2022 Competition Winners
26 Jan 2023 12:00 am
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NPL's photographers yet again enjoyed great success in photographic competitions around the world in 2022. This gallery showcases not only the winning images, but also those which were runners-up or highly commended, with details of the relevant competitions. NPL photographers featured strongly in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. Karine Aigner was awarded the main prize with her image 'The big buzz' and Tony Wu won the Underwater category with his image 'Shooting Star'. Mateusz Piesiak was also successful, winning the Rising Star Portfolio Award.~~Theo Bosboom and Pal Hermansen both won categories in GDT, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Our photographers also had success in the Bird Photographer of the Year Competition - Erlend Haarberg was awarded overall winner and won the Birds in the Environment category, Henley Spiers won the Black and White category. Lukas Schaefer won the Video Award and our very own video editor, Ewan Heath-Flynn, won the Conservation Award. Success was also achieved in the Swiss Vogelwarte Photo Competition, Asferico International Nature Photography competition, MontPhoto, Landscape Photographer of the Year, Siena International Photo Awards, Ocean Photographer of the Year amongst others.
December 2022
16 Jan 2023 12:00 am
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The end of the year has seen an influx of varied and powerful new images. Lots of African wildlife, birds from all corners of the world, fascinating insect behaviour, Australian endemic species, a range of great marine life including sharks, and more coverage from the Photo Ark project, are just some of the many highlights.
Our Favourite Nature Photographs from 2022
25 Nov 2022 12:00 am
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For many of us, 2022 has raced by, as a return to our pre-pandemic lives has brought newfound freedom, and fresh appreciation for the finer things in life. Here at Nature Picture Library, the dizzying ride of the last year is one we are excited to look back on with this collection of nature photographs that we’ve chosen, unranked, as some of our favourites from 2022.~~Our photographers are fuelled by tireless passion for the natural world, seeking out wildlife all over the globe in search of unique perspectives. Alex Hyde discovered a microscopic marvel living in an ordinary clump of moss. Nick Garbutt and Lucas Bustamante created breath-taking images of wild pumas. And Tony Wu tackled near-hopeless odds to bring us one-of-a-kind images of the enchanting (and elusive) Ezo flying squirrel.~~These photographs, and the many others you will discover here, demonstrate a staggering breadth of skill, and a deep reverence for nature. We hope they will inspire, intrigue, and serve as a reminder that we are all connected to the amazing species we share our planet with.
2022 Calendar
11 Jan 2022 12:00 am
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Here are the 22 images that feature in the Nature Picture Library 2022 desk calendar.
April 2022
8 Apr 2022 12:00 am
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It's been another busy month on the NPL website, with great new content coming in from all corners of the globe. Marine life features strongly this month, including dramatic marlin shots from new contributor Henley Spiers. We're also excited to have fresh material from Charlie Hamilton-James and Uri Golman. Look out also for lots of birds in action and an intriguing feud over a nestbox between jackdaws and grey squirrels!
August 2022
12 Aug 2022 12:00 am
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Great new content added to our site in the last month includes a range of bold mammal portraits from the Photo Ark project, new coverage on polar bears from Canada and Alaska and wild wolves from Yellowstone. We also have rare images of Mexican leopards, striking British landscapes, and a range of new marine material from the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
February 2022
15 Feb 2022 12:00 am
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There is a strong feline element to our new material this month. Edwin Giesbers has documented a European lynx captive breeding and reintroduction programme, and we also have new lion and snow leopard photos. Tui De Roy has contributed more great coverage on the unique landscapes and wildlife of the Galapagos, Eric Baccega has returned from the Congo basin with behavioural images of chimpanzees, and you'll also find mammals from more northern climes - Arctic foxes from Iceland and brown bears and saiga antelope from Russia.~Claudio Contreras continues his in-depth study of the Caribbean flamingos of Mexico, Tony Wu uncovers the courtship and breeding behaviour of Japanese fish, and Doug Wechsler has supplied some bold insect portraits. We also have new British landscapes from Guy Edwardes, Australian content from Doug Gimesy and marine life from around the world, including tuna in British waters.
January 2022
24 Jan 2022 12:00 am
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Cats, UK marine life and deserts feature strongly in the highlights of the last month. Alex Mustard reveals the many unexpected gems that live beneath Britain's seas, Paul Williams has a range of wild cats big and small from the BBC Big Cats series, and we welcome new contributor Ugo Mellone who specialises in documenting desert ecosystems and wildlife. We also have new images of David Attenborough and some dramatic energy images.
July 2022
26 Jul 2022 12:00 am
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The last month has seen an influx of great new material on a variety of subjects by photographers around the world. Highlights include Tony Wu’s adorable flying squirrels, Alejandro Prieto’s other-worldly axolotls and enchanting landscapes from Scotland: The Big Picture. You will also find dramatic Siberian landscapes, more bold portraiture from the Photo Ark project and coverage on Exmoor ponies.
June 2022
17 Jun 2022 12:00 am
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This month's highlights feature a strong showing of European mammals and birds, as well as Caribbean flamingos from Claudio Contreras, marine life from Hawaii and the Caribbean, Scottish and Australian landscapes, and coffee production from Mozambique.
March 2022
11 Mar 2022 12:00 am
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We've added almost 2000 new stills and clips to the site over the last month. Standout subjects of the last month are European birds and butterflies in action, stoats in winter, a fantastic range of marine life from tropical and cold waters, chimpanzee behaviour, and wide-ranging coverage on Australian wildlife from new contributor Bruce Thomson, including many species of bat.
May 2022
13 May 2022 12:00 am
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The last month has seen an influx of great new material on a variety of subjects by photographers around the world. Highlights include colourful marine life digital composites from Georgette Douwma, Eric Baccega's super-cute giant panda cubs, and a fantastic range of bird behaviour images. You'll also find a dramatic sequence of orcas hunting sealions, British beavers, Milan Radisic's unique fox material, and Robert Thompson's beautiful Irish landscapes and coastal scenes.
November 2022
29 Nov 2022 12:00 am
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This month has seen a strong focus on tropical birds, with great new hummingbirds, birds of paradise, toucans and hornbills. Look out too for new African wildlife including intimate studies of elephants and wild dogs, coverage on some bizarre wasp species and some strong new horse and pony material. Not to forget some beautiful British landscapes and Okavango aerial shots....
October 2022
25 Oct 2022 12:00 am
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This month's highlights run the full gamut from tiny organisms in super close-up to glorious aerial landscapes. In between, discover Africa's colourful birdlife, dramatic marine predators, ptarmigan through the seasons, lurking crocodiles, and rare imagery of the squirrel glider in action.
September 2022
26 Sep 2022 12:00 am
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In the last month we have really strengthened our coverage on all animal groups. Gil Wizen provides great invertebrate close-ups, reptiles and amphibians, Ingo Arndt supplies crisp European bird portraits, Alex Mustard and Sergio Hanquet reveal the great colours and fascinating behaviour of fish and marine life, Tui De Roy documents marine turtles nesting, and last but not least Roland Seitre adds weird rodents and rare antelopes and Joel Sartore's Photo Ark weighs in with great wild cats. You will also find fresh coverage from SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, images showing the environmental impact of the 2022 heatwave, and photos of logging in the rainforest of equatorial Africa.
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