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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Cotswolds Lion rare breed sheep (Ovis aries) and the village of Naunton at sunset, Gloucestershire, UK, June 2001.

Welcome to the Year of the Sheep

19th February marks the start of the Year of the Sheep, according to the Chinese zodiac, so we’re celebrating our coverage on sheep and goats, both wild and domesticated. Amongst the earliest of all domesticated animals, there are now 2 billion sheep and goats worldwide. View our gallery and find out more about these surprising animals…

Feral domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) standing on hind legs on coast, Okunojima Island, also known as Rabbit Island, Hiroshima, Japan.

Discover Rabbit Island!

Find out why Okunojima in Japan is known as Rabbit Island – through Yukihiro Fukuda’s cute and surprising images!

Spectacled flying foxes (Pteropus conspicillatus) Hospital President Jenny Maclean stretches out the wing of a bat, Tolga Bat Hospital, Atherton, North Queensland. January 2008.

Jenny Maclean – Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Jenny Maclean, President of the Tolga Bat Hospital, who won first place in the Heritage Bank Volunteer of the Year awards.
Check out our gallery on her work in rescuing and rehabilitating Spectacled flying foxes.

Wide angle view of vehicle parked on ice on lake surface. Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia, March 2007.

Lake Baikal – Icy Wonderland

Discover the world’s oldest, deepest and largest lake through Olga Kamenskaya’s amazing images. View the gallery or download a pdf to read the full story.

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.