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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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Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in flight,  Alaska, USA, February  -  Danny Green
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Danny Green / Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in flight, Alaska, USA, February
Toque macaques (Macaca sinica) close to a Buddha statue. Polonnaruwa, Central Province, Sri Lanka  -  Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Toque macaques (Macaca sinica) close to a Buddha statue. Polonnaruwa, Central Province, Sri Lanka
A mother Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) and her joey, surrounded by burnt trees. Survivors of a bushfire in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020.  -  Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / A mother Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) and her joey, surrounded by burnt trees. Survivors of a bushfire in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020.
During an extreme heat-stress event at Melbourne's Yarra Bend Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) colony, where temperatures exceeded 43°C, in a desperate search for somewhere cooler and...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / During an extreme heat-stress event at Melbourne's Yarra Bend Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) colony, where temperatures exceeded 43°C, in a desperate search for somewhere cooler and...
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) hunting Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) male, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile, sequence 3 of 12. Joint winner of the Mammal Behaviour Category of the Wildlife Ph...  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) hunting Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) male, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile, sequence 3 of 12. Joint winner of the Mammal Behaviour Category of the Wildlife Ph...
Free swimming mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus). Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Free swimming mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus). Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea.
Two male Zoarchias major eelpouts (Zoarchias major) engaged in a mouth-to-mouth confrontation. Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Two male Zoarchias major eelpouts (Zoarchias major) engaged in a mouth-to-mouth confrontation. Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, Pacific Ocean.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair practising incubating with a snowball. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May. Winner of the Polar Passion Category of the Nature's Best Photography Competition 2019.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair practising incubating with a snowball. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May. Winner of the Polar Passion Category of the Nature's Best Photography Competition 2019.
Pale burrower mayfly (Ephoron virgo), swarming in the millions on street at night, appearing like snow. Mayflies recently hatched. Tudela, La Ribera de Navarra, Navarre, Spain. August 2019. Finalist i...  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Pale burrower mayfly (Ephoron virgo), swarming in the millions on street at night, appearing like snow. Mayflies recently hatched. Tudela, La Ribera de Navarra, Navarre, Spain. August 2019. Finalist i...
European mantis (Mantis religiosa) hunting swarming Pale burrower mayfly (Ephoron virgo), mayflies recently hatched. Tudela, La Ribera de Navarra, Navarre, Spain. August.  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / European mantis (Mantis religiosa) hunting swarming Pale burrower mayfly (Ephoron virgo), mayflies recently hatched. Tudela, La Ribera de Navarra, Navarre, Spain. August.
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) close up of leag approaching - remote camera. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. August 2015.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) close up of leag approaching - remote camera. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. August 2015.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), two curled up asleep in drey inside nest box. Nest of lichen and Pine needles. Highlands, Scotland, UK.  -  Neil Anderson
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Neil Anderson / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), two curled up asleep in drey inside nest box. Nest of lichen and Pine needles. Highlands, Scotland, UK.
Firefly (Lamprohiza splendidula) light tracks in forest, Bavaria, Germany  -  Konrad Wothe
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Konrad Wothe / Firefly (Lamprohiza splendidula) light tracks in forest, Bavaria, Germany
Little nomad bee (Nomada flavoguttata) Dandelion (Taraxacum offinicale) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April  -  Phil Savoie
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Phil Savoie / Little nomad bee (Nomada flavoguttata) Dandelion (Taraxacum offinicale) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April
Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) tangled in fishing net. Tenerife, Canary Islands. 2019.  -  Sergio Hanquet
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Sergio Hanquet / Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) tangled in fishing net. Tenerife, Canary Islands. 2019.
Ostrich (Struthio camelus) silhouetted in dust storm. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa.  -  Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Ostrich (Struthio camelus) silhouetted in dust storm. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa.
