Last updated: September 23, 2018
Pixabay is the best savior for bloggers and social media managers to fulfill they imagery needs, but have not much budget to be a subscriber on a paid microstock sites like Shutterstock and iStock. Pixabay has been serving the internet users for free images since 2010.
Apparently, Pixabay is not the only sites where you can download images for free for commercial use. There are several other sites out there to allow you do the same thing.
In case you can’t find the images you are looking for at Pixabay, following are 7 best alternatives you can consider. All are community-based just like Pixabay so you can explore images from different creators.
Pexels is the first destination you have to visit if you are looking for a Pixabay-like site to download free images for commercial use. Pexels is extremely similar to Pixabay. It’s like a clone of Pixabay. It uses the same concept as Pixabay. First, all images (and also videos) are licensed under the CC0. Second, contributors are given a chances to get some donations from the users who use their images. Usually, photographers who share their works to Pixabay also share their works to Pexels to gain more exposure.
Unsplash is a growing photo sharing platform based in Canada. The platform seems is loved by millennial photographers to share their works for free. Not just end users like bloggers and social media managers, photos available on Unsplash are also widely used by app developers who develop online tools involving images like poster makers, presentation makers and so on. They use Unsplash image library through the API. Previously, all photos at Unsplash are also licensed under the CC0 license, but the platform then decided to create its own license. But, the points are the same. You are allowed to use all photos for free for any purpose without needing to mention the associated photographers.
Another community-based free stock photo site you can use as a Pixabay alternative is Skitterphoto. Same as Pixabay, this platform also adopts CC0 as the license for the photos uploaded by photographers. The project of Skitterphoto was started by two Netherlands photographers named Rudy and Peter. While users can use the available photos for free without paying for the royalty, photographers are allowed to accept donation. One of the interesting features offered by Skitterphoto is that you can discover photos by colors. You can find this feature below the individual photos.
4. Life of Pix
All photos uploaded to Life of Pix are available as public domain. You can use them for free for any purpose. Same as four first sites above, photos available on this site are not contributed by a single photographer. Each week, this site elects a photographer to become this week’s photographer. In addition to photos, Life of Pix also offers free videos, but provided in different site.
Magdeleine is a nice place to get hand-picked creative photos. You can also use all of the available photos for free for any purpose, including commercial. Before using certain photos, be sure to read the applied license first since there are three licenses on Magdeleine. All licences are basicallly allow you to use the photos for free for any purpose, but there is a license that requires you to credit the photographers whose you use the photos of. Magdeleine also has a feature to allow you discover photos by colors like Skitterphoto.
NegativeSpace is also a great free stock photo site like Pixabay, with a great interface. Photos available on this site are contributed by different photographers and licensed under the CC0 license. The minor thing about this site is that you won’t be able to discover photos by photographers.
Freepik doesn’t specifically provide photos. Instead, it also provides PSDs and vectors. The vast majority of photos on this site are available in the original sizes so the sizes tend to be larger. You can also use the photos provided by Freepik for free, but are required to credit the associated photographers. The downside of Freepik is that the photos aren’t well enough arranged. There is no chance for you to discover photos by categories so it might would be a bit time-consuming to find certain photos according your need. Thankfully, there is a search box you can take advantage of.