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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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African elephant (Loxodonta africana) two silhouetted at sunset with goose flying overhead, Mkuze, South Africa. Highly commended in the African Wildlife category of the Nature's Best Photography Comp...  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) two silhouetted at sunset with goose flying overhead, Mkuze, South Africa. Highly commended in the African Wildlife category of the Nature's Best Photography Comp...
Aerial view of a small forest lake in Karula National Park, Valgamaa county, Southern Estonia. Highly commended in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2019.  -  Sven  Zacek
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Sven Zacek / Aerial view of a small forest lake in Karula National Park, Valgamaa county, Southern Estonia. Highly commended in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2019.
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pod cooperative bubble-net feeding, Frederick Sound, Alaska  -  Paul Souders/ Worldfoto
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Paul Souders/ Worldfoto / Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pod cooperative bubble-net feeding, Frederick Sound, Alaska
Service road crossing an abandoned pond used for the disposal and stacking of phosphogypsum with crystallised patterns and shallow, but highly toxic radioactive green water in Huelva, Southern Spain....  -  Milan Radisics
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Milan Radisics / Service road crossing an abandoned pond used for the disposal and stacking of phosphogypsum with crystallised patterns and shallow, but highly toxic radioactive green water in Huelva, Southern Spain....
Service road crossing an abandoned pond used for the disposal and stacking of phosphogypsum with crystallised patterns and shallow, but highly toxic radioactive green water in Huelva, Southern Spain....  -  Milan Radisics
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Milan Radisics / Service road crossing an abandoned pond used for the disposal and stacking of phosphogypsum with crystallised patterns and shallow, but highly toxic radioactive green water in Huelva, Southern Spain....
Dying Common frogs (Rana temporaria) with their legs removed for food, left to die in their breeding pool surrounded by frogspawn. Covasna, Romania. Winner of Nature category in World Press Photo awar...  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / Dying Common frogs (Rana temporaria) with their legs removed for food, left to die in their breeding pool surrounded by frogspawn. Covasna, Romania. Winner of Nature category in World Press Photo awar...
Dying Common frogs (Rana temporaria) with their legs removed for food, left to die in their breeding pool surrounded by frogspawn. Covasna, Romania. Highly commended in the Wildlife Photojournalism Ca...  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / Dying Common frogs (Rana temporaria) with their legs removed for food, left to die in their breeding pool surrounded by frogspawn. Covasna, Romania. Highly commended in the Wildlife Photojournalism Ca...
European ground squirrel / Souslik (Spermophius citellus) standing in a carpet of flowers of Stork's bill (Erodium cicutarium) and eating petals of a Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) flower , Hungary  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / European ground squirrel / Souslik (Spermophius citellus) standing in a carpet of flowers of Stork's bill (Erodium cicutarium) and eating petals of a Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) flower , Hungary
European ground squirrel / Souslik (Spermophius citellus) eating a Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) flower, Hungary  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / European ground squirrel / Souslik (Spermophius citellus) eating a Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) flower, Hungary
Spider (Amyciaea) resting. Lambir Hills National Park, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Highly commended in the Macro Category of the MontPhoto Competition 2019.  -  Emanuele Biggi
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Emanuele Biggi / Spider (Amyciaea) resting. Lambir Hills National Park, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Highly commended in the Macro Category of the MontPhoto Competition 2019.
A vibrant Caribbean coral reef with two Reef sharks (Carcharhinus perezi) and Common sea fans (Gorgonia ventalina) and sea plumes (Pseudopterogorgia sp). Jardines de la Reina, Gardens of the Queen Nat...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / A vibrant Caribbean coral reef with two Reef sharks (Carcharhinus perezi) and Common sea fans (Gorgonia ventalina) and sea plumes (Pseudopterogorgia sp). Jardines de la Reina, Gardens of the Queen Nat...
Four Pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus bargibanti) on a Seafan / Gorgonian (Muricella sp. ) including one or several pregnant males. New Caledonia, Pacific Ocean.  -  Pascal Kobeh
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Pascal Kobeh / Four Pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus bargibanti) on a Seafan / Gorgonian (Muricella sp. ) including one or several pregnant males. New Caledonia, Pacific Ocean.
