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NPL photographers enjoyed great success in the world's leading 2015 photography competitions. At the GDT European Photographer of the year Bruno D'Amicis won the Fritz Polking prize for his fennec fox portfolio and Bence Mate won the mammals category. At the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards Jurgen Freund won the IUCN bursary and Bence Mate the portfolio category. Nuno Sa was overall winner of the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition and Alex Hyde won the Hidden Britain category of the BWPA competition. Edwin Giesbers' newt image was a category winner in both the WPOY and GDT competitions. Our photographers were also successful in the Por el Planeta, MontPhoto and CONABIO competitions.
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) standing in snowfall, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA, February. Winner of the NPL Best Single Image award in the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards competition 2015. - Radomir  Jakubowski
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Radomir Jakubowski / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) standing in snowfall, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA, February. Winner of the NPL Best Single Image award in the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards competition 2015.
Inuit sled dogs resting, near Ittoqortoormiit, Scoresbysund, Greenland. Second Prize in the Nature category of the Spider Black and White Photography Competition 2015. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Inuit sled dogs resting, near Ittoqortoormiit, Scoresbysund, Greenland. Second Prize in the Nature category of the Spider Black and White Photography Competition 2015.
Wild boar (Sus scrofa) at night with the milky way in the background, Gyulaj, Tolna, Hungary. August. Taken using long exposure with flash at night. Winner of the Mammals Category of the GDT Awards 20... - Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Wild boar (Sus scrofa) at night with the milky way in the background, Gyulaj, Tolna, Hungary. August. Taken using long exposure with flash at night. Winner of the Mammals Category of the GDT Awards 20...
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in snow, Varanger Peninsula, Norway. - Erlend Haarberg
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Erlend Haarberg / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in snow, Varanger Peninsula, Norway.
Crested newt (Triturus carnifex) Gelderland, The Netherlands, April. Winner of the Amphibians category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2015. Winner of the Underwater... - Edwin  Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Crested newt (Triturus carnifex) Gelderland, The Netherlands, April. Winner of the Amphibians category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2015. Winner of the Underwater...
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) adult feeding chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, June. Winner of the CONABIO Nature Photography Competition 2015. - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) adult feeding chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, June. Winner of the CONABIO Nature Photography Competition 2015.
Long snouted seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) in captive breeding laboratory at University of Algarve, Portugal. June 2010. Overall winner of the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition 2015. - Nuno  Sa
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Nuno Sa / Long snouted seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) in captive breeding laboratory at University of Algarve, Portugal. June 2010. Overall winner of the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition 2015.
Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) adult resting, close up portrait, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. January. Finalist in the Birds Category of the GDT Awards 2015. - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) adult resting, close up portrait, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. January. Finalist in the Birds Category of the GDT Awards 2015.
Black-billed shrike-tyrant (Agriornis montanus) perched in snowy tree with Mount Fitz Roy visible beyond. Patagonia, Argentina, June 2014. - Floris  van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Black-billed shrike-tyrant (Agriornis montanus) perched in snowy tree with Mount Fitz Roy visible beyond. Patagonia, Argentina, June 2014.
Dippers (Cinclus cinclus) fighting in snow, Kuusamo, Finland, March. Second Place in the Telephoto Lens Category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards competitiion 2015. - Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Dippers (Cinclus cinclus) fighting in snow, Kuusamo, Finland, March. Second Place in the Telephoto Lens Category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards competitiion 2015.
Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in white winter coat stretching - in snowy habitat, Scotland. Highly Commended in the Mammals category of the GDT European Photographer of the Year Competition 2015. - Mark  Hamblin
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Mark Hamblin / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in white winter coat stretching - in snowy habitat, Scotland. Highly Commended in the Mammals category of the GDT European Photographer of the Year Competition 2015.
Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) group of four on plant stems, River Leijgraaf, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, August 2013. Finalist in the Invertebrate category of the Wildlife Photographer of th... - Edwin  Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) group of four on plant stems, River Leijgraaf, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, August 2013. Finalist in the Invertebrate category of the Wildlife Photographer of th...
Leopard (Panthera pardus) hunting Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) Etosha, Namibia, Finalist in the Mammals Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015. - Wim van den Heever
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Wim van den Heever / Leopard (Panthera pardus) hunting Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) Etosha, Namibia, Finalist in the Mammals Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015.
Red Deer herd (Cervus elaphus) moving over mountain ridge in heavy snow. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. January. Highly Commended in the Habitat category of the British Wildlife Photography Award... - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Red Deer herd (Cervus elaphus) moving over mountain ridge in heavy snow. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. January. Highly Commended in the Habitat category of the British Wildlife Photography Award...
Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni) and Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) chasing small fish offshore. Santa Maria Island, Azores, Atlantic Ocean. Third Place in the Underwater Category of the Por El... - Jordi Chias
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Jordi Chias / Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni) and Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) chasing small fish offshore. Santa Maria Island, Azores, Atlantic Ocean. Third Place in the Underwater Category of the Por El...
Large pod of Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) porpoising over waves during annual  sardine run, Port St Johns, South Africa. Runner up in the Animals in their Environment Category of the Wildl... - Wim van den Heever
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Wim van den Heever / Large pod of Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) porpoising over waves during annual sardine run, Port St Johns, South Africa. Runner up in the Animals in their Environment Category of the Wildl...
Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) male on mountainside at sunrise, Bernese Alps, Switzerland, July. Received honourable mention in the Big Picture Competition awards 2014. Nominated in the Melvita Nature Image... - Radomir  Jakubowski
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Radomir Jakubowski / Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) male on mountainside at sunrise, Bernese Alps, Switzerland, July. Received honourable mention in the Big Picture Competition awards 2014. Nominated in the Melvita Nature Image...
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) reflection in water, Svalbard, Norway - Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) reflection in water, Svalbard, Norway
Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus) resting with ears back, Scotland, March. Highly Commended in the Animal Portrait Category of the BWPA Competition 2015. - Danny Green
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Danny Green / Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus) resting with ears back, Scotland, March. Highly Commended in the Animal Portrait Category of the BWPA Competition 2015.
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) bull emerging from water to charge, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal National Park.  South Africa. Specially commended in the Animal Portraits category of... - Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) bull emerging from water to charge, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal National Park. South Africa. Specially commended in the Animal Portraits category of...
Pine marten (Martes martes) on branch, orange glow in sky behind from the lights of Inverness. Black Isle, Scotland, UK, October. Photographed by camera trap Highly commended in the Habitat category o... - Terry  Whittaker
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Terry Whittaker / Pine marten (Martes martes) on branch, orange glow in sky behind from the lights of Inverness. Black Isle, Scotland, UK, October. Photographed by camera trap Highly commended in the Habitat category o...
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus) courtship dance at dawn, Cardiff, UK, March. Highly Commended in the Animal Behaviour Category of the BWPA Competition 2015. - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus) courtship dance at dawn, Cardiff, UK, March. Highly Commended in the Animal Behaviour Category of the BWPA Competition 2015.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) in flight with nesting material, Hungary, July. Nominated in the Telephoto category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards competition 2015. - Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) in flight with nesting material, Hungary, July. Nominated in the Telephoto category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards competition 2015.
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) about to take off to roosting site,  Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, January. Best image taken in Mexico and specially commended in... - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) about to take off to roosting site, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, January. Best image taken in Mexico and specially commended in...
Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) in sand dunes, Namibia. Finalist in the Mammals Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2015. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) in sand dunes, Namibia. Finalist in the Mammals Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2015.
Urban Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)  searching for food near bins in a courtyard at night, West London, United Kingdom, May 2014. Finalist in the Urban category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awar... - Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Urban Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) searching for food near bins in a courtyard at night, West London, United Kingdom, May 2014. Finalist in the Urban category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awar...
Mining bee / Little flower bee (Anthophora bimaculata) taking nectar and pollen from Common fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica) flower, with pollen covered scopa, Surrey, England, UK. August. Highly comm... - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Mining bee / Little flower bee (Anthophora bimaculata) taking nectar and pollen from Common fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica) flower, with pollen covered scopa, Surrey, England, UK. August. Highly comm...
Crane fly / Daddy long legs (Tipula paludosa) female covered in morning dew. Peak DIstrict National Park, Derbyshire, UK. September. Winner of the Hidden Britain Category of the BWPA Awards 2015. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Crane fly / Daddy long legs (Tipula paludosa) female covered in morning dew. Peak DIstrict National Park, Derbyshire, UK. September. Winner of the Hidden Britain Category of the BWPA Awards 2015.
House spider female (Tegenaria sp.) in garden shed. Derbyshire, UK, March. Highly Commended in the Urban Wildlife category of the 2015 British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) Competition. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / House spider female (Tegenaria sp.) in garden shed. Derbyshire, UK, March. Highly Commended in the Urban Wildlife category of the 2015 British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) Competition.
Leafcutter ants (Atta sp) colony harvesting a banana leaf, Costa Rica. 3rd place in the Insects and Spiders category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards competitions 2015. - Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Leafcutter ants (Atta sp) colony harvesting a banana leaf, Costa Rica. 3rd place in the Insects and Spiders category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards competitions 2015.
Common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus) resting on grasses at sunset, Vealand Farm, Devon, UK. July. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus) resting on grasses at sunset, Vealand Farm, Devon, UK. July.