North Pacific humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae kuzira) breaching at sunset, Kupreanof Island, Frederick Sound, Alaska, USA, July.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / North Pacific humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae kuzira) breaching at sunset, Kupreanof Island, Frederick Sound, Alaska, USA, July.
RF - Denise's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) looks out from its home in a sea fan (Annella sp.). Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea. Tropical West Pacific Ocean. (This image...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / RF - Denise's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) looks out from its home in a sea fan (Annella sp.). Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea. Tropical West Pacific Ocean. (This image...
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) brooding three chicks with a fourth approaching, northern Massachusetts, USA.June. Endangered species.  -  Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) brooding three chicks with a fourth approaching, northern Massachusetts, USA.June. Endangered species.
Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) feeding on mushroom that it has collected and allowed to dry, preserving the fungus for winter, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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Michael Quinton / Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) feeding on mushroom that it has collected and allowed to dry, preserving the fungus for winter, Alaska
Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) carrying mushroom, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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Michael Quinton / Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) carrying mushroom, Alaska
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) seed heads and grasses  -  Ernie  Janes
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Ernie Janes / Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) seed heads and grasses
Aerial view of waves rolling over Langre beach, Cantabria, Spain, February.  -  Juan  Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Aerial view of waves rolling over Langre beach, Cantabria, Spain, February.
Two oxen pulling man in sled through post-harvest flooded rice field, crowd watching in background. Rice race during Pacu Jawi, a religious event with parades, ceremonies and weddings. The most powerf...  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Two oxen pulling man in sled through post-harvest flooded rice field, crowd watching in background. Rice race during Pacu Jawi, a religious event with parades, ceremonies and weddings. The most powerf...
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) hunting for food amongst moss with loch and Celtic rainforest in back ground, Scotland, UK, October..  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) hunting for food amongst moss with loch and Celtic rainforest in back ground, Scotland, UK, October..
Bluespotted mudskippers (Boleophthalmus pectinirostris) skipping along the beach, Hong Kong Wetland Park, Hong Kong, China.  -  Magnus Lundgren / Wild Wonders of China
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Magnus Lundgren / Wild Wonders of China / Bluespotted mudskippers (Boleophthalmus pectinirostris) skipping along the beach, Hong Kong Wetland Park, Hong Kong, China.
Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) on rock with forested hills beyond. Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India. Camera trap image. 2019.  -  Yashpal Rathore
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Yashpal Rathore / Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) on rock with forested hills beyond. Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India. Camera trap image. 2019.
Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) male covering fledgling with wings to protect from danger. Fledgling flapping wings in protest. Marana, Arizona, USA. May. Sequence 1/2.  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) male covering fledgling with wings to protect from danger. Fledgling flapping wings in protest. Marana, Arizona, USA. May. Sequence 1/2.
Spotnape cardinalfish (Ostorhinchus notatus) pair, male taking cluster of fertilised eggs into mouth to brood. Shizuoka Prefecture, Honshu, Japan. June.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Spotnape cardinalfish (Ostorhinchus notatus) pair, male taking cluster of fertilised eggs into mouth to brood. Shizuoka Prefecture, Honshu, Japan. June.
Free diver is swimming over a pod of Sleeping sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Free diver is swimming over a pod of Sleeping sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean.
Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes) outside houses, North London, England UK  -  Matthew Maran
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Matthew Maran / Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes) outside houses, North London, England UK
Wallace's giant bee (Megachile pluto) and nest on tree trunk. North Moluccas, Indonesia.T his is the only photo that is known to exist of this species (the world's largest bee) in the wild, in situ, a...  -  Clay Bolt
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Clay Bolt / Wallace's giant bee (Megachile pluto) and nest on tree trunk. North Moluccas, Indonesia.T his is the only photo that is known to exist of this species (the world's largest bee) in the wild, in situ, a...
