Best webpages for royalty-free stock photos


We all love to take photos and share them with our friends and family. But let's be honest, most of us don't have the skills or the right setup to capture photos that are good enough for commercial use.

For those who have money to spend it's not that big of a problem. Worldwide web is full of stock photo websites that have high-end quality photos to sell. Just search Google for stock photos and you get the picture.

But what if you don't have money to spend but in spite of that would like to use some good quality royalty-free photos for your individual or commercial projects. Then keep reading because I can suggest you a couple of websites that I use and am happy about. But first!

What is Creative Commons CC0?

CC0 means: No Rights Reserved. CC0 enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners to use CC0 materials freely for their individual and commercial projects.

It gives creators a way to waive all their copyright and related rights in their works to the fullest extent allowed by law. CC0 is not adapted to the laws of any particular legal jurisdiction, similar to many open source software licenses. So, here are my TOP3 picks for free images.


Pexels is the first site I go to to find images for my projects. Not because it has the largest database but it's just the quickest. You don't need to log in to download images and page layout is nice and simple.

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Unsplash is quite similar to Pexels. As if there were too many ways to design a stock photo site. As for Pexels you don't need to sign in to Unsplash eighter.

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If you want to download images from Pixabay you need to have an account and logged in. As for the number of available images, Pixabay is the biggest of them. But then again, it has some not so good quality images mixed into the pot.

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Unsplash has word unsplash added to every filename you download from their site. Pexels used to have it too, but lately, I haven't seen it anymore. Pixabay filenames also don't have word pixabay mentioned in them. It's not a problem but it comes handy later on when you want to know where did you download the image.

Last update: 2018-09-11 (Y,M,D)

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