NPL photographers enjoyed great success in the major nature photography competitions of 2017. Erlend Haarberg was joint winner of the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year, Pål Hermansen won the grand prize in the Terre Sauvage/IUCN Nature Images Awards, and Tony Wu won top prize in the Mammal Behaviour section of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, while Ben Hall, Ross Hoddinott, Andrew Parkinson and Alex Hyde were all category winners in the British Wildlife Photography Awards, Theo Bosboom won two categories of the GDT competition, and Sven Zacek, David Pattyn and Nayan Khanolkar were all section winners in the Nature Images Awards. This gallery includes winners, runners-up and highly commended images and portfolios.
Pal Hermansen / Eider duck (Somateria mollissima) under water, diving for food, Trondelag, Norway. March. Blurred motion in image. Winner of Artists on Wings (Birds) category of Glaenzlichter Awards 2017
Erlend Haarberg / 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 Photogr...
Nayan Khanolkar / Leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) walking in alley between houses. Aarey Milk Colony in unofficial buffer zone of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai, India. January 2016. Winner of the Mammals Categor...
Andrew Parkinson / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) grooming itself, with back foot raised, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February. Highly Commended in the Animal Behaviour category of the British Wildlife Photo...
Theo Bosboom / Eyelash shaped tufts of grass in snow on beach, Saudarkrokur, Iceland. March. Winner of the Plants category of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2017.
Theo Bosboom / Giants Causeway at night, lit by full moon. County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Winner of the Landscapes Category of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017.
Andrew Parkinson / Badger (Meles meles) adult, backlit at sunset, scratching its ears, Derbyshire, UK, May. Winner of the Animal Behaviour category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) Competition 2017.
Alex Hyde / Green hydra (Hydra viridissima) found in a garden pond. Derbyshire, UK. September. Winner of the Hidden Britain Category of the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (BWPA) Competition 2017...
Ross Hoddinott / Pair of Emerald damselflies (Lestes sponsa) resting on a reed, with only tips of wings in focus, Cornwall, England, UK, August. Winner of the Close to Nature Category of the Category of the British Wi...
Ben Hall / Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) on frost covered fern, Dunham Massey, Cheshire, UK. Winner of the Habitat Category of the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (BWPA) 2017.
Tony Wu / Large aggregation of Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) engaged in social activity. Note the abundance of sloughed off skin in the water, resulting from tactile contact among the whales, with cloud...
Sven Zacek / Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) calling at lek with breath vapour at sunrise, Voru County, Estonia. April. Winner of the Telephoto category of the Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards 2017.
Pal Hermansen / White wagtail (Motacilla alba alba) nesting in cupboard in house, Lofoten, Norway, June. Highly commended in the Urban Wildlife Category of the Wildlife Photograher of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competiti...
Markus Varesvuo / Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) in flight, Utsjoki, Finland, April.
Markus Varesvuo / Blue Tit (Paris caereleus) hanging below red berries on which it has been feeding, Uto Finland November
Markus Varesvuo / Snowy owl (Bubo scandiaca) female in flight, Canada. February.
Markus Varesvuo / Bearded reedling (Panurus biarmicus) female feeding on reed seeds covered in frost, Espoo, Finland, January.
Markus Varesvuo / Gannet (Sula bassana) in water, Shetland, UK. July.
David Pattyn / Black necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) adult foraging at night and catching mosquitoes. The Netherlands.March 2014. Highly commended in Asferico Awards 2017
Lucas Bustamante / Ants (Formicidae) attacking newly emerged cicada (Cicadacae), Yasuni National Park, Ecuador . Highly commended in the Invertebrates Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Comp...
David Pattyn / Trees in Hautes Fagnes Nature Reserve in winter after snowfall. This area - Noir Flohay was burnt a few years ago and some trees are still blackened, Hautes Fagnes, Belgian Ardennes, Belgium, February...
Andres M. Dominguez / Tree frog (Hyla meridionalis), Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain, March.
Yashpal Rathore / Low angle view of Demoiselle crane (Anthropoides virgo) flying and feeding during winter migration. Khichan, Western Rajasthan, India. December.
Ingo Arndt / Olive Ridley Sea Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) females come ashore during an arribada (mass nesting event) to lay eggs, Pacific Coast, Ostional, Costa Rica. Finalist in Wildlife Photographer of the...
