As I said earlier, Images are very important for every online and offline work and finding free to use images for commercial and personal purpose is very important. So to ease your work little bit, I have done some homework and made a list of websites where you can find creative commons zero images.
Recently, I posted the article on finding free to use images using Google advanced image search and I am sure you must have liked it.
That post gave me an idea for listing down websites which provide Creative Commons Zero pictures and you can use them the way you want.
What is Creative Commons Zero?
As per Creativecommons.org
“The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. See Other Information below.”
So in simple words, any work which is under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) can be modified, copy, distribute including personal and commercial purpose without taking permission from the original owner.
There are many free and paid websites for getting images as per your need and requirements and if you are planning to use free image for your next project or blog post, then you can find many websites offering free images but the clause is that you will have to mention their name also wherever you use those pictures.
Note: Please use images from below websites only for legal purpose.
Though giving credit is a good thing and you should always do that, but sometimes we want to use the images freely without any attribution or restrictions.
So I have collected a few websites which are attribution free and you can use them, the way you want. Though I highly recommend giving credit to the photographer for their hard work.
Websites to Find Creative Commons Zero (CC0) Images
This is the number one source of creative commons zero image for me and whenever I search the internet for royalty free images, I always look on this website for sure.
There are hundreds of photos in their collection and if you subscribe to Unsplash.com newsletter, you get 10 new photos every 10 days in your email.
This site is very popular and I am sure you must be knowing it.
Skitter photo has a very good collection of photos along with the description about images, like where it was taken and how etc. All the pictures are high resolution and are free to download and use for commercial as well as personal use.
The website post one photo daily and subscribing to their website is a good idea. No login is required to download the images. You can easily browse the photos through different categories like “Popular photos“, “Newest photo“, “Skitter archive“, “Skitter Photo of the week“, “HDR photography“, etc.
There are 3 photographers which contribute to this website and are from Groningen, The Netherlands and I am surprised to read that they also provide RAW file of the image on request.
This is another good website to find high-resolution pictures and you are free to use it as this website also distribute pictures under creative commons zero (CC0) and pictures are posted on a weekly basis.
All images/pictures on this website are photographed by Ryan Mcguire and I am sure you will fall in love with pictures on this website.
4. Split Shire
Splitshire is a good place to find free stock and images for personal and commercial use and you don’t have to give any attribution as this website also follow the creative commons zero policy.
The website is from Italy photographer Daniel Nanescu, who is very talented and same can be verified by seeing his work on Splitshire website.
The photos from this website cannot be sold and can’t be included in 3rd-party stock websites.
I am sure you must have heard of this website if you search for free high-resolution images over the internet. Pixabay is one of the largest websites for getting free high-resolution images which have creative commons zero tag.
It has over 380,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations which can be used, modified or redistribute images freely without asking for permission from original creator and without accreditation.
Image searching is very easy on this website as it has a search box on his homepage and you can also search image by a particular category. Do I will surely recommend this site for your next project.
Dave Meier is key photographer behind this website and time to time update the website with new high-resolution images.
You can also see camera information and EXIF of the photos while downloading the pictures. This is also creative commons zero websites, so you are free to use pictures like the way you want.
Stocksnap is another trusted name in providing high-quality CC0 images for free and you can easily search pictures as per your need using the search box. It also gives you the facility to search popular images on their website.
Photos can also be sorted by downloads, views, trending and favorites.
The photos on this website are added weekly. You can subscribe to their newsletter to get alerts about new photos directly on your email box.
As the name suggests, this site is a collection of free stock pictures and all are under creative commons zero licenses.
Images can be sorted by categories easily and you also use the search box to search any picture. The image posting frequency is good and you get 10 new pictures every 2 weeks directly to your inbox.
The photo collection is really very good and nicely categorized. Do try this website for free CC0 stock photos.
Last but not least, this is a one-stop solution for your free stock photos.
If you are looking for high-quality stock photos, then this is the site to check. They have a huge collection of images and provides you simple navigation menus and search option, so you can also find pictures according to their category, which I like the most.
Currently, they have over 2,000 photos, which they have collected from different photo sources. The websites which I discussed above can also have their pictures on this website. So it may happen that your photo search may end-up on this website only.
For each picture you can find the source link to know from where this picture has been originated. This is also recommended website from Tech2Blog.com for finding creative commons zero pictures.
Quick Tip: Use CreativeCommons.org image search option to find CC0 images from Flickr, Fotopedia, Google images, Open clip art library, Pixabay etc.
Hope you have enjoyed this collection of the website which provides free high-resolution images and pictures for personal and commercial use without any link back and you are free to even modify and use it as they all follow the creative commons zero (CC0) policy. Please do provide your feedback on this useful post and do share it with your social network and friends as someone may need it for their next project.