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Pexels is a fantastic stock image website that offers high-resolution photos and short videos for everyone — designers, bloggers, marketers, social media teams, and those of us who like making our own house party posters. The service generously gives away photos under the Creative Commons CC0 license. It means you have the freedom to copy, modify, distribute, and use all images without getting permission or giving attribution.
Pexels also promotes photo competitions and collaborative events for all types of creators: artists, models, professional photographers, and photography enthusiasts. It's a great opportunity to team up with other talented people, win cash prizes, and have your images posted on Pexels website and their official Instagram.
Tired of using generic and unrealistic stock images that can't possibly express your brand's unique personality? Unsplash is the place where you can get authentic pictures that look different from your run-of-the-mill stock photos. It also provides an absolutely free API to fetch high-resolution images right into your app, which is handy for products that need a diverse photo library.
Unsplash also has a community chat on Slack, where you can ask questions or get feedback on your latest work — regardless of whether you're a professional artist or a beginner photographer.
Pixabay contains many high-quality images that you can filter by media type, orientation, color, minimum dimensions, and more. But the best part is the impressive library of illustrations and vector graphics free of any known copyright restrictions.
Pixabay has a large community, where artists are welcome to participate in forum discussions, receive feedback on their latest work, get advice from other professionals, or learn about stunning photoshoot locations.
Unlike stock image websites with many contributors, Kaboompics is a "one-woman show", as it calls its founder Karolina Grabowska. This web-designer from Poland created a royalty-free service for stock images containing approximately 19,000 high-quality shots that the author has taken herself.
Kaboom Pics has images on a whole bunch of topics from fashion to food to nature, each coming with a free complementary color palette! The website is also interested in collaborations. If you're a blogger who wants to promote their work or share tips and stories about their photographic adventures, consider getting in touch with Kaboompics.
If you are looking for unique stock image websites, Gratisography is the place to go. According to its founder Ryan McGuire, Gratisography is the home for collections of the quirkiest free pictures. Its primary goal is to offer something different than pages after pages of the same striking business people in perfect suits, same smiling stock families, and same serene yoga people lit up with peace and joy. Those who are looking for pictures for entertaining and out-of-the-ordinary content, you're in for a treat!
There's also a small but mind-blowing collection of whimsical illustrations — for example, a walking hand with a fake mustache, nose, and horn-rimmed glasses. All pictures are free to use for both personal and commercial projects.
The main problem with most stock image websites is the lack of diversity. If you type into the search "a woman with a laptop" or "a woman drinking coffee," you're most likely to see images of white women — even though women of other different ancestries do these things too!
By contrast, Nappy specializes in beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people, making it an amazing resource for inclusive design material. And even better — if you haven't found what you are looking for, you can request custom photos! Not to mention, their library is entirely free.
Looking for high-res mouth-watering food images for your cooking blog or food-themed design? Look no further than FoodiesFeed. The website features the cream of the crop photos available under the Creative Commons Zero License that are completely free to use for whatever food-related content you can imagine.
What's more, some photos contain links to a food blog where you can find their detailed recipe — a blessing for all cooking enthusiasts out there!
#8 Styled Stock
Whether girls run the world or not, women indisputably represent one of the largest consumer segments. According to Bloomberg stats, women drive 70-80% of all consumer purchasing decisions worldwide. Besides, the number of female-led businesses is on the rise and will only increase over time. Don't miss the chance to reach out to this audience by using female-oriented pictures — and Styled Stock is a perfect place for that.
Styled Stock photos reflect modern trends and represent beautiful women regardless of their ethnic, racial, social, and cultural backgrounds. Needless to say, "feminine photography" doesn't mean "only pink color," and the collection includes stunning lifestyle, travel, and food images of different colors.
#9 Life of Pix
With the name that sounds like a movie or fairytale title, Life of Pix has tons of stunning, high-resolution images to help you tell your own story. As if that wasn't enough, its partner platform Life of Vids offers free footage videos, clips, and loops.
Each week, the Life of Pix team selects the best photographer of the week and promotes their 10 best works on their website and social networks. Honestly, there's no better place to build your portfolio and follow your photography gurus.
#10 ISO Republic
Images can be a powerful force in design. A perfect image can brighten up your design, blog post, or commercial, and the ISO Republic offers hundreds of images ready for the challenge. It has videos too, and you can download and use all of them in your commercial and personal projects without attribution.
In addition, ISO Republic also has its blog where you can browse through nicely organized collections of various topics, learn from professional photographers, or get inspiration to get out of your creative deadlock.