Red fox in front of suspension bridge, Bristol
© Sam Hobson / naturepl.com
View across Sound of Taransay, Scotland
© SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / naturepl.com
Gannets diving to feed on discarded fish, Scotland
© SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / naturepl.com
River otter cubs play fighting, Scotland
© SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / naturepl.com
Killer whale stalking school of herring, Norway
© Tony Wu / naturepl.com
Atlantic walruses in shallow water, Svalbard
© Tony Wu / naturepl.com
Wandering albatross pair displaying, South Georgia
© David Tipling / naturepl.com
Dwarf minke whale, Australia
© Tony Wu / naturepl.com
River otter with Atlantic puffin, Scotland
© SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / naturepl.com
American crocodile swimming over seagrass, Mexico
© Claudio Contreras / naturepl.com
Kottigehara dancing frog, India
© Yashpal Rathore / naturepl.com
Red fox at night in snow, Switzerland
© Laurent Geslin / naturepl.com
Luna moths on tree, Canada
© Nick Hawkins / naturepl.com
European beech forest with path, Germany
© Sandra Bartocha / naturepl.com
Glorious scarab beetle in flight, USA
© John Abbott / naturepl.com
Buff tailed bumblebee in front of European parliament building, Strasbourg
© Laurent Geslin / naturepl.com
Robin in urban park, Bristol
© Sam Hobson / naturepl.com
Beaver on urban riverbank at night, France
© Laurent Geslin / naturepl.com
African elephants fighting, South Africa
© Bence Mate / naturepl.com
Malachite sunbird feeding on aloe flower, Tanzania
© Nick Garbutt / naturepl.com

What's new

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.

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

Eyecatchers!

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.

Open older entries

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

Swimming hedgehog!Best of June 2017!

We hope you enjoy our June highlights gallery - we’ve added some strong urban wildlife images including peregrines in Chicago, leopards in Mumbai and otters in Singapore, plus meerkats, shoebill storks, cute pigs and misbehaving monkeys, not to mention Lake Baikal underwater, the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the idyllic Seychelles and the lost cities of Iraq.

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. 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.

Partners

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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.