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

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) hunting by pouncing onto prey through snow, Yellowstone National Park, USA, February

Jump for Joy – it’s Fotofringe!

Don’t forget it’s the picture event of the year on Thursday 27th April.
There is still time to register!
Come and see NPL at Fotofringe London. We’ll be on table BB14 with competitions and goodies galore.

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.

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.

Open older entries

Featured Story

Rabbit islandRabbit Island

Few islands have inhabitants that are as cute those that live on Okunoshima. Better known as Usaga Jima or ‘Rabbit Island’, this island is situated in the Inland Sea of Japan and is teeming with wild rabbits... View our gallery, including PDF link.

Latest Highlights

Land snail shellsBest of April 2017!

We’ve added more than 4800 images to our site in the last month. Browse our April highlights gallery, including wildlife portraits and action from worldwide locations, new insects from Lorraine Bennery and a graphic set of scenics and florals.

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 Reptile and Amphibian Group for Somerset. We also offer discounted reproduction fees to conservation organisations. Visit our conservation page to find out more.

Photographer of the month

Aerial view of spring wildflowersFloris van Breugel

Floris van Breugel strives to capture the peace and quiet that can only be found in true wilderness. His scientific mindset influences his photography, and he is keenly interested in discovering and sharing interesting phenomenon through unique and curiosity-inspiring imagery. To find out more, browse our new expanded gallery of his work.

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.

Partners

2020 vision    Met your neighbours    Wild wonders of Europe    
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.