One of the three most important tricks to making a quiz is great imagery (the other two being an engaging topic and eye-catching title). Easy enough, right? If only that were true—landing the right pictures can be a real chore. Unfortunately, it isn’t really feasible to have an on-staff photographer for all your quizzes (as nice as that would be), but looking for images on the web means worrying about licenses and usage rights. Well let us take care of that for you! We put together an easy resource to help you easily find the best copyright-free images on the web.
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We all know about Google Images filter by usage rights, Flickr, and Getty Images. But our favorite websites are the ones with fantastic photographers, pages and pages of photos, and—of course—easy-to-use search (because no one wants to scroll past pages of landscape when what you really need is a picture of a car). There are so many great new sites with an emphasis on completely free, breathtaking photos that we just had to share them with you. (Note: Not all images are copyright-free. Some of them may require attribution, so be sure to check out the license for each site you use.)
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The Top 10 Best Websites to Find Copyright-Free Images
10. IM Free
Made by IMCreator, IM Free has a well-categorized inventory of thousands of stock photos. It’s loaded in the Cityscape, People, and Nature categories, but falls a little short if you need pictures for something about tech or business. Just remember that any image off this site needs attribution to the creator.
(Photos by Jonathan Kos-Read, Instant Vantage, and 55Laney69)
The selection is limited, but the best part of Negative Space is that you can sort by color or even copy space position (for your non-quiz stock photo needs). And if you want to try your hand at design or editing, you can download the raw file too.
A small collection (couple hundred) of photos to be used more for inspiration than anything. What’s special about this site is the ability to filter by dominant color.
The selection on StockSnap might be a bit limited, but that’s because the two-person team curates and hand-selects each photo for a “bad ass repository of beautiful stock photography.” The layout isn’t bad either, showing you the number of views and downloads for each photo and also letting you see what’s trending on the site.
Pexels has over 2000 photos chosen from other stock photo sites across the internet. It’s an easy-on-the eyes site with a great selection. One downside is there’s no categorization, so trying to browse photos may get a little messy.
If you’re a Pinterest lover, you’re in luck: StockPhoto.io’s website is almost the same. StockPhotos.io has 30,000+ photos (all searchable!), well tagged and well categorized. There’s also an illustrations board, if that’s more up your alley.
4. Stock Up
This one might be cheating a little: Stock Up consolidates 21 different copyright-free image sites, including great sites like Life of Pix and New Old Stock Photos, into one. Clean layout and easy search are a plus.
It may not be the prettiest site you’ve ever seen (and definitely not the most ad-free), but the categories and tags—not to mention the sheer volume of photos—definitely make PicJumbo worth it. Also a bonus is the fact that you can see other tags on photos you’re looking at. If you’re so inclined, going premium means you can download bundles of photos.
Not only does Pixabay have 380,000+ photos, it also has vectors and drawings. The categorization and search is impeccable—and you can see a photographer’s entire collection. The size selection at download is pretty nifty too. Oh, and did we mention each photo’s hand-picked for quality?
Like Stock Up, FindA.Photo is also a collection site – it takes its thousands of photos from Unsplash, MMT, and Picography among others—but with a kick: browsing by HTML color code. Just type “–color #000000” (replace #000000 with the HTML code of the color you’re looking for) into the search bar. You can also search with width or height, aspect ratio, or the average saturation of the image (great for finding black-and-whites.
There you go—ten of the best copyright-free image websites on the web! But maybe ten’s too many and you can’t narrow it down (if you think ten is too much, our friends at Canva found 73 resources for stock photos). Don’t worry, Qzzr’s got you covered. Take our quiz and we’ll tell you which website is best for you.
Can’t get enough copyright-free images? Here are some sites we’ve found that’ll send you a few new ones by newsletter every week or so.
- Unsplash: 10 absolutely stunning, minimalistic pictures every 10 days. Also has a great site (albeit a somewhat limited search functionality) that FindA.Photo and others pull from.
- Little Visuals: 7 photos every week.
- Death to the Stock Photo: This “coffee for the modern creative” sends photos every month.
- Jay Mantri: A designer in Santa Monica, CA who releases 7 pictures every Thursday.
- Snapwire Snaps: 7 hand-picked images in your inbox every 7 days.
- Realistic Shots: Another 7 photos every week for your inbox pleasure.
- Pexels: We mentioned Pexels above in #6, but we wanted to add their monthly newsletter to the mix too.
And if you want to pay for your stock photos, there’s a market for that too. Some of our favorites: