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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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Two Great egrets (Ardea alba) standing opposite each other with Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) in between. Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Hungary, January. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Na... - Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Two Great egrets (Ardea alba) standing opposite each other with Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) in between. Lake Csaj, Pusztaszer, Hungary, January. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Na...
Crested newt (Triturus carnifex) Gelderland, The Netherlands, April. Winner of the Amphibians category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2015. Winner of the Underwater... - Edwin  Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Crested newt (Triturus carnifex) Gelderland, The Netherlands, April. Winner of the Amphibians category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2015. Winner of the Underwater...
Lightning storm with rainbow over Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) near Redrock, Arizona State Trust, Sonoran Desert, Arizona. September 2015. Long exposure with lightning trigger. - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Lightning storm with rainbow over Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) near Redrock, Arizona State Trust, Sonoran Desert, Arizona. September 2015. Long exposure with lightning trigger.
Diver (Predrag Vuckovic) with large female Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) South Bimini, Bahamas. The Bahamas National Shark Sanctuary. Gulf Stream, West Atlantic Ocean. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Diver (Predrag Vuckovic) with large female Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) South Bimini, Bahamas. The Bahamas National Shark Sanctuary. Gulf Stream, West Atlantic Ocean.
Otter (lutra lutra) feeding on Common frog (Rana temporaria) it just caught from river. Southern Estonia, January. - Sven  Zacek
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Sven Zacek / Otter (lutra lutra) feeding on Common frog (Rana temporaria) it just caught from river. Southern Estonia, January.
European lynx (Lynx lynx) kittens in den, after being tagged by the biologists from KORA, Simmental Valley, Switzerland, June. - Laurent Geslin
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Laurent Geslin / European lynx (Lynx lynx) kittens in den, after being tagged by the biologists from KORA, Simmental Valley, Switzerland, June.
Barn owl (Tyto alba) flying in old chapel at night, taken with infra red remote camera trap, Mayenne, Pays de Loire, France, November. - Eric  Medard
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Eric Medard / Barn owl (Tyto alba) flying in old chapel at night, taken with infra red remote camera trap, Mayenne, Pays de Loire, France, November.
Crane fly / Daddy long legs (Tipula paludosa) female covered in morning dew. Peak DIstrict National Park, Derbyshire, UK. September. Winner of the Hidden Britain Category of the BWPA Awards 2015. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Crane fly / Daddy long legs (Tipula paludosa) female covered in morning dew. Peak DIstrict National Park, Derbyshire, UK. September. Winner of the Hidden Britain Category of the BWPA Awards 2015.
Poisonous spines of Magnificent fire urchin (Asthenosoma ijimai) with Zebra urchin crab (Zebrida adamsii) sheltering, Anilao, Batangas, Luzon, Philippines. Verde Island Passages, Tropical West Pacific... - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Poisonous spines of Magnificent fire urchin (Asthenosoma ijimai) with Zebra urchin crab (Zebrida adamsii) sheltering, Anilao, Batangas, Luzon, Philippines. Verde Island Passages, Tropical West Pacific...
Twinspot snapper (Lutjanus bohar)  shoal rushing up to spawn, releasing a cloud of milky white sperm and eggs in the water column. Caroline Islands, Palau, November. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Twinspot snapper (Lutjanus bohar) shoal rushing up to spawn, releasing a cloud of milky white sperm and eggs in the water column. Caroline Islands, Palau, November.
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.
Nordic Reindeer racing championship, Tromso, Norway. February 2014. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Nordic Reindeer racing championship, Tromso, Norway. February 2014.
Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) 11 month cubs play fighting, Ranthambhore National Park, India. - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) 11 month cubs play fighting, Ranthambhore National Park, India.
Snow geese (Anser caerulescens) flock taking off with a setting moon over the Chupadera Mountains in the background. Snow geese and sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) yet to leave remain on the ice cov... - Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Snow geese (Anser caerulescens) flock taking off with a setting moon over the Chupadera Mountains in the background. Snow geese and sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) yet to leave remain on the ice cov...
Southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) female with camera and transmitter. Caleta Valdes, Valdes Peninsula, Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina. - Gabriel Rojo
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Gabriel Rojo / Southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) female with camera and transmitter. Caleta Valdes, Valdes Peninsula, Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina.
