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The Creative Commons Media Guide 2019

327 Websites for Free Stock Images for Your Projects
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Before You Jump Into The Creative Commons Media Guide...

Rock Solid Blogs and Rock Solid Info curate this site for you to use because these days images are vital to reinforce your points or marketing. Stock photos can get pricey if you have to use a lot of them. 

We have visited each of these websites on the date noted and have done our best to vet all of them we've included on the list. But, you'll need to do your own due diligence too.

We do not own or control the content on the sites listed here and we can't control what you do with the resources you find there. Our advice...

Be smart... Don't steal... Do Good.


 

Rock Solid Choices: Here's A Few Our Go-To Free Stock Photo Sites

  • PIXABAY
    We love this site. It's one of everybody's Top 3 for good reason

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    https://pixabay.com/

    OUR IMPRESSIONS:
    PIXABAY is secure, has a good search function, and has a great selection, many HD images, plus video and more... One of the best free photo sites on the web and one I recommend without reservation.

    YOU NEED TO KNOW...
    Free images and videos you can use anywhere. Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes.

  • UNSPLASH
    Beautiful, free photos. Gifted by the world’s most generous community of photographers.

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    https://unsplash.com/
    IMPRESSIONS AND COMMENTS
    secure - search - some stunning photos
     
    YOU NEED TO KNOW...
    All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and non-commercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.
  • FREE-IMAGES
    Search through millions of free stock photos, art and vector images.

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    https://free-images.com/

    Every image is Public Domain or CC0. Free to Download and Free to Use.

    IMPRESSIONS AND COMMENTS
    secure - search - some stunning images here
     
    YOU NEED TO KNOW...
    Every image is Public Domain or CC0. Free to Download and Free to Use.
     
    LICENSE
  • PEXELS
    The best free stock photos & videos shared by talented creators.

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    https://www.pexels.com/

    IMPRESSIONS AND COMMENTS
    secure - search - one of the best free photo sites anywhere.

    YOU NEED TO KNOW...
    All photos on Pexels are under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the photos.

    The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So attribution is not required. All in all the photos are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

  • GRATISOGRAPHY
    The world's quirkiest collection of free pictures, comprised of the world's most creative images

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    https://gratisography.com/

    Quirky, Creative, Always Free Photos.

    The world's quirkiest collection of free high-resolution pictures, comprised of the world's best, most creative images - photos you just won't find anywhere else. All completely free of copyright restrictions.

  • BURST
    Free stock photos for websites and commercial use Download free, high-resolution images

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    https://burst.shopify.com/

    Burst is a free stock photo platform that is powered by Shopify. Our image library includes thousands of high-resolution, royalty-free images that were shot by our global community of photographers.

    We built Burst to provide designers, developers, bloggers and entrepreneurs with access to beautiful free stock photography. You can use our pictures for just about anything — your website, blog or online store, school projects, Instagram ads, Facebook posts, desktop backgrounds, client work and more.

    All our photos are free for commercial use with no attribution required; you can read more about this on our license page.

  • FREERANGE
    Photos and illustrations licensed for commercial use. No attribution required!

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    https://freerangestock.com/

    IMPRESSIONS AND COMMENTS
    secure - search - good quality photos & illustrations. - high res images - some feel like 'stock' images, but others don't.

    YOU NEED TO KNOW...
    Photos and illustrations licensed for commercial use. No attribution required! Contributors welcome! All images are at least 2400 x 1600, and photos can be used for commercial or personal projects. You must register to download photos.

    LICENSE
    Images are licensed under Equalicense, but many are CC0.
    https://freerangestock.com/licensing.php

  • CANVA
    Canva offers a lot of free photos you can use

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    https://www.canva.com/photos/tag/cc0/

    Canva offers a lot of free pictures you can use in your projects. If you use them in the Canva website, there's plenty you can do with them like adding text, filtering, etc. 

    Canva Pro is the premium subscription. With it, you get 5 million photos you can use freely. and much, much more. The subscription costs $99.00/year and for us here at Rock Solid Blogs and Rock Solid Info... well, we can't imagine being without it. Some things are worth paying for.

    Put together with Affinity Photo (another one of our favorite tools), It's easy to make high-quality images for your projects.

  • HUBSPOT
    What if marketers didn't have to shell out more money for images, obsess over copyright laws, and fret about permissions?

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    https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/75-free-stock-photos-im-ht#sm.0000xfj9avtnecxeq0j1pyo207u8x

    While scouring the web for free photo sites, we came across this blog post at Hubspot

    They say there are 550+ royalty-free stock pictures to download and use. You do need to give your contact information to get the photos, but especially if you're into marketing or sales, these images will be helpful for you.

    As a bonus, there's a very good post about how to use stock photos and what to look out for. 

The Creative Commons Media Guide 2019

We've moved the guide to a service called Airtable to make it easier for us to add and remove sites as needed, save bandwidth on the site so it loads faster, and make it easier to search the database.

The colored lines on the left side of each listing are indicators of if a site is secure (https), has mixed content, or is insecureUse caution on any site with mixed or insecure encryption. 

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