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.
Lucas Bustamante / Peacock katydid (Pterochroza ocellata) on leaf in defensive posture, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Basin, Ecuador.
Wim van den Heever / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) with Mount Kilimajaro in the background, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Nick Garbutt / Adult Guanacos (Lama guanicoe) grazing in deep snow near Lago Pehoe, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, July.
Lucas Bustamante / Puma (Puma concolor) walking with the Torres del Paine mountains in background, Torres del Paine National Park, Magallanes, Chile.
Guy Edwardes / Dalmatian pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) on lake at sunrise with flock of Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) flying in fomration overhead, Kerkini Mountain inbackground, Lake Kerkini, Greece. January...
Ross Hoddinott / Common blue butterflies (Polyommatus icarus) roosting in morning light, Devon, UK. July.
Tony Wu / Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) gliding through forest canopy during light snowfall. Hokkaido, Japan. February.
Will Burrard-Lucas / Scorpion (Scorpiones) fluorescing in ultraviolet light at night, Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, Samburu Game Reserve, Kenya.
Nick Garbutt / Two Sulawesi black macaques / Celebes crested macaques (Macaca nigra) investigating and drinking from plastic bottles washed up on the beach, Tangkoko National Park, northern Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Ben Hall / Two Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stags, fighting during the rut, Cheshire, UK. July.
Nick Garbutt / Patagonian / Austral pygmy owl (Glaucidium nana) perched on branch in snow, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile.
Andy Rouse / White bellied woodstar hummingbird (Chaetocercus mulsant) and Sword-billed hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera) hovering next to flower, feeding on nectar, cloud forest, Ecuador.