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'Eyecatchers' are show-stopping and surprising standalone images from the natural world, accompanied by the photographers’ stories from behind the lens. This gallery is a great place to look for those special one-off images, suitable for double-page spreads or simply for inspiration and ideas.

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Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) female 'Malui' walking through a cloud of butterflies she has disturbed in Bai Hokou, Dzanga Sangha Special Dense Forest Reserve, Central African Repu... - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) female 'Malui' walking through a cloud of butterflies she has disturbed in Bai Hokou, Dzanga Sangha Special Dense Forest Reserve, Central African Repu...
Mozambique Spitting Cobra (Naja mossambica) ejecting venom Kruger, South Africa, Controlled conditions. - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Mozambique Spitting Cobra (Naja mossambica) ejecting venom Kruger, South Africa, Controlled conditions.
A large colony of Mountainous star coral (Montastraea faveolata) spawning at night on a coral reef, showing the synchronous release of bundles of eggs and sperm, East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands... - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / A large colony of Mountainous star coral (Montastraea faveolata) spawning at night on a coral reef, showing the synchronous release of bundles of eggs and sperm, East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands...
Mountainous star coral (Montastraea faveolata) spawning at night on a coral reef, showing the synchronous release of bundles of eggs and sperm, East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Ind... - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Mountainous star coral (Montastraea faveolata) spawning at night on a coral reef, showing the synchronous release of bundles of eggs and sperm, East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Ind...
Broad snouted caiman (Caiman latirostris) baby in mothers mouth being carried from nest, Sante Fe, Argentina, February - Mark MacEwen
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Mark MacEwen / Broad snouted caiman (Caiman latirostris) baby in mothers mouth being carried from nest, Sante Fe, Argentina, February
Celebes / Black crested macaque (Macaca nigra)  group watching with curiosity, Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Celebes / Black crested macaque (Macaca nigra) group watching with curiosity, Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) in shallow water gathering very close to shore, Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles, Indian Ocean - Cheryl-Samantha Owen
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Cheryl-Samantha Owen / Blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) in shallow water gathering very close to shore, Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles, Indian Ocean
Spectacled flying fox (Pteropus conspicillatus) babies or bubs wrapped in cloth in the nursery at Tolga Bat Hospital, North Queensland, Australia, November 2012 - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Spectacled flying fox (Pteropus conspicillatus) babies or bubs wrapped in cloth in the nursery at Tolga Bat Hospital, North Queensland, Australia, November 2012
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. Wildl... - 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. Wildl...
Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) trapped in a drifting abandoned net, Mediterranean Sea. (Winner of the One Earth Award, WPY Competition 2010 ) - Jordi Chias
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Jordi Chias / Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) trapped in a drifting abandoned net, Mediterranean Sea. (Winner of the One Earth Award, WPY Competition 2010 )
Blue Whales (Balaenoptera musculus) throat inflated, filter feeding at sea surface. California, USA. Sequence 1 of 2. - Doc White
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Doc White / Blue Whales (Balaenoptera musculus) throat inflated, filter feeding at sea surface. California, USA. Sequence 1 of 2.
Maasai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) silhouetted by beams of light from setting sun, Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa. Winner of the African section of the Natures Best Windland Smith Rice... - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Maasai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) silhouetted by beams of light from setting sun, Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa. Winner of the African section of the Natures Best Windland Smith Rice...
Maasai Giraffe~(Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi)~under setting sun~Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Maasai Giraffe~(Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi)~under setting sun~Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa
Tolbachik Volcano erupting with lava flowing down the mountain side. Kamchatka, Russia. November 29th 2013. Winner of the Wildscapes category, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY competitio... - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Tolbachik Volcano erupting with lava flowing down the mountain side. Kamchatka, Russia. November 29th 2013. Winner of the Wildscapes category, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY competitio...
Dalmatian pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) underwater view of group feeding, Lake Kirkini, Greece. Highly commended in the GDT competition 2013. Commended in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards c... - Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Dalmatian pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) underwater view of group feeding, Lake Kirkini, Greece. Highly commended in the GDT competition 2013. Commended in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards c...
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) close- up of eye half open, the golden webbed semi-transparent eyelid allows to see its surrounding even while resting, Costa Rica. - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) close- up of eye half open, the golden webbed semi-transparent eyelid allows to see its surrounding even while resting, Costa Rica.
