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11 Great Websites to Download Royalty Free Stock Photos


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Great images make your content look better and make it more interesting for your users. There are many great paid stock photo websites like Shutterstock. But if your working on a small project with a limited budget it doesn’t make sense to spend big money on images. Here’s something most people don’t know. There are a number of great websites that offer free and creative commons images. I’ve listed some of the best ones here. I hope this list will help you take your project to the next level.

Pixabay

Pixabay stunning free images

Pixabay offers over a millions free photos, vector images and videos. The website has been operating since 2010. The image quality on Pixabay is excellent. Pixabay is one of the largest collections of free images on the internet. Pixabay focuses on providing great content to graphic designers, web designers and digital creatives.

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Unsplash

unsplash beautifyl free stock photos

Unsplash is a community of over 90,000 photographers and creators with over half a million pictures. The pictures are free and curated into fantastic collections. The interface is slick and the images are well tagged and ordered into categories.

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Pexels

Pexels aims to help designers, bloggers and small businesses find great images that won’t cost a cent. All images on Pexels are licensed under their own license (meaning free for personal and commercial use). Photos are categorised and tagged making it easy to search. Revenue is generated from sponsored images from paid stock photo sites. Pexels has been running since 2014 and is very popular in the digital creative community.

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Kaboompics

kaboom pics free stock photos for mockups and articles

Kaboompics is run by a photographer and designer Karolina. The site features images she has taken and images contributed by other photographers. Images have featured in the sites BBC, CNN, Yahoo and more. Kaboompics is one of the more impressive free stock photo sites. Revenue is generated by showing paid images from other stock photo sites next to the free images.

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Picjumbo

picjumbo royalto free images

Picjumbo has over two thousand high quality stock photos. It was created in 2013 by designer and photographer Viktor Hanacek. They also offer premium images and galleries based off the free images.

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StockSnap

stocksnap beautiful free stock photos

StockSnap offer a collection of beautiful and high quality images for free. All images are under a Creative Commons 1.0 license. They encourage photographers to contribute and give them attribution. They have strict contribution guidelines and quality control. StockSnap make revenue by showing relevant images from paid services like Shutterstock alongside the free images.

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SkitterPhoto

skitterphoto public domain images

SkitterPhoto is a place to share public domain images. All images are free to use for any purpose. It was launched in 2014 by photographers in the Netherlands. Alongside the free images they show paid image from Shutterstock.

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FreeStocks

freestocks free stock photos commercial use

FreeStocks offer a selection of image that cover a wide range of themes for various purposes. It is run by a small team of photographers. Images are donated by other photographers. The site is very simple and clean. However it is a bit slow and limited in features compared to the competition.

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DesignerPics

designerpics high resolution photos

DesignerPics is a very simple photo site. All the photos are taken by one photographer, Jeshu John. Attribution is appreciated but not necessary. As all the images come from one source the number is limited but the quality is high.

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Stokpic

stokpic free stock photos

Stockpic has only been running for a year but has some great quality images. It is run by a solo photographer that wanted to get his images in front of people. The images are free for personal and commercial use but cannot be resold.

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Burst

burst attribution free images

Burst is a free stock photo platform that is powered by Shopify. They offer thousands of high resolution and royalty free images. All photos are free for commercial use with no attribution required. Images are offered in both high resolution and lower resolution for web graphics.

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