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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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Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on drifting ice floe. Svalbard, Norway.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on drifting ice floe. Svalbard, Norway.
Oriental / Crested honey buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) feeding on honeycomb surrounded by bees, Chayi, Taiwan. Controlled conditions  -  Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China
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Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Oriental / Crested honey buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) feeding on honeycomb surrounded by bees, Chayi, Taiwan. Controlled conditions
Langur monkey (Semnopithecus) climbing tree in misty forest at dawn, India, November.  -  Ben Hall
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Ben Hall / Langur monkey (Semnopithecus) climbing tree in misty forest at dawn, India, November.
Aerial view of tidal channels in marshland. Mockhorn Island State Wildlife Management Area, Virginia, USA. May 2019.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Aerial view of tidal channels in marshland. Mockhorn Island State Wildlife Management Area, Virginia, USA. May 2019.
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...  -  Aaron Gekoski / World Animal Protection
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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...
Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) flying over water in falling snow. Kachemak Bay, Alaska, USA. February.  -  Danny Green
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Danny Green / Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) flying over water in falling snow. Kachemak Bay, Alaska, USA. February.
Lightning strikes above skyscrapers on Gold Coast coastline, composite image of strikes over a twenty minute period. Queensland, Australia. 2018.  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Lightning strikes above skyscrapers on Gold Coast coastline, composite image of strikes over a twenty minute period. Queensland, Australia. 2018.
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.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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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.
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) restrained in a research setup to feed honey bees with different types of food, Bee Institute Oberursel, Germany.  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Honey bees (Apis mellifera) restrained in a research setup to feed honey bees with different types of food, Bee Institute Oberursel, Germany.
Portrait of an ant-mimicking crab spider. (Amyciaea sp) raising its legs to warn the photographer. Buxa tiger reserve, India.  -  Ripan Biswas
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Ripan Biswas / Portrait of an ant-mimicking crab spider. (Amyciaea sp) raising its legs to warn the photographer. Buxa tiger reserve, India.
Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) feeding underwater, Eastern Pacific Ocean, Bahia Magdalena, Baja California, Mexico.  -  Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) feeding underwater, Eastern Pacific Ocean, Bahia Magdalena, Baja California, Mexico.
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  -  Maxime Aliaga
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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
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....  -  Shane Gross
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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....
Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) peering out of nest hole in tree trunk. Hokkaido, Japan. March.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Japanese dwarf flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) peering out of nest hole in tree trunk. Hokkaido, Japan. March.
Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) murmuration, flock gathering above trees before landing at winter roost. The Netherlands. February.  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) murmuration, flock gathering above trees before landing at winter roost. The Netherlands. February.
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...  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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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...
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...  -  Doug Gimesy
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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...
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...  -  Ben Cranke
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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...
Wild Dulmen pony mares and foal, many running together at round up. Dulmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.  -  Carol Walker
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Carol Walker / Wild Dulmen pony mares and foal, many running together at round up. Dulmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) flying directly overhead, Kuhmo Finland February.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) flying directly overhead, Kuhmo Finland February.
Sangay volcano erupting at night. Sangay National Park, Morona Santiago, Ecuador. June, 2020.  -  Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Sangay volcano erupting at night. Sangay National Park, Morona Santiago, Ecuador. June, 2020.
Trevally, (Carangidae sp.) juvenile, 4 cm long, with jellyfish~Balayan Bay, Luzon, thePhilippines ~Magnus  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Trevally, (Carangidae sp.) juvenile, 4 cm long, with jellyfish~Balayan Bay, Luzon, thePhilippines ~Magnus
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.  -  Shane Gross
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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.
Coot (Fulica atra) two fighting in a territorial dispute during the breeding season, Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, May.  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Coot (Fulica atra) two fighting in a territorial dispute during the breeding season, Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, May.
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) flying close to hive entrance, with flight trails visible. Urban garden, Bristol, UK, May.  -  John Waters
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John Waters / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) flying close to hive entrance, with flight trails visible. Urban garden, Bristol, UK, May.