Bridled parrotfish (Scarus frenatus) clownish grin reveals its power tools: grinding teeth used to scrape algae from rock, Maldives, Indian Ocean. Highly commended in the Underwater World Category of... - Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Bridled parrotfish (Scarus frenatus) clownish grin reveals its power tools: grinding teeth used to scrape algae from rock, Maldives, Indian Ocean. Highly commended in the Underwater World Category of...
Ibex (Capra Ibex) fighting, Aiguilles Rouges National Nature Reserve, Haute-Savoie, France, June - Benjamin Barthelemy,Benjamin  Barthelemy
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Benjamin Barthelemy,Benjamin Barthelemy / Ibex (Capra Ibex) fighting, Aiguilles Rouges National Nature Reserve, Haute-Savoie, France, June
Orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) playing football with their keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010. Model released. - Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) playing football with their keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010. Model released.
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) walking along a fallen trunk, silhouetted in misty forest. Black Forest, Germany, November. - Klaus Echle
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Klaus Echle / Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) walking along a fallen trunk, silhouetted in misty forest. Black Forest, Germany, November.
Beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) play biting camera, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia. Captive - Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) play biting camera, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia. Captive
A long exposure renders Bar jacks (Carangoides ruber) as ghostly trails as they swim around a sponge, on a coral reef, at night. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Overall winner of GDT competiti... - Alex  Mustard
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Alex Mustard / A long exposure renders Bar jacks (Carangoides ruber) as ghostly trails as they swim around a sponge, on a coral reef, at night. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Overall winner of GDT competiti...
Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) - 'Siswi' sawing a piece of firewood, Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) - 'Siswi' sawing a piece of firewood, Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) attacking Jay (Garrulus glandarius) Telemark, Norway, September - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) attacking Jay (Garrulus glandarius) Telemark, Norway, September
World War II British motorbikes (Norton 16H) stacked up on the back of truck in the hold of wreck of HMS Thistlegorm, with Soldierfish (Myripristis murdjan) swimming above. Sha'ab Ali, Sinai, Egypt. R... - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / World War II British motorbikes (Norton 16H) stacked up on the back of truck in the hold of wreck of HMS Thistlegorm, with Soldierfish (Myripristis murdjan) swimming above. Sha'ab Ali, Sinai, Egypt. R...
View of steering wheel inside Bedford OYC water tanker 3 ton lorry, from another Bedford OYC truck, deep inside hold of wreck of HMS Thistlegorm. Fish are Red Sea soldierfish (Myripristis murdjan) Sha... - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / View of steering wheel inside Bedford OYC water tanker 3 ton lorry, from another Bedford OYC truck, deep inside hold of wreck of HMS Thistlegorm. Fish are Red Sea soldierfish (Myripristis murdjan) Sha...
Namaqua chameleon (Chamaeleo namaquensis), being scanned for microchip, part of conservation project, Namib Desert, Namibia, April - Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Namaqua chameleon (Chamaeleo namaquensis), being scanned for microchip, part of conservation project, Namib Desert, Namibia, April
Namaqua chameleon (Chamaeleo namaquensis) with mouth open, being scanned for microchip, part of conservation project, Namib Desert, Namibia, April. - Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Namaqua chameleon (Chamaeleo namaquensis) with mouth open, being scanned for microchip, part of conservation project, Namib Desert, Namibia, April.
Abandoned house full of sand. Kolmanskop Ghost Town, an old diamond-mining town where shifting sand dunes have encroached abandoned houses, Namib Desert Namibia, October 2013. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Abandoned house full of sand. Kolmanskop Ghost Town, an old diamond-mining town where shifting sand dunes have encroached abandoned houses, Namib Desert Namibia, October 2013.
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair performing courtship display at dawn, backlit with surrounding by mist, Cheshire, UK, March - Ben  Hall
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Ben Hall / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair performing courtship display at dawn, backlit with surrounding by mist, Cheshire, UK, March
Red fox in a snow storm (Vulpes vulpes) Winter winds on Kamchatka can reach 40 meters a second. Kronotskty Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Russia - Igor Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Red fox in a snow storm (Vulpes vulpes) Winter winds on Kamchatka can reach 40 meters a second. Kronotskty Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Russia
Aerial view of Grand Prismatic thermal spring in Yellowstone National Park, USA. The bright colours are natural, coming from thermophile bacteria in the water. People can be seen walking on the raised... - Paul D Stewart
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Paul D Stewart / Aerial view of Grand Prismatic thermal spring in Yellowstone National Park, USA. The bright colours are natural, coming from thermophile bacteria in the water. People can be seen walking on the raised...
