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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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Aphid (Aphididae) nymph walking along the edge of a Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria). Aigas Field Centre, near Inverness, Scotland. October  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Aphid (Aphididae) nymph walking along the edge of a Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria). Aigas Field Centre, near Inverness, Scotland. October
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) hatching out of brood cells, Germany  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Honey bees (Apis mellifera) hatching out of brood cells, Germany
Green iguana (Iguana iguana) on log over stream. Arenal, Costa Rica. Controlled conditions.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Green iguana (Iguana iguana) on log over stream. Arenal, Costa Rica. Controlled conditions.
Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) in seagrass bed. Researcher from CORE (Centre for Ocean Research and Education) Sciences diving in background, amongst exclusion cages on sea floor to monitor the eff...  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) in seagrass bed. Researcher from CORE (Centre for Ocean Research and Education) Sciences diving in background, amongst exclusion cages on sea floor to monitor the eff...
European hornet (Vespa crabro) launching attack on resting Camberwell beauty butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa). Akershus, Norway. August.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / European hornet (Vespa crabro) launching attack on resting Camberwell beauty butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa). Akershus, Norway. August.
Red-spotted blenny (Blenniella chrysospilos) male hatching a clutch of eggs that he has been watching over for about five days. Kumejima, Okinawa, Japan, Pacific Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Red-spotted blenny (Blenniella chrysospilos) male hatching a clutch of eggs that he has been watching over for about five days. Kumejima, Okinawa, Japan, Pacific Ocean.
Red-spotted blenny (Blenniella chrysospilos) poking its head out of its home in coral, with two coral hermit crabs (Paguritta sp.) visible in the background. The blenny's home is the abandoned bur...  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Red-spotted blenny (Blenniella chrysospilos) poking its head out of its home in coral, with two coral hermit crabs (Paguritta sp.) visible in the background. The blenny's home is the abandoned bur...
Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) chicks huddling, Antarctica. Winner of the Portfolio Award, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) chicks huddling, Antarctica. Winner of the Portfolio Award, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019. Bookplate.
Kangaroo Island kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus), two orphaned joeys keeping warm in artificial pouches made from fleeces hung from wooden stands. Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australi...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Kangaroo Island kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus), two orphaned joeys keeping warm in artificial pouches made from fleeces hung from wooden stands. Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australi...
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) and female Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) fighting on branch in the snow, Lorraine, France, January  -  Michel Poinsignon
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Michel Poinsignon / Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) and female Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) fighting on branch in the snow, Lorraine, France, January
Male Leach's sea star (Leiaster leachi) broadcast spawning, releasing streams of sperm from its arms. Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Male Leach's sea star (Leiaster leachi) broadcast spawning, releasing streams of sperm from its arms. Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.
Fisherman with a large Bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas), Mozambique, Southern Africa. March 2011.  -  Aaron Gekoski
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Aaron Gekoski / Fisherman with a large Bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas), Mozambique, Southern Africa. March 2011.
Peach leaved bellflower (Campanula persicifolia)  Photograph taken with the Kirlian technique, a technique which allows imaging of electrical coronal discharge.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Peach leaved bellflower (Campanula persicifolia) Photograph taken with the Kirlian technique, a technique which allows imaging of electrical coronal discharge.
Cowslip flower (Primula veris) Photograph taken with the Kirlian technique, a technique which allows imaging of electrical coronal discharge.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Cowslip flower (Primula veris) Photograph taken with the Kirlian technique, a technique which allows imaging of electrical coronal discharge.
Norway maple (Acer platanoides) seed. Photograph taken with the Kirlian technique, a technique which allows imaging of electrical coronal discharge.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Norway maple (Acer platanoides) seed. Photograph taken with the Kirlian technique, a technique which allows imaging of electrical coronal discharge.
Herb paris (Paris quadrifolia) Photograph taken with the Kirlian technique, a technique which allows imaging of electrical coronal discharge.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Herb paris (Paris quadrifolia) Photograph taken with the Kirlian technique, a technique which allows imaging of electrical coronal discharge.
Wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris) Photograph taken with the Kirlian technique, a technique which allows imaging of electrical coronal discharge.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris) Photograph taken with the Kirlian technique, a technique which allows imaging of electrical coronal discharge.
Dotted loosestrife (Lysymachia punctata) flowers.  Photograph taken with the Kirlian technique, a technique which allows imaging of electrical coronal discharge.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Dotted loosestrife (Lysymachia punctata) flowers. Photograph taken with the Kirlian technique, a technique which allows imaging of electrical coronal discharge.
A giant riverine tiger beetle (Cicindela octonotata) attacked by a weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) when the beetle was raiding the ant colony. The beetle had bitten the ant in half but did not get...  -  Ripan Biswas
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Ripan Biswas / A giant riverine tiger beetle (Cicindela octonotata) attacked by a weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) when the beetle was raiding the ant colony. The beetle had bitten the ant in half but did not get...
Male Black grouse (Tetrao / Lyrurus tetrix) at lek, with breath condensing in cold air. Kuusamo, Finland, April.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Male Black grouse (Tetrao / Lyrurus tetrix) at lek, with breath condensing in cold air. Kuusamo, Finland, April.
Subantarctic or Brown skua (Stercorarius antarcticus) stealing an egg from a Royal penguin colony (Eudyptes schlegeli) on Macquarie Island, Australian Territory  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Subantarctic or Brown skua (Stercorarius antarcticus) stealing an egg from a Royal penguin colony (Eudyptes schlegeli) on Macquarie Island, Australian Territory
Adult humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) diving in deep water channel. Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada. (digitally stitched image)  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Adult humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) diving in deep water channel. Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada. (digitally stitched image)
Macaques on bicycles, performing in a show at the Dam Sen Amusement Park, Vietnam. Captive. August 2019. Mandatory credit: Aaron Gekoski / Born Free Foundation / naturepl.com  -  Aaron Gekoski / Born Free Foundation
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Aaron Gekoski / Born Free Foundation / Macaques on bicycles, performing in a show at the Dam Sen Amusement Park, Vietnam. Captive. August 2019. Mandatory credit: Aaron Gekoski / Born Free Foundation / naturepl.com
Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) sitting on nests in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, May  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) sitting on nests in breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, May
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding crop milk to chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) feeding crop milk to chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June
Animal crossing bridge over highway road in Banff, Alberta, Canada.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Animal crossing bridge over highway road in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) in flight. Slovenia. February.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) in flight. Slovenia. February.
Tourist poses for a photo shoot with image of a Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) at Phuket Trickeye Museum, Phuket Province, Thailand, December 2015  -  Sirachai Arunrugstichai
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Sirachai Arunrugstichai / Tourist poses for a photo shoot with image of a Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) at Phuket Trickeye Museum, Phuket Province, Thailand, December 2015
'Safety in Numbers' - Giant Shield bug nymphs (Pycanum sp.), recently hatched from eggs, with a final individual still to emerge. By staying in a tight group, the nymphs increase the effective...  -  Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / 'Safety in Numbers' - Giant Shield bug nymphs (Pycanum sp.), recently hatched from eggs, with a final individual still to emerge. By staying in a tight group, the nymphs increase the effective...
Eyrean Grasswren (Amytornis goyderi) in typical hopping motion, Andado Station, Northern Territory, Australia, November.  -  Etienne Littlefair
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Etienne Littlefair / Eyrean Grasswren (Amytornis goyderi) in typical hopping motion, Andado Station, Northern Territory, Australia, November.
Common blue butterfly {Polyommatus icarus} resting on Devil's bit scabious {Succisa pratensis}, Volehouse Farm, Devon, UK. August.  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Common blue butterfly {Polyommatus icarus} resting on Devil's bit scabious {Succisa pratensis}, Volehouse Farm, Devon, UK. August.
Queen conch (Aliger gigas) in a seagrass (Thalassia testudinum) meadow, Bahamas.  -  Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Queen conch (Aliger gigas) in a seagrass (Thalassia testudinum) meadow, Bahamas.
