10 Places To Find The Best Images For Your Holiday Marketing

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Looking for Christmas themed images for your holiday marketing?

I’ve got you covered.

But first…

While you already know that you can’t simply use graphics that appear on Google’s image search, did you know that you’re not necessarily covered just because you purchase an image from a stock photo site?

Many stock photos cannot be used for commercial purposes, which is why it’s important to use a site that provides images licensed as “Creative Commons” — this means the pictures are completely free to be used for personal or commercial purposes.

The following photo sites are all great sources of Creative Commons (CC) images.

1. FoodiesFeed

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FoodiesFeed is a community of food photographers who provide some of their best photos for free. The site is aimed at modern creatives such as graphic designers, app and web developers, digital agencies, food bloggers and social media managers who need food photos for their projects, advertisement, social media or articles.

2. Gratisography

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Gratisography is a collection of free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects, free of copyright restrictions. What I really like about this site is many of the images are quirky and fun — no cheesy stock images here!

3. ISO Republic

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ISO Republic provides over 3,000 images under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for personal or commercial purposes with no attribution required.

4. KaboomPics

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KaboomPics offers free, high-quality images that are available for personal and commercial use. Each comes with a helpful color palette so you can plan your visuals accordingly.

5. Life of Pix

Life of Pix is a collection of free high-resolution stock images donated to the public domain by the Leeroy Advertising Agency in Montreal. Their sister site Life of Vids offers royalty-free videos, clips, and loops for you to use to your heart’s content.

6. Pexels

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Pexels provides over 3,800 high-resolution photos, collated from other free image sites — making it one of the largest free image directories. Pexels has also added a large library of stock videos to its site under the CC0 license. Use the site’s list of popular searches to find the most in-demand stock videos.

7. Picjumbo

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Picjumbo is free stock photo site created by designer and photographer Viktor Hanacek in 2013. Users can click through the different categories of over 600 free high-resolution photos, with the option of upgrading to Premium for new unpublished images to power your social media marketing.

8. Pixabay

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Pixabay hosts over 650,000 free stock photos, vectors, and art illustrations free of copyrights under Creative Commons. Pixabay also has a collection of stock videos for use in your marketing. On the home page, you’ll find a small, curated collection of images and a search bar for more targeted results.

9. StockSnap

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StockSnap hosts photos released under Creative Commons license and do not require attribution. The images can be filtered by date, what’s trending, the number of views or downloads, as well as the number of keyword searches.

10. Stockvault

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Stockvault is a free stock photo community where photographers and artists can share their own photos and artwork. It hosts over 35,000 royalty-free images, pictures, and illustrations and also has a large collection of free textures ranging from grunge, dirt, paint, rock, plastic, wood and liquid to metallic and rusty surfaces and backgrounds.

Images are one of the best ways to create a holiday feel. Swap out your usual Facebook cover photo or Twitter header for a holiday-inspired design, and add holiday-themed images to your emails and other marketing assets.

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Social Media Consultant. Keynote Speaker. Digital Storyteller. https://hcsmmonitor.com

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