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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Piotr Naskrecki / Horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus lobatus) in flight, ** Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park, Sofala, Mozambique.
Karine Aigner / Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) leaving maternity colony at night to feed, with red lighting at entrance to cave. Bracken Cave, San Antonio, Texas, USA, July. Bracken Cave is the worl...
Karine Aigner / Tourists viewing Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) leaving maternity colony at night to feed. This viewing is organized by Bat Conservation International. Bracken Cave, San Antonio, Tex...
Axel Gomille / The Bishnoi woman breastfeeding an orphaned Indian gazelle / Chinkara fawn (Gazella bennettii) Bishnoi are a religious community which venerates nature, based in northwestern India. The fawn will be r...
Axel Gomille / The Bishnoi woman holding and kissing Indian gazelle or Chinkara fawn (Gazella bennettii). Bishnoi are a religious community which venerates nature, based in northwestern India. Local women rear and b...
Tony Wu / Blue sea slug (Glaucus atlanticus) approaching the venom-filled tentacles of a Indo-Pacific Portuguese man-of-war (Physalia utriculus). Both were washed ashore as part of a mass, multi-day stranding o...
Ann & Steve Toon / Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) at night, Zimanga private game reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Michael Hutchinson / Money spider (Tenuiphantes sp) tiptoeing behaviour on daisy. Spiders can stand on tiptoes and produced silk to 'balloon' and travel with the airflow. In this image the silk dragline and feinte...
Michael Hutchinson / Money spider (Tenuiphantes sp) tiptoeing behaviour on dandelion seed head. Spiders can stand on tiptoes and produced silk to 'balloon' and travel with the airflow. In this image the silk dragl...
Alex Mustard / Snorkeller rubbing the belly of a baby Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris). Three Sisters Spring, Crystal River, Florida, USA
Lucas Bustamante / Brush footed butterfly (Lycorea sp.) caterpillar with parasitic wasp cocoons on silk threads, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.
Jordi Chias / European barracuda (Sphyraena sphyraena) and Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) circling baitball of Atlantic horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus) Formigas Islets, Azores. Finalist in the Underwater Categ...
Franco Banfi / Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) socialising with free diver stopped between two individuals, Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, January, Vulnerable species. Model released.
Georgette Douwma / Kaleidoscopic image of Bubble tip anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor). Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.
Georgette Douwma / Seawhip (Cirrhipathes spiralis) Indonesia.
Georgette Douwma / Kaleidoscopic image of Blue-green chromis (Chromis atripectoralis) Coral reef landscape. Egypt, Red Sea.
Georgette Douwma / Kaleidoscopic image of coral reef with Red sea whips (Ellisella ceratophyta). Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.
Georgette Douwma / Kaleidoscopic image of Coral reef scenery with gorgonian, soft corals and Lyretail anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis). Rinca, Komodo National Park, Indonesia.
Georgette Douwma / Kaleidoscopic image of soft coral (Dendronephthya sp.) and Lyretail anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis). Egypt, Red Sea.
Georgette Douwma / Kaleidoscopic image of Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) in sea anemone. Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Jen Guyton / Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) with White pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) caught in mouth whilst a Yellow-billed stork (Mycteria ibis) looks on. Msicadzi River, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambi...
Anup Shah / Toque macaque (Macaca sinica sinica) female resting on a public bench seat. Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka January 2017.
Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) group gathering over water, Hondenven, Tubbergen, Netherlands, July.
Paul Williams / Kinabalu giant red leech (Mimobdella buettikoferi) feeding on Kinabalu giant earthworm (Pheretima darnleiensis), on Mount Kinabalu, Borneo
Juan Carlos Munoz / Rio Tinto - Red River, Sierra Morena, Gulf of Cadiz, Huelva, Andalucia, Spain. January 2017.
Seth Patterson / A compilation of items found washed up along a half mile stretch of the high tide line of South Padre Island, Texas. October 2016. Some of the plastic bottles and bags of signs of nip marks from hun...
Alex Mustard / California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) uses a Panamic cushion star (Pentaceraster cumingi) as a toy. The sealions pick up the starfish and then drop them and chase after them as they sink. Los I...
Sergey Gorshkov / Aerial view of melted ice around geothermal spring, Putoransky State Nature Reserve, Putorana Plateau UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siberia, Russia. June 2015
Nick Garbutt / Borneo giant forest scorpion (Heterometrus longimanus) resting inside a fallen hollow log. Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo. Photographed with natural light only, see 1588718 for a comparative image with U...
Nick Garbutt / Borneo giant forest scorpion (Heterometrus longimanus) resting inside a fallen hollow log. Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo. Photographed with natural light and UV light, see 1588717 for a comparative imag...
Andres M. Dominguez / Tree frog (Hyla meridionalis), Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain, March.
Floris van Breugel / Alkali fly (Ephydra hians) underwater in protective air bubble, Mono Lake, California, USA.
Floris van Breugel / Alkali fly (Ephydra hians) underwater in protective air bubble. Mono Lake, California, USA. June.
Ashley Cooper / Rainbow over water flowing out of the Karahnjukar dam and Halslon reservoir, a massive new controversial hydro electricity project in North East Iceland. It was created by damming the Jokuls a Dal riv...
Alex Mustard / Diver fragmenting a growing piece of Staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) hung on coral propagation tree, as part of a coral conservation nursery project. East End, Grand Cayman. Cayman Islands, Brit...
Yashpal Rathore / Kottigehar dancing frog (Micrixalus kottigeharensis) calling and displaying by waving leg, Agumbe, Western Ghats, India.
Bruno D'Amicis / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in snowy landscape. Central Apennines, Molise, Italy, February.
Emanuele Biggi / Freshwater crab (Potamon fluviatile) living in old Roman ruins, Traiano's Market, Rome, Italy
Guy Edwardes / Puffin (Fratercula arctica) wings spread backlit, Great Saltee Island, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland, June.
Mark MacEwen / Hanuman Langurs(Semnopithecus entellus) on road with motorcyclist, Mandore Garden, Jodhpur, India.
Joao Burini / Fluorescent mushrooms glowing in ultraviolet light. South-east Atlantic forest, Sao Miguel Arcanjo, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Claudio Contreras / American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), IUCN Vulnerable, Jardines de la Reina / Gardens of the Queen National Park, Caribbean Sea, Ciego de Avila, Cuba, January
Phil Savoie / Strawberry poison dart frog (Oophaga / Dendrobates pumilio) sitting in cup fungus, La Selva Field Station, Costa Rica.
Phil Savoie / Point-to-Point horse racing, low angle view of racehorse jumping fence, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. March 2014.
Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) courtship, with the female above showing her abdomen and the male below. Vava'u, Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Roy Mangersnes / Magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) male displaying, red throat pouch inflated, North Seymour Island, Galapagos.
Anup Shah / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) female matriarch approaching remote camera with curiosity - taken with a remote camera controlled by the photographer. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. July...