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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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Treehopper (Alchisme grossa) Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador.  -  Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Treehopper (Alchisme grossa) Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador.
California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) playing in a kelp forest off Santa Barbara Island, California, USA.  -  David  Fleetham
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David Fleetham / California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) playing in a kelp forest off Santa Barbara Island, California, USA.
King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) at sunrise, Falklands. Highly honoured in the Ocean View Category of the Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice Ocean View Competition 2017  -  Wim van den Heever
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Wim van den Heever / King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) at sunrise, Falklands. Highly honoured in the Ocean View Category of the Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice Ocean View Competition 2017
American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) reflected in the surface as it floats, Jardines de la Reina, Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. Caribbean Sea.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) reflected in the surface as it floats, Jardines de la Reina, Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. Caribbean Sea.
Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick under the wing of protective parent, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June.Finalist in the Portfolio Category...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick under the wing of protective parent, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June.Finalist in the Portfolio Category...
Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding three day old chick at breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of t...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding three day old chick at breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, June, Finalist in the Portfolio Category of t...
Juvenile Andean mouse opossum (Marmosops impavidus) eating a moth, El Oro, Ecuador.  -  Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Juvenile Andean mouse opossum (Marmosops impavidus) eating a moth, El Oro, Ecuador.
Aerial view of  Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)  investigating Herring (Clupea harengus) caught in fishing net, with gulls, Norway. December. Second place in the Man and Nature Category of th...  -  Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial view of Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) investigating Herring (Clupea harengus) caught in fishing net, with gulls, Norway. December. Second place in the Man and Nature Category of th...
Female kestrel (Falco tunniculus) taking lizard prey gift  from male,   Mayenne, France  -  Eric  Medard
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Eric Medard / Female kestrel (Falco tunniculus) taking lizard prey gift from male, Mayenne, France
Female kestrel (Falco tunniculus) taking lizard prey gift  from male,   Mayenne, France  -  Eric  Medard
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Eric Medard / Female kestrel (Falco tunniculus) taking lizard prey gift from male, Mayenne, France
Weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina), two workers holding leaf  while another one is weaving them by the use of a larva to glue the leaves using silk.  Kota Kinabalu Wetlands, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.  -  Emanuele Biggi
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Emanuele Biggi / Weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina), two workers holding leaf while another one is weaving them by the use of a larva to glue the leaves using silk. Kota Kinabalu Wetlands, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
Weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina), two workers holding leaf to build the leaf nest typical of this species while another one is weaving them by the use of a larva to glue the leaves using silk. Kota...  -  Emanuele Biggi
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Emanuele Biggi / Weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina), two workers holding leaf to build the leaf nest typical of this species while another one is weaving them by the use of a larva to glue the leaves using silk. Kota...
Black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) excavating nest hole in tree trunk, Valga County, Estonia. April. Highly commended in the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards 2017.  -  Sven  Zacek
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Sven Zacek / Black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) excavating nest hole in tree trunk, Valga County, Estonia. April. Highly commended in the Portfolio category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards 2017.
Phyllosoma larva of Spiny lobster (Palinurus sp.) riding a Purple jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca), at night in surface waters of the deep ocean off Kailua Kona, Hawaii, USA. August. The larval crustacea...  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Phyllosoma larva of Spiny lobster (Palinurus sp.) riding a Purple jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca), at night in surface waters of the deep ocean off Kailua Kona, Hawaii, USA. August. The larval crustacea...
Phyllosoma larva of Spiny lobster (Palinurus sp) riding a Purple jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca), at night in surface waters of the deep ocean off Kailua Kona, Hawaii,  August. The larval crustacean use...  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Phyllosoma larva of Spiny lobster (Palinurus sp) riding a Purple jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca), at night in surface waters of the deep ocean off Kailua Kona, Hawaii, August. The larval crustacean use...
African lion (Panthera leo) male escaping from charging Cape buffalo herd (Syncerus caffer caffer), Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Sequence 8 of 13. The lion along with a lioness had killed a buf...  -  Eric Baccega
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Eric Baccega / African lion (Panthera leo) male escaping from charging Cape buffalo herd (Syncerus caffer caffer), Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Sequence 8 of 13. The lion along with a lioness had killed a buf...
