Mute swan flock on snow, Netherlands
© Edwin Giesbers /
Domestic cat in snow, France
© Klein & Hubert /
First rays of golden sunshine hit giant sequoias, USA
© Floris van Breugel /
Domestic reindeer herd, Norway
© Pal Hermansen /
Bobcat in deep snow, USA
© Nick Garbutt /
Sunbeam at sunrise, Grand Canyon, USA
© Nick Garbutt /
Atlantic salmon leaping upstream, UK
© Ann & Steve Toon /
Northern fulmar in flight with wind farm in background, UK
© Ernie Janes /
Prisoner raising endangered Oregon spotted frog, USA
© Cyril Ruoso /
Whale shark and freediving fisherman, Indonesia
© Pete Oxford /
Blue whale swimming, Indian Ocean
© Tony Wu /
Great hammerhead shark portrait, Bahamas
© Alex Mustard /
Young California sea lion plays amidst giant kelp, USA
© Alex Mustard /
Aerial view of Belas Knap long barrow, UK
© Nick Turner /
Spotted hyaena group, Zambia
© Will Burrard-Lucas /
Lion in rain, smelling the air, Kenya
© Wim van den Heever /
Great crested grebe swimming, UK
© Andy Rouse /
Nudibranch on kelp with star trails, Norway
© Alex Mustard /
Kingfisher emerging from pool with fish, UK
© Andy Rouse /
Newly emerged mosquito on water surface, Germany
© Solvin Zankl /

What's new

Gannets (Morus bassanus) diving to feed on discarded fish, Shetland, Scotland, UK, April.


Nature Picture Library has added a lot of fresh content in recent months, and some of our top picks are featured in our latest PDF, Eyecatchers. Filled with fantastic new images from the natural world, each one is accompanied by the photographers’ stories from behind the lens. You can also see the image gallery here.


SCOTLAND: The Big Picture Showreel

Check out our showreel from SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, a new multimedia project founded by Peter Cairns and Mark Hamblin, focusing on the benefits that rewilding and a nature-based economy can bring to the landscapes of Scotland.

Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) entering the River Otter after release. Part of escaped population re-released to the wild following veterinary check ups. Taken on the second day of Beaver releases after release of two adults and a young beaver on Monday 23rd March. Project managed by  Devon Wildlife Trust, Devon, 24th March 2015.

“Support Devon Beavers” campaign

Devon Wildlife Trust have launched a crowd funding campaign (backed by Chris Packham) to support the newly established Devon beaver population, and ensure they can remain in the wild. You can see more at

An endangered young male Bornean Orangutan climbs over 30 meters up a tree deep in the rain forest of Gunung Palung National Park, West Kalimantan, Indonesia (Island of Borneo).

Tim Laman wins top award

Tim Laman won the main prize in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition 2016 with his striking orangutan image. For more details of this year’s winners, visit the competition website. Tim also won the Nature Stories award in the 2016 World Press Photo competition. To explore his extraordinary body of work, view our new expanded gallery .

Temminck's ground pangolin, Botswana

CITES conservation victories!

A recent global wildlife summit results in new protections for pangolins, thresher sharks, rosewood trees and more! Check out our gallery for more on the conservation victories of CITES CoP17.

Disgusting Animals cover

Meet us at Frankfurt Book Fair!

We will be exhibiting at Frankfurt Book Fair from 19-23 October on Stand 6.1 B95, with lots of great new book ideas to present.
If you’d like to know more or arrange a meeting, please email us.

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Featured Story

Black dragonfish close upAliens of the Deep

Taking up 95% of the Earth’s living space, the deep sea is the most mysterious habitat on our planet. Its inhabitants are so bizarre they seem almost like aliens. Photographer Solvin Zankl accompanied a scientific expedition to the Cape Verde Islands with a mission to document the strange creatures living out of reach of the sun. View our gallery, including PDF link.

Latest Highlights

African elephants fightingBest of February 2017!

Check out our February highlights gallery with great new images on Scotland, urban wildlife, wild budgerigars, dramatic sharks, worldwide bird coverage and classic landscapes.

Supporting Conservation

 By 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 Wild Shots Outreach. We also offer discounted reproduction fees to conservation organisations. Visit our conservation page to find out more.

Photographer of the month

Stag beetles fightingSolvin Zankl

After studying marine biology, Solvin has worked as a professional photographer since 1998. He specialises both in the aquatic environment and in photographing small or little-known creatures from new perspectives. View the new expanded gallery to find out more.

Book of the month

Puffins greeting each other by billingSeabirds of the World

David Tipling’s latest book, published by New Holland, celebrates the variety and beauty of the seabirds of the world, from the tropics to the polar regions. Check out our new gallery of David’s images from the book and his varied seabird material.


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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.