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

What's new


Nat Geo cover!

We’re thrilled to have our image by Brent Stephenson on the cover of the January issue of National Geographic, which is on sale NOW!

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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Featured Story

Great white shark with seal in jaws, South AfricaMasters of the Light

Recent research suggests that changes in the lunar phase have a significant effect on the interaction between great white sharks and their seal prey. Find out more in our PDF story or visit our image gallery.

Latest Highlights

Manatee mother and babyBest of January 2018!

View our new highlights gallery with a selection of the best images added to our site over the last month. These include a very cute baby manatee, the endangered Zanzibar red colobus, the remote Inaccessible Island world heritage site, Finnish birds and insects, engaging bears from Danny Green, and farm animals and African wildlife from Klein & Hubert.

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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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.