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80 Amazing Photo Resources for your Interactive Content and Social Media Posts
23rd November 2017 Sharanya Manola

80 Amazing Photo Resources for your Interactive Content and Social Media Posts

Photographs play an important role in any content - be it text-based such as blog posts and eBooks or interactive such as quizzes and calculators. It also plays a huge role when it comes to generating engagement on social media. However, finding high-quality photos that resonate with one’s brand or project can be strenuous because a lot of them come with a hefty price.

To make things easier for you, we took it upon ourselves to list some of the most incredible websites and projects that publish photos which have no copyright restrictions or fall under public domain or Creative Commons license. You will also notice that a few on the list have both free and premium creatives and it is up to you to choose which ones suit your requirement and budget.

As a final word of caution, we recommend that you do read terms of use to prevent any copyright infringement.

Read More: A Creative’s Guide to Building Viral Quizzes and Calculators

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#1 Albumarium: Albumarium calls categories as albums and have organised images that way. They are available under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license and are best-suited for social media campaigns.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#2 Avopix: Avopix have 115,000+ images and over 7.2 million videos that are released under public domain. Both can be modified, distributed, downloaded for commercial applications as well as personal use..

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

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#3 BucketListly: It’s an ideal place to find images related to travel. They have a collection of over 5,000 photos from around the world! The best part is that you can contact Pete Rojwongsuriya, the mastermind behind Bucketlistly and self-proclaimed digital nomad if you need any of those photos in HD! .

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Attribution to Pete Rojwongsuriya and a link back to BucketListly Photos must be made along with the image.
Price: Free

 

#4 Burst by ShopifyPowered by Spotify, Burst has thousands of royalty-free images available for download. The wide-range of collection makes it possible for anyone to use it personally or professionally on websites, or for marketing and social media campaigns. In particular, their ‘business ideas’ photo collection caters evto the eCommerce industry.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

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#5 CupcakeAll images on Cupcake are by Jonas Wimmerström and licensed under Creative Commons License (CO0). This is a stunning high-res collection of cityscape, nature, food and abstract photographs that he gives you rights to be used commercially and personally. 

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes, as a courtesy.
Price: Free

 

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#6 Death to stock photos: They have an incredible collection of photographs and perhaps as the name suggests want to put an end to the stock photos available on most photo websites! They have their own license agreement which you should check here. They also send monthly photo mails with 10 images for free download.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

#7 Designer PicsDesigner Pics is an ongoing project by Jeshu John who lets you use his photos for free. The website has categories based on industries like technology, architecture, wildlife, and business etc.f

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

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#8 EpicantusAll photographs are by Daria, a visual and UX designer and Lean startup coach. On his website, he says he’s making his images available because, “Finding images that carry the right message usually takes hours, therefore every photo I make in my spare time will appear here for you”. All of them are free for personal & commercial use. You can also send Daria a special photo request.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes
Price: Free

 

#9 EveryStockPhotoWelcome to the free stock photo search engine! You can filter and search for images that are published under the public domain. The results are from searches through public domain image websites like Wikimedia, Flickr, NASA. Although the results will be of copyright-free images, but do cross-check the license terms on every photo.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yesf
Price: Free

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#10 Fancy Grave: Igor Ovysyannykov started Fancy Crave in 2015 and started giving away 2 free photos from his travel. Quite soon he started making the right kind of noise for his photographs! Now, all his photos and of fellow photographers have been licensed under the CO0. He also has a premium collection available only to members where you can pay what you want.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free and Pay What You Want

 

#11 FindA.Photo: A relatively simple search engine where you can browse photos based on sources and categories and attributes like color, saturation, and width. All photos are CCO licensed.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#12 Flaticon: Flaticon is a database of vector icons available in PNG, SVG, PSD, EPS and base 64 formats. They add about 28,500 every month. As a free user you get access to 589,500 icons but if you subscribe to the paid premium plan you gain access to additional 115,000 premium icons.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No for free icons; yes for premium icons.
Price: Free and paid

 

#13 Flickr Commons: Flickr Commons hosts free public domain images contributed by institutions and libraries from around the globe. The photographs have no copyright restrictions, but it is suggested that you read terms of use.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No, but recommended to verify.
Price: Free

 

#14 Foodie Factor: Foodie Factor is a website dedicated to food and drinks stock photographs created by the owners of ISO Republic. The photos can be used for personal or commercial, creative projects.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#15 FoodieFeed: For delicious-looking food photos, hop onto this website where food photographers from around the world share their photographs for others to use for free! The founder of FoodieFeed, Jakub, himself approves the photographs because he wants only the best to be available for download.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#16 Foter: They have around 335 million stock photos in their database and 220 million of these are listed under the Creative Commons License! Now, imagine the number of options you get on Foter!

