In these days where blogging , both individuals and companies, overwhelms even the most hungry search engine, the old adage of  “an image says more than a thousand words” has more and more weight .

When creating a website for your company or writing articles in your blog, it is necessary to use images, but … time is pressing and resources are generally starving , so you usually choose to launch the website or publish Articles with  poor images obtained from Google Images , turning a blind eye to both the copyright and the quality of these.

In order to  give you an airy and professional solution to this problem , I detail below the best banks of free images with professional photos, quality and, always something ignored and of great importance,  that you have permission to use them: either the author, Or by the type of license .

What images can be used without having legal problems?

The  images that you can use are those whose author has given you written permission, or those who have a Creative Commons License that enables you to do so. Creative Commons is a Non-Profit Association that is dedicated to providing “free” dissemination to authors (whether they are photographers, video editors, writers or any generator of a creative piece), through the creation of licensing regimes ” Free of rights “… I put it in quotation marks, because although there are certain limitations and restrictions, it could be said that the vast majority are almost completely free of rights … almost!

There are many types of  Creative Commons Licenses , some allow you to give them personal use but not commercial, others for personal and commercial use but with attribution (you have to include the author’s name and send a link), others do not let you tweak or modify it in any Aspect … well, the combination is many and you will get dizzy, for some reason you are reading this.

In order to simplify your life with these legal rights bugs, and so you do not have any problems, justlimit yourself to using the following types of images :

  • Those whose author has given you written permission : either in an email, in the Flickr message tray, wherever, the case is that you have your permission by writing, virtual or paper.
  • Those who hold Creative Common CC0 License .

As long as you stay within these two types, you will not have any problems.

What does CC0 license mean?

A CC0 license is a Creative Common Public Domain License, ie, No Rights Reserved. This means you can:

  • Use it for personal or commercial use.
  • You can copy, modify or distribute it.
  • All this, without asking permission or giving attribution of any kind.

Basically, you can do whatever you want with it , since it is in the public domain.

Then, I leave you a list of the best banks of images where you can find free photographs for your Online Business.

The best free stock pictures

The vast majority of banks that are listed below are licensed Creative Common Public Domain (CC0) , otherwise I will clarify it in the comment so that you have no doubts.

Stokpic - Free high quality stock pictures

Stokpic is a complete image bank with high quality images, great creativity, sustained and constant growth (10 new photos every 2 weeks), very easy to browse and search for photos, and a Creative Commons license in the public domain with One limitation: you can do what you want, except redistribute them. Undoubtedly a favorite of many.
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Pexels - Excellently free image bank

Excellent free image bank with a wide community of photographers that allow Pexels to add 5 high quality photographs every day. All images are licensed under Creative Commons 0 (CC0).
Something that may confuse you is that under each listing, on a separate line, they show smaller photographs of ShetterStock (known bank of paid images), in order to obtain passive income.Simply limit yourself to the large photos above, which are free.
View all images from - Great image quality and variety

One of the best free image banks that exists, because it fuses images of excellent quality, of a great variety of subjects (city, people, nature, landscape, abstract, etc.), with a good search engine and aCreative Common license of Public domain  that will allow you to give personal or commercial use to the photos, edit, modify or distribute them without permission or attribution. Highly recommended with more than 800 images, and adding new ones almost daily.
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Flickr - Known community bank of images of all kinds

Lozano bank of free images, although sometimes we overwhelmed due to its exuberance and variety. It is in our beloved Spanish language and you can search in any language. It is very important that, when doing searches, we select the option  “Commercial use and modifications are allowed” or better yet “No known copyright restrictions”, in order to avoid wasting time in determining if you can use them or not. You can do this where it says “Any license”, click on the arrow and select one of the two options that I mentioned.
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Gratisography - New bench with high resolution images

While it is relatively new and, for the moment, small, it has free high resolution photos for you to use under a CC0 license, but with certain modifications (for example: not use it on pornographic websites, criminals, etc.). They are the property of Ryan Macguire, professional photographer, and present a great work of editing and, some, with visual effects typical of his style.
A simple click on each image is enough for them to be downloaded at their maximum resolution.