Claudio Contreras / Young girl face to face with Peninsular Pronghorn Antelope (Antilocapra americana peninsularis) fawn at Peninsular Pronghorn recovery project, El Vizcaino Desert Biosphere Reserve, Baja California Pen...
Will Burrard-Lucas / Aardvarks (Orycteropus afer) greeting each other at night, Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana. Highly commended in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2017.
Claudio Contreras / Prickly pear (Opuntia sp.) growing on coastline, Socorro Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park (Socorro Islands), Pacific Ocean, Western Mexico, November, Honorary Mention in the third natio...
Claudio Contreras / Californian Sealion (Zalophus californianus) in kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) forest, San Benito del Este Island, Baja California Peninsula Pacific Islands Biosphere Reserve, Baja California, Mexico, Ma...
Claudio Contreras / Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) trapped in fishing net, Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California), Mexico, May, Third Place in the third National Contest 'Visions of our nature' organised by Mexico'...
Danny Green / Pine marten (Martes martes) reflected in water, Ardnamurchan Peninsula, west coast of Scotland, UK. Highly commended in the Mammals category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) Competiti...
Alex Hyde / Colony of Common Mussels (Mytilus edulis) growing on striated rock formation exposed at low tide. Cornwall, England, UK. Highly commended in the Coast and Marine Category of the British Wildlife Photo...
Theo Bosboom / Limpets (Patellidae) exposed at low tide on the coast of Playa de Ursa, Portugal. Finalist in the Animals in their Environment Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competiti...
Milan Radisics / European beewolf (Philanthus triangulum) digging nest burrow, Budapest, Hungary
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) perching on branch with fish, river and hills in background, Glenfeshie, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, August 2015. Highly commended in the Habitat Category of the...
Alex Mustard / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) large female exhales a stream of bubbles as she sleeps on shallow seaweeds (Fucus serratus) Lundy Island, Devon, UK, Bristol Channel, August. Highly commended in the Hab...
Markus Varesvuo / Willow grouse (Lagopus lagopus) extremely well camouflaged below snow laden tree, Inari Kiilopaa Finland January Highly commended in the Bird category of the Asferico Photography Competition 2017.
Alex Mustard / Common lobster (Homarus gammarus) looks out from its hole amongst Dead man's fingers (Alcyonium digitatum) beneath a forest of Oarweed kelp (Laminaria hyperborea). Farne Islands, Northumberland, U...
Pal Hermansen / Ravens (Corvus corax) taking off from tree, soft focus black and white image, Finland, April. Second place in the Birds category of Terre Sauvage Nature Images Awards 2017.
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Spider's webs on Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) saplings at dawn, Abernethy Forest, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, September 2014. Highly commended in the Wilds Wood Category of the Britis...
Orsolya Haarberg / Aerial view oof snow-covered Rapa delta. The river channels are bordered by narrow strips of Mountain birch (Betula pubescens) forest. Laponia UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lapland, Sweden. Highly com...
Theo Bosboom / Floating sweet-grass (Glyceria fluitans) in lake, Bjornlandet National Park, North Sweden. Finalist in the Plants and Fungi category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition...
Ben Hall / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair performing courtship display at dawn, backlit with surrounding by mist, Cheshire, UK, March
Andrew Parkinson / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) cygnets with head submerged while feeding underwater, with mother watching and helping, Derbyshire, England, UK. June. Highly Commended in the Animal Behaviour category of the...
Jack Dykinga / Frost damaged saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) South Maricopa Mountains Wilderness, Arizona, USA, January. Finalist in the Plants and Fungi Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards...
Orsolya Haarberg / High angle view of person walking on frozen lake of cracked ice. Lofoten Isands, Norway. January. Highly commended in the Landscape Category of the Oasis Photography Competition 2017. Highly commended...
Andrew Parkinson / Badger (Meles meles) adult in pine forest at sunset, Derbyshire, UK, June. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) Competition 2017.
Jordi Chias / European barracuda (Sphyraena sphyraena) and Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) circling baitball of Atlantic horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus) Formigas Islets, Azores. Finalist in the Underwater Categ...
Michel Roggo / Water hyacinth (Eichhornia sp.) in a clear stream of the Pantanal, Brazil. Photographed for The Freshwater Project. Finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Competition 2017.