Composite image of Wallace's giant bee (Megachile pluto) with European honey bee (Apis melifera). This is the world's largest bee, which is approximately 4 times larger than a European honey bee. One...  -  Clay Bolt
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Clay Bolt / Composite image of Wallace's giant bee (Megachile pluto) with European honey bee (Apis melifera). This is the world's largest bee, which is approximately 4 times larger than a European honey bee. One...
Larval flounder (possibly Laeops Kitahara) in the open ocean at night off Anilao, Philippines.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Larval flounder (possibly Laeops Kitahara) in the open ocean at night off Anilao, Philippines.
Great egret (Ardea alba) with prey in beak, in evening light. Myakka River State Park, Florida, USA, March. Sequence 2/2.  -  George  Sanker
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George Sanker / Great egret (Ardea alba) with prey in beak, in evening light. Myakka River State Park, Florida, USA, March. Sequence 2/2.
Great egret (Ardea alba) diving head into water to catch prey, in evening light. Myakka River State Park, Florida, USA, March. Sequence 1/2.  -  George  Sanker
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George Sanker / Great egret (Ardea alba) diving head into water to catch prey, in evening light. Myakka River State Park, Florida, USA, March. Sequence 1/2.
Mongolian wild ass / Khulan (Equus hemionus hemionus) costume prototype unsuccessful in allowing researchers to approach Khulan for scientific purposes. Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area, Mongolia....  -  Cyril Ruoso
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Cyril Ruoso / Mongolian wild ass / Khulan (Equus hemionus hemionus) costume prototype unsuccessful in allowing researchers to approach Khulan for scientific purposes. Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area, Mongolia....
Little blue penguin (Eudyptula minor), two standing on rocks at night, silhouetted against Melbourne city lights. St Kilda breakwater, Victoria, Australia. December 2016.  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Little blue penguin (Eudyptula minor), two standing on rocks at night, silhouetted against Melbourne city lights. St Kilda breakwater, Victoria, Australia. December 2016.
RF - Marbled white butterfly (Melanargia galathea) roosting among tall grasses at sunrtise, Volehouse Moor, Devon, UK. July. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / RF - Marbled white butterfly (Melanargia galathea) roosting among tall grasses at sunrtise, Volehouse Moor, Devon, UK. July. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) with golf ball on golf course. London, UK. October.  -  Oscar Dewhurst
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Oscar Dewhurst / Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) with golf ball on golf course. London, UK. October.
Deforestation in the Ecuadorian Choco, Esmeraldas, Ecuador  -  Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Deforestation in the Ecuadorian Choco, Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Jellyfish (Catostylus sp.) swims beneath a slick of plastic debris. Indian Ocean off Sri Lanka. Highly commended in the Environmental Report section, Montphoto competition  2019  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Jellyfish (Catostylus sp.) swims beneath a slick of plastic debris. Indian Ocean off Sri Lanka. Highly commended in the Environmental Report section, Montphoto competition 2019
Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) migrating to spawn in a small river near Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada. September.  -  Nick Hawkins
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Nick Hawkins / Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) migrating to spawn in a small river near Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada. September.
Female cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) named Silgi (means 'bright future' in Swahili) walking with 7 cubs. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Yashpal Rathore
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Yashpal Rathore / Female cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) named Silgi (means 'bright future' in Swahili) walking with 7 cubs. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Patterns in the tidal flats of the delta where the delta is swept by tidal encroachment from the Gulf of California. Evidence of the fresh water flow is observable as plant life turns green. Colorado...  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Patterns in the tidal flats of the delta where the delta is swept by tidal encroachment from the Gulf of California. Evidence of the fresh water flow is observable as plant life turns green. Colorado...
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult with young on its back and in the water, Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, June  -  David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult with young on its back and in the water, Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, June
Red squirrel, (Sciurus vulgaris), three animals backlit on pine branch, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK.May  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel, (Sciurus vulgaris), three animals backlit on pine branch, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK.May
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) fighting over hippo carcass in water, Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) fighting over hippo carcass in water, Masai Mara, Kenya
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