Red panda walking along tree branch, India
© Ben Cranke / naturepl.com
Great hammerhead shark swimming over sea bed, Bahamas
© Franco Banfi / naturepl.com
European hedgehog swimming in pond, France
© Klein & Hubert / naturepl.com
Cape buffalo drinking at night, South Africa
© Ann & Steve Toon / naturepl.com
Mountain gorillas drinking from stream, Uganda
© Eric Baccega / naturepl.com
Giant forest dragon and boy fishing, Sumatra
© Daniel Heuclin / naturepl.com
Meerkat pup and family amongst field of devilthorn flowers, South Africa
© Jen Guyton / naturepl.com
Land snail shell collection, Cuba
© Ingo Arndt / naturepl.com
Cones of a welwitschia plant, Namibia
© Jen Guyton / naturepl.com
Whipple Mountain foothills in bloom after rain, California
© Jack Dykinga / naturepl.com
Sandhill cranes and snow geese, New Mexico
© Jack Dykinga / naturepl.com
Brandt's cormorant hunting fish below oil rig, North Atlantic
© Alex Mustard / naturepl.com
Long exposure of yellow tube sponge on coral reef, Cayman Islands
© Alex Mustard / naturepl.com
Florida manatee mother and calf
© David Fleetham / naturepl.com
Burchell's zebras in dust, Botswana
© Christophe Courteau / naturepl.com
Peregrine falcon feeding chicks with male flying by, Chicago
© Luke Massey / naturepl.com
Leopard walking in alley between houses, Mumbai
© Nayan Khanolkar / naturepl.com
Drunk silverback mountain gorilla with photographers, Rwanda
© Christophe Courteau / naturepl.com
White rhinoceros charging, South Africa
© Christophe Courteau / naturepl.com
Spotted eagle owl looking out of tree trunk, South Africa
© Ann & Steve Toon / naturepl.com

What's new

Mini Yuan Zi and mother Huan Huan, giant pandas at ZooParc Beauval

Exclusive images of Mini Yuan Zi

Eric Baccega was privileged to witness the birth of twin babies to ZooParc Beauval’s Giant panda Huan Huan on August 4th. Sadly the first baby was too weak to survive, but the second cub Mini Yuan Zi is thriving.
Contact us to see more images or to license this unique material.

Pupils during residential photography course organised by Wild Shots Outreach. Kruger National Park, South Africa, June 2017.

Pictures from Wild Shots Outreach course

NPL sponsored a weekend residential course organised by Wild Shots Outreach to engage South African state school pupils with wildlife and conservation through photography. View our gallery of images showing students putting into practice the skills they have learned.

A family of otters rest on the intertidal seaweed. European river otter (Lutra lutra) Shetland, Scotland, UK, July.

Introducing SCOTLAND: The Big Picture

We are delighted to represent the multi-photographer project making the case for a wilder Scotland through great images and inspiring story-telling. Explore the new dedicated gallery section or view the SCOTLAND: The Big Picture showreel.

Focal Awards 2017

The FOCAL 2017 Awards

NPL was delighted to sponsor the award for Best Use of Footage about the Natural World at the FOCAL International 2017 Awards. Tim Harris presented the award to Anuschka Schofield of the BBC Natural History Unit, producer and director of Zoo Quest in Colour. Congratulations to the BBC NHU on this award!
(c) Tim Anderson, FOCAL International Ltd

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) in profile, calling. The Netherlands. June.

Discover our new RF collection

We have a new premium Royalty Free collection with more than 2000 images.

Come and meet the NPL team at Fotofringe London on 27th April to find out more!

Lupan Point, looking west into sunset. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA, August.

Jack Dykinga wins NANPA Lifetime Achievement Award

Jack Dykinga recently received the North American Nature Photography Association’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. To celebrate Jack’s award, we’ve updated his photographer portfolio with some great new images, including some of the plates from his new book A Photographer’s Life.

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Featured Story

Curious red squirrel on fenceChasing Tail - In Pursuit of the Red Squirrel

Cairngorms photographer Neil McIntyre has dedicated 20 years to following the lives of his local red squirrels. His images - the result of countless hours of watching and waiting - shine a light on one of Britain’s most celebrated mammals. But perhaps more importantly, they help to make the case for a wilder Scotland.
View our gallery or story PDF, complete with full text.

Latest Highlights

Cute meerkat amongst flowersBest of July 2017!

Explore our new gallery and browse marine material from Franco Banfi, David Fleetham and Linda Pitkin, Svalbard images by Ole Jorgen Liodden, landscapes from David Noton, wild red pandas, and the work of new contributor Jen Guyton, including meerkats, Mozambique wildlife and the weird Welwitschia mirabilis.

Supporting Conservation

 By 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 the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust. We also offer discounted reproduction fees to conservation organisations. Visit our conservation page to find out more.

Photographer of the month

American crocodile with jaws openClaudio Contreras

Claudio is a biology graduate and has been a professional photographer for more than 20 years, bringing awareness to nature and conservation related themes all over Mexico. His latest expedition was to the Revillagigedo Archipelago UNESCO World Heritage Site. To view his new and expanded photographer portfolio, click here.

Book of the month

Book imagePlanet Earth II

Nature Picture Library was delighted to be one of the main image suppliers for Planet Earth II, published by BBC Books to accompany the award-winning series presented by David Attenborough. Browse our gallery to see some of our favourite images from the book.

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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.