Common tern (Sterna hirundo) flying low over water. Hjalstaviken, Uppland, Sweden.  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Common tern (Sterna hirundo) flying low over water. Hjalstaviken, Uppland, Sweden.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and yearling cub on pack ice at sunset, Svalbard, Norway. August.  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and yearling cub on pack ice at sunset, Svalbard, Norway. August.
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...  -  Aaron Gekoski / World Animal Protection
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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...
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...  -  Alex Mustard
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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...
Central bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) male on stick in chenopod shrubland habitat, Meringur in NW Victoria, Australia.  -  Robert Valentic
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Robert Valentic / Central bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) male on stick in chenopod shrubland habitat, Meringur in NW Victoria, Australia.
A vortex of foam and autumn leaves on Ohne river in Valgamaa county, Southern Estonia.  -  Sven Zacek
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Sven Zacek / A vortex of foam and autumn leaves on Ohne river in Valgamaa county, Southern Estonia.
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.  -  Jack Dykinga
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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.
Orange Nectar Bat (Lonchophylla robusta), lowland rainforest, Costa Rica. November.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Orange Nectar Bat (Lonchophylla robusta), lowland rainforest, Costa Rica. November.
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...  -  Jurgen Freund
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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...
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) stags fighting during the rutting season. Bushy Park, London, UK. October.  -  Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) stags fighting during the rutting season. Bushy Park, London, UK. October.
Fairy Pools during Storm Dennis (70mph winds) with Black Cuillin mountain ridge behind. Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, Scotland. February 2020.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Fairy Pools during Storm Dennis (70mph winds) with Black Cuillin mountain ridge behind. Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, Scotland. February 2020.
Southern blind snake (Anilios australis) coiled into ball on sand. Stirling Range National Park, Western Australia. November.  -  Bert Willaert
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Bert Willaert / Southern blind snake (Anilios australis) coiled into ball on sand. Stirling Range National Park, Western Australia. November.
Golden-crowned or Tattersall's sifaka (Propithecus tattersalli), forests near the village of Andranotsimaty, near Daraina, northern Madagascar.  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Golden-crowned or Tattersall's sifaka (Propithecus tattersalli), forests near the village of Andranotsimaty, near Daraina, northern Madagascar.
Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus), adult male on oak tree, Italy.  -  Emanuele Biggi
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Emanuele Biggi / Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus), adult male on oak tree, Italy.
Snow buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis) resting in a tree in Tromso, Northern Norway.  -  Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Snow buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis) resting in a tree in Tromso, Northern Norway.
Birch trees (Betula sp) growing amongst heather (Calluna vulgaris), Reicherskreuzer Heide, Germany.  -  Sandra Bartocha
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Sandra Bartocha / Birch trees (Betula sp) growing amongst heather (Calluna vulgaris), Reicherskreuzer Heide, Germany.
Northern Pygmy owl (Glaucidium californicum) fledgling, Oregon, USA . June.  -  Gerrit Vyn
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Gerrit Vyn / Northern Pygmy owl (Glaucidium californicum) fledgling, Oregon, USA . June.
Aerial view of wheat seedlings pushing through strips of bare, cultivated land in spring, turning the landscape green. Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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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.
Poppy (Papaver rhoeas), Dorchester, Dorset, England, UK.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Poppy (Papaver rhoeas), Dorchester, Dorset, England, UK.
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.  -  Sandesh  Kadur
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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.
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...  -  Doug Gimesy
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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...
European badger (Meles meles) and reflection  woodland pond at night. Scotland, UK. August.  -  Danny Green
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Danny Green / European badger (Meles meles) and reflection woodland pond at night. Scotland, UK. August.
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) in a threathening territorial pose and attacking a rival, Lake Geneva, near Geneva, Switzerland, March  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) in a threathening territorial pose and attacking a rival, Lake Geneva, near Geneva, Switzerland, March
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