Gone are the days of sub-standard stock pictures and here comes Shutterstock. Offering more than 40 million images curated thoroughly by its in-house selection team as captured by contributors all over the world.

Reaching this number of stock images is definitely a milestone, not to mention its wide range of subjects that range from vivid food colors, scenic landscapes and macro photography to candid snapshots, action shots of animals and images that plays with lights and shadows.

Sit back and enjoy as you browse. Here are 40 images that will change your perception of stock photographs.