On the hunt for the best royalty-free stock photography? Look no further – here’s our list of the top public domain, CC0, and free photography sites available for you to download. We will keep adding to the list as we find more.
This is one of the best resources for free, “do whatever you want” with it, photography. All photos are in the public domain, and the filter effects are outstanding! This Tumblr site is curated by Crew, a web dev and design firm based out of Montreal. Unsplash puts out 10 free photos each week – sign up for their newsletter to get your hands on them as soon as they are released, or browse the archives for all photos.
Startup Stock Photos
Oh yes, you will want these photos! Business-related, filter-rich photos of people and technology – mobile devices, laptops, monitors. Real people, too, no cheesy stock models. Made by the great people at Sculpt.
Inspired by Unsplash, Jay Mantri puts out 7 new photos every Thursday. Like Unsplash, the photos are modern and the content is interesting – not just a lot of landscapes.
New Old Stock
The place to go for vintage photo downloads, New Old Stock is a great collection of cool old stuff. I saw some awesome typography inspiration on there recently, with old newspaper ads and product labels from the early 1900s.
Free mobile photos from Refe, a stock photo site of real people interacting with technology.
Travel Coffee Book
Another site along the lines of Unsplash, travel moments captured and sent to you, free to download and in the public domain.
Made by Bells Design, Gratisography is a fun curated collection of photos. Vibrant and lively, all in the public domain.
A good compilation of travel, flora/fauna, urban photos in the public domain.
Awesome filters and quality, unique content abound on this site by Viktor Hanacek. Attribution requested.
Search the Flick Creative Commons for photography based on keyword – the search can be broken down by Non-Commercial or Commercial, which is quite handy.
This Unsplash-style site features many nature and landscape photos.
This free photo collection explores texture – very cool even just to browse through for yourself. 🙂
A curated collection of user-submitted free stock photography.
Public Domain Archive
Public Domain Archive is a compilation of other public domain sites.
Not currently uploading new content, but all existing free photo packs are available for download until October 2014. Each category is available as a full download, including Communication photos (media and technology). Everything available under the CC0 (public domain) license.
This free stock photo site has a ton of categories, so if you are looking for something in particular it’s a good place to start, but you will need to apply your own filters/effects to them, as most are of the “stock” variety.
Check out our free photography section for more royalty free stock photos!
What free stock photo sites did we miss? Let us know in the comments below.