Eyecatchers are show-stopping and surprising standalone images from the natural world, accompanied by the photographersâ€™ 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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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on drifting ice floe. Svalbard, Norway.
Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Oriental / Crested honey buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) feeding on honeycomb surrounded by bees, Chayi, Taiwan. Controlled conditions
Ben Hall / Langur monkey (Semnopithecus) climbing tree in misty forest at dawn, India, November.
Shane Gross / Aerial view of tidal channels in marshland. Mockhorn Island State Wildlife Management Area, Virginia, USA. May 2019.
Aaron Gekoski / World Animal Protection / Snake hunter Dusty Crum catching a Burmese python (Python bivittatus) in the Florida Everglades, USA. September 2019. The pythons, thought to have been released to the Everglades by exotic pet owners...
Danny Green / Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) flying over water in falling snow. Kachemak Bay, Alaska, USA. February.
Jurgen Freund / Lightning strikes above skyscrapers on Gold Coast coastline, composite image of strikes over a twenty minute period. Queensland, Australia. 2018.
Will Burrard-Lucas / Male melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus) at night, under a starry sky. Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Photographed with a camera trap. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. All other uses require clearance.
Ingo Arndt / Honey bees (Apis mellifera) restrained in a research setup to feed honey bees with different types of food, Bee Institute Oberursel, Germany.
Ripan Biswas / Portrait of an ant-mimicking crab spider. (Amyciaea sp) raising its legs to warn the photographer. Buxa tiger reserve, India.
Maxime Aliaga / Keepers holding hands of infant Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) as they walk to 'forest school' ,Quarantine centre of SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program) near Medan, North Sumatra
Shane Gross / Lemon shark juvenile (Negaprion brevirostris) trying to feed on the leaves of a red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle). As pups, the sharks have to learn to hunt for themselves and sometimes make mistakes....
Tony Wu / Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) peering out of nest hole in tree trunk. Hokkaido, Japan. March.
David Pattyn / Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) murmuration, flock gathering above trees before landing at winter roost. The Netherlands. February.
Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Eroded sandstone rock formations with Dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius) grazing on new grass after desert rains. Ennedi Natural And Cultural Reserve, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chad. September 2...
Doug Gimesy / Wallaroo (Macropus robustus), orphaned male joey aged 4-5 months bottle fed by wildlife rescuer and carer in kitchen. Joey was thrown out of pouch in road traffic accident, mum fatally injured. Somers...
Ben Cranke / African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) pressurises a Saddle-billed stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) into dropping a freshly caught fish, so that it can be stolen for a meal. Liuwa Plain National...
Carol Walker / Wild Dulmen pony mares and foal, many running together at round up. Dulmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Markus Varesvuo / Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) flying directly overhead, Kuhmo Finland February.
Lucas Bustamante / Sangay volcano erupting at night. Sangay National Park, Morona Santiago, Ecuador. June, 2020.
Magnus Lundgren / Trevally, (Carangidae sp.) juvenile, 4 cm long, with jellyfish~Balayan Bay, Luzon, the Philippines ~Magnus
Shane Gross / Scuba diver nears a halocline (caused by a strong, vertical salinity gradient) while exploring a blue hole known as The Ocean Hole on Eleuthera Island, The Bahamas.
David Pattyn / Coot (Fulica atra) two fighting in a territorial dispute during the breeding season, Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, May.
John Waters / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) flying close to hive entrance, with flight trails visible. Urban garden, Bristol, UK, May.
Staffan Widstrand / Common tern (Sterna hirundo) flying low over water. Hjalstaviken, Uppland, Sweden.
Andy Rouse / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and yearling cub on pack ice at sunset, Svalbard, Norway. August.
Aaron Gekoski / World Animal Protection / Exotic pet owner takes his Asian small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus) for a swim at a waterfall in remote Indonesia. March 2019. Mandatory credit: Aaron Gekoski / World Animal Protection / naturepl...
Alex Mustard / Sunbeams play through the roots of red mangrove trees (Rhizophora sp.), encrusted with marine life and home to schoolmaster snappers (Lutjanus apodus). Jardines de la Reina, Gardens of the Queen Natio...
Robert Valentic / Central bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) male on stick in chenopod shrubland habitat, Meringur in NW Victoria, Australia.
Sven Zacek / A vortex of foam and autumn leaves on Ohne river in Valgamaa county, Southern Estonia.
Jack Dykinga / Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) young chick sprinting to meet parent arriving with food, Marana, Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA. Chick is approximately 3 weeks out of burrow.
Guy Edwardes / Orange Nectar Bat (Lonchophylla robusta), lowland rainforest, Costa Rica. November.
Jurgen Freund / Snorkler amongst Golden jellyfish (Mastigias papua etpisoni) in marine lake. Millions of the jellyfish migrate horizontally across the lake daily. Subspecies evolved separately from species in nearby...
Tony Heald / Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) stags fighting during the rutting season. Bushy Park, London, UK. October.
Guy Edwardes / Fairy Pools during Storm Dennis (70mph winds) with Black Cuillin mountain ridge behind. Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, Scotland. February 2020.
Bert Willaert / Southern blind snake (Anilios australis) coiled into ball on sand. Stirling Range National Park, Western Australia. November.
Nick Garbutt / Golden-crowned or Tattersall's sifaka (Propithecus tattersalli), forests near the village of Andranotsimaty, near Daraina, northern Madagascar.
Emanuele Biggi / Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus), adult male on oak tree, Italy.
Espen Bergersen / Snow buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis) resting in a tree in Tromso, Northern Norway.
Juan Carlos Munoz / Aerial view of wheat seedlings pushing through strips of bare, cultivated land in spring, turning the landscape green. Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.
Guy Edwardes / Poppy (Papaver rhoeas), Dorchester, Dorset, England, UK.
Sandesh Kadur / Large group of tourists and photographers taking pictures of Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) female with two cubs on dirt track, Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.
Doug Gimesy / Brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) female was found dead on the side of the road. It had probably been hit by a car and someone had moved it off the road. It still had a live joey in its pouch w...
Danny Green / European badger (Meles meles) and reflection woodland pond at night. Scotland, UK. August.
David Pattyn / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) in a threathening territorial pose and attacking a rival, Lake Geneva, near Geneva, Switzerland, March