Doug Gimesy / Jacky Hunt, a specialist in bird rescue and rehabilitation, with two Boobook owls (Ninox boobook), which she is providing temporary accommodation for in her factory. These birds were evacuated from th...
Bence Mate / Leaf cutter ant (Atta sp) female worker carrying leaf to nest, with a smaller 'minor' ant riding. The minor's job is to protect her sister from parasitic flies. Costa Rica, December. Highly Commended,...
Solvin Zankl / Baby Olive Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) struggles against the swell to swim away from the beach where it hatched, Ostional, Costa Rica. October. Winner of the Underwater category of the G...
Bence Mate / Green / Double-crested basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons) running across water surface, Santa Rita, Costa Rica. Did you know? This amazing lizard is colloquially known as the 'Jesus Christ lizard' for i...
Theo Bosboom / Group of tourists silhouetted against volcanic eruption, gathered at one of the viewing points close to the craters of the Fagradalsfjall volcano on Iceland. The best viewing points differ from day to...
Theo Bosboom / Discarded face mask in the snow, close to the parking lot near the eruption site of the Fagradalsfjall volcano, Iceland, 4 April 2021. The volcano has drawn an estimated number of 30.000 visitors s...
John Waters / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) flying close to hive entrance, with flight trails visible. Urban garden, Bristol, UK, May.
Ross Hoddinott / Four-spotted chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) dragonflies resting on backlit reeds close to the water's edge, Broxwater, Cornwall, UK. May.
Doug Gimesy / Signs explaining that the St Kilda Penguin colony is closed for viewing until further notice due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. St Kilda pier, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. April 2020
Matthew Maran / Close up of a Red fox vixen (Vulpes vulpes) grooming her five cubs at den entrance in an allotment, cubs begin to suckle, London, England, UK, April.
Michael Hutchinson / Female Goldenrod spider (Misumena vatia) on Annual honesty (Lunaria annua) flower, trying to catch a hoverfly, Bristol, England, UK, April.
Shane Gross / Clark's Anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii) tending to her eggs. Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea
Alex Mustard / Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) pod socialising close to surface. Fury Shoal, Sataya Reef, Marsa Alam, Egypt.
Alex Mustard / Oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) swimming close to surface. Brothers Islands, Egypt.
Morley Read / Slow motion clip of Leafcutter ants (Atta) carrying pieces of leaves back to their nest, Amazon rainforest, Napo Province, Ecuador.
Morley Read / Close-up of Agua rica leaf frog (Phyllomedusa ecuatoriana) eggs after 18 days development, the tadpoles are fully developed and ready to hatch, Ecuador. Endangered.
Nick Upton / Male Thick-legged flower beetle (Oedemera nobilis), with a Pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis) pollinium attached to its head, nectaring on Common hogweed flowers (Heracleum sphondylium), Wiltsh...
Nick Upton / Juvenile Goldenrod spider (Misumena vatia) camouflaged on a Common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) flowerhead, reacting to and catching a fly (Muscidae), Wiltshire, England, UK, June.
Alex Mustard / Split level image of Leather corals (Sarcophyton sp.) flourishing in shallow water close to uninhabited coral islands. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea. Tropical West Pacific Ocean...
Alex Mustard / Whale shark (Rhincodon typus) close to the camera with a golden trevally fish (Gnathanodon speciosus) and outline of another whale shark behind , in the plankton-rich green waters of La Paz bay, Baja...
Yashpal Rathore / Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigirs) tigress, stopping due to sound from camera while patrolling, Kanha National Park, Central India. Camera trap image.
Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of a Killer whale (Orcinus orca) spyhopping several times close to land, with people watching and taking pictures, Sommaroy, Troms. Norway, January.
Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of three Killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming close to the surface, Troms, Norway, August.
Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of Killer whale (Orcinus orca) carousel feeding close to Tromvik harbour, Troms, Norway, December.
Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chick aged six to eight weeks sheltering on parent's feet, portrait. Atka Bay, Antarctica. September.
Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chick aged six to eight weeks stretching whilst on brooding parent's feet. Adult looking down at chick. Atka Bay, Antarctica. September.
Kim Taylor / Timelapse of a cluster of Large white butterfly (Pieris brasssicae) eggs hatching over the course of a day, caterpillars begin to feed. Controlled conditions.
Dave Bevan / Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) adding material to nest, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK, July.
Karine Aigner / Wild Bobcat (Lynx rufus) family of three cubs drinking water from bowl, with mother stretching . The mother chose to make her den underneath the house. Texas, USA, August. Taken with remote camera. Hi...
Steve Downer / Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) feeding in a garden, flies to fence and then out of frame, Birmingham, England, UK, March.
Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) close up of recently emerged damselfly, including the green liquids that are used to pump up the wings. Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands. July.
Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) close up of the wings of a just emerged damselfly, including the green liquids that are used to pump up the wings. Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands....
Alex Mustard / Wave breaking over the rubble zone close to the reef crest of a coral reef. Baa Atoll, Maldives. Indian Ocean.
Claudio Contreras / Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) tending to newborn chick while another feed two day old chick, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, June, Finalist in t...
Andrew Walmsley / Javan slow loris (Nycticebus javanicus), Juvenile temporarily captive to allow measurements to be made. Cipaganti, Garut, Java, Indonesia.
Jabruson Motion / Close-up of a tracker, shot pans to a silverback Mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) looking at camera, Bukima, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo, 1996.
Brian Bevan / Close-up of a group of Wood ants (Formica rufa) carrying a dead insect back to their nest, Bedfordshire, England, UK, August.
Brian Bevan / Close-up of a group of Wood ants (Formica rufa) carrying a dead Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) back to their nest, Bedfordshire, England, UK, August.
Alex Mustard / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) split level of young seal investigating the camera with its nose and whiskers, close to shore. Lundy Island, Devon, UK, Bristol Channel. August
Gerrit Vyn / Mature male California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) used for the captive breeding program to restore this critically endangered species. Idaho. February.
Neil Aldridge / White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) calf keeping close to its mother on Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa.
David Shale / Siphonophore (Nanomia sp) close up of nectophores, and palpons. Gulf of Maine, Atlanic Ocean. Epipelagic species found up to 300m depth.
Franco Banfi / Whitetip reef sharks (Triaenodon obesus) group resting in coral reef, Roca Partida close to San Benedicto island, Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve, Socorro Islands, Western Mexico
Solvin Zankl / Common fangtooth (Anoplogaster cornuta) deep sea species from Atlantic Ocean close to Cape Verde. Captive.
Lucas Bustamante / Scarlet macaws (Ara macao) and Red and green macaws (Ara chloroptera) at clay lick close to the Tambopata river. Tambopata Reserve, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Tony Wu / Swimmer stroking 'Scar', a male Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) who often seems to seek out and enjoy contact with people. Caribbean, January 2010. Model released.
Tony Wu / Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) adult female swimming upwards to surface with other behind. Indian Ocean, March.
David Pattyn / Reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) young standing close to its mother, Samburu Game Reserve, Kenya, Africa, August.