Atolla jellyfish (Atolla wyvillei) with Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) in the background near the surface. Antarctic Peninsula. Finalist in the Underwater category of the Wildlife Photographer of t... - Jordi  Chias
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Jordi Chias / Atolla jellyfish (Atolla wyvillei) with Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) in the background near the surface. Antarctic Peninsula. Finalist in the Underwater category of the Wildlife Photographer of t...
Round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) backlit at sunset. Isle of Mull, Scotland. June. Highly commended in the Botanical Britain Category of the British Widllife Photography Awards (BWPA) Competi... - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) backlit at sunset. Isle of Mull, Scotland. June. Highly commended in the Botanical Britain Category of the British Widllife Photography Awards (BWPA) Competi...
Common frog (Rana temporaria) and spawn in pond. West Runton, North Norfolk, England, UK, March. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the BWPA Awards 2015. - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Common frog (Rana temporaria) and spawn in pond. West Runton, North Norfolk, England, UK, March. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the BWPA Awards 2015.
Gannet (Morus bassanu) coming into land with stormy seas behind, Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK, September. Highly Commended in the Coastal and Marine category of the BWPA Awards 2015 - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Gannet (Morus bassanu) coming into land with stormy seas behind, Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK, September. Highly Commended in the Coastal and Marine category of the BWPA Awards 2015
Aerial view of river delta, South West Iceland, June 2014. Finalist in the Art of Nature Category of the Big Picture Competition 2015. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Aerial view of river delta, South West Iceland, June 2014. Finalist in the Art of Nature Category of the Big Picture Competition 2015.
Blizzard on the coast of Lofoten in black and white, Norway, March. Winner of the Natural Adversities category of the Asferico Competition 2015. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Blizzard on the coast of Lofoten in black and white, Norway, March. Winner of the Natural Adversities category of the Asferico Competition 2015.
A colorful explosion of rocks embedded in three feet of permanent cave ice deep in a lava tube cave (illuminated with a flashlight in the utter darkness.) Lava Beds National Monument, Northern Califor... - Floris  van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / A colorful explosion of rocks embedded in three feet of permanent cave ice deep in a lava tube cave (illuminated with a flashlight in the utter darkness.) Lava Beds National Monument, Northern Califor...
Birch tree (Betula pendula) with lichen, camouflaged against lichen covered rock face,  Muddus National Park, Sweden.  September 2014. Highly commended in GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Yea... - Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Birch tree (Betula pendula) with lichen, camouflaged against lichen covered rock face, Muddus National Park, Sweden. September 2014. Highly commended in GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Yea...
Sunset at Trebarwith Strand with incoming tide, North Cornwall, UK. March 2014. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Sunset at Trebarwith Strand with incoming tide, North Cornwall, UK. March 2014.
Ash plume and lava eruption from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano at night, Iceland, April 2010. Honourably mentioned in the Wild Habitat of the Por el Planeta (For the Planet) competition 2015. - Orsolya  Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / Ash plume and lava eruption from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano at night, Iceland, April 2010. Honourably mentioned in the Wild Habitat of the Por el Planeta (For the Planet) competition 2015.
Mummified infant Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) a relic from  research from 1959, amongst old laboratory paraphernalia and assorted zoological specimens. CRSN (Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles... - Jabruson
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Jabruson / Mummified infant Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) a relic from research from 1959, amongst old laboratory paraphernalia and assorted zoological specimens. CRSN (Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles...
Mozambican children with captive Yellow Baboon youngster (Papio cynocephalus) young animal caught during troop crop raiding. Pemba to Montepuez highway, north-eastern Mozambique, November 2011. Specia... - Jabruson
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Jabruson / Mozambican children with captive Yellow Baboon youngster (Papio cynocephalus) young animal caught during troop crop raiding. Pemba to Montepuez highway, north-eastern Mozambique, November 2011. Specia...
Group of Great egrets (Ardea alba) reflected in still water, with Hooded crows (Corvus cornix), Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Hungary. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awar... - Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Group of Great egrets (Ardea alba) reflected in still water, with Hooded crows (Corvus cornix), Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Hungary. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awar...
Two Great egrets (Ardea alba) face to face against white sky, Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Hungary. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards competition 2015. - Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Two Great egrets (Ardea alba) face to face against white sky, Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Hungary. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards competition 2015.
Great white egret (Ardea alba) silhouetted at sunset, Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Hungary, February. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards competition 2015. - Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Great white egret (Ardea alba) silhouetted at sunset, Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Hungary, February. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards competition 2015.
Great egret (Ardea alba) close up of feathers, Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Hungary, December. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards competition 2015. - Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Great egret (Ardea alba) close up of feathers, Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Hungary, December. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards competition 2015.
Two Great egrets (Ardea alba) standing opposite each other with Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) in between. Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Hungary, January. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Na... - Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Two Great egrets (Ardea alba) standing opposite each other with Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) in between. Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Hungary, January. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Na...
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