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The Best free stock photography

Download quality high resolution photos

Dreamstime is one of the most well established microstock agencies offering both paid and free high resolution stock, as well as many CC0 licensed public domain images. Here is a selection of the latest photos from Dreamstime’s ever growing free image collection.

The best sites for exclusively free public domain CC0 licensed high resolution stock photos

Digital Photography School Resources: Captivating ColorThere are countless sources of free stock photos online but only a limited number offer free high resolution CC0 (no copyright) licensed stock exclusively. They are ideal for free stock photos for your blog and much more.

Please note that if you chose to republish even completely free stock images such as those under the Creative Commons CC0 or other license, you must ensure that the person or entity who has supplied a particular image under such a license has done so legitimately. Also be aware that if an image you intend to use depicts recognisable people, private property, corporate brands, logos or trademarks, or restricted landmarks, that image may require an applicable model or property release or appropriate prior permission to publish. Always exercise due diligence before deciding to use any free image, especially if intended for commercial use. Read this article and this one too for some good information and advice. Excepting our own free stock photos (accessible through this website and our Flickr and other social media accounts), all free (non-sponsored) stock sources listed on this page or elsewhere on this website are for information purposes only and do not imply any type of endorsement.

ABSFreePic

Absolutely free pictures, all CCO of course and in a searchable database accompanied by many tag keywords to click. Photo by taga.
absfreepic.com

FoodiesFeed

The place to go if you are looking exclusively for the most free possible high resolution food images. Delicious. Photo by Nazia A (download here).
foodiesfeed.com

Free For Commercial Use

Ten categories of “unstock/non-stock” for your perusal, with over 1000 hi-resolution 300dpi images. Photo by Markus Spiske.
freeforcommercialuse.net

Freepixels

Straightforward offering of CC0 stock images with a good selection of categories and subcategories. Photo credit: author unknown/not provided (here).
freepixels.com

Freestocks

The emphasis at Freestocks is non-cliché stock, choosing instead to offer an image versatility hard to find elsewhere. Photo by Joanna Malinowska (download here).
freestocks.org

Good Free Photos

Exactly what it says on the tin – free public domain photos – all supplied by photographers which include the creator of the site, with an emphasis on travel stock. Photo by didier.camus (flickr), & via the website.
goodfreephotos.com

ISO Republic

Highly curated collections of CC0 images across popular categories including art. Photo by Mathias Appel.
isorepublic.com

Libreshot

Created by photographer Martin Vorel who conceded that he didn’t do photography just to fill up hard disks. Hence this. Photo by Martin Vorel.
libreshot.com

Life of Pix

If you are looking for a bit of extra life to your free stock photos you have come to the right place at Life of Pix. Photo by Paul Bernhardt (download here).
lifeofpix.com

MMT

Photographer Jeffrey Betts (this photo here) set up MMT Stock to give back to the online community, with continuing new work across multiple categories and collections.
mmtstock.com

Negative Space

Sixteen categories of beautiful high resolution free stock photos to explore, with images also searchable by color. Photo by Mathias Appel.
negativespace.co

Photostock Editor

Weekly updated collection of free photos which can be viewed by category. Photo credit: author unknown/not provided (here). photostockeditor.com

Picmelon

A premium selection of free stock with downloadable weekly photo bundles and mega pack. Photo credit: author unknown/not provided (here).
picmelon.com

Picography

Beautiful, varied and growing collection of images with twelve categories to explore including cultural, fashion and street photography. Photo by Humphrey Muleba (download here).
picography.co

PxHere

Comprehensive selection of good quality free stock images with which to do as you wish, organized by collections, tags, and even the specific cameras they were shot with. Photo by Mareefe.
pxhere.com

Realistic Shots

New photos every week here, all making up popular categories in the forms of architecture, nature, people, travel and technology. Photo by Luis Llerena (download here).
realisticshots.com

Skitterphoto

Relatively small but perfectly formed website established by two Dutch photographers. Offers a wide range of subject matter across fourteen categories from animals to textures. Photo by Peter Heeling (download here).
skitterphoto.com

Skuawk

Nicely presented bespoke site offering a small range of free photo fare including a few space images. Photo by InstaWalli.
skuawk.com

Snapwire Snaps

Oodles of Tumbled CC0 goodness to explore from this well known source of free stock. Photo by Kara Schumacher (download here).
snapwiresnaps.tumblr.com

StockSnap

One of the finest sources of very high quality CC0 images available with hundreds of new ones coming along each week. Photo by Elliott Chau (download here).
stocksnap.io

Also visit publicdomainpictures.net who provide free to download CC0 licensed stock but only as lower resolution files apart from their higher resolution premium counterparts. Photo by Amateur Pic (500px.com) (download here).

The best free photos websites

Digital Photography School Resources : Transcending TravelThese free image sources offer varying quantities and qualities of free stock and usage rights and conditions, although a number (as noted) do provide some CC0 images alongside the more regularly licensed material. Some sources operate using their own independent terms which can be very liberal whereas others are more restrictive.

If you need a ‘catch all’ place for searching free stock photos of all kinds and across multiple free license types visit everystockphoto. For Flickr searches specifically use foter or flickriver or compfight or wylio or stockpholio. For searching public domain and Creative Commons images use CC Search and Wikimedia Commons, but also free-images for CC0 (Creative Commons Zero) images exclusively. Also check out photopin and visualhunt to search millions of all Creative Commons photos from one place, as well as everypixel for searching multiple sources for free (in addition to paid) stock images and more.

4freephotos

A Digital Dreamer

Absolutvision

Abstractinfluence

Alegri Photos (some CC0)

Bara Art

BarnImages

Bigfoto (link back required)

Budget Stock Photo (some CC0)

Burst (some CC0)

Cepolina (link back required)

CJO Photo

Creativity103 (Creative Commons license only)

DHD Multimedia Gallery

Fancycrave

Fontplay

Freeimages (by Getty, attribution required for editorial use)

Freeimages.co.uk (link back required)

Freejpg (some CC0)

Freelargephotos

FreeMediaGoo

FreePhotoBank (link back required)

Freephotos.cc

Freepik (attribution required for free images)

Freerange Stock (some CC0)

Freestock.ca

Freestockphotos.biz (some CC0)

Gratisography

IM Creator Free

Image After

Imagebase

Jeshoots

Kaboompics

Magdeleine (some CC0)

Morguefile

Openphoto

Pachd (link back required)

Pexels

Photogen

Photorack

Picjumbo

Pikwizard

Pixabay

Rawpixel (some CC0)

Ref (the free section)

Reshot

RGBstock

Splitshire

Stockarch (Creative Commons license only)

StockFreeImages (by Dreamstime, some CC0)

Stockmedia

Stockphotos 4 Free

Stockphotos.io (some CC0)

Stockvault (some CC0)

Stokpic (select few CC0)

Studio 25

Unprofound

Unsplash

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