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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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.

A high magnification photo of a nudibranch (Nembrotha kubaryana), showing orange mouth parts and sensory rhinophores, and green gills (out of focus). Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea.

WPOY 2014 Winners Announced

Congratulations to NPL photographers Bence Mate, Tim Laman, Sam Hobson, Ingo Arndt, Jurgen Freund, Alex Mustard, Will Burrard-Lucas, Alex Badyaev, Bruno D’Amicis and Charlie Hamilton James on their success in the Wildlife Photography of the Year awards. You can see a gallery of all the winning images here.

Meltwater pouring off iceberg as chains of droplets. Scoresbysund Fiord, East Greenland, 2005.

UN Climate Summit in New York

The United Nations has invited world leaders to the Climate Summit 2014 at their New York headquarters on 23rd September, in an attempt to galvanize climate action. To find out more, check out our new Climate Change Gallery focusing on the key issues.

Giant manta rays (Manta birostris) feeding on plankton North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean [size of single organism: 7 m] | Riesenmanta (Manta birostris) Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesien, Pazifischer Ozean

Explore the Oceans with Solvin Zankl

Solvin Zankl’s latest book Ozeane explores the mysteries of the oceans, from the depths to the surface and from the tropics to the poles.
View our new gallery of Solvin’s dramatic images from the book.