Juvenile of Amazon Tree-Boa (Corallus hortulanus) in defensive position. Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.  -  Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Juvenile of Amazon Tree-Boa (Corallus hortulanus) in defensive position. Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.
Striped mackerel (Rastrelliger kanagurta) with  mouths wide open as they swim through the water, filtering zoopankton with their gill rakers. Marsa Shouna, Port Ghalib, Marsa Alam, Egypt. Red Sea  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Striped mackerel (Rastrelliger kanagurta) with mouths wide open as they swim through the water, filtering zoopankton with their gill rakers. Marsa Shouna, Port Ghalib, Marsa Alam, Egypt. Red Sea
Striped mackerel (Rastrelliger kanagurta) with mouths wide open as they swim through the water, filtering zoopankton with their gill rakers. Marsa Shouna, Port Ghalib, Marsa Alam, Egypt. Red Sea  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Striped mackerel (Rastrelliger kanagurta) with mouths wide open as they swim through the water, filtering zoopankton with their gill rakers. Marsa Shouna, Port Ghalib, Marsa Alam, Egypt. Red Sea
Double rainbow over Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa.  -  Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Double rainbow over Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul) two resting, Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China  -  Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China
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Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul) two resting, Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China
Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul) Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China  -  Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China
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Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul) Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China
Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul) Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China  -  Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China
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Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul) Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China
Maremma Sheepdog  wearing traditional anti-wolf spiked collar, locally known as ^vreccale^. Gran Sasso National Park, Abruzzo, Italy, June.  -  Bruno D'Amicis
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Bruno D'Amicis / Maremma Sheepdog wearing traditional anti-wolf spiked collar, locally known as ^vreccale^. Gran Sasso National Park, Abruzzo, Italy, June.
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) at waterhole at night, Mkuze, South Africa Third place in the Nature Portfolio category of the World Press Photo Awards 2017.  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) at waterhole at night, Mkuze, South Africa Third place in the Nature Portfolio category of the World Press Photo Awards 2017.
Land crab (Geosesarma sp.) which raids Pitcher plant (Nepenthes ampullaria) for prey, Sarawak, Borneo.  -  Emanuele Biggi
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Emanuele Biggi / Land crab (Geosesarma sp.) which raids Pitcher plant (Nepenthes ampullaria) for prey, Sarawak, Borneo.
Limpets (Patellidae) exposed at low tide on the coast of Playa de Ursa, Portugal. Finalist in the Animals in their Environment Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competiti...  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Limpets (Patellidae) exposed at low tide on the coast of Playa de Ursa, Portugal. Finalist in the Animals in their Environment Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competiti...
Slavonian / Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) male escaping by walking across the iced surface of the lake after being driven off by the dominant male holding territory. It is extremely rare for grebes...  -  Roger Powell
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Roger Powell / Slavonian / Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) male escaping by walking across the iced surface of the lake after being driven off by the dominant male holding territory. It is extremely rare for grebes...
Slavonian / Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) male escaping by walking across the iced surface of the lake after being driven off by the dominant male holding territory. It is extremely rare for grebes...  -  Roger Powell
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Roger Powell / Slavonian / Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) male escaping by walking across the iced surface of the lake after being driven off by the dominant male holding territory. It is extremely rare for grebes...
Ouled Rachid tribeswoman with baby, surrounded by domestic donkeys , Kashkasha village near Zakouma National Park, Chad, 2010.  -  Jabruson
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Jabruson / Ouled Rachid tribeswoman with baby, surrounded by domestic donkeys , Kashkasha village near Zakouma National Park, Chad, 2010.
Leaf tailed gecko (Uroplatus sicorae) close up of camouflage skin, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Moramanga, Madagascar.  -  Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Leaf tailed gecko (Uroplatus sicorae) close up of camouflage skin, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Moramanga, Madagascar.
Yellowhead jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) spitting out sand as it digs its burrow. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbean Sea.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Yellowhead jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) spitting out sand as it digs its burrow. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbean Sea.
Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos). nesting amid Blechnum palmiforme tree ferns.  Gough Island, Gough and Inaccessible Islands UNESCO World Heritage Site, South Atlantic.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos). nesting amid Blechnum palmiforme tree ferns. Gough Island, Gough and Inaccessible Islands UNESCO World Heritage Site, South Atlantic.
Pair of Emerald damselflies (Lestes sponsa) resting on a reed, with only tips of wings in focus, Cornwall, England, UK, August. Winner of the Close to Nature Category of the Category of the British Wi...  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Pair of Emerald damselflies (Lestes sponsa) resting on a reed, with only tips of wings in focus, Cornwall, England, UK, August. Winner of the Close to Nature Category of the Category of the British Wi...
Harding icefield  receeding rapidly due to global warming,Kenai Fjords National Park,  Alaska, USA, September 2004.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Harding icefield receeding rapidly due to global warming,Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, USA, September 2004.
Californian Sealion (Zalophus californianus) in kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) forest, San Benito del Este Island, Baja California Peninsula Pacific Islands Biosphere Reserve, Baja California, Mexico, Ma...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Californian Sealion (Zalophus californianus) in kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) forest, San Benito del Este Island, Baja California Peninsula Pacific Islands Biosphere Reserve, Baja California, Mexico, Ma...
White wagtail (Motacilla alba alba) nesting in cupboard in house, Lofoten, Norway, June. Highly commended in the Urban Wildlife Category of the Wildlife Photograher of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competiti...  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / White wagtail (Motacilla alba alba) nesting in cupboard in house, Lofoten, Norway, June. Highly commended in the Urban Wildlife Category of the Wildlife Photograher of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competiti...
Frontal view of a metallic jewel beetle (Buprestidae) in Aiuruoca, Minas Gerais, Brazil. South-east Atlantic forest.  -  Joao Burini
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Joao Burini / Frontal view of a metallic jewel beetle (Buprestidae) in Aiuruoca, Minas Gerais, Brazil. South-east Atlantic forest.
Common eider (Somateria mollissima) male landing, seen from above,  Trondelag Norway, January. Winner of the Portfolio Award of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards Competition 2017.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Common eider (Somateria mollissima) male landing, seen from above, Trondelag Norway, January. Winner of the Portfolio Award of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards Competition 2017.
Broad-nosed weevil (Compsus sp.) about to take off with wing elytra raised and wings extended, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador .  -  Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Broad-nosed weevil (Compsus sp.) about to take off with wing elytra raised and wings extended, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador .
Waterlilies (Nymphaea alba) underwater in  lake.Alps, Ain, France  -  Remi Masson
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Remi Masson / Waterlilies (Nymphaea alba) underwater in lake.Alps, Ain, France
Gannet (Morus bassanus) couple offering nesting material to each other. Close-up portrait.Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, County Wexford, Ireland.June  -  David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Gannet (Morus bassanus) couple offering nesting material to each other. Close-up portrait.Great Saltee, Saltee Islands, County Wexford, Ireland.June
Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) diving, Isle of Noss, Shetland Islands, Scotland  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) diving, Isle of Noss, Shetland Islands, Scotland
Swallow-tailed gull (Creagrus furcatus) calling, Genovesa Island, Galapagos  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Swallow-tailed gull (Creagrus furcatus) calling, Genovesa Island, Galapagos
Morgan horse with mouth open, yawning against black background.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Morgan horse with mouth open, yawning against black background.
Deserta Grande wolf spider (Hogna ingens), Deserta Grande, Madeira, Portugal. Critically endangered.  -  Emanuele Biggi
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Emanuele Biggi / Deserta Grande wolf spider (Hogna ingens), Deserta Grande, Madeira, Portugal. Critically endangered.
Low angle view of Poppies (Papaver rhoeas) Gotland, Sweden, June.  -  Sandra Bartocha
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Sandra Bartocha / Low angle view of Poppies (Papaver rhoeas) Gotland, Sweden, June.
Close-up of a Western sword fern (Polystichum munitum) lamina unfurling, Redwood National Park, Prairie Creek, California, USA. May 2017.  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Close-up of a Western sword fern (Polystichum munitum) lamina unfurling, Redwood National Park, Prairie Creek, California, USA. May 2017.
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