)

    […] whether that be a surprise bill for stock images that were downloaded from Google when plenty of free images are available or losing customers because they cannot access your […]

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