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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Guy Edwardes / Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) in flight, hilly landscape in background. Kerkini, Sintik, Greece. January.
Phil Savoie / Smeathman's furrow bee (Lasioglossum smeathmanellum) feeding on Wallflower (Erysimum sp.) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April.
Philippe Clement / Visitors taking selfie with smartphone while giant polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is swimming past, Zoo de la Fleche, France, September 2019
John Shaw / Common eider duck (Somateria mollissima) female defending her nest from arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus). Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen. June.
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...
Oscar Dewhurst / Mute swan (Cygnus olor), two cygnets sheltering under parent's wing. Richmond Park, London, England, UK. April.
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.
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...
Doug Gimesy / Grey-headed flying foxes (Pteropus poliocephalus) female carrying her pup whilst in flight, Yarra Bend Park, Kew, Victoria, Australia, December.
Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony huddled together under the Southern Lights, Aurora australis, Atka Bay, Antarctica. September.
Lucas Bustamante / Labiated rainfrog (Pristimantis labiosus) feeding on spider prey, Mashpi, Pichincha, Ecuador
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.
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.
Edwin Giesbers / Red deer (Cervus elaphus) silhouetted stag bellowing during rut in grassland, doe in background. Richmond Park, London, England, UK. October
Sven Zacek / Frozen bends and flood plain of Halliste River, aerial view. Soomaa National Park, Viljandimaa County, Estonia. Febraury 2019.
Ingo Arndt / Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus coronatus) in defensive posture, Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica
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...
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.
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.)
Tony Wu / Sculpin (Alcichthys elongatus) eggs. Hokkaido, Japan. May.
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
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
Shane Gross / Flying fish (Exocoetidae) in Sargasso Sea, Atlantic Ocean.
Klein & Hubert / Long-eared hedgehog (Hemiechinus auritus) on dune bordering the Gobi Desert at sunset. Mongolia.
Terry Whittaker / Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) fighting in sand dune habitat, Holland, Netherlands. November.
Tony Wu / Blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) beaching itself to catch sardines. Tonga South Pacific.
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...
Yashpal Rathore / Composite image of Fireflies synchronize display just after first shower of monsoon, on moonless night. India.
Oscar Dewhurst / Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stag roaring, silhouetted under trees at sunrise. Bushy Park, London, UK. September
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
Doug Perrine / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf riding on mother's head. Near Nomuka Island, Ha'apai Islands, Tonga.
Ingo Arndt / Fish frozen in ice, Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia
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.
Stefan Christmann / Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) nesting pair, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, December.
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Sunlight splintering through misty pine forest at sunset, Glencharnoch Wood, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK.November
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.
Oscar Dewhurst / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) sitting on a frozen lake at the edge of the reeds. London, UK. December.
Nick Hawkins / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and rainbow over the Great Bear Rainforest near Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada. August
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.
Alex Mustard / Snorkeller looking down on a Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) passing beneath. Indian Ocean, off Sri Lanka.
Tony Heald / Elephant (Loxodonta africana) reaching up on back legs to feed on tree, front legs on termite mound. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
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...