Water lilies underwater, France
© Remi Masson / naturepl.com
Lesser marbled fritillaries, France
© Lorraine Bennery / naturepl.com
Zanzibar red colobus baby, Tanzania
© Fiona Rogers / naturepl.com
African buffalo feeding on water lilies, Botswana
© Tony Heald / naturepl.com
Jaguar killing spectacled caiman, Brazil
© Luiz Claudio Marigo / naturepl.com
Red panda in montane forest, China
© Staffan Widstrand / naturepl.com
Brown bear cubs play-fighting, Finland
© Danny Green / naturepl.com
Deserta Grande wolf spider, Madeira
© Emanuele Biggi / naturepl.com
Hedgehog foraging on a suburban lawn, UK
© Nick Upton / naturepl.com
Black woodpecker excavating nest hole, Estonia
© Sven Zacek / naturepl.com
Wild Apennine wolf, Italy
© Bruno D'Amicis / naturepl.com
Broad-nosed weevil about to take off, Ecuador
© Lucas Bustamante / naturepl.com
Common eider duck in fishing harbour, Norway
© Pal Hermansen / naturepl.com
Two Pallas's cats sitting side by side, China
© Staffan Widstrand / naturepl.com
Ouled Rachid tribeswoman with baby and domestic donkeys, Chad
© Jabruson / naturepl.com
Girl and her family preparing rice, Madagascar
© Lucas Bustamante / naturepl.com
Ferrandaise cow portrait, France
© Klein & Hubert / naturepl.com
Dendritic water pattern, Namibia
© Hougaard Malan / naturepl.com
American crocodile reflected in water surface, Cuba
© Alex Mustard / naturepl.com
Striped mackerel with mouths open, filter feeding, Egypt
© Alex Mustard / naturepl.com

What's new

Common swift (Apus apus) screaming as they fly in formation over cottage roofs at dusk, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June 2018.

Swift Awareness Week starts 16th June

The UK’s first Swift Awareness Week starts on Saturday 16th June, aiming to focus attention on this iconic bird of summer skies, its declining numbers and conservation needs. To find out more, view our Helping Swifts gallery.

Child gathering marine pollution from beach, Troms, Norway, May 2017. Winner of the Threatened Nature category of the Nordic Nature Photo Contest (NNPC) 2018.

Earth Day April 22nd 2018

The theme of this year’s Earth Day is ending plastic pollution. Click here to find out more about Earth Day events. You can also view our new expanded Earth Day gallery of environmental issues and our latest feature story The Plastic Problem.

Eastern chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurtheii) alpha male 'Ferdinand' aged 20 years, females Nuru' aged 22 years and 'Nasa' aged 24 years calling. Gombe National Park, Tanzania. June 2012.

Meet Nature Picture Library at Fotofringe

We will be at Fotofringe in London on Tuesday April 17th. Don’t miss the picture buying event of the year! Register now to attend at www.fotofringelondon.com and if you would like to fix a time to talk with us, just send us an email.

Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) walking through a mountain meadow, Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. 
July.

New Canada lynx images

We are excited to have just received new images from Connor Stefanison which show the elusive Canada lynx in the wild.

'World’s Loneliest Tree' a Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) which is over 200km from nearest tree (Auckland Islands) Campbell Island New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands UNESCO World Heritage Site, March 2014. Recently this tree has been discovered to record the start of the Anthropocene geological era. Scientists have discovered jump in radioactive traces in rings dating to 1965, due to increased nuclear bomb testing in the 1950-1960s.

World’s loneliest tree records new geological era

Scientists from UCL and University of New South Wales have dated the start of the current Anthropocene era to 1965 through carbon dating a single remote Sitka spruce found on Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean. Find out more.

NatGeocover

Nat Geo cover!

We’re thrilled to have our image by Brent Stephenson on the cover of the January issue of National Geographic, which is on sale NOW!

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Featured Story

Budgerigar flock in flight, AustraliaBudgie Boom

During times of drought, when temperatures in the Australian outback can exceed 69 degrees Centigrade, budgerigars survive by banding together, searching for water in superflocks that can comprise tens of thousands of birds. Download our full story PDF, including text, here.

Latest Highlights

Giraffe pairBest of June 2018!

Recent additions to our site include the world's smallest bird, wild European lynx, racehorses from an unusual angle, flocks of wild budgerigars, macro shots of damselflies, graphic environmental material and examples of iridescence in the animal world. Check out our June highlights gallery to find out more…

Supporting Conservation

Albatross with hook in mouthBy 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 Hookpod project. We also offer discounted reproduction fees to conservation organisations. Visit our conservation page to find out more.

Photographer of the month

Rio Pescado harlequin toadsLucas Bustamante

Lucas Bustamante is an Ecuadorian nature and conservation photographer and biologist, who specialises in documenting tropical biodiversity, including many rare and endangered species, with a special focus on reptiles and amphibians. Check out our new gallery of Lucas’s work.

Book of the month

Book cover imageButterflies - Naturally

Lorraine Bennery’s latest book Butterflies – Naturally reveals the behaviour and mysterious lifecycles of Europe’s butterflies and moths, photographed in their natural habitats.

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