The 60 Most Downloaded Images in 2018 from Top Stock Photo Agencies Compared

As we approach the end of the year, it’s inevitable to wonder what kind of photos people preferred in the last 10 months. Which ones of the many Photography Trends 2018 that we reported picked up the most? Have you been using the same style of images as everyone else? This list of the top 10 most downloaded images in 2018 answers all that and more!

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The 10 Most Downloaded Images in 2018 from Top 5 Stock Photo Agencies

Below you’ll find a list of the 10 most sold images in five of the best stock photo sites on the web. If you wish to buy them, all you’ve to do is click on them and be directed to their page, where you will also be able to explore more similar content. We even added useful agency reviews for extra details, and even cool special offers to get them at a cut price!

Stock Photo Secrets Shop Most Downloaded Photos in 2018

Our Stock Photo Secrets Shop is the ideal image supplier for small and medium-sized businesses. Check out all we offer in the Stock Photo Secrets Shop review! For more context, check out Stock Photo Secrets Shop's Photography Trends 2018.

See our 10 most downloaded images below:

#1 – Business Meeting in Open Plan Office 

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#2 – Office Table with Four People Hands Working

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#3 – Happy Mother and Baby Laying on a Meadow

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#4 – Businesswoman Holding a Plant Crop 

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#5 – Wood Board Texture

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#6 – Businesspeople Smiling in Open Plan Office

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#7 – Human Heart Made of Fruits and Vegetables

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#8 – Business Meeting

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#9 – Concerned Teen with Depression in a Tunnel

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#10 – Happy Senior Couple Walking Together

Copyright: Stock Photo Secrets / IngImage

Photocase is a niche German stock photo agency for artsy images with that unique Berlin vibe. Know them better in our Photocase review, and grab our special Photocase Coupon Code with 5 FREE credits and 10% off in your purchase! And do check Photocase's Photography Trends 2018 predicted earlier this year for more info.

Here are their 10 most downloaded photos in 2018:

#1 – Faith and Spirituality Concept with Architecture, Sky, and Birds

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#2 – Natural Landscape in Perspective with Gnome and Mountains

Copyright: coralie /

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#3 – Minimalist Illustration with Thinking, Growth and Success Concept

Copyright: Marie Maerz /

#4 – Statue Representing Justice over a Blue Sky

Copyright: denhans /

#5 – Young Woman Speaking through Megaphone

Copyright: FemmeCurieuse /

#6 – Man Using VR Technology Concept

Copyright: rclassen /

#7 – Work and Safety Concept with Laptop and Padlock

Copyright: PolaRocket /

#8 – Paperboard Cutouts of Happy People in Cartoon Style

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#9 – Freedom and Fun Concept with Women Flying with Balloons and Umbrella

Copyright: Pippilotta* /

#10 – Stylish Man with Pixelated Face wearing Hat

Copyright: complize /

Shutterstock Most Downloaded Photos 2018

Shutterstock is one of the biggest stock photo agencies in the market, famous for their titanic library, they tech functions and their popular stock photo subscriptions. You can learn all about them in our Shutterstock review, as well as unlocking great discounts with our Shutterstock Coupon Code with up to 15% off in your purchase! For more insightful info, have a look at the Photography Trends 2018 Shutterstock identified later this year.

Here are their most popular images in 2018:

#1 – Colourful Geometric Background with Fluid Shape Composition

Copyright: Plasteed /

#2 – Abstract Ocean with Natural Luxury Texture, Marble Swirls and Agate Ripples 

Copyright: CARACOLLA /

#3 – Rear View of Business Coach Facing a Group of People

Copyright: g-stockstudio /

#4 – Beach Seamless Patterns with Tropical Vegetation

Copyright: berry2046 /

#5 – Red Russian-Themed Pattern with Modern and Traditional Elements

Copyright: badwiser /

#6 – Futuristic Infographic with 3D Wave Points 

Copyright: amiak /

#7 – IT Specialist Holding Laptop and Talking at a Data Center

Copyright: Gorodenkoff /

#8 – Portrait of Young Brunette Woman Smiling Cheerfully

Copyright: WAYHOME studio /

#9 – Human Brain Concept with Creative and Logic Hemispheres

Copyright: Kirasolly /

#10 – New York City Skyline at Sunset

Copyright: ventdusud /

Adobe Stock is a stock photo service provided by Adobe, that is fully integrated into Creative Cloud platform and offers millions of photos, illustrations and 3D files at very convenient prices with the added value of being available right within your favorite design apps. Find out more about them in our Adobe Stock review. And don't hesitate to grab our Adobe Stock Free Trial with 10 FREE images to use for one month! It'll be useful for you to also review Adobe Stock's Photography Trends in 2018 published earlier.