Great white egret (Ardea alba) splashing, Hungary, January. - Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Great white egret (Ardea alba) splashing, Hungary, January.
Chlorophyte or green alga (Volvox aureus) in pond water. UK. The larger spheres are approximately 0.5mm in diameter. Digital composite image. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Chlorophyte or green alga (Volvox aureus) in pond water. UK. The larger spheres are approximately 0.5mm in diameter. Digital composite image.
Aggregation of Golden jellyfish (Mastigias sp.) above a fallen tree, Jellyfish Lake, Eil Malk island, Rock Islands, Palau. Tropical north Pacific Ocean. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Aggregation of Golden jellyfish (Mastigias sp.) above a fallen tree, Jellyfish Lake, Eil Malk island, Rock Islands, Palau. Tropical north Pacific Ocean.
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) preparing to sleep, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, July - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) preparing to sleep, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, July
Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) in sand dunes, Namibia. Finalist in the Mammals Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2015. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) in sand dunes, Namibia. Finalist in the Mammals Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2015.
Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) cubs looking curiously, Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park, Norway, July. - Erlend Haarberg
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Erlend Haarberg / Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) cubs looking curiously, Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park, Norway, July.
Harvest mouse (Micromys minutus) cleaning its nose on Common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) flowerhead after release, Moulton, Northampton, UK, June. - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Harvest mouse (Micromys minutus) cleaning its nose on Common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) flowerhead after release, Moulton, Northampton, UK, June.
Man feeding Hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta) at night in Harar City, this has been a tradition for several centuries, and has now become a show for tourists. Ethiopia, November 2014 - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Man feeding Hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta) at night in Harar City, this has been a tradition for several centuries, and has now become a show for tourists. Ethiopia, November 2014
Alpine marmot (Marmota marmota)  two standing on hind legs holding a heart-shaped biscuit, Alps, Austria. - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Alpine marmot (Marmota marmota) two standing on hind legs holding a heart-shaped biscuit, Alps, Austria.
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) male displaying and chasing person on road. Southern Norway. May. - Andy  Trowbridge
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Andy Trowbridge / Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) male displaying and chasing person on road. Southern Norway. May.
Blue shark (Prionace glauca) with nose above surface and mouth open, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, New Zealand, June. - Richard Robinson
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Richard Robinson / Blue shark (Prionace glauca) with nose above surface and mouth open, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, New Zealand, June.
Poplar Hawkmoth (Laothoe populi) male, detail of head showing finely divided antennae. Derbyshire, UK. July. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Poplar Hawkmoth (Laothoe populi) male, detail of head showing finely divided antennae. Derbyshire, UK. July.
Clark's anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii) eggs in late stage development, laid between folds in an anemone. Dauin, Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines. Bohol Sea, Tropical West Pacific Ocean. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Clark's anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii) eggs in late stage development, laid between folds in an anemone. Dauin, Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines. Bohol Sea, Tropical West Pacific Ocean.
Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni) and Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) chasing small fish offshore. Santa Maria Island, Azores, Atlantic Ocean. Third Place in the Underwater Category of the Por El... - Jordi Chias
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Jordi Chias / Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni) and Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) chasing small fish offshore. Santa Maria Island, Azores, Atlantic Ocean. Third Place in the Underwater Category of the Por El...
Leopard (Panthera pardus) hunting Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) Etosha, Namibia, Finalist in the Mammals Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015. - Wim van den Heever
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Wim van den Heever / Leopard (Panthera pardus) hunting Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) Etosha, Namibia, Finalist in the Mammals Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015.
Japanese firefly (Luciola cruciata) light trails at night above stream in rural Japan. June. - Mark  MacEwen
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Mark MacEwen / Japanese firefly (Luciola cruciata) light trails at night above stream in rural Japan. June.
Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo or Anthropoides virgo) at wintering site, disturbed by villager, Rajasthan, India, February 2012. - Axel  Gomille
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Axel Gomille / Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo or Anthropoides virgo) at wintering site, disturbed by villager, Rajasthan, India, February 2012.
