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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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Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) in flight, hilly landscape in background. Kerkini, Sintik, Greece. January.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) in flight, hilly landscape in background. Kerkini, Sintik, Greece. January.
Smeathman's furrow bee (Lasioglossum smeathmanellum) feeding on Wallflower (Erysimum sp.) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April.  -  Phil Savoie
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Phil Savoie / Smeathman's furrow bee (Lasioglossum smeathmanellum) feeding on Wallflower (Erysimum sp.) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April.
Visitors taking selfie with smartphone while giant polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is swimming past, Zoo de la Fleche, France, September 2019  -  Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Visitors taking selfie with smartphone while giant polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is swimming past, Zoo de la Fleche, France, September 2019
Common eider duck (Somateria mollissima) female defending her nest from arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus). Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen. June.  -  John Shaw
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John Shaw / Common eider duck (Somateria mollissima) female defending her nest from arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus). Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen. June.
Blue dragon / Blue seaslug (Glaucus atlanticus) feeding on a Portuguese man o' war (Physalia utriculus)  along with a much smaller relative, Glaucilla sp. (upside down); Glaucus and Glaucilla store th...  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Blue dragon / Blue seaslug (Glaucus atlanticus) feeding on a Portuguese man o' war (Physalia utriculus) along with a much smaller relative, Glaucilla sp. (upside down); Glaucus and Glaucilla store th...
Mute swan (Cygnus olor), two cygnets sheltering under parent's wing. Richmond Park, London, England, UK. April.  -  Oscar Dewhurst
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Oscar Dewhurst / Mute swan (Cygnus olor), two cygnets sheltering under parent's wing. Richmond Park, London, England, UK. April.
Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), group socialising in shallow water, aerial view. Part of larger group of more than 50 whales congregating, Sea of Okhotsk sub-population, Russia.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), group socialising in shallow water, aerial view. Part of larger group of more than 50 whales congregating, Sea of Okhotsk sub-population, Russia.
Orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) climbs on to the boot of an anti-poaching guard while foraging during rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa. This...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Orphaned Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) climbs on to the boot of an anti-poaching guard while foraging during rehabilitation at the Rhino Revolution facility in South Africa. This...
Grey-headed flying foxes (Pteropus poliocephalus) female carrying her pup whilst in flight, Yarra Bend Park, Kew, Victoria, Australia, December.  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Grey-headed flying foxes (Pteropus poliocephalus) female carrying her pup whilst in flight, Yarra Bend Park, Kew, Victoria, Australia, December.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony huddled together under the Southern Lights, Aurora australis, Atka Bay, Antarctica. September.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony huddled together under the Southern Lights, Aurora australis, Atka Bay, Antarctica. September.
Labiated rainfrog (Pristimantis labiosus) feeding on spider prey, Mashpi, Pichincha, Ecuador  -  Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Labiated rainfrog (Pristimantis labiosus) feeding on spider prey, Mashpi, Pichincha, Ecuador
Fiddler crab (Uca) male, hiding in an old shell at Ha Pak Nai mudflat, Yuen Long District, Hong Kong, China.  -  Magnus Lundgren / Wild Wonders of China
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Magnus Lundgren / Wild Wonders of China / Fiddler crab (Uca) male, hiding in an old shell at Ha Pak Nai mudflat, Yuen Long District, Hong Kong, China.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) female and calf swimming together at depth, ventral surfaces of both whales clearly visible. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) female and calf swimming together at depth, ventral surfaces of both whales clearly visible. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
Red deer (Cervus elaphus) silhouetted stag bellowing during rut in grassland, doe in background. Richmond Park, London, England, UK. October  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Red deer (Cervus elaphus) silhouetted stag bellowing during rut in grassland, doe in background. Richmond Park, London, England, UK. October
Frozen bends and flood plain of Halliste River, aerial view. Soomaa National Park, Viljandimaa County, Estonia. Febraury 2019.  -  Sven  Zacek
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Sven Zacek / Frozen bends and flood plain of Halliste River, aerial view. Soomaa National Park, Viljandimaa County, Estonia. Febraury 2019.
Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus coronatus) in defensive posture, Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus coronatus) in defensive posture, Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica
Commensal emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) moves across the colourful red patterned surface of its host Candycane sea cucumber (Thelenota rubralineata). Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesi...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Commensal emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) moves across the colourful red patterned surface of its host Candycane sea cucumber (Thelenota rubralineata). Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesi...
Seven spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) on Mayweed (Anthemis sp) flower. Cyprus. April.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Seven spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) on Mayweed (Anthemis sp) flower. Cyprus. April.
Domestic Chicken (Gallus domesticus) mother with chicks dyed pink to protect them from raptors, Anja Park, Madagascar  -  Cyril Ruoso
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Cyril Ruoso / Domestic Chicken (Gallus domesticus) mother with chicks dyed pink to protect them from raptors, Anja Park, Madagascar
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) dog interacting with a vixen in an urban garden. North London, UK. July.  -  Matthew Maran
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Matthew Maran / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) dog interacting with a vixen in an urban garden. North London, UK. July.
Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca). Spyhopping. Kvaloya, Troms, Norway October  -  Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca). Spyhopping. Kvaloya, Troms, Norway October
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) covering itself in mud from a muddy puddle after urinating in it in order to smell strong and warn off rivals, Scotland, UK, October.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) covering itself in mud from a muddy puddle after urinating in it in order to smell strong and warn off rivals, Scotland, UK, October.
RF - A school of Crescent-tail bigeye (Priacanthus hamrur) on a coral reef. North Male Atoll, Maldives. Indian Ocean (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / RF - A school of Crescent-tail bigeye (Priacanthus hamrur) on a coral reef. North Male Atoll, Maldives. Indian Ocean (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Sculpin (Alcichthys elongatus) eggs. Hokkaido, Japan. May.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Sculpin (Alcichthys elongatus) eggs. Hokkaido, Japan. May.
