Long-eared jerboa, Mongolia
© Valeriy Maleev / naturepl.com
Male banded demoiselle, Cornwall
© Ross Hoddinott / naturepl.com
Pine grosbeak male, Finland
© Markus Varesvuo / naturepl.com
Three Bengal tiger cubs running, India
© Andy Rouse / naturepl.com
Rainbow over water flowing out of the Karahnjukar dam, Iceland
© Ashley Cooper / naturepl.com
Tehachapi Pass wind farm, California
© Ashley Cooper / naturepl.com
Callanish standing stones, Isle of Lewis
© Guy Edwardes / naturepl.com
Point-to-point horse racing, Wales
© Phil Savoie / naturepl.com
Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from cave, USA
© Karine Aigner / naturepl.com
Suwanee freshwater turtle swimming beneath trees, USA
© Alex Mustard / naturepl.com
Garibaldi and giant kelp forest, Mexico
© Claudio Contreras / naturepl.com
Leopard crossing road in front of vehicle, India
© Axel Gomille / naturepl.com
Great pied hornbill in flight, China
© Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / naturepl.com
Mountain gorilla reaches for camera, Africa
© Eric Baccega / naturepl.com
California sea lion playing with cushion star, Mexico
© Alex Mustard / naturepl.com
Blue shark, Canada
© Nick Hawkins / naturepl.com
Blue sea slug approaching Portuguese man of war, South Africa
© Tony Wu / naturepl.com
Asian sheepshead wrasse males fighting over territory, Japan
© Tony Wu / naturepl.com
Moonrise at twilight, Siberia
© Sergey Gorshkov / naturepl.com
Freshwater crab living in Roman ruins, Italy
© Emanuele Biggi / naturepl.com

What's new

Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) juvenile flying, Norway November

Nature Picture Library launches new print site

NPL now has a new print site selling a variety of attractive print products, including framed art prints. In addition to the images displayed in our print galleries, many other photos from the main NPL site are also available to purchase for print use. Just email us to find out more.

Alex Mustard MBE

Congratulations to Alex Mustard on his MBE!

We are proud to announce that Alex Mustard has been awarded the MBE for services to underwater photography in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Explore our new expanded gallery of Alex’s amazing work…

Common swift (Apus apus) screaming as they fly in formation over cottage roofs at dusk, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June 2018.

Swift Awareness Week starts 16th June

The UK’s first Swift Awareness Week starts on Saturday 16th June, aiming to focus attention on this iconic bird of summer skies, its declining numbers and conservation needs. To find out more, view our Helping Swifts gallery.


NPL at Footage Marketplace

We will be at Footage Marketplace in London on Wednesday 13th June. There is still time to register if you’d like to meet us there and find out more about our growing footage collection. We’ve compiled a showreel of our most popular clips, to give you a taster of video from NPL!

Cape pangolin or Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii)  looking for ants at night, Kalahari, South Africa

Pangolins under threat

Pangolins are now the world’s most trafficked mammal – all 8 species are either threatened or endangered. View our new gallery of pangolin stills and clips to find out more.

Common swifts (Apus apus) flying overhead, Wiltshire, UK, June.  Digital composite image.

The Swifts are Back!

The warm May weather has brought swifts back to the UK from their African wintering grounds. Check out our new Helping Swifts gallery, featuring the photography of Nick Upton, to find out more about why this iconic bird needs our help.

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Featured Story

Group of meerkat babiesMeet the Meerkats!

British photographer Will Burrard-Lucas travelled to the Makgadikgadi Pans region of Botswana to photograph some of the most charismatic (and cutest) creatures in Africa – meerkats! Download our full story PDF, including text, here.

Latest Highlights

Red-ruffed lemurBest of December 2018

Our latest highlights gallery includes jaguars hunting, endangered ruffed lemurs, Tibetan macaques and Chinese gibbons in action, Californian condors in the wild, rare endemic Caribbean palm trees, and lots of appealing pets and farm animals.

Supporting Conservation

Urban gardenBy licensing images, you can help!

We support conservation by making a quarterly donation from our sales revenue to a charity or specific project which is making a difference. This quarter we are supporting Bristol Schools Nature Reserve. We also offer discounted reproduction fees to conservation organisations. Visit our conservation page to find out more.

Photographer of the month

Ocelot, Costa RicaNick Hawkins

Nick Hawkins is a Canadian photographer and photojournalist specialising in natural history, science and conservation related issues. His work has a strong focus on forest and marine ecosystems in North, Central and South America. View his new gallery here.

Book of the month

Book cover imageWild India

Wild India by Axel Gomille, published by Papadakis, explores the landscapes and wildlife of India, focusing on the country’s biodiversity and endemic animals, including the Bengal tiger, sloth bear, nilgai and Asiatic wild ass. View our gallery of bookplate images here.


2020 vision    Met your neighbours    Wild wonders of Europe    
We are proud to represent 2020VISION, Meet Your Neighbours and Wild Wonders of Europe. Click on the logos to find out more about these special collections.