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes, they have a code that automatically inserts Creative Commons attributions.
Price: Free

 

#17 Fotolia.com: This stock photo site is a part of Adobe and a resource house of over 104 million inspiring royalty-free images, videos and vectors!

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes
Price: Paid

 

#18 FreeForCommercialUse: FFCU is a photograph and image resource platform that has astounding lifestyle creatives for everyone who wants to up their project quality. All photos are under public domain hence copyright free. Although they are still new in the industry but their collection is worth a look.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#19 Free Images: They have over 390,530 free-to-use images and stock photos and illustrations to choose from. All are listed under the Creative Commons License.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Not for commercial use but for editorial purposes in this format: “FreeImages.com/Artist’s Member Name.”
Price: Free

 

#20 Free Nature Stock: You will find royalty-free nature stock photos on this website created by Adrian Pelletier. It is updated daily and are perfect for people looking for nature-themed images. They are all listed under the Creative Commons Zero and hence require no exclusive permissions to use them.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#21 Freeqration: Freeqration has over 2 million free photos, illustrations, and vectors all of which are curated from stock photo websites. You can browse images from one or more sources or from trends, editor’s picks etc. They also release download packs every week!

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Click on each photo to check attribution requirement.
Price: Free

 

#22 Freerange: You can download photos and illustrations that are licensed for commercial use and require no attribution, although they do appreciate if you can give a photo credit. You will however be required to register to download photos. Images from their website have been used by industry stalwarts like Inc.com, The Huffington Post etc.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#23 FreeStocks: All the photographs on FreeStocks are released under the Creative Commons License and can hence be copied, modified but not be sold for commercial and personal purpose. If you want, you can support the team by making a token donation through PayPal.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required:

Price: Free

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#24 Getty ImagesAlso the owner of iStock, Getty Images curates hand-picked premium photos that can be used by purchasing from them.

Searchable: Yesth
Attribution required: Yes
Price: Paid

 

#25 Get Refe: Get Refe has extremely life-like and realistic photos on their website. While there’s Free Refe where you can find photos that can be used without seeking permission and credits, you will find paid photo packs too.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free and paid

 

#26 Giphy: It is here where you can search, discover, create and share gifs! Don’t blame us if you end up spending hours on the site just having fun! You can use them on your blog or social media!

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No, though you probably should give a shoutout!
Price: No

 

#27 Google Image SearchIt is content offered in exchange for contact information. Typically examples include, downloadable content like whitepapers, ebooks, case studies, guides, reports, but can also be non-downloadable like free consultations, product demos, free trials etc.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No, but do verify.
Price: Free

 

#28 GratisographyAll the photos are by Ryan McGuire and can be used and modified for commercial as well as personal projects. The photographs, however, cannot be redistributed. McGuire has teamed up with Shutterstock; those images are copyright protected and come at a cost.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes
Price: Free; third-party images can be bought
Donate: Yes, whatever your wallet allows!

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#29 IconFinderIconFinder is a team of designers that claims it to be one of the largest collections of icons! They have about 2.03 million icons for download that can be used on websites, applications, presentations etc. About 105,884 icons are free to be downloaded. The icons are available in SVG and PNG formats.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes
Price: Paid; starter @ $19/month and unlimited @ $49/month

 

#30 IM Free: IM Free is a curated collection of photographs that can be used free of cost for personal and commercial use too. You can also download website templates for free!

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No, however, it is recommended you see license terms for each image you download.
Price: Free

 

#31 Image Base: Image Base runs on a simple search tool and gives 100% free photo results. The site allows instant image previews (i.e. thumbnails) without you having to load individual photos. All photos can be used for educational, commercial, official or personal purposes.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free; If you like you can donate money.

