Red panda walking along tree branch, India
© Ben Cranke / naturepl.com
Great hammerhead shark swimming over sea bed, Bahamas
© Franco Banfi / naturepl.com
European hedgehog swimming in pond, France
© Klein & Hubert / naturepl.com
Cape buffalo drinking at night, South Africa
© Ann & Steve Toon / naturepl.com
Mountain gorillas drinking from stream, Uganda
© Eric Baccega / naturepl.com
Giant forest dragon and boy fishing, Sumatra
© Daniel Heuclin / naturepl.com
Meerkat pup and family amongst field of devilthorn flowers, South Africa
© Jen Guyton / naturepl.com
Land snail shell collection, Cuba
© Ingo Arndt / naturepl.com
Cones of a welwitschia plant, Namibia
© Jen Guyton / naturepl.com
Whipple Mountain foothills in bloom after rain, California
© Jack Dykinga / naturepl.com
Sandhill cranes and snow geese, New Mexico
© Jack Dykinga / naturepl.com
Brandt's cormorant hunting fish below oil rig, North Atlantic
© Alex Mustard / naturepl.com
Long exposure of yellow tube sponge on coral reef, Cayman Islands
© Alex Mustard / naturepl.com
Florida manatee mother and calf
© David Fleetham / naturepl.com
Burchell's zebras in dust, Botswana
© Christophe Courteau / naturepl.com
Peregrine falcon feeding chicks with male flying by, Chicago
© Luke Massey / naturepl.com
Leopard walking in alley between houses, Mumbai
© Nayan Khanolkar / naturepl.com
Drunk silverback mountain gorilla with photographers, Rwanda
© Christophe Courteau / naturepl.com
White rhinoceros charging, South Africa
© Christophe Courteau / naturepl.com
Spotted eagle owl looking out of tree trunk, South Africa
© Ann & Steve Toon / naturepl.com

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Mountain hares (Lepus timidus) fighting in snow at night, Vauldalen, Norway. Joint overall winner of the GDT  European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017. Highly commended in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) competition 2017.  Winner of the Mammals category of the MontPhoto International Competition of Nature Photography 2017. Winner of the Animal Behaviour Category of the Golden Turtle Awards 2017.

Erlend Haarberg is GDT Competition Winner

Congratulations to Erlend Haarberg who was named joint winner of the main prize in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2017 with his dynamic black and white nocturnal image of Mountain hares fighting.

Pupils during residential photography course organised by Wild Shots Outreach. Kruger National Park, South Africa, June 2017.

Pictures from Wild Shots Outreach course

NPL sponsored a weekend residential course organised by Wild Shots Outreach to engage South African state school pupils with wildlife and conservation through photography. View our gallery of images showing students putting into practice the skills they have learned.

A family of otters rest on the intertidal seaweed. European river otter (Lutra lutra) Shetland, Scotland, UK, July.

Introducing SCOTLAND: The Big Picture

We are delighted to represent the multi-photographer project making the case for a wilder Scotland through great images and inspiring story-telling. Explore the new dedicated gallery section or view the SCOTLAND: The Big Picture showreel.

Focal Awards 2017

The FOCAL 2017 Awards

NPL was delighted to sponsor the award for Best Use of Footage about the Natural World at the FOCAL International 2017 Awards. Tim Harris presented the award to Anuschka Schofield of the BBC Natural History Unit, producer and director of Zoo Quest in Colour. Congratulations to the BBC NHU on this award!
(c) Tim Anderson, FOCAL International Ltd

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) in profile, calling. The Netherlands. June.

Discover our new RF collection

We have a new premium Royalty Free collection with more than 2000 images.

Come and meet the NPL team at Fotofringe London on 27th April to find out more!

Lupan Point, looking west into sunset. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA, August.

Jack Dykinga wins NANPA Lifetime Achievement Award

Jack Dykinga recently received the North American Nature Photography Association’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. To celebrate Jack’s award, we’ve updated his photographer portfolio with some great new images, including some of the plates from his new book A Photographer’s Life.

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Featured Story

Spectacled flying fox babies wrapped in clothBat Hospital

The world-class Tolga Bat Hospital rescues hundreds of fruit bats from the Atherton Tablelands of Queensland, Australia, each year. The bats - victims of tick-borne disease and paralysis - are lovingly nursed back to health by volunteers and foster parents, before being given a new lease of life back in the wild.
View our gallery or story PDF, complete with full text.

Latest Highlights

Mute swan under waterBest of October 2017!

Check out our new highlights gallery where you can explore and enjoy UNESCO World Heritage Sites, mute swans underwater, big cats in action, honeybees, endangered primates and much, much more….

Supporting Conservation

Pine martenBy licensing images, you can help!

We support conservation by making a quarterly donation from our sales revenue to a charity or specific project which is making a difference. This quarter we are supporting the Vincent Wildlife Trust. We also offer discounted reproduction fees to conservation organisations. Visit our conservation page to find out more.

Photographer of the month

Aggregation of sperm whales, Indian OceanTony Wu

After a successful academic and business career, Tony Wu has spent the last 17 years focusing on his passion for underwater photography, with a special emphasis on various whale species and documenting unfamiliar aspects of their behaviour. To view his new expanded portfolio, click here.

Book of the month

Book imageHidden in Nature - the Art of Animal Camouflage

This second original collaboration between Nature Picture Library and White Star is published this autumn in English, French and Italian editions. View our gallery of bookplate images showing the beauty and diversity of animal camouflage.

Partners

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We are proud to represent 2020VISION, Meet Your Neighbours and Wild Wonders of Europe. Click on the logos to find out more about these special collections.