Giant panda female holding one month old baby, France
© Eric Baccega / naturepl.com
Mosquito biting Enyalius lizard, Brazil
© Joao Burini / naturepl.com
Guianan cock-of-the-rock males fighting during lek, Suriname
© Sylvain Cordier / naturepl.com
Hippopotamus at waterhole, South Africa
© Bence Mate / naturepl.com
Dark sleeper female protecting eggs, Japan
© Tony Wu / naturepl.com
Fireflies displaying at night, Japan
© Tony Wu / naturepl.com
Border wall between Arizona and Sonora, Mexico
© Jack Dykinga / naturepl.com
Whooper swan on river, Finland
© Jussi Murtosaari / naturepl.com
Underwater view of autumn leaves in stream current, Belgium
© Theo Bosboom / naturepl.com
Red squirrel in autumnal woodland, Scotland
© SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / naturepl.com
Blackbird feeding on cotoneaster berries, Wales
© Phil Savoie / naturepl.com
Male indri reaching for leaves, Madagascar
© Nick Garbutt / naturepl.com
Urban red fox walking past wall with fox graffiti, London
© Matthew Maran / naturepl.com
Bottlenose dolphin leaping out of waves, South Africa
© Tony Wu / naturepl.com
Five month old baby swimming underwater, Cayman Islands
© Alex Mustard / naturepl.com
Nurse sharks over seagrass at night, Bahamas
© Alex Mustard / naturepl.com
Peringuey's desert adder hidden in sand, Namibia
© Emanuele Biggi / naturepl.com
Hanuman langurs grooming dog, India
© Mark MacEwen / naturepl.com
Tapanuli organgutan male, newly identified species, Indonesia
© Andrew Walmsley / naturepl.com
Honeybee flying to white clover flower, Wales
© Phil Savoie / naturepl.com

What's new

Eider duck (Somateria mollissima) under water, diving for food, Trondelag, Norway. March. Blurred motion in image. Winner of Artists on Wings (Birds) category of Glaenzlichter Awards 2017

NPL Winners of 2017

Enjoy our new gallery of award-winning images and portfolios from the world’s major nature photography competitions of 2017. Congratulations to all the winning and commended NPL photographers!

Three Sea otters (Enhydra lutris) resting on ice, Alaska, June

Season’s Greetings from NPL!

Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year 2018 to all our customers, photographers, subagents and suppliers!
Click here to view our latest selection of stand-alone Eyecatcher images.

Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) portrait, Batang Toru, North Sumatra, Indonesia. This is a newly identified species of orangutan, limited to the Batang Toru forests in North Sumatra is with a population of about 800 individuals.

New species of orangutan discovered

We have just received rare images of the Tapanuli orangutan, a new species recently discovered in the remote rainforest of northern Sumatra. View our gallery showing this rare primate in its natural habitat.

Mountain hares (Lepus timidus) fighting in snow at night, Vauldalen, Norway. Joint overall winner of the GDT  European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017. Highly commended in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) competition 2017.  Winner of the Mammals category of the MontPhoto International Competition of Nature Photography 2017. Winner of the Animal Behaviour Category of the Golden Turtle Awards 2017.

Erlend Haarberg is GDT Competition Winner

Congratulations to Erlend Haarberg who was named joint winner of the main prize in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2017 with his dynamic black and white nocturnal image of Mountain hares fighting.

Large aggregation of Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) engaged in social activity. Note the abundance of sloughed off skin in the water, resulting from tactile contact among the whales, with cloud of faeces in the background. Indian Ocean, March.

Celebrating Tony Wu

Congratulations to Nature Picture Library’s Tony Wu, who won the Mammal Behaviour category of the prestigious 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition with this amazing image of socialising sperm whales.

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Frankfurt Book Fair in progress

A great start to Frankfurt Book Fair 2017 so far – Rachelle and Tim are busy meeting lots of clients and photographers!

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Featured Story

Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) with grub prey on the dashboard of an abandoned car in 'car graveyard', SwedenReclamation Yard

Most of the human visitors to the Båstnäs car graveyard in Sweden come to see or photograph the hundreds of old and classic cars abandoned to a slow, rusty disintegration. But when Norwegian photographer Pål Hermansen visited, he saw something more: an unusual nature reserve, established over decades. View our gallery here and our PDF story here

Latest Highlights

Mountain hares fightingBest of December 2017!

Our new gallery of editor’s choices includes African wildlife, the newly discovered Tapanuli orangutan, primate behaviour, swift conservation, saffron cultivation, pine beetle damage, graphic autumn foliage and a range of pets and farm animals.

Supporting Conservation

Red squirrelBy 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 Trees for Life’s The Reds Return Project. We also offer discounted reproduction fees to conservation organisations. Visit our conservation page to find out more.

Photographer of the month

Short-finned pilot whaleMark Carwardine

Writer, broadcaster and conservationist Mark Carwardine has visited almost every country on Earth. Although best known for his whale and dolphin pictures, his work covers a huge range of subjects - from great white sharks and Northern white rhinos to 'spirit' bears and kakapos. Explore his new portfolio, including his latest whale images and video clips.

Book of the month

Book cover imageWhale Watching in North America

Mark Carwardine’s latest book is an indispensable guide to whale-watching in the USA, Canada and Mexico, covering the main whale-watching destinations and including a comprehensive field guide. View our gallery of bookplate images.

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