 

#32 ISO Republic: Three years old, ISO Republic is making its mark thanks to the HD images available on their website. Since launching, they have published over 3,000 CC0 licensed images and adding more every week. 

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

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#33 Jay MantriA photographer and graphic designer, Jay Mantri’s collection though is small but makes it available to everyone for free under the CC0 license. The photographs are a breath of fresh air. If you want urbanscape images then his photographs are where your quest end!

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#34 JeShoots: Founded by Jan Vašek, one of the best designer in the Czech Republic, JÉSHOOTS has free stock photography made available to people under the CC0 license, meaning it can be used in any manner but cannot be resold, redistributed, sublicensed, transferred or shared.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

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#35 KaboomThe founder of Kaboompics, Karolina says, “Kaboompics is one of the most popular source of free images for lifestyle, interior design and specialized bloggers”  You can find free images of the highest quality in every size. The website also has a category called photoshoots where you don’t receive just a single photo based on the entered keyword, but a whole gallery of them taken from many different angles and positions.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No, but appreciate if you do so.
Price: Free

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#36 Life Of PixAn advertising agency from Montreal called LEEROY is the team behind Life of Pix. They have an impressive collection of photos that can be used free of charge and any restrictions as they are all listed under the Creative Commons License. They release new photographs every week.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

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#37 MagdeleineIt has hand-picked free, stunning stock photos. It is recommended that you filter photos to get a search result of CO0 licensed images because some photos require attribution.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes, for photos where the author asks for it.
Price: Free

 

#38 MorguefileFounded by Michael Connors, Morguefile is a free photo archive ‘for creatives, by creatives’. It is a community-based photosite and the photos can be used for work whether it is commercial or not.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes if it is not modified. Suggested credit line, “Photo by <photographer's username> at Morguefile.com”
Price: Free

 

#39 MMT StockMMT Stock is a collection of photographs by Jeffrey Betts. He releases new photos every week and all the photos he published are copyright-free. You can use them as per your need, including on print materials, social media, themes, templates, websites, blogs etc.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Would love a shout out
Price: Free

 

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#40 Negative Space: From food, technology, fashion, art, typography to animals, architecture, nature and objects, Negative Space has you covered. They release images under CO0 and hence are free for personal and professional projects. Their search partner is Shutterstock which gives members a chance to get 20% off on purchase made on the partner website.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#41 New Old Stock: The website has a unique collection of vintage photographs by Cole Townsend. Photos in the pro photo packs are majorly from public archives and can be used commercially without attributing the copyright holder. If you’re in need of antique pictures then this is where you should be headed to.

Searchable: No
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

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#42 Pexels: Pexels is “empowering creators” such as writers, artists, designers and programmers by allowing free access to over 40,000 free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. Interestingly, you can also search photos by color. The team hand-picks photographs uploaded by users and publish at least 3,000 high-res photos every month.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#43 Photopin: You’ll find Creative Common photos on PhotoPin which can be used for blogs and other creative purposes.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No, but yes for third party photos.
Price: Free

 

#44 Picjumbo: Picjumbo is a project by Victor Hanacek and was started in 2013. The photos from the website have appeared on Entrepreneur.com, TNW, Buffer etc. Millions of bloggers marketers and designers consider it as their go-to website for stock photos. Victor says, ““As a web designer I know every designer needs high-quality photos in full resolution. That’s why I created Picjumbo.”

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes, for premium collection.
Price: Free and paid

 

#45 Picography: Picography is a beautiful collection of free-to-use stock photographs by Dave Meier and other photographers. The collection is released under the Creative Commons. However, they also release premium photo packs of images with a theme every month.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes for copyrighted ones.
Price: Free

 

#46 Pixabay: An incredible repository of 1.1 million public domain images, illustration, vector graphics and videos which can be used for personal and commercial use without seeking permission or attributing the artist. You can search creatives based on camera model and photographers as well.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#47 Pond5: It is a premier, go-to source for world-class content like images, videos, illustrations, PSDs, sound effects, graphics, music tracks, motion graphic templates etc. You can buy a monthly or annual membership which gives you access to the library that houses works of best-selling contributors.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes for copyrighted creatives.
Price: Free; Monthly membership @ $99 and annual @ $499.

