Free Royalty-Free Stock Photos

Free photos and illustrations for your blog, website, presentations, etc


Free Royalty-Free Stock Photos

If you have a blog (or any website for that matter) or presentation (eg PowerPoint presentation) that you feel would look better with pictures adorning the page, you may be interested in the stock photos provided by the sites listed here. They cover topics such as scenery, animals, inanimate objects, people, artistic expressions and so on. Some sites even provide vector art and videos. As far as I can tell, the images appear to come in high resolution, which you can of course resize.

The photos are supposed to be available for anyone to use free of charge, without payment of royalties, often for both personal and commercial purposes. However, it's best to verify this for yourself (by reading their licence agreements) since I'm not really a lawyer, and the terms and conditions on those websites may change with time.

Important: some of the sites also provide sponsored photos, which may mean that you have to pay for those specific pictures. If you only want the free stuff, be careful to select only the images that belong to their free collection.

You may also be interested in the Free Royalty Free Music and Sounds page.

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Unsplash

The photos here are released under the Creative Commons Zero licence, which allows you to use them for any purpose, even commercial ones, without even providing attribution to the photographer or the source. The photos cover a wide variety of subjects.

Pixabay

Pixabay provides photos, videos and vector and art illustrations that you can use under the Creative Commons CC0 licence. The site says that you can use these resources, modified or not, anywhere, even for commercial purposes. No attribution is required (that is, their licence does not require that you specify where you got the photo from or who took it).

Gratisography

Gratisography appears to feature photos from a single photographer. You may use the photos for personal or commercial purposes, subject to certain restrictions. (See the site for details.) The photos cover a number of subjects, including (to use their classification) animals, nature, objects, people and "whimsical".

Morguefile

The photos here have a wide variety of subjects, such as places, people, animals, and so on. I'm not entirely certain, but it looks like you are only allowed to use the pictures if you modify them in some way, although it seems that any modification is deemed as fulfilling this part of the licence, even if the change is very small. Alternatively, if you use a photo while accompanying it with text (like in an article or blog post), then it is supposed to be okay. I presume this requirement is to discourage people from creating a website and dumping all these photos there wholesale. However, I am not a lawyer and this is just my own layman's interpretation, so, as always, I recommend that you read their licence terms yourself.

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