Today we’re celebrating an enormous milestone: Our collection has reached 100 million images.

Thanks to the dedication of 140,000 artists from 100 countries, we’ve grown our collection of photos, vectors, and illustrations into an extensive source of fresh and vibrant imagery that can tell the world’s stories.

This milestone isn’t just about how far we’ve come, but also how far we’re going: How will Shutterstock and the entire visual world change in the future? To find out, we asked our curators, designers, and reviewers about their predictions of the top trends shaping the future of imagery. Some of the picks, like street photography, have been a benchmark in the industry for several decades; others, like drone photography, have burst onto the screen in the last few years. Altogether, these image trends are changing the way we interact with machines, with each other, and with our environment.

These changes are driven by great innovations in technology and great imagination from creatives everywhere, and they have an impenetrable influence on the visual future, from the types of images we create, to the tools we use to create them and the ways we share them across the world. Discover the ten image trends that are defining a new era of imagery.

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From now to the end of the year, we’ll be investigating each of these image trends in individual articles that examine their past, present, and future in imagery.

You can already learn more about three of the image trends mentioned above. Learn the secrets of street style photography from five experts; Get tips on filming people from the air with drone photography; and dive into series of contextual photography, capturing the everyday moments of adolescence, travel, and the great outdoors.

Explore the ten trends further in this curated collection of photos, illustrations, and vectors that represent the changing world of imagery »

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