Stop paying for stock photos!

Hamilton, Bermuda

Way back in issue 13, I mentioned Unsplash which is possibly the biggest and most well-known repository of free photos. It isn’t the only source, however, and below are a few alternatives if you can’t find what you are looking for on Unsplash.

I also want to mention, that while I say “don’t pay for stock photos”, note that some people make their living selling their photos and you should never use a photo unless it is explicitly being given away. Also note that a some free-photo sites will try to ‘upsell’ you with paid photos presented first in their search results.

Stock photos don't need to be expensive. Photo by Element5 Digital from Pexels.
Stock photos don't need to be expensive. Photo by Element5 Digital from Pexels.


Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright-free images, videos, and music. All contents are released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes.


Not much more to say, free stock photos with a CC0 license.

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Free Images

Search Millions Public Domain/CC0 stock images, clip-art, historical photos, and more. Commercial use OK. No attribution required. No login required.


Discover transparent background images and illustrations. Best quality, free unlimited download. Sometimes you don’t want a photo, sometimes you want a graphic with a transparent background. Maybe to place on top of a photo or some other background of your own. Last issue I mentioned a couple of services to remove backgrounds, here you can find free images without backgrounds already.

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