It’s not an easy task when you have to look for free stock photos. If you have the money to pay image repository like iStockphoto or Shutterstock, your rights and responsibilities are clear: You pay for the rights to use the image, without attributions
However, if you choose to go the free route, well, why shouldn’t you?
Before we go further in this article, You need to know how you’re allowed to use the photos, and what (if any) attribution is required.
In this post, I will list 20 sites that offer 100 percent free images for use on your blog or social media posts.
All the sites below offer photos under the Public Domain or the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license; thus no attribution (link) is required.
So you know the copyright categories, here’s a brief overview of the three main types:
Images in the public domain are works whose copyrights have expired or whose creators have abandoned rights to them These are however made free for personal or commercial use. There is an exception to the “free for all use” policy for public domain photos: If you’re using an image of a recognizable person, you may have to get his/her permission to use the photo. Some sites offering such photos will already have obtained a formal release.
Images which are offered for royalty-free, are often paid for just once, this means that once the purchaser pays a fee he/she can then use the image without paying additional royalties or licensing fees. The purchaser doesn’t have to give attribution. This is the model used by paid stock photo sites.
Photographers who license their images under Creative Commons (CC) usually define how their images will be used by specifying a particular CC license.
A CC0 license means the owner has relinquished all rights to his or her works.
A CC 2.0 requires the user to provide attribution.
The most favourable license so far is the CCO license.
NOTE; The sites listed below are either public domain or creative commons, and do not require any attribution.
The license the site uses is specifed.
Creative Commons 0 (CC0) and Public Domain image sites.
There are a whole lot of these site, all you need do is find the best that meets your need…
Do you have any great free image sites which you would love to add to the list above, then share them in the comments below!