'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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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...
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...
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.
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.
Sven Zacek / Otter (lutra lutra) feeding on Common frog (Rana temporaria) it just caught from river. Southern Estonia, January.
Laurent Geslin / European lynx (Lynx lynx) kittens in den, after being tagged by the biologists from KORA, Simmental Valley, Switzerland, June.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Tony Wu / Twinspot snapper (Lutjanus bohar) engaged in a mass spawning aggregation early in the morning. Caroline Islands, Palau. April.
Espen Bergersen / Nordic Reindeer racing championship, Tromso, Norway. February 2014.
Andy Rouse / Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) 11 month cubs play fighting, Ranthambhore National Park, India.
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...
Gabriel Rojo / Southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) female with camera and transmitter. Caleta Valdes, Valdes Peninsula, Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina.
Markus Varesvuo / Great white egret (Ardea alba) splashing, Hungary, January.
Alex Hyde / Chlorophyte or green alga (Volvox aureus) in pond water. UK. The larger spheres are approximately 0.5mm in diameter. Digital composite image.
Alex Mustard / Aggregation of Golden jellyfish (Mastigias sp.) above a fallen tree, Jellyfish Lake, Eil Malk island, Rock Islands, Palau. Tropical north Pacific Ocean.
Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) preparing to sleep, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, July
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.
Erlend Haarberg / Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) cubs looking curiously, Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park, Norway, July.
Nick Upton / Harvest mouse (Micromys minutus) cleaning its nose on Common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) flowerhead after release, Moulton, Northampton, UK, June.
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
Klein & Hubert / Alpine marmot (Marmota marmota) two standing on hind legs holding a heart-shaped biscuit, Alps, Austria.
Andy Trowbridge / Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) male displaying and chasing person on road. Southern Norway. May.
Richard Robinson / Blue shark (Prionace glauca) with nose above surface and mouth open, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, New Zealand, June.
Alex Hyde / Poplar Hawkmoth (Laothoe populi) male, detail of head showing finely divided antennae. Derbyshire, UK. July.
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.
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...
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.
Mark MacEwen / Japanese firefly (Luciola cruciata) light trails at night above stream in rural Japan. June.
Axel Gomille / Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo or Anthropoides virgo) at wintering site, disturbed by villager, Rajasthan, India, February 2012.
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.
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
Alex Mustard / Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) sheltering in seafan (Muricella sp.) Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea.
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...
Orsolya Haarberg / High angle view of person walking on frozen lake of cracked ice. Lofoten Islands, Norway. January.
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.
John Waters / Barn Owl (Tyto alba) hunting/hovering, Somerset, UK, trained bird.
Olga Kamenskaya / Amphipod (Acanthogammarus victorii), Lake Baikal, Russia. June.
Lou Coetzer / Two Hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibius) fighting, Chobe River, Botswana, November.
Denis-Huot / Two Lionesses (Panthera leo) trying to defend kill from large pack of Spotted hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta) Masai-Mara game reserve, Kenya.
Alex Mustard / Golden damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon aureus) hiding amongst the branches of red whip coral (Ctenocella sp.) Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.
Fred Olivier / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) creche of chicks huddling surrounded by adults, Antarctica, September.
Olga Kamenskaya / Diver swims under clear transparent ice (1m thick) with vehicle visible above. Lake Baikal, Russia, March 2012.
Olga Kamenskaya / Man looking through transparent ice (1m thick) on lake surface to see diver below. Lake Baikal, Russia, March 2008.
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...
Eric Medard / House mice (Mus musculus) fighting in a basement. Taken at night with infra-red remote camera trap, Mayenne, France, May.