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We’ve all been there, you’re searching for hours on the internet for images for your business and you just can’t seem to find the right image; or maybe you do find a good image, great! Now you’re ready to use it for your business – but not so fast! Did you know you might not have permission to use all pictures found online?
A large number of images online, particularly ones found in Google image searches are protected by copyright. There is a solution, however. A number of websites exist where you can access free-to-use, high-quality images.
We here at Talent Cupboard have compiled a list of the best free image websites for you. The images featured on these websites contain Creative Commons license (CC0) images which means you can use them for any purpose, both personal & business.
CC0 licenses are public copyright licenses that give the public the right to use images and videos by artists who have granted permission for their work to be used for free. This can be particularly useful for businesses on a budget who want to use high-quality images, without breaking the bank.
Why Is It so Important to Use Copyright-Free Images?
Copyright owners have intellectual property rights over the work that they produce and have a range of protections in place. Anyone caught using copyrighted images, without the proper license or consent, could face financial penalties for doing so – an unwanted expense for any business. You can find more information on UK copyright laws here: www.copyrightservice.co.uk
Here is our 20 top free stock images websites list:
With over 1 million free stock photos, videos, art illustrations, and graphic artwork, Pixabay is one of the most popular choices on the web for copyright-free audio visual content. All images are CC0 licensed, the website has a great user interface and a variety of categories to choose from.
Stocksnap features a great user interface. The website is bright and modern with a useful trending section (really handy if you want to see what images are popular at the moment). Images can also be sorted by views, dates, and favorites. All images are CC0 licensed, the website hosts very high-quality images and a good selection of categories.
Pexels is one of the most popular websites online for free stock photography with good reason, the website features a handy top photographer list and 100 new high-quality images are added daily. All images are of high quality and CC0 licensed with a great selection of categories (all images can be browsed by popular search and even by color).
4) Image Source
Image source is a great stop if you’re looking for really modern, bright high-quality images. Although possessing a limited variety of images, Image Source provides high-quality royalty-free images with a good selection of categories to choose from.
Unsplash features free high-quality images gifted by artists from around the world. Images are sorted by what’s trending and new images. There is also a good selection of various categories that can be used for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.
Gratisography provides free high-resolution pictures which can be used for personal and commercial purposes. The website is easy to use, with a fantastic modern layout. New pictures are added weekly and all images are photographed by a professional photographer.
7) Negative Space
Negative Space provides free high-quality images for personal and commercial projects. All images are CC0 licensed and the website features a good variety of categories ranging from architecture to typography.
Freestocks provides very high-quality CC0 licensed images. The website features a popular tag section and a search tool, making it easier to navigate.
Picography is a great blog-style website with CC0 licensed images of high-quality images (mostly architectural-based) and would be great for travel-related businesses.
10) FOCA Stock
All images on FOCA Stock are CC0 licensed, the website is easy to use and all images are of high quality.
Skitterphoto features a good variety of high-quality images. All images on the site are public domain, the website features a handy search toolbox and top pick of the day by the website admins.
12) Life of Pix
Life of pix provides great high-quality free images with a good set of categories ranging from food to textiles.
FoodiesFeed offers amazing high-resolution images for free. This website would be a fantastic choice for small food businesses!
PicJumbo features high-quality images for commercial and public use with new photos being added daily. The website is easy to use and provides the option to browse by category.
Stockvault features free-to-use photography by a professional photographer! All images are CC0 licensed.
16) Shot Stash
Shot Stash features copyright-free images with a broad range of photos on offer for free commercial and personal use.
17) Styled Stock
This website offers a great selection of high-quality images particularly suited to female entrepreneurs looking for copyright-free images for commercial and personal use.
18) Death To Stock
Death To Stock is a subscription service for copyright-free high-quality images. 10 high-quality images are sent to your account each month.
19) Little Visuals
This fantastic blog-style website features free high-quality CC0 licensed images by a skilled photographer.
20) Burst (Shopify)
Last but certainly not least, Burst by Shopify features free photography which can be used for all commercial purposes. All images are of a high to medium quality.
The list of free stock image websites provides a variety of options for finding the perfect image for your project. Each website has its own strengths and weaknesses, so it is important to explore all of them before making a decision. With so many choices available, there is sure to be one that meets your needs.