The natural world is full of beautiful sights - but capturing them on camera is not so easy. Here are 10 examples of nature photography that go the extra mile.
Nature photography covers to a wide range of images taken outdoors, devoted to showcasing the world in its natural form. From wildlife to landscapes to plants and beyond, there are thousands of stunning nature photographs online to inspire you. Here are some of our favourites...
01. A Welcome Cooler
If this image doesn't make you fall in love with elephants, we don't know what will. This playful resident of the Amboseli National Park in Kenya was captured squirting water at this small bird by enthusiast photographer Steve Langton. Specialising in nature and travel photography, Langton takes his Canon DSLR everywhere with him.
This striking view was taken by professional photographer Omer Yücel just a few days ago. Yücel's online portofolio is full of stunning nature and landscape photography. But this is our favourite, the shutter of the camera left open to capture movement leaves the sea looking perfectly calm and serene. A fascinating view and gorgeous nature shot.
This shot proves that even a simple flower can produce the most magical of images. This beautiful bunch of Eldeweiss was captured by photographer Edvard - Badri Storman in the village of Doslovče, Slovenia. Specialising in nature photography, Storman's portfolio states, "Seeking or making the right moment to find a proper light which reveals the beauty of reality - this is my reason for photography."
04. Bleeding Light
Photographer Andrew Cooney is clearly a beach and surf lover. And this is just one of the amazing wave captures in his beautiful portfolio. The clear water makes this scene look more like a glass sculpture than the ocean just doing its thing. Cooney states on his portfolio, "A warm early morning sun pierces this wave giving this image something special!"
05. Direct hit
Nature strikes in Egypt and amateur photographer Ahmed Waheed was there to record it. This clever point of view of this shot makes it look just like the lightning bolt directly hits the top of the building. A brilliant example of awesome photography and perfect timing.
This beautiful sunrise was captured by Love Leica. A lover of natural beauty, this talented artist has an extensive portfolio, full of stunning nature photography. Great composition, gorgeous natural colours and sunlight make this a scene we'd definitely want to get up early for every morning.
Looks a bit chilly here. These perfectly formed icicles were shot by photographer Georgia Mizuleva in the Colonel Samuel Smith Park in Toronto. Inspired by the natural world, Mizuleva has an awe-inspiring portfolio of images, commenting on it, "I'd like to hug the person who invented digital photography and allowed me to have so much fun."
Amateur photographer Panos Lahanas was the man behind the lens when this gorgeous, colourful waterfall photo was taken. The beautiful scene was captured in November last year, the movement of the water captured by the shutter left open for a couple of seconds.
This atmospheric shot was taken by amateur photographer Mark Bridger. This hobbyist has, unbelievable, only been practising the art of photography for four years. His main interest being nature photography, Bridger has an awesome, extensive collection of beautiful imagery.
10. Azure Damselfly
Up close and personal, this beautiful macro photograph captures every tiny detail of this colourful creature in its natural habitat. Semi-professional photographer David Pritchard shot this small, female Azure Damselfly using his Nikon D300 camera. Pritchard has a diverse portfolio, which includes an awe-inspiring collection of landscape and nature photography.