7 Websites for Beautiful Stock Photography

High resolution quality royalty free stock photography can be hard to come by. Many website projects require hiring a professional photographer to capture the images you really want. Since this isn’t always in the budget the following is a list of 7 websites featuring paid and free stock photography with Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licenses.

This license means you can copy, modify, and distribute the photos. The images are free for personal as well as commercial use, all without asking for permission or leaving a link to the source. Attribution is not required and the photos are completely free to be used for any legal purpose, be it business or personal.

The CC0 license was released by the non-profit organization Creative Commons (CC). Get more information about the license on the official license page. Images are still subject to trademark restrictions even if the image is licensed under CC0 so be aware before using.



With over 3,800 free stock photos, and at least 70 new high resolution photos added weekly, Pexels hand picks high-quality images licensed under CC0. They pull images from reliable sources to add to their photo database.



Easily search free high quality images free of restrictions and attributions. Hundreds of images added weekly. Stocksnap curates the best stock photos from around the web and also uploads photos from select photographers within their network.



Stocksy is home to a curated collection of royalty-free stock photography that’s beautiful, distinctive and highly usable. Since every photo is vetted, there’s no filler, no cheesy poses…and no more hours of searching for the right image.

Photo prices are the same for all images in the collection and each image costs between $10 and $100 for royalty-free licenses at various sizes. There are also extended licenses available.



Kaboompics features a collection of good quality free images without any licensing restrictions, all organized by categories offered for free to bloggers, website owners, small businesses, freelancers, etc. This simple website gives you an opportunity to browse through thousands of pictures without any payment even for commercial use.



Free high quality photos with no copyright restrictions. Images are all organized by categories and the site has a search feature to easily find what you are looking for. New images can be sent right to your inbox and there’s an option to upgrade to membership for access to even more images.



Search from over 410,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations. Images are free of restrictions and don’t require attribution for digital or print forms. Along with Flickr, YouTube and Wikimedia Commons, in June 2012, Pixabay was included on Creative Commons’ official CC search site. On a regular basis, Pixabay receives attention in international print and online magazines.



Free high quality photos with no copyright restrictions. Images are all organized by category and the site has a search feature to easily find what you are looking for. For those looking for a larger number of prints they offer a premium service for a small fee, helping you save time and get a much wider selection.

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