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

What's new

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.

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

Eyecatchers!

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.

Fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) tethered in LED illuminated chamber which stimulates moving visual patterns. Behind the fly is a camera, which is used to record its wing beat amplitude – a rough measure of whether it is trying to turn to the left or right. At the top of the image is the microscope objective, which focuses bright blue light onto the fly. The blue light excites fluorescent proteins in the fly’s muscles, which emit green light. The green fluorescence is picked up by the same microscope optics, through a special filter which blocks the blue light.  California Institute of Technology, USA, December 2016.

Fruit fly flight secrets revealed

A new Caltech study reveals insights into the aerial acrobatics of fruit flies. To view Floris van Breugel’s images click here or contact us for more information.

Red-shanked Douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus) adult male and female, Vietnam

Primates in Danger!

A new report shows that more than half of all primate species are threatened with extinction. Our new endangered primates gallery shows more than 100 species which are in special need of protection, including all the great apes and 87% of Madagascar’s endemic primates.

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2016 Highlights Showreel

We’ve compiled a new showreel featuring the highlights of new video added in the last year.

Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) swimming, backlit with morning light forming  a bokeh affect on the water, Wales, UK, February. Highly commended in the Habitat Category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) 2016.

NPL Winners!

Congratulations to our photographers on their success in the major nature photography competitions of 2016. We hope you enjoy our new Winners Gallery, which includes the winning and commended images and portfolios.

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Featured Story

Curious red squirrel on fenceChasing Tail - In Pursuit of the Red Squirrel

Cairngorms photographer Neil McIntyre has dedicated 20 years to following the lives of his local red squirrels. His images - the result of countless hours of watching and waiting - shine a light on one of Britain’s most celebrated mammals. But perhaps more importantly, they help to make the case for a wilder Scotland.
View our gallery or story PDF, complete with full text.

Latest Highlights

Cute meerkat amongst flowersBest of July 2017!

Explore our new gallery and browse marine material from Franco Banfi, David Fleetham and Linda Pitkin, Svalbard images by Ole Jorgen Liodden, landscapes from David Noton, wild red pandas, and the work of new contributor Jen Guyton, including meerkats, Mozambique wildlife and the weird Welwitschia mirabilis.

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 the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust. We also offer discounted reproduction fees to conservation organisations. Visit our conservation page to find out more.

Photographer of the month

American crocodile with jaws openClaudio Contreras

Claudio is a biology graduate and has been a professional photographer for more than 20 years, bringing awareness to nature and conservation related themes all over Mexico. His latest expedition was to the Revillagigedo Archipelago UNESCO World Heritage Site. To view his new and expanded photographer portfolio, click here.

Book of the month

Book imagePlanet Earth II

Nature Picture Library was delighted to be one of the main image suppliers for Planet Earth II, published by BBC Books to accompany the award-winning series presented by David Attenborough. Browse our gallery to see some of our favourite images from the book.

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