We all need stock images for our website, blog, publications, adverts, and social media posts, but stock images can be costly.
They soon add up when you run out of allowance in a subscription account.
But the answer of course is simple, get free stock images!
Free Stock Image by Lisa Fotios
Pexels curation team member
Why are stock images offered for free?
There are different reasons why stock images are offered for free.
The main reason is for photographers to get their work seen and to be recognised.
Providing a credit for their work encourages more uploads so more free stock images will be available for download.
Conversely, some stock images are offered for free with the option to purchase some of the displayed images.
Offering anything for free is a good way to attract visitors and you might spot an image you are willing to pay for.
It is important to read the license agreement on each free stock image website as they can differ.
Some state that downloads for domestic or commercial use do not require credit to the photographer.
However other free stock image websites require attribution and to show the image has been edited.
So read the license, follow their requirements and start downloading stock images for free!
Links to free stock image websites
Here are a few free stock image websites to try.