Newly emerged tadpoles of Common Frog (Rana temporaria) basking in the sun on top of old spawn that they are devouring. Derbyshire, UK. April. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Newly emerged tadpoles of Common Frog (Rana temporaria) basking in the sun on top of old spawn that they are devouring. Derbyshire, UK. April.
Juvenile green turtle (Chelonia mydas) reflected in the surface of the window with Snell's window affect, Fakarava atoll inside lagoon at sunset, Tuamotu archipelago, French Polynesia; Pacific Ocean - Jordi  Chias
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Jordi Chias / Juvenile green turtle (Chelonia mydas) reflected in the surface of the window with Snell's window affect, Fakarava atoll inside lagoon at sunset, Tuamotu archipelago, French Polynesia; Pacific Ocean
Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) sheltering in seafan (Muricella sp.) Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) sheltering in seafan (Muricella sp.) Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea.
High angle view of person walking on frozen lake of cracked ice. Lofoten Isands, Norway. January. Highly commended in the Landscape Category of the Oasis Photography Competition 2017. Highly commended... - Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / High angle view of person walking on frozen lake of cracked ice. Lofoten Isands, Norway. January. Highly commended in the Landscape Category of the Oasis Photography Competition 2017. Highly commended...
High angle view of person walking on frozen lake of cracked ice. Lofoten Islands, Norway. January. - Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / High angle view of person walking on frozen lake of cracked ice. Lofoten Islands, Norway. January.
Small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) on stain glass window of church, Sheffield, England, UK. Commended in the Other Animals Category of the GDT competition 2014. - Paul Hobson
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Paul Hobson / Small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) on stain glass window of church, Sheffield, England, UK. Commended in the Other Animals Category of the GDT competition 2014.
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) hunting/hovering, Somerset, UK, trained bird. - John Waters
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John Waters / Barn Owl (Tyto alba) hunting/hovering, Somerset, UK, trained bird.
Amphipod (Acanthogammarus victorii), Lake Baikal, Russia. June. - Olga Kamenskaya
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Olga Kamenskaya / Amphipod (Acanthogammarus victorii), Lake Baikal, Russia. June.
Two Hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibius) fighting, Chobe River, Botswana, November. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Two Hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibius) fighting, Chobe River, Botswana, November.
Two Lionesses (Panthera leo) trying to defend kill from large pack of Spotted hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta) Masai-Mara game reserve, Kenya. - Denis-Huot
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Denis-Huot / Two Lionesses (Panthera leo) trying to defend kill from large pack of Spotted hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta) Masai-Mara game reserve, Kenya.
Golden damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon aureus) hiding amongst the branches of red whip coral (Ctenocella sp.) Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. - Alex  Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Golden damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon aureus) hiding amongst the branches of red whip coral (Ctenocella sp.) Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) creche of chicks huddling surrounded by adults, Antarctica, September. - Fred  Olivier
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Fred Olivier / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) creche of chicks huddling surrounded by adults, Antarctica, September.
Diver swims under clear transparent ice (1m thick) with vehicle visible above. Lake Baikal, Russia, March 2012. - Olga Kamenskaya
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Olga Kamenskaya / Diver swims under clear transparent ice (1m thick) with vehicle visible above. Lake Baikal, Russia, March 2012.
Man looking through transparent ice (1m thick) on lake surface to see diver below. Lake Baikal, Russia, March 2008. - Olga Kamenskaya
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Olga Kamenskaya / Man looking through transparent ice (1m thick) on lake surface to see diver below. Lake Baikal, Russia, March 2008.
Deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) on giant puffball mushroom, watching mosquito in the moonlight. Blackfoot Valley, Western Montana, USA, July. Winner of the Mammals category, Wildlife Photographer... - Alexander Badyaev
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Alexander Badyaev / Deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) on giant puffball mushroom, watching mosquito in the moonlight. Blackfoot Valley, Western Montana, USA, July. Winner of the Mammals category, Wildlife Photographer...
House mice (Mus musculus) fighting in a basement. Taken at night with infra-red remote camera trap, Mayenne, France, May. - Eric  Medard
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Eric Medard / House mice (Mus musculus) fighting in a basement. Taken at night with infra-red remote camera trap, Mayenne, France, May.
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