Landing on Treasure Island

Date: 3rd October 2017

Don’t sift through the web looking for natural history images! Simply select from the stunning range of photographs included in our beautifully illustrated book, Treasures of the Natural History Museum.

From beetles to butterflies, Darwin’s pet tortoise to a Barbary lion skull from the Tower of London, this unique book is a celebration of the very best of the Museum. This treasure trove features the rare, the beautiful and the most unusual. Discover a tiny snail, smaller than a letter on this page, and one of the first signs of life on Earth in the form of a 3.5 billion year old fossil.

Did you know? The Natural History Museum has been based at our site in South Kensington for over 135 years and is home to one of the largest and most important natural history collections in the world.

Did you know? We house more than 80 million specimens, over one million books and half a million artworks. Treasures of the Natural History Museum is a celebration of some of these exceptional objects and their stories. It features world famous specimens and little known curiosities, together with a wealth of architectural treasures of the glorious building itself.

Look no further! Make your own book stand out from the crowd by telling your story with some of the striking, unusual and unique images held in this collection. Simply search the Treasures or contact us for help and advice on the best image for your project. We look forward to sharing!

Kicking up the leaves

Date:14th September 2017

So it’s almost the end of summer but before the leaves change colour and you get swamped in work, let us help you find the perfect photographs for your autumn projects. We have a stunning range of art and photography taken from the Natural History Museum’s extensive collections, and we can locate exactly what you need. The best high-quality images for every book, programme and creative project.


Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.

Emily Brontë


Looking for your own perfect leaf? We offer bespoke photography as a valuable resource to help tailor your own work and secure that important creative edge over more generic stock images. We’re competitive and creative so go ahead and discover a wonderful natural world at your fingertips which is easy on your budget and even easier to purchase and download. We offer only the highest quality images with a huge range of content, carefully classified to illustrate your stories. Choose from a wealth of evocative images including A Movement of Trees, A Spectrum of Silk, Angel Wings or Dewdrops. From design to publication, the process is simple.


Need some post-holiday/specialist help? As every leaf is different, so is every project – you’ll want your images to tell your own unique story. Here’s where we can help. Our specialist NHM Images team are on hand to discuss your projects in detail and source the most accurate images to illustrate your work. So if you’re feeling sluggish after your holidays, be inspired by beautiful seasonal images and by our helpful, friendly staff. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on our site, that’s where our efficient customer service really kicks in – give us a call and we can help identify images or similar photographs.


Lost among the licensing options? We offer six ready-made licenses for immediate purchase on our website. They’re all tailored for different projects and it’s easy to work out which one you need. Better still, all our licenses are royalty-free meaning you will be able to re-use the image for no extra cost!

Contact us now for more information and we’d be happy to add you to our list of satisfied NHM Images clients who keep coming back for more images. The natural world is boundless and we look forward to welcoming you on board!

Royalty-free licenses


Negotiating a new rights-managed license every time you purchase an image is time-consuming and frustrating. Our customers have asked for hassle-free licenses with extensive rights and this is what we're offering with our royalty-free selection. We have created six royalty-free licenses and made them available for immediate online purchase. All the licenses are granted in perpetuity with worldwide rights and unlimited production runs for any size image. They will allow you to re-use the image in any future project for no extra cost. What else could you need?!

If there are six options, which do I pick? Our six royalty-free licenses are created for different commercial uses and it is important you select the correct one for your industry. Options 1, 2 and 3 are aimed at publishing, covering all formats from online to digital to print for both internal and cover use in a project. Option 4 is tailored to TV & film, option 5 to bespoke product design projects and option 6 to creative campaigns and web design. So far these have fulfilled all our customers' needs but if you're still not sure, get in touch!

Where do I select the license? Once you have added an image to your basket, there will be a drop down menu asking you to select the appropriate license option. Then simply complete your purchase either with a credit card or using one of our great value credit packs. You can then download and save your license paperwork.

Credit pack benefits


NHM Images offers a fantastic choice of five credit packs which will save you up to 50% on individual image prices! Picture prices depend on the license you need but start from 10 credits per image. Simply choose a credit pack and start redeeming your credits against your chosen images for immediate download.

With our credit packs, you will:

1. Save money: Whether you choose to spend all your credits at once in a single bulk purchase, or keep your credits in your account for repeat purchases over a couple of years (we’re flexible!) you will save money with guaranteed discounts.

2. Save time: Once you’ve purchased a credit pack, you can redeem your credits against images for immediate download. As you’ve already guaranteed your discount, there is no need for any further negotiations or purchasing steps with the NHM Images team. Simple!

3. Share credits with colleagues: A fantastic perk of our credit packs is the functionality to share credits with your colleagues. As long as the colleagues in question have registered for an NHM Images account, you will be able to share your bank of credits to their email address whilst still maintaining visibility of any transactions. This is fantastic for a centralised team as only one person will need to make a purchase and credits can be revoked from colleagues at any time.

Can’t pay by credit card? Contact us to be invoiced for a credit pack and once it’s live, enjoy the full functionality and ease of the NHM Images website.

Still doesn’t work for you? Get in touch for alternative bespoke solutions.