Red fox in front of suspension bridge, Bristol
© Sam Hobson / naturepl.com
View across Sound of Taransay, Scotland
© SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / naturepl.com
Gannets diving to feed on discarded fish, Scotland
© SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / naturepl.com
River otter cubs play fighting, Scotland
© SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / naturepl.com
Killer whale stalking school of herring, Norway
© Tony Wu / naturepl.com
Atlantic walruses in shallow water, Svalbard
© Tony Wu / naturepl.com
Wandering albatross pair displaying, South Georgia
© David Tipling / naturepl.com
Dwarf minke whale, Australia
© Tony Wu / naturepl.com
River otter with Atlantic puffin, Scotland
© SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / naturepl.com
American crocodile swimming over seagrass, Mexico
© Claudio Contreras / naturepl.com
Kottigehara dancing frog, India
© Yashpal Rathore / naturepl.com
Red fox at night in snow, Switzerland
© Laurent Geslin / naturepl.com
Luna moths on tree, Canada
© Nick Hawkins / naturepl.com
European beech forest with path, Germany
© Sandra Bartocha / naturepl.com
Glorious scarab beetle in flight, USA
© John Abbott / naturepl.com
Buff tailed bumblebee in front of European parliament building, Strasbourg
© Laurent Geslin / naturepl.com
Robin in urban park, Bristol
© Sam Hobson / naturepl.com
Beaver on urban riverbank at night, France
© Laurent Geslin / naturepl.com
African elephants fighting, South Africa
© Bence Mate / naturepl.com
Malachite sunbird feeding on aloe flower, Tanzania
© Nick Garbutt / naturepl.com

What's new

A family of otters rest on the intertidal seaweed. European river otter (Lutra lutra) Shetland, Scotland, UK, July.

Introducing SCOTLAND: The Big Picture

We are delighted to represent the multi-photographer project making the case for a wilder Scotland through great images and inspiring story-telling. Explore the new dedicated gallery section or view the SCOTLAND: The Big Picture showreel.

Focal Awards 2017

The FOCAL 2017 Awards

NPL was delighted to sponsor the award for Best Use of Footage about the Natural World at the FOCAL International 2017 Awards. Tim Harris presented the award to Anuschka Schofield of the BBC Natural History Unit, producer and director of Zoo Quest in Colour. Congratulations to the BBC NHU on this award!
(c) Tim Anderson, FOCAL International Ltd

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) in profile, calling. The Netherlands. June.

Discover our new RF collection

We have a new premium Royalty Free collection with more than 2000 images.

Come and meet the NPL team at Fotofringe London on 27th April to find out more!

Lupan Point, looking west into sunset. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA, August.

Jack Dykinga wins NANPA Lifetime Achievement Award

Jack Dykinga recently received the North American Nature Photography Association’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. To celebrate Jack’s award, we’ve updated his photographer portfolio with some great new images, including some of the plates from his new book A Photographer’s Life.

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.

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Featured Story

Penguin about to be released into the wildSOS Seabirds

The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds is a world leader in seabird rehabilitation. Every year it treats around 1,500 oiled, ill, injured or abandoned African penguins as well as other threatened seabirds - an operation that depends upon a wealth of willing hands and hearts. View our gallery or story PDF, complete with full text.

Latest Highlights

Swimming hedgehog!Best of June 2017!

We hope you enjoy our June highlights gallery - we’ve added some strong urban wildlife images including peregrines in Chicago, leopards in Mumbai and otters in Singapore, plus meerkats, shoebill storks, cute pigs and misbehaving monkeys, not to mention Lake Baikal underwater, the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the idyllic Seychelles and the lost cities of Iraq.

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 Reptile and Amphibian Group for Somerset. We also offer discounted reproduction fees to conservation organisations. Visit our conservation page to find out more.

Photographer of the month

Jumping spider among flower petalsAlex Hyde

Alex has established himself as an expert in macro photography. By understanding the behaviour of his subjects, he is able to capture intimate portraits of spiders, insects and other invertebrates in their natural habitats. Explore our new expanded and updated gallery.

Book of the month

Book cover imageBirds in Pictures

Birds in Pictures represents Markus Varesvuo's finest ever collection of bird images, the result of 40 years of patient observation and creative photography. The book will be published by New Holland in June 2016. Browse our gallery to see some of our favourite images from the book.

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