Chilean flamingos (Phoenicopterus chilensis) in flight over mountain peaks with glacier in the distance, Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile. Winner of Landscape category, Nature's Best / Windland S... - Ben Hall
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Ben Hall / Chilean flamingos (Phoenicopterus chilensis) in flight over mountain peaks with glacier in the distance, Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile. Winner of Landscape category, Nature's Best / Windland S...
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) in flight, silhouetted against the moon at dusk, Uto Finland July - Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) in flight, silhouetted against the moon at dusk, Uto Finland July
Common wasp (Vespa vulgaris) caught in a Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula), cultivated, native to North America - Chris Mattison
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Chris Mattison / Common wasp (Vespa vulgaris) caught in a Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula), cultivated, native to North America
Glowing  / bioluminescent  fungi on rainforest tree, possibly Omphalotus nidiformis, Tableland rainforest, Far North Queensland, Australia - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Glowing / bioluminescent fungi on rainforest tree, possibly Omphalotus nidiformis, Tableland rainforest, Far North Queensland, Australia
Slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) approaching Boomslang snake (Dispholidus typus) in tree, Etosha National Park, Namibia, July. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) approaching Boomslang snake (Dispholidus typus) in tree, Etosha National Park, Namibia, July.
Chub fish (Leuciscus cephalus) and Mute swan (Cygnus color) swimming over,  Rhine river, Schaffhausen, Switzerland. RUNNER-UP - Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010. - Michel Roggo
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Michel Roggo / Chub fish (Leuciscus cephalus) and Mute swan (Cygnus color) swimming over, Rhine river, Schaffhausen, Switzerland. RUNNER-UP - Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010.
Hot lava from Kilauea Volcano erupting underwater as pillow lava, offshore from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puna, Hawaii,Hawaiian Islands, USA. 20th January 2013. - Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Hot lava from Kilauea Volcano erupting underwater as pillow lava, offshore from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puna, Hawaii,Hawaiian Islands, USA. 20th January 2013.
Great Blue shark (Prionace glauca) close up with scuba diver photographer behind, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean - Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Great Blue shark (Prionace glauca) close up with scuba diver photographer behind, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean
Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) orphan baby hanging from washing line.  El Mirador- Rio Azul National Park, Department of Peten, Guatemala. - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) orphan baby hanging from washing line. El Mirador- Rio Azul National Park, Department of Peten, Guatemala.
Aerial view saltmarshes of Bahia de Cadiz Natural Park, Huelva, Andalucia, Spain, March 2008 - Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Aerial view saltmarshes of Bahia de Cadiz Natural Park, Huelva, Andalucia, Spain, March 2008
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) adult defending carcass from Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Sinite Kamani National Park, Bulgaria, Europe. February. Commended, Behaviour : Birds category, Wildlife Photogra... - Stefan Huwiler
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Stefan Huwiler / Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) adult defending carcass from Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Sinite Kamani National Park, Bulgaria, Europe. February. Commended, Behaviour : Birds category, Wildlife Photogra...
Siskins (Carduelis spinus) fighting over food. Oisterwijk, The Netherlands, March. - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Siskins (Carduelis spinus) fighting over food. Oisterwijk, The Netherlands, March.
Kamchatka Brown Bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) by malachite (copper mineral) outcrop. Kronotsky Zapovednik Nature Reserve, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russian Far East,  Valley of the Geysers, October. - Igor  Shpilenok
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Igor Shpilenok / Kamchatka Brown Bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) by malachite (copper mineral) outcrop. Kronotsky Zapovednik Nature Reserve, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russian Far East, Valley of the Geysers, October.
A blue light fluorescence photo of Jewel anemones (Corynactis viridis). The blue light source excites the fluorescent pigments in the anemones, which emit light of other colours. The muddy seabed and... - Alex Mustard,Alex  Mustard
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Alex Mustard,Alex Mustard / A blue light fluorescence photo of Jewel anemones (Corynactis viridis). The blue light source excites the fluorescent pigments in the anemones, which emit light of other colours. The muddy seabed and...
Brown throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) 'Buttercup' the sloth ambassador rescued orphan in Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary, Costa Rica - Suzi Eszterhas
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Suzi Eszterhas / Brown throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) 'Buttercup' the sloth ambassador rescued orphan in Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary, Costa Rica
Dalmatian pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) portrait of three on water, Lake Kerkini, Greece, March. Nominated in the Story of a Species category of the Melvita Nature Images Awards competition 2013. Highl... - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Dalmatian pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) portrait of three on water, Lake Kerkini, Greece, March. Nominated in the Story of a Species category of the Melvita Nature Images Awards competition 2013. Highl...
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