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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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Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) swimming, backlit with morning light forming  a bokeh affect on the water, Wales, UK, February. Highly commended in the Habitat Category of the BWPA (British W...  -  Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) swimming, backlit with morning light forming a bokeh affect on the water, Wales, UK, February. Highly commended in the Habitat Category of the BWPA (British W...
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) at night with lights from a train. Remote camera image. Kent, UK.  -  Terry  Whittaker
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Terry Whittaker / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) at night with lights from a train. Remote camera image. Kent, UK.
Gannets (Morus bassanus) diving to feed on discarded fish, Shetland, Scotland, UK, April.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Gannets (Morus bassanus) diving to feed on discarded fish, Shetland, Scotland, UK, April.
Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) standing under a starry sky, taken with a remote camera. Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. May  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) standing under a starry sky, taken with a remote camera. Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. May
Bronze whaler shark (Carcharhinus brachyurus), caught in traditional seine net and released by fisherman, Muizenberg beach, Cape Town, South Africa, January 2014  -  Chris & Monique Fallows
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Chris & Monique Fallows / Bronze whaler shark (Carcharhinus brachyurus), caught in traditional seine net and released by fisherman, Muizenberg beach, Cape Town, South Africa, January 2014
Bronze whaler shark (Carcharhinus brachyurus), caught in traditional seine net and released by fisherman, Muizenberg beach, Cape Town, South Africa, January.  -  Chris & Monique Fallows
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Chris & Monique Fallows / Bronze whaler shark (Carcharhinus brachyurus), caught in traditional seine net and released by fisherman, Muizenberg beach, Cape Town, South Africa, January.
Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus) peacock walking and displaying feathers, Yala National Park, Southern Province, Sri Lanka.  -  Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus) peacock walking and displaying feathers, Yala National Park, Southern Province, Sri Lanka.
Brandt's cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) hunts for a meal in a school of Pacific chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus), beneath an oil rig. Eureka Rig, Los Angeles, California, United States of Ame...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Brandt's cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) hunts for a meal in a school of Pacific chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus), beneath an oil rig. Eureka Rig, Los Angeles, California, United States of Ame...
Brandt's cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) swimming beneath an oil rig. Eureka Rig, Los Angeles, California, United States of America. North East Pacific Ocean.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Brandt's cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) swimming beneath an oil rig. Eureka Rig, Los Angeles, California, United States of America. North East Pacific Ocean.
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) split level, Everglades, USA, January.  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) split level, Everglades, USA, January.
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) split level, Everglades, USA, January.  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) split level, Everglades, USA, January.
Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) males fighting on oak tree branch, Elbe, Germany, June. Highly commended in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018.  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) males fighting on oak tree branch, Elbe, Germany, June. Highly commended in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018.
Herring gull (Larus argentatus) snatching food from man's hand. St Ives, Cornwall, UK. February  -  Sam Hobson
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Sam Hobson / Herring gull (Larus argentatus) snatching food from man's hand. St Ives, Cornwall, UK. February
South African fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) bull  breaking apart octopus. False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa.  -  Wim van den Heever
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Wim van den Heever / South African fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) bull breaking apart octopus. False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa.
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) with caught fish in beak, Hungary January  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) with caught fish in beak, Hungary January
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) swallowing perch prey, Hungary, January  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) swallowing perch prey, Hungary, January
Grey herons (Ardea cinerea) fighting, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Pusztaszer, Hungary. June.  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Grey herons (Ardea cinerea) fighting, Lake Csaj, Kiskunsagi National Park, Pusztaszer, Hungary. June.
Short eared owl (Asio flammeus) tilting head upside down and backwards, Breton Marsh, West France, June  -  Loic  Poidevin
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Loic Poidevin / Short eared owl (Asio flammeus) tilting head upside down and backwards, Breton Marsh, West France, June
Short eared owl (Asio flammeus) tilting head upside down and backwards, Breton Marsh, West France, June  -  Loic Poidevin
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Loic Poidevin / Short eared owl (Asio flammeus) tilting head upside down and backwards, Breton Marsh, West France, June
Short eared owl (Asio flammeus) tilting head upside down and backwards, Breton Marsh, West France, June  -  Loic  Poidevin
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Loic Poidevin / Short eared owl (Asio flammeus) tilting head upside down and backwards, Breton Marsh, West France, June
European river otter (Lutra lutra) coming ashore with Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica), Shetland, Scotland, UK, June.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / European river otter (Lutra lutra) coming ashore with Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica), Shetland, Scotland, UK, June.
European river otter (Lutra lutra) coming ashore with Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica), Shetland, Scotland, UK, June. Small repro only. Winner of Animal Behaviour category of the BWPA Competition...  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / European river otter (Lutra lutra) coming ashore with Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica), Shetland, Scotland, UK, June. Small repro only. Winner of Animal Behaviour category of the BWPA Competition...
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) sensing with it's trunk - remote camera perspective.  Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) sensing with it's trunk - remote camera perspective. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) emerging from pool with fish, UK, December.  -  Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) emerging from pool with fish, UK, December.
Great flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) feeding in sludge at bottom of river, Pont De Gau Park, Rhone River, France.  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Great flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) feeding in sludge at bottom of river, Pont De Gau Park, Rhone River, France.
Mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus) nest in traffic light. Leeds, UK. July  -  Sam Hobson
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Sam Hobson / Mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus) nest in traffic light. Leeds, UK. July
Mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus) nest in traffic light. Leeds, UK. July  -  Sam Hobson
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Sam Hobson / Mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus) nest in traffic light. Leeds, UK. July
Two male Dusky groupers (Epinephelus marginatus) fighting for territory during mating season at 'baixa do meros', a small pinnacle at Formigas islets Protected area, near Santa Maria Island, Azores. F...  -  Jordi Chias
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Jordi Chias / Two male Dusky groupers (Epinephelus marginatus) fighting for territory during mating season at 'baixa do meros', a small pinnacle at Formigas islets Protected area, near Santa Maria Island, Azores. F...
Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) males fighting, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Sequence 3 of 3  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) males fighting, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Sequence 3 of 3
Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) males fighting, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Sequence 1 of 3  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) males fighting, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Sequence 1 of 3
European otter (Lutra lutra) shaking off water, Kiskunsagi National Park, Hungary, January.  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / European otter (Lutra lutra) shaking off water, Kiskunsagi National Park, Hungary, January.
European otters (Lutra lutra) feeding at water?s edge with splashing water, Kiskunsagi National Park, Hungary, January.  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / European otters (Lutra lutra) feeding at water?s edge with splashing water, Kiskunsagi National Park, Hungary, January.
Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) female 'Noor T19' bringing down Sambar deer (Rusa unicolor) Ranthambhore, India. Sequence 8 of 18.  -  Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) female 'Noor T19' bringing down Sambar deer (Rusa unicolor) Ranthambhore, India. Sequence 8 of 18.
Raft spider (Dolomedes fimbriatus) female on Heathland pool, Surrey, UK. October. The multicoloured film results from chemoautotrophic bacteria that oxidise iron and manganese ions in the water, with...  -  Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Raft spider (Dolomedes fimbriatus) female on Heathland pool, Surrey, UK. October. The multicoloured film results from chemoautotrophic bacteria that oxidise iron and manganese ions in the water, with...
Inmates of the Cedar Creek Corrections Center raising endangered Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa) Prisoners in this facility are raising endangered frogs for release in the wild, as part of the Sus...  -  Cyril Ruoso
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Cyril Ruoso / Inmates of the Cedar Creek Corrections Center raising endangered Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa) Prisoners in this facility are raising endangered frogs for release in the wild, as part of the Sus...
Fangtooth moray eel (Enchelycore anatina) with mouth open, Grand Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. East Atlantic Ocean.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Fangtooth moray eel (Enchelycore anatina) with mouth open, Grand Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. East Atlantic Ocean.
Eider duck (Somateria mollissima) under water, diving for food, Trondelag, Norway. March. Blurred motion in image. Winner of Artists on Wings (Birds) category of Glaenzlichter Awards 2017  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Eider duck (Somateria mollissima) under water, diving for food, Trondelag, Norway. March. Blurred motion in image. Winner of Artists on Wings (Birds) category of Glaenzlichter Awards 2017
Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) tossing frog prey in beak, Mkuze, South Africa  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) tossing frog prey in beak, Mkuze, South Africa
Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) tossing frog prey, Mkuze, South Africa  -  Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) tossing frog prey, Mkuze, South Africa
Dove's-foot crane's-bill leaf (Geranium molle) and algae in ice with air bubbles, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, southern Spain, February.  -  Andres M. Dominguez
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Andres M. Dominguez / Dove's-foot crane's-bill leaf (Geranium molle) and algae in ice with air bubbles, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, southern Spain, February.
Portuguese oak  tree leaf (Quercus faginea) and Blackberry leaf (Rubus fruticosa) leaf in ice, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, southern Spain, February.  -  Andres M. Dominguez
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Andres M. Dominguez / Portuguese oak tree leaf (Quercus faginea) and Blackberry leaf (Rubus fruticosa) leaf in ice, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, southern Spain, February.
Common frog (Rana temporaria) migration during spring, pair moving to breeding pond in amplexus, Alps, France, May.  -  Cyril Ruoso
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Cyril Ruoso / Common frog (Rana temporaria) migration during spring, pair moving to breeding pond in amplexus, Alps, France, May.
Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) leaping out of water to predate seal, Seal Island, False Bay, South Africa, July.  -  Chris & Monique Fallows
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Chris & Monique Fallows / Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) leaping out of water to predate seal, Seal Island, False Bay, South Africa, July.
Pintailed whydah (Vidua macroura)  male displaying to female, Masai Mara, Kenya.  -  Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Pintailed whydah (Vidua macroura) male displaying to female, Masai Mara, Kenya.
Pintailed whydah (Vidua macroura)  male displaying to female, Masai Mara, Kenya.  -  Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Pintailed whydah (Vidua macroura) male displaying to female, Masai Mara, Kenya.
Pintailed whydah (Vidua macroura)  male displaying to female, Masai Mara, Kenya.  -  Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Pintailed whydah (Vidua macroura) male displaying to female, Masai Mara, Kenya.
Piles of African elephant ivory set on fire by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). This burn included over 105 tons of elephant ivory, worth over $150 million. Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 30th April 2...  -  Jabruson
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Jabruson / Piles of African elephant ivory set on fire by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). This burn included over 105 tons of elephant ivory, worth over $150 million. Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 30th April 2...
Southern plains grey langur / Hanuman langur (Semnopithecus dussumieri) female grooming a domestic dog. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. March.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Southern plains grey langur / Hanuman langur (Semnopithecus dussumieri) female grooming a domestic dog. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. March.
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