A humpback whale and her newborn calf scooped the first prize in National Geographic’s annual photography competition. More than 17,000 entries were submitted, whittled down to three winners and seven recognised on merit
From Europe’s deepest river canyon and caves that glow to a rainbow river and hills that look like chocolate, our picks prove that nature always does it better.
Never mind who runs the country: choosing Britain’s national bird, from a shortlist of 10, is also the subject of a hotly contested vote. Here are the more elusive species and where to spot them
The winner of the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015, John Lewis-Stempel, and shortlisted authors William Atkins and Philip Marsden, reveal the sights and sounds of the countryside that move them and compel them to write
Altering the space between tiny crystals allows lizards to reflect a specific wavelength of light and camouflage themselves, a study finds
Snorkelling and star gazing, walking, cycling and wild camping … readers reveal their favourite wilderness experiences across the UK
Here are 20 pictures – including extreme closeups of cats’ tongues and pollen grains – in this year’s Wellcome Image Awards
Wonderful photos of starlings making mad shapes in the sky