jQuery is a cross-browser JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML. Used by over 55% of the 10,000 most visited websites, jQuery is the most popular JavaScript library in use today. jQuery has become the new standard for displaying visual media on the web. For this roundup we’ve prepared 20 fresh, useful and simply awesome jQuery image and slider plugins that we’ve found this year. We hope that you will like this wonderful collection. Feel free to share your opinion with us.

1. iPicture

iPicture is a jQuery Plugin to create interactive pictures with extra descriptions.

iPicture
iPicture

2. Black and White

This plug-in can easily convert every colored image (in an html page) into a B&W grayscale image.

Black and white
Black and white

3. NailThumb

Create thumbnails easily from high-res images, without any distortion, with one line of code.

NailThumb
NailThumb

4. Camera

Camera is a beautiful open source slideshow project. It works with all major browsers as well as mobile devices.

Camera
Camera

5. Sequence

Sequence is the jQuery slider plugin with infinite style. It provides the complete functionality of a website slider without forcing you to use a set theme.

Sequence
Sequence

6. Slidorion

A combination of an image slider and an accordion, the Slidorion displays beautiful images along with a variable length description. With slides linked to each tab, and accompanied by a large array of effects, the Slidorion is a great alternative to the traditional jQuery slider.

Slidorion
Slidorion

7. Glisse.js

Glisse.js is a simple, responsive and fully customizable jQuery photo viewer. You’ll like the transitions between two pictures entirely assumed by CSS3.

Glisse js
Glisse js

8. Bxslider

bxslider is an easy to implement jQuery custom content slider with a bunch of transition effects.

bxslider
bxslider

9. Lazy Karl v1

The lazyKarl jQuery plugin loads a webpage’s images once they are within the user’s viewport.This is a working cross-browser lazy load jQuery plugin.

Lazy Karl v1
Lazy Karl v1

10. Better Backgrounds

Better Backgrounds is a WordPress plugin which shows a random background image every visitor session (using a cookie), page refresh, or timed slideshow interval.

Better Backgrounds
Better Backgrounds

11. jQuery Retina Plugin

Images that aren’t retina optimized look blown up and fuzzy on retina devices. At the moment, this is only the new iPad (aka, iPad 3), iPhone 4 and 4S. However, more and more devices will soon be retina enabled; from Android and Windows mobile devices, to OSX and Windows desktops.

jQuery Retina Plugin
jQuery Retina Plugin

12. Rcarousel

rcarousel is no longer being updated, yet it still serves it’s purpose and you can feel free to tweak it for your needs.

rcarousel
rcarousel

13. Rhinoslider

Rhinoslider is the most flexible jQuery slideshow there is. You are welcome to try it yourself. Not only does it offer a variety of effects, it also allows you to add your own styles, effects and features to the slider.

Rhinoslider
Rhinoslider

14. Flexslider

An awesome, fully responsive jQuery slider plugin with simple markup, multiple slider support and custom navigation options.

Flexslider
Flexslider

15. Adipoli

Adipoli is a simple jQuery plugin with 20+ stylish image hover effects.

Adipoli
Adipoli

16. Quake Slider

Simple, easily customizable, beautiful slider with 3 color schemes and 40+ transitions.

Quake Slider
Quake Slider

17. jCrop

Jcrop is the quick and easy way to add image cropping functionality to your web application. It combines the ease-of-use of a typical jQuery plugin with a powerful cross-platform DHTML cropping engine that is faithful to familiar desktop graphics applications.

jCrop
jCrop

18. jQuery popeye

jQuery.popeye is an advanced image gallery script. Use it to save space when displaying a collection of images and offer your users a nice and elegant way to show a big version of your images without leaving the page flow.

jQuery popeye
jQuery popeye

19. BG Stretcher

bgStretcher jQuery plugin allows you to add a background image to page and proportionally resize it to fill entire window area.

bgStretcher
bgStretcher

20. Lake.JS

Lake.js takes an img element and inserts a canvas element displaying the image and its flipped reflection directly after the img element.

lake js
lake js

21. Thumbnails Navigation Gallery with jQuery

Thumbnails Navigation Gallery with jQuery is an extraordinary gallery with scrollable thumbnails that slide out from a navigation. It has a menu of albums where each item can reveal a horizontal bar with thumbnails when clicked.

Thumbnails Navigation Gallery with jQuery
Thumbnails Navigation Gallery with jQuery

22. Wow Slider

WOW Slider is a jQuery image slider with stunning visual effects (Blast, Fly, Blinds, Squares, Slices, Basic, Fade, Ken Burns, Stack, Stack vertical and Basic linear) and tons of professionally made templates.

Wow Slider
Wow Slider