These 2 images were rejected for focus, exposure and noise.
Geyser image: I understand that there's noise. But why did reviewer say it's overexposed and OOF? It's bright and cloudy. If I lessened the exposure, then the ground would be underexposed! I can't have it both ways! Plus, as to the focus complaint — how is it OOF? It's not, it's just noisy. And who's gonna need to zoom 10000000% in on this? This picture looks perfectly good, even with noise, if you don't zoom in like a maniac.
Jet fighters image: I agree, it's a bit OOF and noisy, but again, who cares? The image is aesthetically appealing. The reviewer even wanted me to mark it as editorial! The purpose of this image is not to report on an airshow and not show these jets in such details that you can make out the Pitot tubes. The point, as I would understand is one of the staples of photography, is aesthetic pleasure!
Bottom line — these images are pleasant and, if you don't zoom in like a maniac, are of great quality. I've got a feeling the reviewers are going to get damn hurt when they fall of their very high horse. What do you guys think? Does Shutterstock honestly believe no one would want to buy these images? They should relax their standards by just a bit (not saying they should turn into a garbage dump) and maybe let the customer decide... who knows, maybe someone will buy it anyway and they'll make money off of it!