Lifeofpix - Bank with extreme quality images

This bank has images of extreme quality, very professional and of very varied type, predominating landscapes and nature. According to his home page, all his images are of public use (CC0 License) , totally devoid of restrictions. Something interesting, is that they religiously publish new images on a weekly basis.
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Mmtstock - Excellent bench, although excess flowers

This bank has a strange combination of images of city, nature and office interiors, which are very useful … except for the excessive photographs of flowers. All of these images are in the public domain (CC0), and thus totally lacking rights. Also like Lifeofapix, weekly they add new free photos.
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Magdeleine - Various image bank

The people of Magdeleine have a wide variety of high resolution photos ranging from abstract (ideal for backgrounds), through nature, city and people among others, playing heavily with contrasts. The promise is one new photo per day, and the vast majority of them are in the public domain (Creative Common 0), so you can do whatever you want with them, without asking permission or giving attribution. Only some images are licensed Creative Creative 4.0 , which enables you to use them for personal or commercial use, but granting a correct attribution to the author (name and link). This you can check once you click inside each image, in the upper right corner you will see an icon: if it has a 0 public domain, and if they do not have it, just do not use them.
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Unsplash - Best and most complete image banks

One of the best and most complete CC0 images banks that exist, not only because it has excellent quality photos at no cost, but also for its constant growth, maintaining the quality of the photographs. If you want, you can click on the authors, and you will have a list of all the images that have uploaded. This is particularly useful when you are looking for a specific style, or images of the same theme or format.
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Cupcake - Good image bank CC0

Good royalty free stock photography (CC0), where you will find a large amount of images of landscapes, city and nature, playing with a lot of contrast. Something negative, is that it has no search engine, so you have to navigate the site to find what you are looking for. As a positive you have the fact that a simple click will cause you to download the image in its highest quality.
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Jaymantri - High quality, city, landscape and abstract images

Excellent images of high quality, touching subjects such as city, landscapes and abstract. He religiously adds new photographs every week. As for the license of the same: public use (Creative Commons 1.0), so you can use them without asking permission for personal or commercial use. It does not have a search engine, so one is forced to travel.
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Picography - New bank of images in rapid growth

This new bank of images in fast growth (adds new photographs monthly), deals with subjects such as urban landscapes and lifestyles, mainly. Your Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 license will allow you to use them for personal or commercial use, modify them, edit them or distribute them without giving them attribution. Something that adds up and a lot in these times of limited hours, is its simple but efficient search engine.
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Raumrot - Good quality free images

Although it presents an unfriendly user interface, more if you do not know English, the truth is that it has good quality images, licensed Creative Common in the public domain. The best way to navigate it, is through its categories (Image Category), selecting the ones of your interest and browsing your list.
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Stockvault - Known high quality stock photo

The old Stockvault will be present in the vast majority of the best free stock listings that you can find. Here you will find high quality images, and the vast majority of them will be in the public domain (CC0 license). To remain calm, each photograph has a box with the details of it, and in “License” must have “Creative Commons – CC0” to make it public domain. Those that are paid, Stockvault lists them in the right side (you will realize because they are smaller).

Pixabay - Image Bank in Spanish

One of the few that is in our beloved mother tongue, which is no small thing, added to the fact that it has a search engine that, although it gives results in Castilian, never equals the overwhelming amount of images when we search in English. Licenses for all of your images are public domain CC0, which will give you the freedom to do whatever you want with your images without asking for permission. Recently, it has incorporated, in addition to photos, illustrations, videos and vectors, detail that makes it a very useful bank.

Startupstockphotos - Image bank for startups, bloggers and developers

This image bank is aimed at the startups, bloggers, developers and websites related to the technological world. Your HD images are royalty free (CC0), and therefore can be used for any purpose.
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Splitshire - Image Bank of Italy with high quality photos

This image bank born in Italy, has high quality photos and categories of all types. While your License is not a Creative Common in the public domain (it never mentions what license they have), ALL of them are free as long as you respect the uses that can be given to each one of them. Under each image you are detailed for what you can use.
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Superfamous - Free Images for Backgrounds

Super Famouse is a site that, among other things, has a not very large bank of images of landscapes, natural and abstract photographs ideal for backgrounds. The images are subject to a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license , which means that they can be used for any commercial use, provided they are attributed: send them a link, add the author, and notify them of any changes made in the picture.
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Veezzle , with more than 1 million photos registered, is another interesting option. By using these images you have to pay less than 1 dollar.This page is based on the use of creative commons licensed image banks. As we are warned on your page remember that: it is mandatory to verify, read and respect the license of each photo and use it responsibly.