Nature Picture Library’s photographers were successful in a number of the major photographic competitions of 2018. Neil Aldridge won the Environment Singles category in the World Press Photo competition, as well as portfolio awards at NPPA and Nature Photographer of the Year, Jen Guyton won the Plants and Fungi category of Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Andrew Parkinson and Neil McIntyre were both category winners at the British Wildlife Photography Awards, Andy Rouse and Claudio Contreras both won categories of Nature's Best, Espen Bergersen won the Threatened Nature section of the Nordic Photo Contest, Bence Mate took first prize in the Birds category of Nature Photographer of the Year and Markus Varesvuo was runner-up in the GDT Birds section, while Andres Dominquez won the macro category of the Montphoto competition. This gallery includes all the winners, runners-up and highly commended images.
Neil Aldridge / Young White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) in a reinforced steel boma, blindfolded and partially drugged after a long journey from South Africa, before being released into the wild in Botswana. Sept...
Jen Guyton / Cones of a female Welwitschia plant (Welwitschia mirabilis) Swakopmund, Namib Desert, Namibia. They are among the most ancient organisms on the planet: some individuals might be more than 2000 years...
Bence Mate / Great white egret (Ardea alba) group of three in winter, Kiskunsag National Park, Hungary. Winner of the Bird Category of Nature Photographer of the Year Awards 2018.
Karine Aigner / Wild Bobcat (Lynx rufus) family of three cubs drinking water from bowl, with mother stretching . The mother chose to make her den underneath the house. Texas, USA, August. Taken with remote camera. Hi...
Will Burrard-Lucas / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) female with very large tusks, Tsavo National Park, Kenya. Highly commended in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2018. Editorial use only....
Andres M. Dominguez / Red spider mite (Tetranychus urticae), Andalusia, Spain, June.
Claudio Contreras / Grey whale (Eschrichtius robustus) eye, Magdalena Bay, Baja California, Mexico, February. Winner in the Ocean Views category of the 2018 Nature's Best Winland Smith Rice Awards.
Andy Rouse / Cat-shaped iceberg at sunset, Svalbard, Norway, October 2017. Winner of the Polar Passion Category of the Nature's Best Photography Awards 2018.
Andrew Parkinson / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in extreme winds with spin drifts of snow, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February 2018. Winner of the Animals in their Environment Category of the British Wildl...
Tony Wu / Asian sheepshead wrasse (Semicossyphus reticulatus) mature male in breeding colouration. Niigata, Japan. non-ex
Terry Whittaker / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) adult with train in background, Kent, UK. March. Highly commended in the Nature Photographer of the Year Awards 2018. Taken with remote camera.
Wim van den Heever / Leopard (Panthera pardus) cub looking up at birds (out of frame) with mother in background, Khwai River, Botswana. Highly commended in the Mammals category of the Asferico Photography Competition 201...