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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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Meerkat (Suricata suricatta) standing on burrow at sunset, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Meerkat (Suricata suricatta) standing on burrow at sunset, Kalahari, Botswana
Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) playing in waves at Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, England, UK, January.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) playing in waves at Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, England, UK, January.
Bengal snapper (Lutjanus bengalensis), Bannerfish (Heniochus diphreutes) and Fusiliers (Caesio sp.) diving towards coral reef to avoid predators. North Ari Atoll, Maldives. Indian Ocean.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Bengal snapper (Lutjanus bengalensis), Bannerfish (Heniochus diphreutes) and Fusiliers (Caesio sp.) diving towards coral reef to avoid predators. North Ari Atoll, Maldives. Indian Ocean.
Saturniid moth (Eacles ormondei), female camouflaged in leaf litter. Izabal, Guatemala.  -  Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Saturniid moth (Eacles ormondei), female camouflaged in leaf litter. Izabal, Guatemala.
Aerial view of Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) lunge-feeding, with throat pouch distended, southern Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California), Baja California, Mexico.  -  Mark Carwardine
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Mark Carwardine / Aerial view of Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) lunge-feeding, with throat pouch distended, southern Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California), Baja California, Mexico.
Aerial view of Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) lunge-feeding, with mouth open and throat pouch distended, southern Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California), Baja California, Mexico.  -  Mark Carwardine
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Mark Carwardine / Aerial view of Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) lunge-feeding, with mouth open and throat pouch distended, southern Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California), Baja California, Mexico.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), melanistic male amongst others in breeding colony. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), melanistic male amongst others in breeding colony. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.
Young male melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus), Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Photographed with a camera trap.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Young male melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus), Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Photographed with a camera trap.
Split level photo of an American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) floating at the surface over a shallow seagrass meadow, close to mangroves. Jardines de la Reina, Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cub...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Split level photo of an American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) floating at the surface over a shallow seagrass meadow, close to mangroves. Jardines de la Reina, Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cub...
Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) inquisitive young tiger cub following Porcupine (Hystrix indica) at night, Kanha National Park, Central India. Camera trap image.  -  Yashpal Rathore
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Yashpal Rathore / Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) inquisitive young tiger cub following Porcupine (Hystrix indica) at night, Kanha National Park, Central India. Camera trap image.
Asian sheepshead wrasse (Semicossyphus reticulatus) two mature males in breeding colouration fighting over territory.  Niigata, Japan.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Asian sheepshead wrasse (Semicossyphus reticulatus) two mature males in breeding colouration fighting over territory. Niigata, Japan.
Harvest mouse (Micromys minutus) in wheat field with poppy (Papaver rhoeas) in summer - prehensile tail. France. June.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Harvest mouse (Micromys minutus) in wheat field with poppy (Papaver rhoeas) in summer - prehensile tail. France. June.
Ural owl (Strix uralensis) chick trying to climb an aspen tree with its beak, talons and wings, Southern Estonia. June. Sequence 5 of 11  -  Sven  Zacek
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Sven Zacek / Ural owl (Strix uralensis) chick trying to climb an aspen tree with its beak, talons and wings, Southern Estonia. June. Sequence 5 of 11
Ural owl (Strix uralensis) chick trying to climb an aspen tree with its beak, talons and wings, Southern Estonia. June. Sequence 6 of 11  -  Sven  Zacek
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Sven Zacek / Ural owl (Strix uralensis) chick trying to climb an aspen tree with its beak, talons and wings, Southern Estonia. June. Sequence 6 of 11
Flower hat jelly (Olindias formosus) in Pacific Ocean. Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan. May.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Flower hat jelly (Olindias formosus) in Pacific Ocean. Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan. May.
Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) adult perched on the side of the Tyne Bridge, overlooking Newcastle and the Tyne. Newcastle, UK. July  -  Oscar Dewhurst
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Oscar Dewhurst / Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) adult perched on the side of the Tyne Bridge, overlooking Newcastle and the Tyne. Newcastle, UK. July
Jay (Garrulus glandarius), two fighting in mid-air with another observing. Norway. October.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Jay (Garrulus glandarius), two fighting in mid-air with another observing. Norway. October.
Asiatic wild ass (Equus hemionus khur), young males fighting, with one kicking opponent, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India  -  Axel  Gomille
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Axel Gomille / Asiatic wild ass (Equus hemionus khur), young males fighting, with one kicking opponent, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India
Flightless cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi), two on rocks. Bird with Slate pencil urchin (Eucidaris sp) in beak with more Sea urchins below. Other bird sitting on nest. Punta Albemarle, Isabela Islan...  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Flightless cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi), two on rocks. Bird with Slate pencil urchin (Eucidaris sp) in beak with more Sea urchins below. Other bird sitting on nest. Punta Albemarle, Isabela Islan...
RF - African lion, (Panthera leo) confronted by a herd of African buffalo / Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer), Zimanga Private Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / RF - African lion, (Panthera leo) confronted by a herd of African buffalo / Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer), Zimanga Private Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
African lion, (Panthera leo) watched by a herd of African buffalo / Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer), Zimanga Private Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Conservation status: Vulnerable.  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / African lion, (Panthera leo) watched by a herd of African buffalo / Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer), Zimanga Private Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Conservation status: Vulnerable.
Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) with rays of sunlight, black and white image, Akumal, Caribbean Sea, Mexico, July. Second place in the Visions of our Nature 2018.  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) with rays of sunlight, black and white image, Akumal, Caribbean Sea, Mexico, July. Second place in the Visions of our Nature 2018.
Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) adult landing at nest with chicks, Vaala, Finland, June.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) adult landing at nest with chicks, Vaala, Finland, June.
Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) adult feeding chicks in nest, Vaala, Finland, June.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) adult feeding chicks in nest, Vaala, Finland, June.
Larval Wonderpus octopus (Wunderpus photogenicus) drifting in the open ocean at night off Anilao, Philippines.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Larval Wonderpus octopus (Wunderpus photogenicus) drifting in the open ocean at night off Anilao, Philippines.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair in courtship. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair in courtship. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May.
Common blue butterflies (Polyommatus icarus) resting on grasses, Vealand Farm, Devon, UK. June  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Common blue butterflies (Polyommatus icarus) resting on grasses, Vealand Farm, Devon, UK. June
Kea (Nestor notabilis) juvenile in flight. Arthur's Pass National Park, South Island, New Zealand. Endangered Species.  -  Andy Trowbridge
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Andy Trowbridge / Kea (Nestor notabilis) juvenile in flight. Arthur's Pass National Park, South Island, New Zealand. Endangered Species.
Alcedo giant tortoises (Chelonoidis vandenburghi) group resting in water on moonlit night to keep cool, Alcedo Volcano, Isabela Island, Galapagos  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Alcedo giant tortoises (Chelonoidis vandenburghi) group resting in water on moonlit night to keep cool, Alcedo Volcano, Isabela Island, Galapagos
Ocean sunfish (Mola mola) off Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. July.  -  Nick Hawkins
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Nick Hawkins / Ocean sunfish (Mola mola) off Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. July.
Ocean sunfish (Mola mola) off Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. July.  -  Nick Hawkins
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Nick Hawkins / Ocean sunfish (Mola mola) off Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. July.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) moving around on ice floe, looking for food, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  David Allemand
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David Allemand / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) moving around on ice floe, looking for food, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Leopard / mountain tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) with elephant bull (Loxodonta africana) behind in water, Addo elephant national park, Eastern Cape, South Africa, September  -  Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Leopard / mountain tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) with elephant bull (Loxodonta africana) behind in water, Addo elephant national park, Eastern Cape, South Africa, September
Great potoo (Nyctibius grandis) female with young resting on a branch, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil.  -  Sylvain Cordier
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Sylvain Cordier / Great potoo (Nyctibius grandis) female with young resting on a branch, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) squabbling, Sado Estuary, Portugal. April  -  Pedro  Narra
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Pedro Narra / European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) squabbling, Sado Estuary, Portugal. April
Young Mozambican scientist Diolinda Mundoza admires a juvenile bateleur eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus) that she just captured at a goat carcass in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. These and other b...  -  Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Young Mozambican scientist Diolinda Mundoza admires a juvenile bateleur eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus) that she just captured at a goat carcass in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. These and other b...
Diver exploring around an iceberg. Tasiilaq, East Greenland. April 2018.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Diver exploring around an iceberg. Tasiilaq, East Greenland. April 2018.
Tawny nurse shark (Nebrius ferrugineus) group, individuals circling each other at dusk. Vavuu Atoll, Maldives. Indian Ocean.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Tawny nurse shark (Nebrius ferrugineus) group, individuals circling each other at dusk. Vavuu Atoll, Maldives. Indian Ocean.
Peregrine (Falco peregrinus) fledgling walking along street amongst pedestrians after falling during flight , Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK. June 2018.  -  Robin Chittenden
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Robin Chittenden / Peregrine (Falco peregrinus) fledgling walking along street amongst pedestrians after falling during flight , Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK. June 2018.
Giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) feeding on a catfish (Loricariidae) with Cocoi heron (Ardea cocoi) scavenging remnants, Rio Cuiaba, Brazil  -  Luke Massey
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Luke Massey / Giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) feeding on a catfish (Loricariidae) with Cocoi heron (Ardea cocoi) scavenging remnants, Rio Cuiaba, Brazil
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) kits at den, Washington  -  Chase Dekker
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Chase Dekker / Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) kits at den, Washington
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) kits playing, Washington  -  Chase Dekker
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Chase Dekker / Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) kits playing, Washington
Dark red-spined brittle star (Ophiothrix purpurea) and Colonial anemones (Amphianthus nitidus). North Sulawesi, Indonesia.  -  Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Dark red-spined brittle star (Ophiothrix purpurea) and Colonial anemones (Amphianthus nitidus). North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) in flight following adult female Orca (Orcinus orca). Close to isle of Skye, Scotland. July 2013.  -  Chris Gomersall
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Chris Gomersall / Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) in flight following adult female Orca (Orcinus orca). Close to isle of Skye, Scotland. July 2013.
Bush cricket / Katydid (Tettigoniidae ), female leaf mimic ovipositing into branch. Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru.  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Bush cricket / Katydid (Tettigoniidae ), female leaf mimic ovipositing into branch. Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru.
Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) fighting in flight,  Hornoya birdcliff, Vardo, Norway. March  -  Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) fighting in flight, Hornoya birdcliff, Vardo, Norway. March
Golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) male jumping,  Yangxian Biosphere Reserve, Shaanxi, China  -  Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China
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Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) male jumping, Yangxian Biosphere Reserve, Shaanxi, China
Golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) displaying to female pheasants at Yangxian Nature Reserve, Shaanxi, China, September.  -  Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China
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Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) displaying to female pheasants at Yangxian Nature Reserve, Shaanxi, China, September.
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