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CC ZERO - No Attribution Creative Commons License

Until recently all creative commons image licenses required you attribute the author. The creative commons licensing system was created to allow authors to share their photography simply and easily by providing a standardised license framework.

Creative commons have now extended their license system to include a new significantly more liberal license, one that is similar to placing the image in the public domain. To summarize:

Standard Image (e.g. a commercial stock agency on in a photographer portfolio) = All Rights Reserved, Licensed Use

Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike etc = Some Rights Reserved, Free to use with conditions

CC Zero (listed below) and Public Domain = No Rights Reserved

 

CC0 clearly offers the most flexibility to the image user, often being dubbed as "do as you like" license. The only disadvantage is that there are almost 100 million Creative Commons Attribution licensed images available, but the range of CC0 images is MUCH smaller. There are quite a few websites available with CC0 images, an many of them look fantastic, but a quick search reveals a slim range of subjects. However there are some good 'popular' images that will look fantastic on a social media campaign etc. you'll also tend to see the same images copied around on different websites. By their nature they can be no such thing as an exclusive CC0 image, they can all be freely shared and redistributed.

After spending hours reviewing the websites for this guide, one striking conclusion I have is that most of the sites look great! but many of them have so very few images. Even the largest of the sites have about 5000 (excellent quality!) images, most have less than 200, and most simply copy the same images that other sites have.

We've reviewed CCZero websites until it felt like we couldn't look at another full width photo slider again: here's what we found....

 

CC0 Stock Image Site Directory

 
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minimography.com signup neededNo image resolution2000 number of images70
small collection of very nice clean fresh photos, not the highest of resolutions for full size, but very much recommended.

photocollections.io signup neededNo image resolution6000 number of images100?
good: very high res downloads, some beautiful work here, not sure about the range of subjects, a bit limited

streetwill.co signup neededNo image resolution4000 number of images132
vintage and retro modern with a nice mix of useful subjects and ideas as well as landscapes and art

skuawk.com signup neededNo image resolution4000/Varies number of images~200?
some nice photos here, no search, but an enjoyable place to browse, not that much too choose from

thepicpac.com signup neededNo image resolution4000+ number of images500?
download packs of photos, 10 to choose from when we visited, CC0 license, "pay what you like" including '$0'.

snapwiresnaps.tumblr.com signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images~550
CC0 licensed image collection, features an all important search! approx 30 images a month since June 2014

jaymantri.com signup neededNo image resolution? number of images~?
very nice images - re how useful: see above, you'll want to slit your own wrists after 5 minutes searching

startupstockphotos.com signup neededNo image resolution? number of images<100
stagnant - computers in trendy workspaces, nothing more, no search (tumblr base site)

unsplash.com signup neededOpt image resolutionvaries number of images?
very stylish new imagery, useful for inspiration, 10 new images every 10 days - view at site or subscribe for new image - no search, also browse via www.resplashed.com

splitshire signup neededNo image resolution5214px(v) number of images1000?
trendy modern template but usability that someone should call the gui police! also featured of dirty little trick advertisements that pop over images just before you click for a larger view.

gratisography.com signup neededNo image resolution2848 number of images100's
nice fresh wallpapery/moody images, trendy square crops, limited category range.

picography.co signup neededNo image resolution number of images170
limited collection size, 170 images when we visited, of little use.

freeuse.io signup neededNo image resolution number of images100's?
it's just the same old CC0 images uploads without much value added.

realisticshots.com signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images125
another uninspired tumblr feed.

negativespace.co signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images250
sounds and looks nice, but the reality is a bit disappointing.

huney.co signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images<100
minimal.... minimal to the point of, yep you guessed it, having no search and being useless to use.

libreshot.com signup neededNo image resolution3000+ number of images1000
quite a nice collection, that does not appear to have been simply copied from unsplash and jay mantri. Yes it has a working search and categories! how novel for a photo site to have those... whodathunkit,

MMT signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images?
same old tat, hard to browse as a endless loading blog, but categories and search do work.

fancycrave.com signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images?
seems to be little more than a tumblr blog with links to peoples work on flickr.

largephotos.net signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images50 (!?)
either the search is not working or there as so few photos there's little to be found.

creativevix.com signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images<300
nice presentation, but not much of a choice of images.

travelcoffeebook.com signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images<200
another tumblr feed with less than 200 travel stock images

crowthestone.com signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images22
wow 22 images, nothing new since Sept. 2014. look somewhere else.

moveast.me signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images~200
very similar to travelcoffee book but oriental travel images, and not many of them, tumblr again

pixabay.com signup neededYes image resolutionVaries number of images500k
lots of images and good search, registration to download high res image

resplashed.com signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images1000
almost 1000 nicely curated CC0 images.

pexels.com signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images5,000
many images sourced from other CC0 websites listed here, some images uploaded direct by photographers, nice site, navigation and search. CAUTION: I found images from kaboompics marked as CC0 on pexels, linked to direct from the kaboompix site (but not marked as CC0 on kaboompix)

cupcake signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images50
beautiful collection of high quality stock images from photographer Jonas Nilsson Lee, not many images

epicantus.tumblr.com signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images250
usual tumblr photo site issues, but some nice images if you have to time to look through them

finda.photo signup neededNo image resolutionNA number of imagesSearch Tool
searches some CC0 sites, but seems to have limited coverage, does a nice job of what it does

freenaturestock.com signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images~500
tumblr site with 30 or so nature photos upload each month, nothing special.

stock-image-point.com signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images~50
seems to be very few images here, not many categories covered.

pickupimage.com signup neededYes image resolutionVaries number of images~500
different collection of images, in categories, registration needed to download.

furiouscamera.com signup neededNo image resolution Who Cares? number of images9
tumblr site with just 9 images uploaded in Feb. 2015, waste of time.

splashbase.co signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images~?
dreadfully limited range of images scraped from other PD and CC0 Sites

tinyography.com signup neededNo image resolution2000 number of images30
sweet little collection of insta style photos.

jeshoots.com signup neededNo image resolution2400 number of images200
nice modern collection, no search but there are categories, just over 200 images, some of the download links were broken when we visited.

snapswell.com signup neededNo image resolutionVaries number of images~20
no, there are not new images each week, last upload was 2014.

 

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Tumblr Site Tips:

Lots of CC0 artists have chosen to host their images on tumblr. The tumblr archive feature allows you to avoid whatever excuse for navigation some of these sites have and view images directly by upload date as thumbnails, just change the url to /archive to see a simple grid view of images and when they were uploaded.

Search Several CC0 sites at once:

imagefinder.co

 

More Free Image Sites:
Creative Commons site directory (free use images with an attribution, simplified licenses)

NB: Always confirm the license details before you use the images, all of the sites listed here clearly display their terms of use which must be followed. Commercial use means that you can use the images in advertisements NOT that you can create products for sale using the images - This is possible but in almost all cases you will need to contact the provider or buy an 'extended license'

 

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Think we have missed a site from the list? then let us know, but be sure that it's not already listed in our PD image sites or Creative Commons free image sites directories.

 

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