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Portrait of an Animal: 33 Astonishing Close-Up Photos From the Animal Kingdom

Themed Collections

13 September 2017

Posted by Will Sloane

Looking into the eyes of an animal can feel eerily human. It’s hard to shake the feeling that those eyes betray a deeper consciousness and some kind of mutual recognition. Perhaps it is because of this that animals have captured our imaginations throughout history. From the beautiful sculpted cats of ancient Egypt right through to the plethora of Disney films that exist today, we have turned to art in an effort to capture the transfixing animal mind that is just out of our reach. Photography now brings us closer than ever – bodies mid-movement are frozen in time, and stunning macro shots reveal incredible detail invisible to the naked eye. Here we have curated a series of images from the Picfair catalogue that will provide you with a strikingly intimate glimpse into the alien mind of animals.

A common European frog (Rana Temporaria) peers through the grass.

A common European frog (Rana Temporaria) peers through the grass. Read less

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Al McCartney

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An orange Malaysian dragonfly caught in the moment it takes flight stands out against a vibrant green background.

An orange Malaysian dragonfly caught in the moment it takes flight stands out against a vibrant green background. Read less

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Hamlito A . Nocete

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A colourful chameleon spattered in shades of green and orange is captured at Toronto Zoo.

A colourful chameleon spattered in shades of green and orange is captured at Toronto Zoo. Read less

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dscphoto

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A close up photo of a yellow grasshopper in profile.

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sweeming YOUNG

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Moving black and white portrait of a captive female orang-utan – a species that is now sadly endangered.

Moving black and white portrait of a captive female orang-utan – a species that is now sadly endangered. Read less

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Craig Yates

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A picture of a beautiful white snake, lampropeltis getulus californiae, reflected in the white surface below it.

A picture of a beautiful white snake, lampropeltis getulus californiae, reflected in the white surface below it. Read less

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Enrique Ramos

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Five week old owl chick glares at the viewer with piercing yellow eyes..

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Tom Wilkinson

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An intimate close up shot of a sleeping tiger.

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Peter

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Fascinating macro photo of a housefly against a red background, covered in droplets.

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sweeming YOUNG

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A tamarin monkey with an orange mane stares directly into the camera.

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Tim Archer

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A close-up photo of a red ant as it crawls across the palm of a hand.

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sweeming YOUNG

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A photo of a curious grey crowned crane (Belearica regulorum).

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Wayne Shakell

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Macro shot of a panther chameleon reveals a medley of rainbow colours.

Macro shot of a panther chameleon reveals a medley of rainbow colours. Read less

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Garry Chisholm

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A tropical fish, speckled in black, orange and white, is caught as it surfaces.

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Stuart Renneberg

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Close up portrait of a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) found in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Close up portrait of a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) found in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Read less

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Roger Beeden

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Portrait of a kangaroo, caught as it gazes at the photographer.

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Joe Gaul

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An intimidating photo of stag beetle taken from beneath reveals and oily black shell and vivid orange mouth.

An intimidating photo of stag beetle taken from beneath reveals and oily black shell and vivid orange mouth. Read less

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Rizki Irfansyah

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A close up portrait of an owl spotted at Taiping, Perak, Malaysia.

A close up portrait of an owl spotted at Taiping, Perak, Malaysia. Read less

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Hamlito A . Nocete

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A melancholic black and white photo of a African elephant.

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Christian Pulham

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A profile portrait of a shag on Skye.

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Tom Hodgetts

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A macro shot of a tiny Salticidae Jumping Spider.

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Jethro Stamps

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A portrait of an emu.

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Enrique Ramos

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A black rhinoceros approaches.

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Jukka Heinovirta

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A close up of a dragonfly.

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sweeming YOUNG

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Fish Eagle headshot.

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UniquePhotoArts

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A wild Eurasian otter portrait taken in Tiree, Scotland.

A wild Eurasian otter portrait taken in Tiree, Scotland. Read less

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Andrew Wakefield

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A handsome looking lion in Taronga Zoo, Sydney, stares right down the lens.

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Andy Tyler

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A flamingo peaks out from its blazing orange wing.

A flamingo peaks out from its blazing orange wing. Read less

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Michel van Nederveen

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Portrait of a spider monkey.

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Christian Pulham

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A beautiful close up shot of a leopard at Gangtok zoo, Sikkim, India

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Debraj Nag

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Moody portrait of a panda

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Stockimo

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An seahorse in the Mediterranean Sea

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Marco Gargiulo

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This incredible Peacock Mantis Shrimp looks at the camera inquisitively with its trinocular eyes.

This incredible Peacock Mantis Shrimp looks at the camera inquisitively with its trinocular eyes. Read less

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Pete Haskell

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