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Clip of the week Female Eurasian beaver and kits feeding on Willow, Devon by Nick Upton Click here to play this clip. Or click here to see our footage showreel gallery. Nature Picture Library brings you the very best nature and wildlife imagery – both stills and footage – for use in all print and digital media. Our collection covers wild animals, plants, pets, people, environmental issues and landscapes. Click here to see a video showcasing our collection. Register now to access hi-res files, and receive regular updates on our latest pictures. Picture of the day Emerald damselflies resting on a reed, UK, by Ross Hoddinott QuizTix Animal Pics Download FREE the new animal quiz app featuring great images from NPL Bluegreen Pictures Bluegreen Pictures is now part of Nature Picture Library Explore our brand new Bluegreen Pictures gallery section. Quality print service Order a print of your favourite image – and choose from a range of great options!
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What’s new 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! 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. 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 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. 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. 2016 Highlights Showreel We’ve compiled a new showreel featuring the highlights of new video added in the last year. « More older entries Open older entries
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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. 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 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. 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. 2016 Highlights Showreel We’ve compiled a new showreel featuring the highlights of new video added in the last year. « More older entries
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Nature Picture Library brings you the very best nature and wildlife imagery – both stills and footage – for use in all print and digital media. Our collection covers wild animals, plants, pets, people, environmental issues and landscapes. Click here to see a video showcasing our collection. Register now to access hi-res files, and receive regular updates on our latest pictures.
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Landscapes 1st Place: Struggle of Life Last year I participated in the Marius van der Sandt Beurs. This scholarship stimulates photography by young photographers. For a whole year I was guided by some excellent nature photographers to realize a project I wanted to accomplish. I chose a natural stream restoration project of a nature organization in the Netherlands. The first time I entered this patch of forest, I immediately saw this little beech. I came back several times to photograph it. One evening, just after sunset, all the light conditions were perfect. I stood in the cold water for more than an hour making many photos while I experimented with different shutter speeds.Jacob Kaptein/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
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Last year I participated in the Marius van der Sandt Beurs. This scholarship stimulates photography by young photographers. For a whole year I was guided by some excellent nature photographers to realize a project I wanted to accomplish. I chose a natural stream restoration project of a nature organization in the Netherlands. The first time I entered this patch of forest, I immediately saw this little beech. I came back several times to photograph it. One evening, just after sunset, all the light conditions were perfect. I stood in the cold water for more than an hour making many photos while I experimented with different shutter speeds.Jacob Kaptein/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
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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.
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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.
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Animal Portraits 3rd Place (b): Puffin Studio This image was taken during the summer of 2015 on Skomer Island, Wales. This island is well known for its wildlife and the puffin colony is one of the largest in the U.K. The photo shows a detail or study of an Atlantic puffin resting peacefully under the rain. As Skomer is not inhabited, puffins do not feel afraid of humans, and people can get really close to puffins. That morning, the conditions were perfect. Both fine rain and a soft light, so much appreciated by photographers, helped to take this picture. In order to get this angle from above the bird, I couldn’t make use of the tripod, as it could disturb the puffin. The photo had to be taken handheld, which added an extra challenge.Mario Suarez Porras/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
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This image was taken during the summer of 2015 on Skomer Island, Wales. This island is well known for its wildlife and the puffin colony is one of the largest in the U.K. The photo shows a detail or study of an Atlantic puffin resting peacefully under the rain. As Skomer is not inhabited, puffins do not feel afraid of humans, and people can get really close to puffins. That morning, the conditions were perfect. Both fine rain and a soft light, so much appreciated by photographers, helped to take this picture. In order to get this angle from above the bird, I couldn’t make use of the tripod, as it could disturb the puffin. The photo had to be taken handheld, which added an extra challenge.Mario Suarez Porras/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
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Fortunately, many of these unique demonstrations have been captured by people that use to stay alert to the present moment and, in a quick picture, they had immortalized these wonderful creations. Mother Nature has the majestic and simple mission of continuously offer us extraordinaire views in order to remind us that beauty is a universal treasure.
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Alessandro Gruzza/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year When we take a moment to step back and look, the world is stunningly beautiful. There’s beauty in the flashing movements of animals diving and dodging in a dance for survival, there’s beauty in the sky above a nighttime city, and beauty in the creatures that creep through the edge of a dark wood. There’s sadness too, and power, and destruction. All these moments and more are represented in the winning photos from the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year photo contest, which we’ve re-published here. The photos are split into Action, Landscape, Animal, and Environmental categories, with one grand prize winner overall. The photographers’ captions explain the photo and often the search that went into capturing it. View As: One Page Slides
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Animal Portraits Honorable Mention: Crow chasing Puffy Owl This shot was taken on an early September afternoon along the riverbank at Pasir Ris Park in east Singapore. I was hoping to capture wildlife in action when some movement in the bushes nearby caught my attention. Instinctively, I prepared my equipment to capture any action that might ensue. I was fortunate enough to witness this adult crow chasing an adult buffy fish owl right in front of me, proving at once that the crow was the more aggressive species of the two. The entire spectacle between these day and night creatures lasted less than two seconds and exemplified nature in its uninhibited form.Lawrence Chia Boon Oo/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year