Free Photos have become very popular in the last Year and the Number Websites offering Images with Creative Commons Zero License has grown. This is the first part of my new series of Articles about Websites which offer completely free Photos and Stock Photos. In this part I will show what I think are the big Players around.

So, who are the "Big Players"? The following Websites are my personal favorites when I need free Photos/free Stock Photos. I do not want to rank them but only describe their offers somehow.


Pexels provides a wide range of high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license which come from a huge community of Hobby- and Pro-Photographers.

The Website is beautifully designed and since all Photos are tagged well the included Search Engine lists all of your desired Images, even filtered by Photographer or Color what makes it easy to find Photos matching to your Design Colors.


Pixabay also offers a large collection of free Stock Photos plus Vectors and Illustrations, as well as Videos. All photos are released under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) of course.

To find the perfect Image Pixabay also has a great Search Engine which finds all of the nicely tagged Photos provided by a huge Community of Photographers.


Unsplash offers a large collection of free high Quality Photos and has become one of the best sources for free Stock Images. The Homepage Shows the best Images as well as you may Switch to the latest uploaded ones.

All Images are licensed under a Special Unsplash Creative Commons Zero (CC0) License. also has a large selection of beautiful free Stock Photos. The Search Feature is similar to the above mentioned. Hundreds of new Images are added daily under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) License. 

Of course this Enumeration is not complete - they are just the ones I personaly like most and think which suit best in this Article. Please feel free to contact me if you think your or another Website belongs to this List of the Big Players around.

The following Articles will include some more Websites of course. And I did not list the Stock Photo Agencies around like Shutterstock, iStockphoto or Dreamstime to name a few which do also offer some free Photos too.

In my next article I am gonna list some of the smaller but nevertheless Websites which have really good free Stock Photos available.

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