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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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European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) fighting each other, Kiskunsag National Park, Hungary. June. Winner, 2019 Cadiz Photo Nature Competition.  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) fighting each other, Kiskunsag National Park, Hungary. June. Winner, 2019 Cadiz Photo Nature Competition.
Pelagic blanket octopus (Tremoctopus gracilis) female in full display, off Anilao, Batangas Philippines, Pacific Ocean.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Pelagic blanket octopus (Tremoctopus gracilis) female in full display, off Anilao, Batangas Philippines, Pacific Ocean.
Harvestman (Opiliones) fluorescing under ultraviolet light at night. Cloud forest, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru. November.  -  Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Harvestman (Opiliones) fluorescing under ultraviolet light at night. Cloud forest, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru. November.
Compound ascidian (Ascidiacea sp possibly Botryllus sp). Pantar, Alor Archipelago, Indonesia.  -  David Hall
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David Hall / Compound ascidian (Ascidiacea sp possibly Botryllus sp). Pantar, Alor Archipelago, Indonesia.
Common waxbills (Estrilda astrild) at water, Zimanga private game reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  -  Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Common waxbills (Estrilda astrild) at water, Zimanga private game reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Male Korean seahorse (Hippocampus haema) giving birth. Some of the babies are still curled up inside their egg membranes. Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.  -  Tony Wu
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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.
Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) group killing European Hornet (Vespa crabro) by surrounding it and overheating it, Germany, sequence 6 of 7  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) group killing European Hornet (Vespa crabro) by surrounding it and overheating it, Germany, sequence 6 of 7
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) accidentally traps California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) in mouth while gulp feeding, Monterey Bay, California, sequence 1 of 4  -  Chase Dekker
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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
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.)  -  Nick Garbutt
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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.)
Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) in snow. Japan, February.  -  Danny Green
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Danny Green / Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus) in snow. Japan, February.
Flying fish (Cypselurus sp) juvenile surrounded by jellyfish, Longdong, Northeast, Taiwan. ~Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Flying fish (Cypselurus sp) juvenile surrounded by jellyfish, Longdong, Northeast, Taiwan. ~Minimum fees apply.
Face mask, used as PPE during Covid-19, improperly disposed of in the sea, Tenerife, Canary Islands  -  Sergio Hanquet
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Sergio Hanquet / Face mask, used as PPE during Covid-19, improperly disposed of in the sea, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Diver with Golden jellyfish (Mastigias papua), Jellyfish Lake, Palau. Model released.  -  Brandon Cole
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Brandon Cole / Diver with Golden jellyfish (Mastigias papua), Jellyfish Lake, Palau. Model released.
Braunvieh cow in alpine meadow, trying to lick camera with tongue. Austria.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Braunvieh cow in alpine meadow, trying to lick camera with tongue. Austria.
Little owl (Athene noctua) perched on sunflower, Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain, July  -  Andres M. Dominguez
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Andres M. Dominguez / Little owl (Athene noctua) perched on sunflower, Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain, July
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
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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...
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...  -  Doug Gimesy
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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...
Lion (Panthera leo) with defensive African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) herd, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.  -  Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / Lion (Panthera leo) with defensive African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) herd, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) challenging Lion (Panthera leo). Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.  -  Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) challenging Lion (Panthera leo). Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
Hippopotamus   (Hippopotamus amphibius) with water hyacinth still on back after leaving water, Mana Pools National Park,  Zimbabwe.  -  Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) with water hyacinth still on back after leaving water, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) in pond, surrounded by Water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes). Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.  -  Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) in pond, surrounded by Water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes). Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
Scalloped ribbonfish (Zu cristatus) juvenile,Balayan Bay, Batangas, the Philippines.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Scalloped ribbonfish (Zu cristatus) juvenile,Balayan Bay, Batangas, the Philippines.
Eruption of Taal Volcano viewed from Anilao in Batangas, Philippines. January 12, 2020  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Eruption of Taal Volcano viewed from Anilao in Batangas, Philippines. January 12, 2020
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...  -  Danny Green
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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...
Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in spring, Vauldalen, Norway, May.  -  Erlend Haarberg
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Erlend Haarberg / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in spring, Vauldalen, Norway, May.
American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) with open mouth in Seagrass (Alismatales) meadow, reflected on water surface. Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) with open mouth in Seagrass (Alismatales) meadow, reflected on water surface. Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba.
Sandperch (Parapercis sp) with two Isopod (Cymothoidae) ectoparasites on body. Pantar, Alor Archipelago, Indonesia.  -  David Hall
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David Hall / Sandperch (Parapercis sp) with two Isopod (Cymothoidae) ectoparasites on body. Pantar, Alor Archipelago, Indonesia.
Kaleidoscopic image of Bramble leaves (Rubus fruticosus) and bracken fronds changing colour in autumn, on white background  -  Ernie  Janes
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Ernie Janes / Kaleidoscopic image of Bramble leaves (Rubus fruticosus) and bracken fronds changing colour in autumn, on white background
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...  -  Alex Mustard
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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...
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.  -  Diane McAllister
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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.
Black-browed albatross (Thalassarche melanophris) flying over South Atlantic. Cooper Bay, South Georgia. November.  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Black-browed albatross (Thalassarche melanophris) flying over South Atlantic. Cooper Bay, South Georgia. November.
Black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix), male calling early in the morning, Norway. May.  -  Erlend Haarberg
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Erlend Haarberg / Black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix), male calling early in the morning, Norway. May.
Crinoid (Crinoidea) on Soft coral (Alcyonacea). Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.  -  Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Crinoid (Crinoidea) on Soft coral (Alcyonacea). Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Least grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) family, adult feeding chicks whilst other sits on nest. Texas, USA. July.  -  Karine Aigner
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Karine Aigner / Least grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) family, adult feeding chicks whilst other sits on nest. Texas, USA. July.
Moorish gecko, (Tarentola mauritanica), hunting on window, Italy, April . Non-ex.  -  Fabio Pupin
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Fabio Pupin / Moorish gecko, (Tarentola mauritanica), hunting on window, Italy, April . Non-ex.
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...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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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...
Yellow mongoose (Cynictis penicillata), two pups nose to nose. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa.  -  Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Yellow mongoose (Cynictis penicillata), two pups nose to nose. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Eastern chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurtheii) baby aged 3 weeks belonging to 'Fanni' aged 33 years . Gombe National Park, Tanzania. September 2014.  -  Fiona Rogers
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Fiona Rogers / Eastern chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurtheii) baby aged 3 weeks belonging to 'Fanni' aged 33 years . Gombe National Park, Tanzania. September 2014.
Beech (Fagus sylvatica) woodland in moonlight. Cranborne Chase, Dorset, England, UK. March 2019.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Beech (Fagus sylvatica) woodland in moonlight. Cranborne Chase, Dorset, England, UK. March 2019.
Eurasian eagle owl (Bubo bubo) chick in pine forest in spring, exercising wings, France. Controlled conditions.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Eurasian eagle owl (Bubo bubo) chick in pine forest in spring, exercising wings, France. Controlled conditions.
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.  -  Alex Mustard
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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.
Monk peering through curtains, making a face, Hemis Buddhist Monastery, 3670 meters of altitude, Ladakh, India. September 2011.  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Monk peering through curtains, making a face, Hemis Buddhist Monastery, 3670 meters of altitude, Ladakh, India. September 2011.
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.  -  Shane Gross
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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.
The Angel of the North at dusk, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England, UK. February 2008.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / The Angel of the North at dusk, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England, UK. February 2008.
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.)  -  Edwin Giesbers
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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.)
Common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) three fledglings sitting on barn, France.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) three fledglings sitting on barn, France.
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...  -  David Hall
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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...
African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) juveniles playing with the leg of an impala, trying to drag it in three different directions. Mkuze, South Africa.  -  Bence Mate
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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.