Magnificent Frigatebirds (Fregata magnificens) trying to steal fish from fishermen coming on land with a fresh catch, Puerto Lopez , Santa Elena Peninsula, Manabi Province, Ecuador, July  -  David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Magnificent Frigatebirds (Fregata magnificens) trying to steal fish from fishermen coming on land with a fresh catch, Puerto Lopez , Santa Elena Peninsula, Manabi Province, Ecuador, July
Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) female with two cubs climbing a canyon cliff at dusk at 4400 metres, Spiti valley, Cold Desert Biosphere Reserve, Himalaya mountains, Himachal Pradesh, India, February  -  Oriol  Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) female with two cubs climbing a canyon cliff at dusk at 4400 metres, Spiti valley, Cold Desert Biosphere Reserve, Himalaya mountains, Himachal Pradesh, India, February
Flying fish (Exocoetidae) in Sargasso Sea, Atlantic Ocean.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Flying fish (Exocoetidae) in Sargasso Sea, Atlantic Ocean.
Long-eared hedgehog (Hemiechinus auritus) on dune bordering the Gobi Desert at sunset. Mongolia.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Long-eared hedgehog (Hemiechinus auritus) on dune bordering the Gobi Desert at sunset. Mongolia.
Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) fighting in sand dune habitat, Holland, Netherlands. November.  -  Terry  Whittaker
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Terry Whittaker / Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) fighting in sand dune habitat, Holland, Netherlands. November.
Blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) beaching itself to catch sardines. Tonga South Pacific.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) beaching itself to catch sardines. Tonga South Pacific.
Sardines (Clupeidae) fleeing from predators in the early morning. They were being herded and chased by Trevallies and Blacktip reef sharks in the water, and picked off by brown boobies and terns from...  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Sardines (Clupeidae) fleeing from predators in the early morning. They were being herded and chased by Trevallies and Blacktip reef sharks in the water, and picked off by brown boobies and terns from...
Composite image of Fireflies synchronize display just after first shower of monsoon, on moonless night. India.  -  Yashpal Rathore
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Yashpal Rathore / Composite image of Fireflies synchronize display just after first shower of monsoon, on moonless night. India.
Snow leopard (Uncia uncia) Altai Mountains, Mongolia. March.  -  Valeriy Maleev
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Valeriy Maleev / Snow leopard (Uncia uncia) Altai Mountains, Mongolia. March.
Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens), male, Lower Tamar Lakes, Cornwall, UK. July.  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens), male, Lower Tamar Lakes, Cornwall, UK. July.
Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stag roaring, silhouetted under trees at sunrise. Bushy Park, London, UK. September  -  Oscar Dewhurst
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Oscar Dewhurst / Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stag roaring, silhouetted under trees at sunrise. Bushy Park, London, UK. September
Scuba diver on the sandy bottom surrounded by shoal of Big-eye jacks (Caranx sexfasciatus), Cabo Pulmo Marine National Park, Baja California Sur, Mexico  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Scuba diver on the sandy bottom surrounded by shoal of Big-eye jacks (Caranx sexfasciatus), Cabo Pulmo Marine National Park, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf riding on mother's head. Near Nomuka Island, Ha'apai Islands, Tonga.  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf riding on mother's head. Near Nomuka Island, Ha'apai Islands, Tonga.
Fish frozen in ice, Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Fish frozen in ice, Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia
Reef lizardifsh (Synodus variegatus) at a cleaning station, being cleaned by Holthuis anemone shrimps (Ancylomenes holthuisi). Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Reef lizardifsh (Synodus variegatus) at a cleaning station, being cleaned by Holthuis anemone shrimps (Ancylomenes holthuisi). Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea.
Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) nesting pair, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, December.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) nesting pair, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, December.
Sunlight splintering through misty pine forest at sunset, Glencharnoch Wood, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK.November  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Sunlight splintering through misty pine forest at sunset, Glencharnoch Wood, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK.November
Murmuration of Yellow-headed blackbirds (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) and Redwing blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) at sunset, before roosting. Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, Arizona, USA, December.  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Murmuration of Yellow-headed blackbirds (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) and Redwing blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) at sunset, before roosting. Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, Arizona, USA, December.
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) sitting on a frozen lake at the edge of the reeds. London, UK. December.  -  Oscar Dewhurst
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Oscar Dewhurst / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) sitting on a frozen lake at the edge of the reeds. London, UK. December.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and rainbow over the Great Bear Rainforest near Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada. August  -  Nick Hawkins
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Nick Hawkins / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and rainbow over the Great Bear Rainforest near Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada. August
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) juvenile male playing and spinning  This is the first verified record of a living humpback whale in the waters off Sri Lanka.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) juvenile male playing and spinning This is the first verified record of a living humpback whale in the waters off Sri Lanka.
Snorkeller looking down on a Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) passing beneath. Indian Ocean, off Sri Lanka.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Snorkeller looking down on a Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) passing beneath. Indian Ocean, off Sri Lanka.
Elephant (Loxodonta africana) reaching up on back legs to feed on tree, front legs on termite mound. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.  -  Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / Elephant (Loxodonta africana) reaching up on back legs to feed on tree, front legs on termite mound. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
Rattlesnake skins pinned to a wall, with bloody handprints and signatures of those who have skinned snakes at at the annual Rattlesnake Roundup, Sweetwater, Texas, USA. Highly commended in the Wildlif...  -  Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Rattlesnake skins pinned to a wall, with bloody handprints and signatures of those who have skinned snakes at at the annual Rattlesnake Roundup, Sweetwater, Texas, USA. Highly commended in the Wildlif...
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