Chukchi children at reindeer festival, Siberia
© Bryan and Cherry Alexander / naturepl.com
Horse and rider jumping through fire, Luminarias festival, Spain
© Kristel Richard / naturepl.com
Baby long-tailed macaque, Borneo
© Fiona Rogers / naturepl.com
Arctic fox with snow goose egg, Far Eastern Russia
© Sergey Gorshkov / naturepl.com
Polar bear and cubs walking across snow, Far Eastern Russia
© Sergey Gorshkov / naturepl.com
Walrus, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia
© Sergey Gorshkov / naturepl.com
Snow in Bastnas car graveyard, Sweden
© Pal Hermansen / naturepl.com
Spruce trees bent under weight of snow, Finland
© Erlend Haarberg / naturepl.com
Badger amongst ragwort, UK
© Andy Parkinson / naturepl.com
Brunnich's guillemot diving, Norway
© Roy Mangersnes / naturepl.com
Paddle-flap scorpionfish, Indonesia
© Alex Mustard / naturepl.com
Honeybees pollinating cornflowers in 'Bee World', UK
© Kim Taylor / naturepl.com
Kakapo "Sinbad" amongst bushes, New Zealand
© Brent Stephenson / naturepl.com
Emperor penguin chick, Antarctica
© Fred OIivier / naturepl.com
Little owl young outside nest, UK
© Andy Rouse / naturepl.com
Bengal tiger female and cubs, India
© Andy Rouse / naturepl.com
Blue sharks in the English Channel, UK
© Alex Mustard / naturepl.com
Brown hare running, UK
© David Tipling / naturepl.com
Kamchatka brown bear paw fishing underwater, Russia
© Michel Roggo / naturepl.com
Water hyacinth and red Ludwigia underwater, Pantanal, Brazil
© Michel Roggo / naturepl.com

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Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2). The colours of the tail and comet head come from ionized carbon monoxide (CO+) and diatomic carbon (C2), which glow blue and green respectively in the near-vacuum of interplanetary space. Seen from east of Parker, Colorado, USA, 10th January 2015. Taken using digital focus stacking.

Comet Lovejoy in January Skies

NPL photographer Charlie Summers captured this image of Comet Lovejoy from Colorado, USA on January 10th. This spectacular comet will remain on view in the northern hemisphere, in the Triangulum constellation, until the end of January. At its closest point to Earth on January 7th, it was a mere 43 million miles away and its next visitation here is expected in 8000 years!

Hedge parsley (Torilis japonica) at sunset, silhouetted against sun, England, January.

Three Months of Highlights

We’ve got 3 new galleries of monthly highlights to share with you. November 2014 includes primates, okapis and Chinese material, December 2014 contains Lake Baikal and new African landscapes and conservation, while January 2015 has urban wildlife and the world’s rarest dolphin.

Bar headed geese flying {Anser indicus} captive, photographed during filming of 'Supernatural' series

The flight of the bar-headed goose revealed

A new tracking study has revealed the secrets of the world’s highest bird migration – the Himalayan flight of the bar-headed goose. It has been discovered that rather than reaching a high altitude and staying there they hug the mountainous terrain in order to save energy. View our lightbox of bar-headed geese images here .

Young Fennec fox (Vulpes zerda) cub, offered for sale to the photographer by the young man who trapped it in the desert. Kebili Region, Tunisia. May 2014. Winner of the World in our Hands category, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY competition) 2014.

Nature Picture Library Winners 2014

We’re celebrating the New Year 2015 with a round-up of NPL photographers’ awards in the major European photography competitions of last year. Check out our gallery of 2014 winning and commended images.

India - Land of Tigers and Temples book cover

India – Land of Tigers and Temples

To celebrate the UK publication of Axel Gomille’s latest book, we have created a gallery of his Indian photography, which is showcased in India – Land of Tigers and Temples, just published by John Beaufoy Publishing.

Dramatic cloud formation as a storm brews at dawn over Inglefield Bay. Northwest Greenland, September 2008.

Dramatic New Cloud Formation Named

Undulatus asperatus was first proposed as a new type of cloud in 2009, and if formally recognized will be the first cloud formation named in 60 years.
This image was taken at Qaanaaq in Northwest Greenland. To find out more, view our lightbox.

Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) female 'Noor T39' carrying wet cub. Ranthambore National Park, India.

Two Months of Highlights

Check out our galleries of great new images added to the site! The September gallery includes emperor penguins, Arctic Russia, brown bears underwater and dramatic owls and ospreys. The October gallery has Bengal tigers, long-tailed macaques, colourful marine life, Lake Titicaca Frogs and European mammals.

Pair of Blesbok (Damaliscus pygargus) galloping across the open flood plains of the Bushman's River, Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa. Overall winner of the GDT Competition 2014.

European Nature Photographer of the Year 2014

Congratulations to Neil Aldridge, who was recently named European Nature Photographer of the Year 2014 in the Prestigious GDT competition! Click here to view the winning image of galloping blesbok and here to view the competition results.

Illustration of extinct Mega Penguin (Palaeeudyptes klekowskii) with human and Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) for scale. Mega Penguins were the largest and heaviest penguins ever, with this species reaching 2 metres in height. Palaeeudyptes klekowskii lived 37 to 40 million years ago, and fossils of this species were found on Seymour Island, off the Antarctic peninsula

The largest penguin that ever lived!

Recently discovered fossils reveal that the Mega Penguin was the largest and heaviest penguin ever, reaching 2 metres in height. Our illustration shows this species with Emperor penguin and human for scale. Click here to find out more…


Biodiversity Hotspots – Wonders of the World Exhibition

The IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia runs from 12 to 19 November, and includes an exhibition on the 35 Wonders of the World, featuring more than 100 great images from Nature Picture Library, documenting the world’s Biodiversity Hotspots. To celebrate this, we’ve created a gallery of images from the exhibition.