Our social media team spends more time exploring the Shutterstock collection than almost any other department. Every day, we’re curating dozens of images to share on all of our social pages. As the year comes to a close, it’s always interesting to look back and see which images had the most shares, likes, and re-blogs. Sometimes a stunning image just goes viral, but other times we’re able to see trends emerge from what has been the most popular over a span of 12 months.

This year, we saw purple and reddish hues, and soft, morning light perform well all across our social-media channels. We also learned how much our followers love animals, but surprisingly it was also the deer, frogs, and jellyfish that caught your attention — not just the puppies and kittens!

Scroll down to explore some of our top social images of 2014, then follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Google+ to see more beautiful images all year long!

Flower Stock Photo
beautiful flowers made with color filters by Maria Timofeeva
Frog Stock Photo
red-eye frog Agalychnis callidryas in terrarium by Aleksey Stemmer
Watercolor Stock Photo
abstract woman face. watercolor illustration by Anna Ismagilova
Bremen Germany Stock Photo
Historic Schnoorviertel at sunset in Bremen, Germany by canadastock
Jellyfish Stock Photo
Jellyfish Monterey Aquarium California by Joel Shawn
White Tiger Stock Photo
The white Tiger by jeep2499
Tuscany Stock Photo
In the middle of the gorge Tuscany by JaroPienza
Portrait Woman Stock Photo
portrait of a beautiful blonde in the spring by Aleshyn_Andrei
Chinese Lanterns Stock Photo
Chinese paper lantern shallow depth of field by beltsazar


Want to see what was popular last year?
Take a look at our 10 most viral images of 2013 »

Top image: Red deer by arturasker