Mute swan flock on snow, Netherlands
© Edwin Giesbers /
Domestic cat in snow, France
© Klein & Hubert /
First rays of golden sunshine hit giant sequoias, USA
© Floris van Breugel /
Domestic reindeer herd, Norway
© Pal Hermansen /
Bobcat in deep snow, USA
© Nick Garbutt /
Sunbeam at sunrise, Grand Canyon, USA
© Nick Garbutt /
Atlantic salmon leaping upstream, UK
© Ann & Steve Toon /
Northern fulmar in flight with wind farm in background, UK
© Ernie Janes /
Prisoner raising endangered Oregon spotted frog, USA
© Cyril Ruoso /
Whale shark and freediving fisherman, Indonesia
© Pete Oxford /
Blue whale swimming, Indian Ocean
© Tony Wu /
Great hammerhead shark portrait, Bahamas
© Alex Mustard /
Young California sea lion plays amidst giant kelp, USA
© Alex Mustard /
Aerial view of Belas Knap long barrow, UK
© Nick Turner /
Spotted hyaena group, Zambia
© Will Burrard-Lucas /
Lion in rain, smelling the air, Kenya
© Wim van den Heever /
Great crested grebe swimming, UK
© Andy Rouse /
Nudibranch on kelp with star trails, Norway
© Alex Mustard /
Kingfisher emerging from pool with fish, UK
© Andy Rouse /
Newly emerged mosquito on water surface, Germany
© Solvin Zankl /

What's new

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.

Gannets (Morus bassanus) diving to feed on discarded fish, Shetland, Scotland, UK, April.


Nature Picture Library has added a lot of fresh content in recent months, and some of our top picks are featured in our latest PDF, Eyecatchers. Filled with fantastic new images from the natural world, each one is accompanied by the photographers’ stories from behind the lens. You can also see the image gallery here.

Fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) tethered in LED illuminated chamber which stimulates moving visual patterns. Behind the fly is a camera, which is used to record its wing beat amplitude – a rough measure of whether it is trying to turn to the left or right. At the top of the image is the microscope objective, which focuses bright blue light onto the fly. The blue light excites fluorescent proteins in the fly’s muscles, which emit green light. The green fluorescence is picked up by the same microscope optics, through a special filter which blocks the blue light.  California Institute of Technology, USA, December 2016.

Fruit fly flight secrets revealed

A new Caltech study reveals insights into the aerial acrobatics of fruit flies. To view Floris van Breugel’s images click here or contact us for more information.

Red-shanked Douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus) adult male and female, Vietnam

Primates in Danger!

A new report shows that more than half of all primate species are threatened with extinction. Our new endangered primates gallery shows more than 100 species which are in special need of protection, including all the great apes and 87% of Madagascar’s endemic primates.


2016 Highlights Showreel

We’ve compiled a new showreel featuring the highlights of new video added in the last year.

Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) swimming, backlit with morning light forming  a bokeh affect on the water, Wales, UK, February. Highly commended in the Habitat Category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) 2016.

NPL Winners!

Congratulations to our photographers on their success in the major nature photography competitions of 2016. We hope you enjoy our new Winners Gallery, which includes the winning and commended images and portfolios.

Open older entries

Featured Story

Black dragonfish close upAliens of the Deep

Taking up 95% of the Earth’s living space, the deep sea is the most mysterious habitat on our planet. Its inhabitants are so bizarre they seem almost like aliens. Photographer Solvin Zankl accompanied a scientific expedition to the Cape Verde Islands with a mission to document the strange creatures living out of reach of the sun. View our gallery, including PDF link.

Latest Highlights

Red fox vixen in front of Clifton Suspension BridgeBest of March 2017!

View our new highlights gallery including dramatic crocodiles underwater, brilliant new birds from David Tipling and Markus Varesvuo, whales and walruses in action, insects and bats in flight, birds of paradise, and urban wildlife in our home city of Bristol.

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 Wild Shots Outreach. We also offer discounted reproduction fees to conservation organisations. Visit our conservation page to find out more.

Photographer of the month

Stag beetles fightingSolvin Zankl

After studying marine biology, Solvin has worked as a professional photographer since 1998. He specialises both in the aquatic environment and in photographing small or little-known creatures from new perspectives. View the new expanded gallery to find out more.

Book of the month

Topi grazing on grasslandGrasart

Ingo Arndt's lastest book Grasart explores grassland habitats worldwide, focusing on their varied fauna and through exquisite close-ups showing the beauty of the grass family. To find out more, browse our new gallery of the bookplate images.


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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.