Check out their most sold images for this year:

#1 – Team Brainstorming in Sunlit Office Space

Copyright: mooshny / Adobe Stock

#2 – Heart Bowls with Colourful, Healthy Food

Copyright: marilyn barbone / Adobe Stock

#3 – Couple Driving Into the Sunset in Convertible

Copyright: EpicStockMedia / Adobe Stock

#4 – New York City Daytime Aerial View 

Copyright: TTstudio / Adobe Stock

#5 – Christmas Tree Branches on Plain Background

Copyright: Leigh Prather / Adobe Stock

#6 – Man Tying Red Sport Shoes

Copyright: ivanko80 / Adobe Stock

# 7 – Espresso Coffee Cup with Beans on Vintage Table

Copyright: Romolo Tavani / Adobe Stock

#8 – Closeup of Christmas Tree Branch with Lights

Copyright: Konstiantyn / Adobe Stock

#9 – Seamless Pattern with Watercolor Tropical Leaves

Copyright: natali_art / Adobe Stock

#10 – Dalmatian Puppy with Splashes of Paint and Colourful Easter Eggs

Copyright: jstaley4011 / Adobe Stock

Depositphotos is a well-established stock photo agency with a long history of great customer service, that offers millions of high-quality photos, illustrations and more, all under a Royalty-free license and with flexible pricing options. To learn more, visit our Depositphotos review. And don't forget to use our Depositphotos Coupon Code to get 5 FREE images plus a 15% off in your purchase! Have a better idea of their most sold images by checking the Photography Trends 2018 Depositphotos listed earlier this year.

Let's have a look at their most downloaded images for 2018:

#1 – Two Businessmen Discussing a Project

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#2 – Cairn Terrier Puppy Running Towards the Camera

Copyright: Bigandt /

#3 – Sheep and Lambs Looking at the Camera

Copyright: baronb /

#4 – Portrait of Girl Smiling Outdoors

Copyright: AntonioGuillemF /

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#5 – Happy Child Playing Outdoors with Homemade Plane Costume

Copyright: Yaruta /

#6 – Blooming Flowers in Pastel Tones

Copyright: AntonMatyukha /

#7 – Red Kitten Sleeping Peacefully

Copyright: alenkasm /

#8 – Landscape Scene from Countryside in Tuscany, Italy

Copyright: zoomteam /

#9 – Leaves Pattern Macro Background

Copyright: valentinar /

#10 – Portrait of Young African Woman Smiling

Copyright: mimagephotos /

Dreamstime Most Downloaded Photos 2018

Dreamstime is a well-known stock photo agency with many years in business, offering a large library with millions of royalty-free stock images at affordable prices. If you want to know them better, read our Dreamstime review! But now let's see what their most popular photos in 2018 are:

#1 – Artificial Intelligence, Communication and Technology Concept

Copyright: Vs1489 /

#2 – Happy Family

Copyright: Igor Mojzes /

#3 – Wood Texture Plank 

Copyright: Vladimirs Prusakovs /

#4 – Wireless Communication Concept with City Overview

Copyright: Busakorn Pongparnit /

#5 – Business Meeting with Diverse Team Brainstorming Ideas

Copyright: Kantver /

#6 – Many Hands from Diverse People Joining Together in Circle 

Copyright: Mauricio Jordan De Souza Coelho /

#7 – Male Speaker at Business Conference

Copyright: Kasto80 /

#8 – Golden Retriever Dog Jumping Through Autumn Leaves

Copyright: Leoba1 /

#9 – Groom Putting Wedding Ring on Bride's Finger

Copyright: Maffboy /

#10 – Business Meeting or Presentation in Modern Office Space

Copyright: Vadymvdrobot /

Most Downloaded Images FAQ

What kind of stock photos sell best?

The best-selling style of images varies from one year to the next, but overall, images of people (or lifestyle photography) are an all-time best-selling genre in stock photography.
Other concepts like landscapes, flowers, and beaches are also consistently popular.

What is the most viewed image in history?

While it's hard to establish this with precision, many experts consider Bliss, by Charles O'Rear, to be the most viewed image in history, as billions of people have seen it. This is the image that Microsoft selected as the default desktop wallpaper for Windows XP. This isn't really a stock photo, though, as Microsoft bought the rights to the image in 2000, rather than a license to use it.

Inspire your Upcoming Designs with This Year's Most Downloaded Images

And that was our list of the top 10 most downloaded images in 2018 from the best 6 stock photo sites in the market!

You will notice there are a lot of similarities in the photos across the different agencies, with authenticity, natural lighting, diverse models, modern workspaces and tropical nature being the most relevant common topics.

Now you are equipped with insider knowledge to choose the most popular type of photos for your upcoming designs. Which styles and subjects will you try first? We'd love to know!

Amos Struck

Amos Struck

I am a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. I focus on providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. I am the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, one of the largest networks of online magazines in the industry. I am the founder of Microstock Expo, the only conference dedicated to the microstock segment. I created several software solutions in stock photography like WordPress plugins. Plus I am a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage, and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. I am passionate about technology, marketing and visual imagery.

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