# Subfigure caption as normal caption

I'm trying give the reference to the subfigure, but I want that instead of figure number as, 1a and 1b, I want them to be 1, 2 etc. and in sync with normal figure number. Can anyone give any insight to that?

The floatrow package is done for that. It has an eponymous environment that takes an argument, the number of figures in a row (default is 2) and figures are inserted in the form: \ffigbox{image}{caption title+label}. Similarly there is a \ttabbox command for tables. If you want subfigures, there is a subfloatrow environment. The package cooperates with the caption package, and it supports sideways captions.

Here is a simple example:

\documentclass[a4paper, 11pt]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{floatrow}

\begin{document}

\lipsum[1]
\begin{figure}[!htbp]
\begin{floatrow}
\ffigbox[\FBwidth]
{\includegraphics[scale = 0.8]{sendak}}
{\caption{Where Wild Things are}
\label{fig:Maurice}}

\ffigbox[\FBwidth]