The Best Totally Free and Searchable Photo Collections

If you have ever searched for free photos for your blog post, presentation, video or anything at all, you probably know how hard it is to find a high-quality free photo that doesn’t suck. We have scoured the internet and found the best Creative Commons Zero (CC0) photo sources which are completely free to use for any purpose, even commercially, no attribution required.

Last updated: February 6th 2017

All of the photo sources are licenced as CC0 - Creative Commons Zero. This means you can copy, modify, distribute, and publish the photos. Attribution is not required, which means you don’t even have to credit the authors with a link or a mention.

Word of caution, though: please check and re-check these sources. Some of them might have changed their licensing options since this article has been published.

Pixabay.com

  • Registration needed: No
  • Captcha before download: Yes
  • Special features: 4 image sizes - S, M, L, XL

Pixabay is our favorite photo source. This is where you should start your search. It has more than 380.000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations.

This wide range of photos on any topic and a search bar makes it easy to find high quality photos in a second. Probably everything that you will ever need in your free photo, you will be able to find here. Photos can be downloaded in 4 sizes - from small to extra large.

You can sign up for an account and download photos without disturbance. If you don’t want to sign up, just enter a simple captcha and download a photo in a size that suits your needs.

Pixabay

Pexels.com

  • Registration needed: No
  • Captcha before download: No
  • Special features: free stock videos, related keywords

Pexels has a database of more than 2000 quality photos and the collection is getting bigger every week. There is a search bar on top of the website that makes it easier to find images on a certain topic and related keywords are shown below to give you an idea of what else to search. Pexels also has a collection of free stock videos you can use.

By clicking the download button an image opens in new window so you can save it with the right click of the mouse.

Pexels

DesignersPics.com

  • Registration needed: No
  • Captcha before download: No
  • Special features: categories

This free source has really professional and high-resolution photos that are perfect for presentations. Along with search bar, there are 10 categories to help you filter photos.

DesignersPics

PickupImage.com

  • Registration needed: Yes
  • Captcha before download: No
  • Special features: clipart, 3 image sizes - S, M, L

Pickup image is another good source for high quality photos. It also has a collection of free clipart. Photos are downloadable in 3 sizes. The website is simple and easy to navigate. But there is one downside: you have to be a registered user to be able to download photos. If you don’t want to register, you can alternatively save a photo with the right click of the mouse.

Pickup image

Morguefile.com

  • Registration needed: No
  • Captcha before download: No
  • Special features: photo commenting and favoriting

Morguefile is a nice source of free photos with a search bar. The website is easy to navigate and you can download a photo with just one click. If you are a registered user, you can comment and favorite photos.

Morguefile

Plixs.com

  • Registration needed: No
  • Captcha before download: No
  • Special features: categories

Not the biggest selection of photos, but there are quite a few high quality photos to choose from. There is a search bar on the top along with categories and downloading is just one click away when opening a photo.

Plixs

Magdeleine.co

  • Registration needed: No
  • Captcha before download: No
  • Special features: choose a dominant color, categories

You can use a search bar and categories to filter results and there is also a possibility to choose a dominant color of the photo.

Magdeleine

Commons.Wikimedia.org

Wikimedia is the same non-profit organisation that founded Wikipedia. There are many free photos to choose from, but the downside is that it’s a bit tricky to browse through photos compared to other sites we listed.

  • Registration needed: No
  • Captcha before download: No
  • Special features: categories and subcategories

Wikimedia

PDPics.com

  • Registration needed: No
  • Captcha before download: Yes
  • Special features: categories

PDPics is a repository of thousands of free public domain pictures and photographs. This website also requires captcha before download.

PDPics

GoodFreePhotos.com

  • Registration needed: No
  • Captcha before download: No
  • Special features: categories

This image source is limited to several categories such as nature, animals, food…

Good free photos

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