Blue shark (Prionace glauca) with half eaten Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), in Atlantic Ocean off Fonte da Telha, Portugal.  -  Luis Quinta
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Luis Quinta / Blue shark (Prionace glauca) with half eaten Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), in Atlantic Ocean off Fonte da Telha, Portugal.
Marbled white (Melanagria galathea), two butterflies on Pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis). Badbury Rings, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England, UK. June.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Marbled white (Melanagria galathea), two butterflies on Pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis). Badbury Rings, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England, UK. June.
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) group feeding, Lake Kirkini, Greece. February.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) group feeding, Lake Kirkini, Greece. February.
Kazakh eagle hunter (Berkutchi) on horseback holding out meat for his Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) Altai, Mongolia. Model released.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Kazakh eagle hunter (Berkutchi) on horseback holding out meat for his Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) Altai, Mongolia. Model released.
Common ghost goby (Pleurosicya mossambica) hides in the branches of a sea pen (Pteroeides sp.). Anilao, Batangas marine protected area, Luzon, Philippines. Verde Island Passages, Tropical West Pacific...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Common ghost goby (Pleurosicya mossambica) hides in the branches of a sea pen (Pteroeides sp.). Anilao, Batangas marine protected area, Luzon, Philippines. Verde Island Passages, Tropical West Pacific...
Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), drowned, hooked and tangled in fishing line as bycatch. Bahamas.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), drowned, hooked and tangled in fishing line as bycatch. Bahamas.
African savannah elephant (Loxodonta africana) hidden behind bush, trunk and tail visible, Marataba Private Reserve, Marakele National Park, Limpopo, South Africa  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / African savannah elephant (Loxodonta africana) hidden behind bush, trunk and tail visible, Marataba Private Reserve, Marakele National Park, Limpopo, South Africa
Mixed forest in autumn, abstract, Upper Bavaria, Germany, October.  -  Konrad Wothe
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Konrad Wothe / Mixed forest in autumn, abstract, Upper Bavaria, Germany, October.
Firefly squid (Watasenia scintillans) emitting light from photophores, Toyama Bay, Japan. This form of bioluminescence is used as counter illumination camouflage. See image 1601190 for comparison with...  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Firefly squid (Watasenia scintillans) emitting light from photophores, Toyama Bay, Japan. This form of bioluminescence is used as counter illumination camouflage. See image 1601190 for comparison with...
Firefly squid (Watasenia scintillans) releasing eggs into the water during spawning season, Toyama Bay, Namerikawa, Japan. See image 1601191 for comparison showing bioluminescence.  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Firefly squid (Watasenia scintillans) releasing eggs into the water during spawning season, Toyama Bay, Namerikawa, Japan. See image 1601191 for comparison showing bioluminescence.
Ormondei Imperial Moth (Eacles ormondei) Camouflaged in leaf litter. Costa Rica.  -  Adrian Davies
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Adrian Davies / Ormondei Imperial Moth (Eacles ormondei) Camouflaged in leaf litter. Costa Rica.
Moths (Lepidoptera) attracted to UV night left on overnight. Costa Rica.  -  Adrian Davies
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Adrian Davies / Moths (Lepidoptera) attracted to UV night left on overnight. Costa Rica.
Ocellated lizard, (Timon lepidus), detail of skin, France, June . Non-ex.  -  Fabio Pupin
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Fabio Pupin / Ocellated lizard, (Timon lepidus), detail of skin, France, June . Non-ex.
Ocellated lizard (Lacerta lepida) Sado Estuary, Portugal. May  -  Pedro  Narra
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Pedro Narra / Ocellated lizard (Lacerta lepida) Sado Estuary, Portugal. May
Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca) feeding on a bait ball of Herring. Extremely cold conditions (- 15 C) with backlit ice fog. Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. January  -  Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca) feeding on a bait ball of Herring. Extremely cold conditions (- 15 C) with backlit ice fog. Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. January
Seven-lined prickleback (Ernogrammus zhirmunskii) eggs, 5mm in diameter. Develpoing embryos inside fertilised eggs. Hokkaido, Japan. May.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Seven-lined prickleback (Ernogrammus zhirmunskii) eggs, 5mm in diameter. Develpoing embryos inside fertilised eggs. Hokkaido, Japan. May.
Nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) bites onto a female while mating in the shallows, with another male nearby. Eleuthera, Bahamas.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) bites onto a female while mating in the shallows, with another male nearby. Eleuthera, Bahamas.
Leopard (Panthera pardus) at night with city lights behind, Mumbai, India. November 2018. Camera trap image.  -  Nayan Khanolkar
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Nayan Khanolkar / Leopard (Panthera pardus) at night with city lights behind, Mumbai, India. November 2018. Camera trap image.
Timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) females and newborn young at maternity site. Pennsylvania, USA. August.  -  John Cancalosi
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John Cancalosi / Timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) females and newborn young at maternity site. Pennsylvania, USA. August.
Red spider mite (Tetranychus urticae),   Andalusia, Spain, June.  -  Andres M. Dominguez
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Andres M. Dominguez / Red spider mite (Tetranychus urticae), Andalusia, Spain, June.
Dugong (Dugong dugon) male and juvenile Golden trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus) swimming over Seagrass (Halophila stipulacea) meadow. Marsa Nabaa, Marsa Alam, Egypt.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Dugong (Dugong dugon) male and juvenile Golden trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus) swimming over Seagrass (Halophila stipulacea) meadow. Marsa Nabaa, Marsa Alam, Egypt.
Reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) filter feeding on plankton. Vandhoo Thila, Raa Atoll, Maldives  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) filter feeding on plankton. Vandhoo Thila, Raa Atoll, Maldives
Cuckoo wrasse (Labrus mixtus) male in front of Red sea fan, (Paramuricea clavata), Stupiste In dive site, Vis Island, Croatia, Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Cuckoo wrasse (Labrus mixtus) male in front of Red sea fan, (Paramuricea clavata), Stupiste In dive site, Vis Island, Croatia, Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean
Aerial view of mud volcano, Azerbaijan  -  Milan Radisics
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Milan Radisics / Aerial view of mud volcano, Azerbaijan
Meerkats (Suricata suricatta) on the move, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa, January. Second place in the Mammals Category of the GDT European Nature Photographer of the Year...  -  Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Meerkats (Suricata suricatta) on the move, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa, January. Second place in the Mammals Category of the GDT European Nature Photographer of the Year...
Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) Tsavo West National Park, Kenya. Camera trap image.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) Tsavo West National Park, Kenya. Camera trap image.
Diver looks on as Day octopus (Octopus cyanea) rides on a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) Hawaii. Model released,  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Diver looks on as Day octopus (Octopus cyanea) rides on a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) Hawaii. Model released,
RF - Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) flock blurred, Camargue, France.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / RF - Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) flock blurred, Camargue, France.
Eastern white-bearded wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus), four running in line, on migration, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.  -  Eric Baccega
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Eric Baccega / Eastern white-bearded wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus), four running in line, on migration, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
Eastern White-bearded Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) migrating herds, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.  -  Eric Baccega
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Eric Baccega / Eastern White-bearded Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) migrating herds, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
American Pika (Ochotona princeps) leaping from one alpine rock to another as it heads to its home carrying food for the winter months. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA. August.  -  Charlie  Summers
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Charlie Summers / American Pika (Ochotona princeps) leaping from one alpine rock to another as it heads to its home carrying food for the winter months. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA. August.
Northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) in front of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland. May  -  Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) in front of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland. May
Arrow crab (Stenorhynchus seticornis) on coral. Eleuthera, Bahamas.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Arrow crab (Stenorhynchus seticornis) on coral. Eleuthera, Bahamas.
Hippo (Hippopotamus amphibius) charging in aggression with open mouth. Chobe River, Chobe National park, Botswana.  -  Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Hippo (Hippopotamus amphibius) charging in aggression with open mouth. Chobe River, Chobe National park, Botswana.
African Wild Dog / Painted Dog, (Lycaon pictus) fighting over prey, Zimanga Private Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / African Wild Dog / Painted Dog, (Lycaon pictus) fighting over prey, Zimanga Private Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Eucalyptus trees (Eucalyptus sp.) showing epicormic growth in response to bushfire damage / stress. Eucalyptus trees are some of the most successful resprouters in the world, with extensive epicormic...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Eucalyptus trees (Eucalyptus sp.) showing epicormic growth in response to bushfire damage / stress. Eucalyptus trees are some of the most successful resprouters in the world, with extensive epicormic...
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