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Free Stock Photos

This blog is a source and showcase for stock photos and images that are available for use without payment. This is distinct from Royalty Free Photos which actually aren't usually free but are just confusingly named! Go here for an explanation of stock photo licensing terms.

Images made available on this blog will usually be licensed under these creative commons terms meaning they may be freely used for non-commercial purposes in return for attribution such as a link back to this blog, the image author's website or other agreed site.

For commercial use and/or higher resolution images where applicable please follow any relevant links to download the images with a standard royalty free licence.

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