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Frequently Asked Questions

I’m new to Pexels. What do I need to know?

What is Pexels?

Pexels helps designers, bloggers and everyone who is looking for an image to find great photos that you can use everywhere for free.

What is the license of the photos on Pexels?

All photos uploaded on Pexels are licensed under the Pexels license. This means you can use them for free for personal and commercial purposes. For more information read the following questions, our license page or our Terms of Service.

Can I use the photos for a commercial project?

Yes, all photos are free for commercial use. You can use them on your commercial website, blog, product or anywhere else. Please note that depicted content in the photos like trademarks, logos or brands may still be protected by e.g. privacy, copyright or trademark rights and you shouldn't imply that the depicted person, brand, trademark or copyright holder of the depicted work is endorsing or taking part in your product or service. For such uses cases you may need the permission or consent of the depicted third parties.

Can I sell Pexels photos?

You can't sell photos licensed under the Pexels License as they are. This also includes selling them as prints (posters, postcards, …) or on physical goods (t-shirts, cups, …). You can only sell them if you edited, modified or otherwise added value. And you're not allowed to sell or upload them on other stock photo or wallpaper platforms.

Do I need to mention the source or the photographer?

No, attribution is not required. But we are always happy if you mention and link to Pexels or the photographer.

What are sponsored photos?

These are photos from partners that provide photos you can buy. You’ll get redirected to their website, if you click on one of their photos. There you can buy the photo.

I want to submit photos to Pexels, what's the process?

Where can I upload my own photos?

Create an account here: https://www.pexels.com/submit-photos/. All photos you upload will be released under the Pexels license. Read more about the license above or on our license page.

What happens after I uploaded my photos?

The photo curation team of Pexels will choose the best photos and publish them on our home page and in our search. This usually takes a few days. If one of your photos is chosen you’ll get an email notification.

How can I delete a photo?

Click on a photo on your profile. Then you can find a link to delete your photo below the photo except if your photo is already featured on our home page and in the search. In this case please send us the link to your photo to [email protected].
Keep in mind that if someone already downloaded the photo they can continue using it for free. The Pexels license cannot be revoked.

How can I delete my account?

Please write us an email to [email protected].

Additional Information

Do you also provide free videos?

Yes, we've a dedicated page for videos. All videos on Pexels Videos can be used for free as well. Check it out: https://videos.pexels.com/.

Do you have an API?

Yes: https://www.pexels.com/api/

I'm a brand or company. Do you offer any partnership opportunities?

In fact we do! Get in touch with us at [email protected]. Please put the word "partnership" in the subject line for faster response and have a look here for more information: https://www.pexels.com/become-a-partner/

More questions?

You can contact us at [email protected] or reach us on Facebook or Twitter.

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