Nature Picture Library has teamed up with the Earth Project to organise the COP26 Countdown photo competition. 26 NPL photographers each selected 3 images which best encapsulate the issues surrounding COP26 and the climate and nature crisis. This gallery shows the full set of 78 images used in the series of three COP26 Countdown photo competition galleries. The 3 winning images were announced on 6th November and occupy the first 3 places in this gallery. Read all about it on our blog.
Wild Shots Outreach / South Africa has the largest population of rhino in the world - however, there has been a catastrophic decline in their numbers due to poaching. Desperate times call for desperate measures and dehorni...
Doug Gimesy / Little blue penguin (Eudyptula minor), two standing on rocks at night, silhouetted against Melbourne city lights. St Kilda breakwater, Victoria, Australia. December 2016. COP26 Countdown Photo Competi...
Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / One piglet from a large litter looks around her small crate as her mother lies immobile beside her. Sows are kept in gestation crates and then farrowing crates in industrial farms, which is the standa...
Edwin Giesbers / Two Adelie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) on iceberg, Antarctica. COP26 Countdown Photo Competition 2021 Finalist.
Roy Mangersnes / Melting ice sheet with massive waterfalls running off the Austfonna glacier, the third largest glacier in the world covering most of Nordaustlandet island, eastern Svalbard, Norway. ~Winner of True...
Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf 'Tahafa' male with injured pectoral fin and scarred body, with mother. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean. COP26 Countdown Photo Competition 2021 Finalist.
Nick Garbutt / Light-mantled sooty albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) flying over Fortuna Glacier with rainbow, Fortuna Bay, South Georgia. (digitally stitched image) similar to 01296715
Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / A mother Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) and her joey, surrounded by burnt trees. Survivors of a bushfire in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020. COP26 Countdown Photo Competition 2021 Fina...
Michel Roggo / Gornerglacier (or Gornergletscher) near Zermatt, at an altitude of about 2,500 meters at the glacier terminus. This lower part of the glacier will melt away in a few years. Since 2007, the glacier has...
Michel Roggo / Dugdale Glacier with meltwater draining from the Admiralty Mountains into Robertson Bay, North Victoria Land, Antarctica. Aerial shot from helicopter, February 2017. Photographed for The Freshwater Pr...
Michel Roggo / Aerial view of the front of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, Greenland, entering the Kangia Ilulissat Icefjord full of icebergs. The icebergs are produced by the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the fastes...
Ashley Cooper / Part of the Tehachapi Pass wind farm, the first large scale wind farm area developed in the US, California, USA. September 2014
Ashley Cooper / The PS20 solar thermal tower - part of the Solucar solar complex owned by Abengoa energy, in Sanlucar La Mayor, Andalucia, Spain. The site has solar tower, parabolic trough and photovoltaic solar tech...
Ashley Cooper / Massive dump trucks queuing to load with tar sand in front of a toxic wasteland. Syncrude mine, Athabasca, Alberta, Canada, 2012
Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Cow inside a transport truck parked at the Turkish Border. Animals are transported from all across the EU through the Bulgarian border to Turkey for slaughter. These photos were taken during the hotte...
Nick Upton / Massed stacks of drying peat turves, mechanically extracted on an industrial scale, Goldenstedt moor, near Vechta, Lower Saxony, Germany.
Pal Hermansen / Red squirrel in old forest next to photo of same forest after logging, Viken, Norway
Pal Hermansen / Cabin with lights on, in middle of clear-cut forest, Viken, Norway. 2021
Lucas Bustamante / Palm oil crops and deforestation in the Ecuadorian Choco Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Roy Mangersnes / King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) in St Andrews Bay, South Georgia
Jack Dykinga / Lightning started fire in steep craggy terrain, Pusch Ridge, Santa Catalina Mountains, Coronado National Forest, Arizona, USA. 6th June 2020.
Doug Gimesy / Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) just released onto a log in Little Yarra River, Yarra junction, Victoria, Australia. April 2018. Controlled conditions.
Doug Gimesy / Grey-headed flying foxes (Pteropus poliocephalus) female carrying her pup whilst in flight, Yarra Bend Park, Kew, Victoria, Australia, December.
Jack Dykinga / Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia engelmanni) stressed and dying as a result of drought, Tucson Mountains in evening light, Saguaro National Park, Arizona 2021
Jack Dykinga / Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) and Chain cholla (Cylindropuntia fulgida) cacti in Sonoran Desert at sunset, mountains in background. Ironwood National Monument, Arizona, USA. March 2020.
Jen Guyton / Cones of a female Welwitschia plant (Welwitschia mirabilis) Swakopmund, Namib Desert, Namibia. They are among the most ancient organisms on the planet: some individuals might be more than 2000 years...
Neil Aldridge / A Zu/'hoasi bushman considers the desiccated carcass of a plains zebra (Equus quagga) in the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana.
Nick Garbutt / Herds of White-bearded wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus albojubatus) waiting to cross the Mara River. Northern Serengeti National Park, Tanzania (early September).
Jen Guyton / Male Waterbuck at sunrise on the floodplain of Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. The sun's rays filter through smoke from widespread bush fires. The fires are important to keep the savanna from...
Pal Hermansen / Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) feeding chicks in a nest in an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, July. Winner of the Urban Wildlife Category at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) 2013. Winner...
Lucas Bustamante / Male Ecuadorian hillstar (Oreotrochilus chimborazo) drinking nectar from the Flower of the Andes (Chuquiraga jussieui). This hummingbird feeds perched on its food-plant rather than by hovering, and so...
Tim Laman / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) displaying on canopy lek display site, Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia. (Winner, Special Award Portfolio, Wildlife Photographer...
Tim Laman / Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) Togus, adult flanged male, Batang Toru Forest. Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Project, North Sumatran Province, Indonesia.
Tim Laman / Rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros) adult male, perched in the canopy, ;Gunung Palung National Park, Borneo.
Yashpal Rathore / Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) walking at night, with monsoon clouds and lightning. Kanha National Park, Central India. Dominant male (T29)
Sandesh Kadur / Common peafowl (Pavo cristatus) perched on trees at dawn, Western Ghats, Southern India
Sandesh Kadur / A snow leopard (Panthera unicia) territory marking on a rock in the high mountains of the Trans-Himalayas, Ladakh, India
Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul) Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China
Staffan Widstrand / Ancient pine forest in Muddus National Park, Sweden, with old dead trees lying on forest floor, slowly decomposing.
Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Red panda or Lesser panda (Ailurus fulgens) in the humid montane mixed forest, Laba He National Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China
Dong Lei / A group of Himalayan longtailed langurs (Semnopithecus schistaceus) sun bathing under a snowy mountain, Jilong County, Tibet Autonomous Region, China.
Dong Lei / A flock of Bar-headed geese (Anser indicus) flying through a rainbow lenticular stratocumulus cloud, a rare cloud that lasted a week in Yunnan province late in 2020
Dong Lei / Rescued Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) . A series of conservation efforts are underway to save the last remaining wild populations in China
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stag in upland landscape. Lochcarron, Highlands, Scotland, UK.
Peter Cairns / Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) feeding on red deer carcass, Assynt, Scotland. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the BWPA (British Wildlife Photography Awards) 2016.
Peter Cairns / European beaver (Castor fiber) feeding at night, Knapdale Forest, Argyll, Scotland.
Nick Upton / Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) placing a branch stripped of bark on its dam in woodland enclosure at night, Devon Beaver Project, run by Devon Wildlife Trust, Devon, UK, April. Taken by a remote camer...