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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Bence Mate / European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) fighting each other, Kiskunsag National Park, Hungary. June. Winner, 2019 Cadiz Photo Nature Competition.
Magnus Lundgren / Pelagic blanket octopus (Tremoctopus gracilis) female in full display, off Anilao, Batangas Philippines, Pacific Ocean.
Alex Hyde / Harvestman (Opiliones) fluorescing under ultraviolet light at night. Cloud forest, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru. November.
David Hall / Compound ascidian (Ascidiacea sp possibly Botryllus sp). Pantar, Alor Archipelago, Indonesia.
Ann & Steve Toon / Common waxbills (Estrilda astrild) at water, Zimanga private game reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Tony Wu / Male Korean seahorse (Hippocampus haema) giving birth. Some of the babies are still curled up inside their egg membranes. Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.
Ingo Arndt / Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) group killing European Hornet (Vespa crabro) by surrounding it and overheating it, Germany, sequence 6 of 7
Chase Dekker / Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) accidentally traps California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) in mouth while gulp feeding, Monterey Bay, California, sequence 1 of 4
Nick Garbutt / RF - Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) foraging in snow covered valley. Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park, USA. February 2019. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Danny Green / Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) in snow. Japan, February.
Magnus Lundgren / Flying fish (Cypselurus sp) juvenile surrounded by jellyfish, Longdong, Northeast, Taiwan. ~Minimum fees apply.
Sergio Hanquet / Face mask, used as PPE during Covid-19, improperly disposed of in the sea, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Brandon Cole / Diver with Golden jellyfish (Mastigias papua), Jellyfish Lake, Palau. Model released.
Klein & Hubert / Braunvieh cow in alpine meadow, trying to lick camera with tongue. Austria.
Andres M. Dominguez / Little owl (Athene noctua) perched on sunflower, Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain, July
Doug Gimesy / Martins Creek and surrounds approx 5 months after 2019/20 bushfires devastated the area. The edge of the creek originally had wet temperate rainforest along its edge, bounded by wet and damp forest. M...
Doug Gimesy / Martins Creek and surrounds after 2019/20 bushfires devastated the area. Until the fires, the edge of the creek had wet temperate rainforest along its edge, bounded by wet and damp forest. Martins Cre...
Tony Heald / Lion (Panthera leo) with defensive African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) herd, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
Tony Heald / African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) challenging Lion (Panthera leo). Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
Tony Heald / Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) with water hyacinth still on back after leaving water, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
Tony Heald / Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) in pond, surrounded by Water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes). Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
Magnus Lundgren / Scalloped ribbonfish (Zu cristatus) juvenile,Balayan Bay, Batangas, the Philippines.
Magnus Lundgren / Eruption of Taal Volcano viewed from Anilao in Batangas, Philippines. January 12, 2020
Danny Green / Starling murmuration, hundreds of thousands of starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) gather in the skies near their night time roost. Gretna Green, Scotland, January. Black and White Category Winner, Wildlife...
Erlend Haarberg / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in spring, Vauldalen, Norway, May.
Shane Gross / American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) with open mouth in Seagrass (Alismatales) meadow, reflected on water surface. Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba.
David Hall / Sandperch (Parapercis sp) with two Isopod (Cymothoidae) ectoparasites on body. Pantar, Alor Archipelago, Indonesia.
Ernie Janes / Kaleidoscopic image of Bramble leaves (Rubus fruticosus) and bracken fronds changing colour in autumn, on white background
Alex Mustard / Pygmy lemon gobies ( Lubricogobius exiguus) guarding their home in a glass bottle (backlit with a torch). Anilao, Batangas marine protected area, Luzon, Philippines. Verde Island Passages, Tropical We...
Diane McAllister / Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) fighting in water. Beaufort Sea , Kaktovik, Alaska, USA. Highly commended in the Polar Passion category of the Nature's Best Photography Competition 2019.
Nick Garbutt / Black-browed albatross (Thalassarche melanophris) flying over South Atlantic. Cooper Bay, South Georgia. November.
Erlend Haarberg / Black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix), male calling early in the morning, Norway. May.
Georgette Douwma / Crinoid (Crinoidea) on Soft coral (Alcyonacea). Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Karine Aigner / Least grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) family, adult feeding chicks whilst other sits on nest. Texas, USA. July.
Fabio Pupin / Moorish gecko, (Tarentola mauritanica), hunting on window, Italy, April . Non-ex.
Claudio Contreras / Californian sea lion (Zalophus californianus) swimming in Southern sea palm (Eisenia arborea) and Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) forest, San Benitos Islands, Baja California Pacific Islands Biosphe...
Ann & Steve Toon / Yellow mongoose (Cynictis penicillata), two pups nose to nose. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Fiona Rogers / Eastern chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurtheii) baby aged 3 weeks belonging to 'Fanni' aged 33 years . Gombe National Park, Tanzania. September 2014.
Guy Edwardes / Beech (Fagus sylvatica) woodland in moonlight. Cranborne Chase, Dorset, England, UK. March 2019.
Klein & Hubert / Eurasian eagle owl (Bubo bubo) chick in pine forest in spring, exercising wings, France. Controlled conditions.
Alex Mustard / Bar jack (Caranx ruber) hunting a school of silversides (Atherinidae) in a coral cavern. George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbean Sea.
Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Monk peering through curtains, making a face, Hemis Buddhist Monastery, 3670 meters of altitude, Ladakh, India. September 2011.
Shane Gross / Two grey triggerfish (Balistes capriscus) fight over a large piece of plastic floating at the surface among sargassum seaweed (Sargassum natans) in the Sargasso Sea, Atlantic Ocean.
Guy Edwardes / The Angel of the North at dusk, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England, UK. February 2008.
Edwin Giesbers / RF - Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cubs age five weeks, at den in sand dunes, the Netherlands. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Klein & Hubert / Common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) three fledglings sitting on barn, France.
David Hall / Lion's Mane Jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) with Blue rockfish (Sebastes mystinus) stealing food from the jellyfish's tentacles. Hunt Rock, Queen Charlotte Strait, British Columbia, Canada. Septe...
Bence Mate / African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) juveniles playing with the leg of an impala, trying to drag it in three different directions. Mkuze, South Africa.