 

#48 Public Domain Archive: All the images on this website are high-quality and since they are in public domain they can be used by anyone without seeking permission.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#49 Public Domain Pictures: Public Domain Pictures have 205,403 free pictures that you can be used under the CC0. Other photographs are, however, available to premium membership subscribers.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No, but it is recommended to check the license of every photograph as some require you to credit the author.
Price: Free and paid

 

#50 Public Domain Vectors: Copyright-free vector images are available in popular formats on Public Domain Vectors. Vector images can be used for unlimited personal and commercial use without any hassles of seeking permission.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No, but linkback appreciated.
Price: Free

 

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#51 Raw Pixel: On their website, they say that they are “changing the way people see stock photos”. You will find very un-stock kind of photographs that is literally helping to diversify the stock photo industry. They have both free and premium content.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free and paid

 

#52 Realistic Shots: Not a huge collection but useful if you want them on your personal blog. Apparently, they add seven photos per week all of which are under public domain.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#53 RGB Stock: RGB stock has over 100,000 royalty-free photos and free graphics, wallpapers, illustrations and backgrounds. The free photos can be searched quite easily and can be used for personal and professional purpose. Every photo, however, has terms of use which should be referred to.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No unless the terms of use state otherwise.
Price: Free

 

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#54 Shotstash: ShotStash is a vault of free stock imagery that can be downloaded, used, adapted and modified without a fee The team keeps adding images for both personal and commercial use license.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No, though a linkback to shotstash.com is appreciated.
Price: Free

 

#55 ShutterStock: Home to over 169 million royalty-free stock images with more than 114,37,515 images added every week, ShutterStock is one of the most popular image banks on the internet. From photos, vectors, illustrations, music to footage, you have everything under one roof. Also available to members is the ShutterStock editor which can be used to edit photographs.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes, for copyrighted photographs.
Price: Free and paid

 

#56 SkitterPhoto: All stock photos on Skitterphoto can be used for any purpose, even commercially. They are all published under CO0. Since they are free to download you don’t have to pay unless you want to pay them a token amount on your own using PayPal.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#57 Snapwire: It is a marketplace for businesses. Brands can connect with visual artists and request for photos. You can do so only if you are a paid member. However, if you are lean on budget the good news is that they also have a free stock photograph collection! Also, every week they add seven new photos to this free collection!

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free and paid

 

#58 Splashbase: Splashbase is an aggregator of images that have been published under public domain on various photosites like Splitter, Unsplash, Snapographic, MMT, LifeofPix, NewOldStock etc. You can find background images, templates, icons etc.

Searchable: No
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#59 Splitshire: Although it has a relatively small database of photographs, Splitshire has splendid images that can be used for a range of projects like social media campaigns, advertisements, magazines, blogs etc.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#60 Startup Stock Photos: It has a niche collection of hi-resolution public domain images centered around workspaces, creative brainstorming sessions, and relaxed office environment. So, if you’re looking for such images Startup Stock Photos is where you should be headed to. All photos are under CO0 license.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#61 Stockup: Stock Up is your free image search that has about 20k+ free stock photographs. They index photographs from 32 websites as of now. Most photos are Creative Commons Zero, some in public domain but license, as they suggest, may vary since they are photo aggregators.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No, but recommended to hover your mouse over every stock photo to reconfirm the terms of use.
Price: Free unless otherwise stated

 

#62 Stock Vault: Stock Vault is a free photo website that has over 115,000 free images. It consists largely of submission by various photographers and artists. The good thing is that all submissions undergo quality control. You will also find illustrations and free textures that are 100% free to use too! The resources are for photographers, designers and students to use for personal and non-commercial purposes.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Check their terms of use.
Price: Free and paid

 

#63 StockFresh: StockFresh calls itself a small stock photo agency that promise to give you access to quality photos and illustrations at affordable rates. You can register for a flexible, credit-based plan or a monthly plan. Once you download the images you can use them as many times as you like.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes
Price: Paid

 

#64 Stocksnap: Curator of the highest quality images, StockSnap feature stock images on their website that require no attribution. Anyone can copy, distribute, modify the photos for commercial purpose. Upon signing-up they send subscribers their most popular photos on a weekly basis.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No, but appreciated if you can!
Price: Free

 

#65 Stokpic: Ed Gregory is the mastermind behind the stock photo collection at Stokpic. He has made his full, hi-res photos available for free to be used by anyone personally or commercially.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

