Pixabay was founded by two European photographers, Hans Braxmeier and Simon Steinberger in Ulm, Germany in 2011. The site was built out as a straightforward database for the two individuals. That all changed in March of 2012, as Pixabay was redesigned, switching from a personal image collection into an interactive online community, supporting 20 languages. Since then the site has done nothing but take off.
Pixabay is set apart in that it offers a broader set of assets than most free stock image sites, as you have easy access to photos, illustrations, vector files, and videos directly from the homepage. While the illustration and vector files leave something to be desired, the videos and specifically the drone footage within that section are excellent.
All images and videos on Pixabay are released under the Creative Commons Zero License. Thus, they may be used freely for almost any purpose – even commercially and in printed format. The site goes on to state that attribution is suggested but not required.
A superbly constructed site from the Montreal-based Leeroy Creative Agency, Life of Pix gives you well-edited shots that uniquely and deeply capture the subject. In classifying the resources, I would say two words: scenic and minimalistic. Thus, if you are looking for inspirational assets that you can build over the top with copy, this is definitely your site.
Life of Pix is matched (and linked to within the site) to Life of Vids
, the stock imagery site’s video brother. Of all the free stock video sites I’ve seen this one takes the cake. The quality is unmatched among the category.
The only drawbacks for Life of Pix and Life of Vids would have to be the number of resources. Matching them up to larger sites such as Pixabay and Unsplash, you will not find the breadth. I would argue the quality more than makes up the difference.
Although the site does not directly point out the Creative Commons Zero license, it states similar verbiage: “Free high-resolution photos, no copyrights restrictions for personal and commercial use. All images are donated to the public domain.” Information indicating as such can be found on their About Page
Finally, we want to mention RawPixel. The site is fairly new, as they only began archiving and offering content through the public domain in 2017, hence the content is not extensive in quantity. The quality of the resources, though, are top of the line.
Although not all of the assets on RawPixel are free and under the Creative Commons Zero license, a good selection of them are and they are exceptional. Not only is RawPixel a great site for photos, but they also hold a substantial amount of free vectors, PSD files, and illustrations. It’s literally a free treasure trove for the creative minded. In order to access the free section of the site, simply click on the Free
or Public Domain
tab in the toolbar.
If you are interested in going deeper than what is available through the Free section or Public Domain, you can check out their price plans here
Happy Free Stock Photo Hunting!
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