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Top 5 Websites To Download Free Stock Photos

These are the top 5 websites you can use to download free stock photos from talented photographers and graphics designers.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re writing an online article, putting together a report, or developing an innovative app — you need captivating visuals to engage your target audience. While there’s no shortage of websites with stock photos, most suffer from the same problems: their prices are too high, the photos are cheesy, and you need to create a user account and agree to lengthy terms of service just to use the website. In this article, we present the top 5 websites you can use to download free stock photos from talented photographers and graphics designers. We highly recommend you check out and bookmark all 5 of these websites since each contains a different collection of free stock photos.

#1 – Pixabay

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Pixabay is arguably the most popular website that allows users to download free stock photos without any hoops to jump through. The site is available in 26 languages, and it’s estimated to offer over 1.8 million high-quality photos, illustrations, vectors, videos, and even music!

To download a free stock photo from Pixabay, all you need to do is enter a keyword in the prominent search bar, choose the best result, and click the “Free Download” button. Thanks to the Pixabay license, all photos are free for commercial use, and no attribution is required.

The only downside is that the best stock photos on the site are usually sponsored results from iStock, a premium stock photography provider owned by Getty Images. To download iStock photos, you need to purchase credits or get a monthly subscription.

#2 – Life Of Pix

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Life of Pix is more than a free provider of stock photos. It’s a booming community of photographers from around the world, who are on the site to showcase their best pictures. Each week, Life of Pix makes one photographer the “Photographer of the Week” and highlights the person’s top 10 photos on its social networks and website.

The photographer receives recognition, and Life of Pix users get to download free stock photos with heart and soul. Not too long ago, Life of Pix partnered with Adobe Stock, allowing Adobe to advertise its premium stock photos on its site. The good news is that Adobe Stock photos are clearly distinguishable from original Life of Pix content, so you can easily ignore them if you’re not interested in their content.

#3 – Stockvault

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Offering over 130,000 free stock photos, textures, backgrounds, and graphics, Stockvault may not have the biggest collection of stock images, but you would be hard-pressed to stumble upon any low-quality images that you would be embarrassed to use for your project. That’s because all of Stockvault’s content is hand-picked by its staff, who always make sure to include topical images as well as evergreen content.

We really like how Stockvault organizes thematically similar stock photos and graphics into image collections, such as education, medical, flowers, protests, beach holiday, or business concepts. These collections make it incredibly easy to find all the stock photos you need with a few simple clicks.

#4 – Unsplash

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Unsplash is the product of over 200,000 photographers from around the world sharing their best images and offering them under the Unsplash license. According to this license, all photos can be downloaded and used for free for both commercial and non-commercial purposes, and there’s no need to attribute the original photographer. However, photos can’t be sold without significant modification or offered on a different stock photography website.

We recommend Unsplash to those who are looking for contemporary photos that don’t look tacky or staged. Just keep in mind that some photos on Unsplash are sponsored and created to advertise a certain product or service in a subtle manner.

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#5 – Pexels

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Launched in 2014, Pexels is yet another website where you can download free stock photos of people, places, animals, events, and more. All photos on the site are free to use, and users are not required to attribute the photographer or the site itself. What’s more, you can even modify photos downloaded from Pexels without running into any licensing issues.

When browsing Pexels, make sure to click the Explore button to discover popular collections of free stock photos, trending photography topics, and an interesting photographer leaderboard showing which users have uploaded the most viewed photos.

Which of these websites do you like the most? Do you know any other websites offering free high-quality stock images that you can recommend? Make sure to post them in the comments below!

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Facebook Will Create 10,000 Jobs In The EU To Build Its Metaverse

Facebook decided to invest in the EU because the company believes that European talent is world-leading, supported by first-class universities.

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Facebook has announced that it wants to create 10,000 jobs in the European Union (EU) to build its metaverse, a virtual reality space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users.

The concept of the metaverse can be traced to Neal Stephenson’s 1992 cyberpunk novel Snow Crash. In the novel, the metaverse is a virtual shared space that appears to its users as an urban environment. This space is accessed through personal terminals connected to virtual reality goggles.

Sound familiar? That’s because the metaverse is quickly becoming a reality thanks to companies like Oculus, a subsidiary of Facebook, and the combined effort of developers and content creators from around the world.

By creating thousands of new high-skilled jobs within the EU over the next five years, Facebook wants to accelerate the development of the metaverse to usher in a new phase of interconnected virtual experiences, enabled by technologies like virtual and augmented reality.

“At its heart is the idea that by creating a greater sense of ‘virtual presence,’ interacting online can become much closer to the experience of interacting in person,” said Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice-president of global affairs. “The metaverse has the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social and economic opportunities”.

According to the official announcement, Facebook decided to invest in the EU because the company believes that European talent is world-leading, supported by first-class universities. Facebook also mentioned the role European policymakers are playing in shaping the internet, so it’s likely that the investment has a political dimension to it.

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Aware of its tarnished reputation, the social media giant stressed that no single company would own and operate the metaverse — just like no single company owns the internet today. Of course, that doesn’t change anything about the fact that Facebook wants to play a huge role in it.

Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg told his employees that Facebook is becoming a metaverse company with the goal of building a set of connected social apps and supporting hardware. The recently released Horizon Workrooms remote collaboration app for the Oculus Quest 2 headset can be seen as an early piece of the much larger puzzle the metaverse will become in the future.

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