 

#66 Story Blocks: Story Blocks is a marketplace where exceptional artists post their works including vectors, images, illustrations, videos, and audios. They boast a collection of 400,000 images. Every image downloaded is royalty-free and forever to keep. Do check out their 7-day trial package which allows you 20 downloads per day and up to 140 free images.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes
Price: Paid

 

#67 StreetWill.co: Scroll after scroll after scroll. You will find top-quality and perspective-rich free, public domain photographs on StreetWill.co! Photographers from around the world submit their creative works that range from urban architecture, landscape, food and drinks to transport and abstract.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#68 Styled Stock: Styled Stock is a storehouse of feminine stock photographs that are searchable based on categories andcolorss. Used them liberally wherever you want! If you subscribe to their newsletter they promise to send you free, exclusive images to your inbox.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No, but a link back to Styledstock.co is appreciated.!
Price: Free and paid

 

#69 Super Famous: A repository of abstract and natural images in HD, this should become your go-to resource solely because of the kind of perspective they lend!

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

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#70 TextureZoomTextuerZoom offers high quality and high resolution images and free stock backgrounds, design elements and textures for free. The images are largely shot in-house although a few are contributions by photographers.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes, as a courtesy.
Price: Free

 

#71 The British Library: The British Library has scanned pages of books from the 17th, 18th and the 19th century which were all released in public domain. It is a goldmine for designers and creative artists who are looking for vintage photos. From typography, animals and instruments to book covers, women, flora and decorative papers, you are sure to invest hours browsing them all!

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#72 The Pattern Library: The Pattern Library is a collection of patterns and images that make for perfect templates, banners, backgrounds. The contributors are design artists who have now become a part of this movement! If you are a web designer and looking for some inspiration or last minute picks then this is where you ought to be!

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No.
Price: Free

 

#73 The Public Domain Review: The Public Domain Review was founded in 2011 and is a huge favorite among history and art enthusiasts! It is a tastefully done curation of photos, illustrations, audios, films, texts and art that is under the public domain. You can have a look at their content aggregators and providers here.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes, attribute the original author and The Public Domain Review as the original source. Read more here.
Price: Free

 

#74 Travel Coffee Book: If you’re looking for exquisite travel and nature photographs then this is the website where you can download high-res photographs. They are all listed under the CCO which means you can download and use them anywhere without having to worry about copyright infringement issues.

Searchable: No
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

 

#75 TumblrThough a microblogging and social networking site, Tumblr allows people to post multimedia content like gifs, videos, audio clips all of which are highly engaging and entertaining. You can obviously use them on your personal or professional blogs if you don’t worry about the quality. 

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No, though you probably should give a shoutout!
Price: Free

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#76 Unsplash: Unsplash calls itself “the world’s most generous community of photographers” where they make voluntary submission of high-res photos that can be used for free. You can also become a member for free. The images can be searched easily from the featured and curated collections. They can be downloaded under the Unsplash License.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free

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#77 Viintage: Viintage is home to hundreds of thousands of copyright-free vintage graphics! They all come under the public domain hence can be used for any creative - whether personal or professional - project. They do have a premium gallery that houses collection available only to members.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: No
Price: Free and paid

 

#78 Vintage Stock Photos: Initially, photographs on VSP were charged but now they are available for free to everyone. It has vintage photos of cities, towns, people, landmarks, attractions, streets and road trips. These photographs are the collections the team acquired; they own the original transparencies for all images.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes, as a courtesy.
Price: Free

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#79 Wikimedia Commons: Wikimedia is a collection of 42,615,787 freely usable media files that include images, sound and video clips. The repository is maintained by volunteers. You are allowed to use these files freely, but are also encouraged to check license conditions of each media file found on the description page. These usually include terms of use specified by the author.

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Depends on license conditions.
Price: Free

 

#80 123RF: 123RF is a digital stock agency that has 89 million+ creative work, 90,000 content being contributed by 300,000 creative contributors and 12 million active users! That speaks volumes about their popularity. You can either pay as you go or apply for a subscription. Good news is that they have 41k+ free images in their database as well!

Searchable: Yes
Attribution required: Yes
Price: Free and paid

 

Now, fellas, get going and make the most of these resources! It will be helpful if you could give them a shoutout whenever you do use their resources!