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Nature Picture Library photographers enjoyed success in many of the major photographic competitions during 2016. Juan Carlos Munoz was overall winner of the BioPhoto contest, David Pattyn won two categories of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards,Tony Wu won the underwater category of Wildlife Photographer of the year and Nick Upton won the documentary series category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards. Explore our gallery of winning and commended images.
Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) aerial view of herd on sand, Namib Desert, Namibia.  -  Juan  Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) aerial view of herd on sand, Namib Desert, Namibia.
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) swimming, backlit with morning light forming  a bokeh affect on the water, Wales, UK, February. Highly commended in the Habitat Category of the BWPA (British W...  -  Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) swimming, backlit with morning light forming a bokeh affect on the water, Wales, UK, February. Highly commended in the Habitat Category of the BWPA (British W...
Twinspot snapper (Lutjanus bohar) engaged in a mass spawning aggregation early in the morning. Caroline Islands, Palau. April.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Twinspot snapper (Lutjanus bohar) engaged in a mass spawning aggregation early in the morning. Caroline Islands, Palau. April.
Gannet (Morus bassanus) nearest out of focus, Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, County Wexford, Ireland, June. First place in the Bird  category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards 2016.  -  David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Gannet (Morus bassanus) nearest out of focus, Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, County Wexford, Ireland, June. First place in the Bird category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards 2016.
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...
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) stretching its wings backlit at dawn, Poynton, Cheshire, UK, December. Highly honoured in the Bird Category of the Windland Awards  of Natures Best Photography Competition 2016...  -  Ben  Hall
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Ben Hall / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) stretching its wings backlit at dawn, Poynton, Cheshire, UK, December. Highly honoured in the Bird Category of the Windland Awards of Natures Best Photography Competition 2016...
Black necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) adult in breeding plumage photographed at night with the reflection of street lights in the water. The Netherlands. March 2014. Winner of the Telephoto catego...  -  David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Black necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) adult in breeding plumage photographed at night with the reflection of street lights in the water. The Netherlands. March 2014. Winner of the Telephoto catego...
Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) yawning on beach, Helgoland, Germany. Second Place in the Comedy Award of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards 2016.  -  Bernard Castelein
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Bernard Castelein / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) yawning on beach, Helgoland, Germany. Second Place in the Comedy Award of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards 2016.
Pine marten (Martes martes) leaping, Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Scotland, August. Highly commended in the Animal Behaviour category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) Competition 2016.  -  Danny Green
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Danny Green / Pine marten (Martes martes) leaping, Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Scotland, August. Highly commended in the Animal Behaviour category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) Competition 2016.
Brandt's cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) hunts for a meal in a school of Pacific chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus), beneath an oil rig. Eureka Rig, Los Angeles, California, United States of Ame...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Brandt's cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) hunts for a meal in a school of Pacific chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus), beneath an oil rig. Eureka Rig, Los Angeles, California, United States of Ame...
Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) tossing frog prey, Mkuze, South Africa  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) tossing frog prey, Mkuze, South Africa
African elephants (Loxodonta africana) fighting with dust kicked up around them, Mkuze, South Africa. Second place in the Portfolio Category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards 2016 Competition.  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / African elephants (Loxodonta africana) fighting with dust kicked up around them, Mkuze, South Africa. Second place in the Portfolio Category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards 2016 Competition.
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) leaping onto log, Scotland, UK, September. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) 2016.  -  Mark Hamblin
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Mark Hamblin / Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) leaping onto log, Scotland, UK, September. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) 2016.
Pine marten (Martes martes) portrait, Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Scotland, August. Highly commended in the Portrait category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) Competition 2016.  -  Danny Green
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Danny Green / Pine marten (Martes martes) portrait, Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Scotland, August. Highly commended in the Portrait category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) Competition 2016.
Young urban Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) poking its head up over a wall. Bristol, UK, August. Finalist in the Urban category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2016.  -  Sam Hobson
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Sam Hobson / Young urban Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) poking its head up over a wall. Bristol, UK, August. Finalist in the Urban category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2016.
Water filled ditch with shadow of a tree on water with Fringed waterlily (Nymphoides peltata) Star duckweed (Lemna trisulca) Netherlands. July 2015. Commended in the Underwater World Category of the G...  -  Willem  Kolvoort
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Willem Kolvoort / Water filled ditch with shadow of a tree on water with Fringed waterlily (Nymphoides peltata) Star duckweed (Lemna trisulca) Netherlands. July 2015. Commended in the Underwater World Category of the G...
Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) shaking water off fur, Katmai, Alaska, USA, September. Highly commended in the Mammals category of the GDT Awards Competition 2016.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) shaking water off fur, Katmai, Alaska, USA, September. Highly commended in the Mammals category of the GDT Awards Competition 2016.
Two male Dusky groupers (Epinephelus marginatus) fighting for territory during mating season at 'baixa do meros', a small pinnacle at Formigas islets Protected area, near Santa Maria Island, Azores. F...  -  Jordi Chias
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Jordi Chias / Two male Dusky groupers (Epinephelus marginatus) fighting for territory during mating season at 'baixa do meros', a small pinnacle at Formigas islets Protected area, near Santa Maria Island, Azores. F...
Spotted hyaena (Crocuta crocuta) reassuring her tiny pup at the entrance to their den,  Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Spotted hyaena (Crocuta crocuta) reassuring her tiny pup at the entrance to their den, Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana.
Canadian river otter (Lutra canadensis) on a log enjoying its evening meal of a Cutthroat trout, starting at the tail. Trout Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, June. Winner of the Amateur...  -  Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Canadian river otter (Lutra canadensis) on a log enjoying its evening meal of a Cutthroat trout, starting at the tail. Trout Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, June. Winner of the Amateur...
Black kites (Milvus migrans) flying above man as he throws food skyward from a rooftop. Old Delhi, India. February 2016. Finalist in the Urban category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards...  -  Luke Massey
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Luke Massey / Black kites (Milvus migrans) flying above man as he throws food skyward from a rooftop. Old Delhi, India. February 2016. Finalist in the Urban category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards...
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair performing their courtship dance in which they mimic each other's movements. The Netherlands. April.  -  David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair performing their courtship dance in which they mimic each other's movements. The Netherlands. April.
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) fighting in territorial dispute in the breeding season. The Netherlands. April.  -  David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) fighting in territorial dispute in the breeding season. The Netherlands. April.
Great crested grebes (podiceps cristatus) pair mating on a kind of 'lek' the favourite place for lots of grebes to mate on this lake, La Dombes lake area, France, June. Second place in the Species Sto...  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebes (podiceps cristatus) pair mating on a kind of 'lek' the favourite place for lots of grebes to mate on this lake, La Dombes lake area, France, June. Second place in the Species Sto...
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair in courtship weed dance during courtship close to a reedbed. The Netherlands. April.  -  David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair in courtship weed dance during courtship close to a reedbed. The Netherlands. April.
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) close-up of an adult with two young chicks. The Netherlands. June 2014  -  David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) close-up of an adult with two young chicks. The Netherlands. June 2014
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult running over the water surface during the courtship. The Netherlands. April 2014.Second place in the Species Story category of the Terre Sauvage Nature I...  -  David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult running over the water surface during the courtship. The Netherlands. April 2014.Second place in the Species Story category of the Terre Sauvage Nature I...
Raven (Corvus corax) adult calling from rock in mountain habitat, Scotland, UK. November. Third place in  British Birds Bird Photograph of the Year competition 2016.  -  Mark Hamblin
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Mark Hamblin / Raven (Corvus corax) adult calling from rock in mountain habitat, Scotland, UK. November. Third place in British Birds Bird Photograph of the Year competition 2016.
Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) feeding on red deer carcass, Assynt, Scotland. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) 2016.  -  Peter Cairns
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Peter Cairns / Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) feeding on red deer carcass, Assynt, Scotland. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) 2016.
Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus) male on rock in swirling spindrift of snow, Scotland, UK, February. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016...  -  Mark Hamblin
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Mark Hamblin / Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus) male on rock in swirling spindrift of snow, Scotland, UK, February. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016...
Common buzzards (Buteo buteo) fighting on ground in snow, Scotland. January.  Highly commended in the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) Competition 2016  -  Mark Hamblin
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Mark Hamblin / Common buzzards (Buteo buteo) fighting on ground in snow, Scotland. January. Highly commended in the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) Competition 2016
Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in snow cave, Scotland, UK, December. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016)  -  Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in snow cave, Scotland, UK, December. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016)
Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in white winter coat camouflaged in snow, Scotland, UK. Commended in the Asferico Competition 2016.  -  Mark Hamblin
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Mark Hamblin / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in white winter coat camouflaged in snow, Scotland, UK. Commended in the Asferico Competition 2016.
Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) three adults on a snow slope high in the Cairngorm Mountains, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February. Finalist in the Mammals category of the  Wildlife Photogra...  -  Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) three adults on a snow slope high in the Cairngorm Mountains, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February. Finalist in the Mammals category of the Wildlife Photogra...
Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) in deep snow,Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy. November. Commended in the Asferico Photography Competition 2016.  -  David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) in deep snow,Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy. November. Commended in the Asferico Photography Competition 2016.
Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) pair in courtship 'weed dance' in morning light, Wales, UK, February. Highly commended in the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) Competition 2016.  -  Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) pair in courtship 'weed dance' in morning light, Wales, UK, February. Highly commended in the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) Competition 2016.
European beaver (Castor fiber) foraging at dusk, Knapdale Forest, Argyll, Scotland. Highly commended in the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) Competition 2016  -  Peter Cairns
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Peter Cairns / European beaver (Castor fiber) foraging at dusk, Knapdale Forest, Argyll, Scotland. Highly commended in the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) Competition 2016
Radnor lily (Gagea bohemica) the rarest flower in the UK at sunset, Stanner Rocks National Nature Reserve, Powys, Wales, UK, February. Commended in the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) Compe...  -  Phil Savoie
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Phil Savoie / Radnor lily (Gagea bohemica) the rarest flower in the UK at sunset, Stanner Rocks National Nature Reserve, Powys, Wales, UK, February. Commended in the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) Compe...
Common frogs (Rana temporaria) and frogspawn in pond, Yonne, Burgundy, France, February. Commended in the Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards competi...  -  Cyril Ruoso
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Cyril Ruoso / Common frogs (Rana temporaria) and frogspawn in pond, Yonne, Burgundy, France, February. Commended in the Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards competi...
Marbled newt (Triturus marmoratus) male in pond, Burgundy, France. March.  -  Cyril Ruoso
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Cyril Ruoso / Marbled newt (Triturus marmoratus) male in pond, Burgundy, France. March.
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) at night in snow, camera trap image, Jura Mountains, Switzerland, August.  Commended in the Mammals category of the Asferico Competition 2016.  -  Laurent Geslin
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Laurent Geslin / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) at night in snow, camera trap image, Jura Mountains, Switzerland, August. Commended in the Mammals category of the Asferico Competition 2016.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) at dawn with breath backlit, Svalbard, Norway, March. Highly commended in the Mammals category of the GDT Awards Competition 2016.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) at dawn with breath backlit, Svalbard, Norway, March. Highly commended in the Mammals category of the GDT Awards Competition 2016.
Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stag in Caledonian Forest, Glen Affric. Highlands, Scotland, November 2014.  -  Terry  Whittaker
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Terry Whittaker / Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stag in Caledonian Forest, Glen Affric. Highlands, Scotland, November 2014.
Black headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) taking off with foot caught in discarded coat hanger, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Pusztaszer, Hungary. May.  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Black headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) taking off with foot caught in discarded coat hanger, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Pusztaszer, Hungary. May.
Close up portrait of Eastern white pelican head (Pelecanus onocrotalus) Danube Delta, Romania. Finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2016.  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / Close up portrait of Eastern white pelican head (Pelecanus onocrotalus) Danube Delta, Romania. Finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2016.
Pool Frog (Pelophylax lessonae) split level view, near Crisan village, Danube Delta, Romania, June. Highly commended in the Underwater Category of the GDT Awards Competition 2016.  -  Wild  Wonders of Europe / Lundgren
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Lundgren / Pool Frog (Pelophylax lessonae) split level view, near Crisan village, Danube Delta, Romania, June. Highly commended in the Underwater Category of the GDT Awards Competition 2016.
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...
Leaf frozen in ice, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, southern Spain, February. Highly Commended in the Plants and Fungi Category of the Asferico 2016 Awards.  -  Andres M. Dominguez
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Andres M. Dominguez / Leaf frozen in ice, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, southern Spain, February. Highly Commended in the Plants and Fungi Category of the Asferico 2016 Awards.
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