Eurasian coots (Fulica atra) territorial fight in water, London, UK, April  -  Oscar Dewhurst
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Oscar Dewhurst / Eurasian coots (Fulica atra) territorial fight in water, London, UK, April
Road covered in icicles from splashed flood water, Hertfordshire, England, UK, February  -  Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Road covered in icicles from splashed flood water, Hertfordshire, England, UK, February
The fire blessing ceremony at Bumthang Jamba Monastery. Bhutan. September 2013.  -  Jeff Foott
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Jeff Foott / The fire blessing ceremony at Bumthang Jamba Monastery. Bhutan. September 2013.
Southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) subadult males practice sparring. St Andrew's Bay, South Georgia Island  -  Ben Cranke
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Ben Cranke / Southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) subadult males practice sparring. St Andrew's Bay, South Georgia Island
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) female peering into hollow log, Hungary. Image captured using a motion sensor.  -  Milan Radisics
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Milan Radisics / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) female peering into hollow log, Hungary. Image captured using a motion sensor.
Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) mouth wide open, feeding in shallow water, surrounded by fish. South Bimini Island, Bahamas.  -  Andy Murch
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Andy Murch / Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) mouth wide open, feeding in shallow water, surrounded by fish. South Bimini Island, Bahamas.
Moths (Lepidoptera) swarming with flight trails, attracted by light during insect trapping and identification session. Long-term monitoring in De Kaaistoep Nature Reserve, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Ju...  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Moths (Lepidoptera) swarming with flight trails, attracted by light during insect trapping and identification session. Long-term monitoring in De Kaaistoep Nature Reserve, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Ju...
Great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) in flight over snow, at woodland edge. Kuusamo. Finland. February.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) in flight over snow, at woodland edge. Kuusamo. Finland. February.
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) parents busy feeding their young with fish, in this case a small Tench (Tinca tinca) Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. June  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) parents busy feeding their young with fish, in this case a small Tench (Tinca tinca) Valkenhorst Nature Reserve, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. June
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) in savanna under a stormy sky. Kenya, Africa.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) in savanna under a stormy sky. Kenya, Africa.
Slime mould (Comatricha lurida) 2mm tall sporangia growing along the edge of a rotting beech leaf, Buckinghamshire, England, UK, March - Focus stacked.  -  Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Slime mould (Comatricha lurida) 2mm tall sporangia growing along the edge of a rotting beech leaf, Buckinghamshire, England, UK, March - Focus stacked.
Venezuelan Llaneros (cowboys) catching Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) , traditionally eaten at Easter. Venezuela.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Venezuelan Llaneros (cowboys) catching Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) , traditionally eaten at Easter. Venezuela.
Rare and previously unseen behaviour with an adult blackspotted puffer (Arothron nigropunctatus) swimming around with a dead younger fish of the same species in its beak-like mouth. Balayan Bay from A...  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Rare and previously unseen behaviour with an adult blackspotted puffer (Arothron nigropunctatus) swimming around with a dead younger fish of the same species in its beak-like mouth. Balayan Bay from A...
Speckled brown snake (Pseudechis guttata) feeding on a metamorph knife-footed frog (Cyclorana cultripes), Barkly Tablelands, Northern Territory, Australia, April.  -  Etienne Littlefair
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Etienne Littlefair / Speckled brown snake (Pseudechis guttata) feeding on a metamorph knife-footed frog (Cyclorana cultripes), Barkly Tablelands, Northern Territory, Australia, April.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching in front of boat carrying tourists. Monterey Bay, California, USA.  -  Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching in front of boat carrying tourists. Monterey Bay, California, USA.
European beewolf (Philanthus triangulum) and honey bee prey with common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) about to steal the prey. Suffolk, UK. August.  -  Oscar Dewhurst
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Oscar Dewhurst / European beewolf (Philanthus triangulum) and honey bee prey with common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) about to steal the prey. Suffolk, UK. August.
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