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10 Sites That Offer Beautiful Free Stock Photos

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The statistics are clear: Social media posts with images get far more attention than those without. But, where can you find good images to use and not infringe on copyrights?

I've put together a list of 10 photo sites that I use in my marketing. Most of the images on these sites are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under Creative Commons public domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, and distribute, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

So, without further ado here is a list of places to get some great photographs to jazz up your social media marketing:

 1. StockSnap.io

StockSnap free stock photos

StockSnap.io has a large selection of beautiful free stock photos and high-resolution images. The site also has a very handy search feature making it easy to browse through the thousands of images available. In addition, the site tracks views and downloads so you can find the most popular photos available.

StockSnap adds hundreds of images on a daily basis and all photos are released under creative commons public domain – no attribution required.

2. Pexels

Pexels free stock photos

Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through their discover pages.

3. Unsplash

Unsplash free stock photos

Unsplash offers a large collection of free high-resolution photos and has become one of the best sources for stock images. The Unsplash team combs through new submissions and features the very best photos on their homepage. All photos are released for free under the Unsplash license.

4. Burst (by Shopify)

Burst free stock photos

Burst is a resource from Shopify that provides free stock photos for entrepreneurs. Some photos are licensed under Creative Commons CC0 while others fall under Shopify’s own photo license.Burst is a resource from Shopify that provides free stock photos for entrepreneurs. Some photos are licensed under Creative Commons CC0 while others fall under Shopify’s own photo license.
Burst was launched to help entrepreneurs make better products, websites, and marketing campaigns. Most of the pictures are original photos that were taken in-house and are themed around trending business niches — everything from DIY beard oil to Aliexpress LED sneakers. You can also find more general photographs as well.

5. Pixabay

Pixabay free stock photos

Pixabay offers a large collection of free stock photos, vectors and art illustrations. All photos are released under Creative Commons CC0.

6. FoodiesFeed

Foodies feed free stock photos

FoodiesFeed offers thousands of beautiful realistic free food pictures in high resolution. It’s the perfect stock photo site for food bloggers.

7. Gratisography

Gratisography free stock photos

Gratisography offers free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. New awesome pictures are added weekly and are free of copyright restrictions. All pictures are captured by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design.

8. FreeStocks.org

Freestocks.org free stock photos

Freestock offers a wide range of high-quality photos all released under Creative Commons CC0.

9. Picography

Picography free stock photos

Picography contains beautiful free stock photos submitted by Dave Meier and various other photographers. All photos are released under Creative Commons CC0.

10. MMT Stock

MMT Free Stock photos

MMT Stock is a collection of high-resolution photos provided by Jeffrey Betts. Jeffrey likes to share photos of computers and workspaces as well as flowers and nature. All photos are released under Creative Commons CC0.


As you can see, there is a growing number of fantastic resources for stock photography. These websites blessings for designers, marketers, and bloggers. No need to rely on pricey stock photos anymore!

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Jeff Barkacs

Jeff has been in advertising and marketing since 1988 when he started selling, writing, and producing TV spots for local cable insertion. From there he went on to work in radio, print, and specialty advertising. In 2002 he saw the future of marketing was digital. Since then he has worked exclusively in website design, search engine optimization, and social media marketing. He's worn many hats in the industry and in life, as he is a victim of male pattern baldness. His favorites are fedoras.

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