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Visual graphics such as images are the best way to explain your ideas and demonstrate your views regarding a topic. As you all know, there are plenty of images available online that relate to your work, but is it fine to use any of them by just downloading and uploading a customized one along with your content? Surely, this is not the legal way.
Similar to patent laws, there are copyright laws under which it is illegal to use someone’s original work with your content without the authorization of the original user. These laws are strict and need to be followed by everyone, who wants to use the part of already existing work. While it is a good practice to give attribution to the original user when using their content, most of the owners may ask for a hefty amount of money to allow you to use their work, which is not feasible. Not to worry, there are many websites that allow us to use images for both personal and business purposes. The images are free under the Creative Commons License (CC0).
CC0 license is a copyright license that provides the right to the public to use images and videos by artists who have allowed their work to be used freely. These images are useful for business purposes as they are of high quality and do not need money to buy them.
Here is a list of twenty such websites that provide free images:
Pixabay is a database of more than 1 million photos, videos, art illustrations, and graphic artworks. It is one of the most popular free images websites registered under the CCO license. The website is user-friendly and has different categories to choose from.
Along with the photos from various categories, Stocksnap also provides the currently popular images under the trending section. There is also an option to sort the images on the basis of views, dates, and favorites.
Pexels is quite a popular website for photography lovers. The website updates its collection daily by adding 100 images on an everyday basis.
4. Image Source
Image Source provides you with modern, bright and high-quality images. Similar to other websites, the site has plenty of categories to choose from.
Unsplash displays a collection of images on the basis of New and Trending. The images are available for both commercial and non-commercial uses.
Gratisography provides a user-friendly interface and an amazing layout with high-resolution pictures. The website adds new pictures on a weekly basis taken by professional photographers.
7. Negative Space
Negative Space has CC0 licensed images with categories ranging from architecture to typography.
The website has very high-resolution images. It provides a tag section and search option to ease the navigation.
Picography is a blog like a website. Most of the images on this website are architecturally based. If you are a travel blogger or works in an industry related to travel and tourism, then this is the right place for you.
10. MMT Stock
MMT stands for Moment. The website offers free CC0 photography for both commercial and personal uses on apps, websites, themes and projects and much more.
Skitterphoto features a handy search option and also categorizes the most popular images chosen by the website admins. All the images are of high quality and are public domain.
12. Life of Pix
The website has good quality images, especially for food and textiles. The high-quality images are also available for other categories as well.
As the name suggests, FoodiesFeed is a collection of fantastic quality images mainly for food-related businesses. The website provides free high-resolution images.
PicJumbo adds high-quality images on a daily basis. The website is easy to use with a good variety of categories available.
The images available on this website are photographed by professional photographers. All are free under CC0 license.
16. Shot Stash
Shot Stash has a wide variety of photos available for commercial as well as non-commercial purposes. All the images are copyright free.
17. Styled Stock
Styled Stock contains images especially meant for female entrepreneurs. There are great selections of high-resolution images for every type of legal use.
18. Death to Stock Photos
Unlike other websites, this website is based on subscription service. Death to Stock sends can send ten high-quality images directly to your account on a monthly basis.
19. Little Visuals
This blog like website displays copyright free images. Most of these are captured by professional photographers.
Shopify provides free images service via a website named Burst. Burst allows the usage of free photography images for all commercial purposes. Most of the images are of high quality.
These are some of the most popular free images websites working under CCO license. If you think, there are some more options available that can be added to this list. Do write your views in the comment box below.
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