20 places to get free stock photos

Need a photo or vector image for your next commercial project? Check out these sources, which have Creative Commons Zero licenses or similar terms.

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Finding free stock images for your website or for your next giveaway can be a pain.

Just running a quick search for free stock photos or royalty-free photos will bring you to tons of deceptive websites that require payment to download any of their images.

We’ve done the dirty work for you and compiled this resource of 20 sites so you can get free stock images that fall under the Creative Commons Zero license or similar terms. This means you can copy, modify and use any photo you find, even for commercial purposes, without having to ask permission or provide attribution. All sites below have links to their terms and licenses.

Be sure to read each site carefully, as terms may change over time.

Please note: Even though we’ve done our best to provide you with this list of sites, we suggest you always do your own research when using an image to ensure that its license allows for what you plan to do with the photo.

1. Unsplash

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