59 Amazing Black and White Animal Pictures 

15 black and white images of widlife
Journey to some of the most remote places on the planet with the stunning black and white images of wildlife photographer Martin Sean


Of all the wildlife photography out there, pictures of animals in black and white are some of the most popular, and for good reason! There is something utterly spellbinding about seeing iconic species in this classic format. If you're looking to find black and white animal stock photos, illustrations or examples of black and white animals such as the panda bear, skunk or dalmatian, you're in the wrong place (although you will see a zebra or two).

While these aren't stock photos, feel free to use them on your website as long you give full photo credit to Martin Sean and set a backlink to the MS Gallery or landing page of this site.


About 'Out Of The Grey"


All of the photos in this article are the work of wildlife photographer Martin Sean. The collection itself is called Out Of The Grey and all images are available for purchase in limited edition high-quality print format.

The collection spans four continents - Africa, Europe, Antarctica and Asia - and represents everything from highly endangered to exceedingly common species.

It's a celebration of all wildlife life on our planet and an exploration of the unique habitats that facilitate such incredible diversity. For now, enough with the words, let’s look at some excellent black and white wildlife photography!



Contents


Images from Africa

1. Tell That To My Feline Fangs

Lion (Panthera leo) - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Black and white photo of a lion snarling

2. Origin

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) - Southern Red Sea, Sudan

Black and white photo of a green sea turtle

3. Go Time

Blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) - Masai Mara, Kenya

Black and white photo of wildebeest charging

4. Flawless

African leopard (Panthera pardus) - Okonjima, Namibia

Black and white photo of a leopard closeup

5. Affection

African bush elephants (Loxodonta africana) - Etosha National Park, Namibia

Black and white photo of elephants playing

6. Tread Carefully Upon This Earth

Namaqua chameleon (Chamaeleo namaquensis) - Dorob National Park, Namibia

Black and white photo of a chameleon

7. Legend

African Leopard (Panthera pardus) - Okonjima, Namibia

Black and white photo of a leopard walking towards the viewer

8. Flyby

Great White pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) - Walvis Bay, Namibia

Black and white photo of a pelican in flight

9. Sensory Overload

Puku (Kobus vardonii) - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Black and white photo of an antelope (puku)

10. In Your Face

African Lion (Panthera leo) - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Black and white photo of a close up lion face

11. The Elephants Of Amboseli

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana) - Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Black and white landscape photo with elephants in front of a mountain

12. The Hunter’s Gaze

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) - Okonjima, Namibia

Black and white photos of a cheetah portrait

13. The Mirror Test

Juvenile African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) - Etosha National Park, Namibia

Black and white photo of an elephant calf with reflection in the water

14. Racing Stripes

Plains zebras (Equus quagga) - Masai Mara, Kenya

Black and white photo of zebras galloping on the banks of a river

15. Reach Out and Touch

Smith's bush squirrel (Paraxerus cepapi) - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Black and white photo of a tree squirrel

16. Creature Of The Night

African leopard (Panthera pardus) - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Black and white photo of a leopard close up at night

17. The Cleanup Crew

White-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) - Chobe National Park, Botswana

Black and white photo of vultures on a branch

18. Good Morning Little One

African leopard Cub (Panthera pardus)- Okonjima, Namibia

Black and white photo of a leopard cub in the morning

19. Trekking

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana) - Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Black and white photo of elephants walking

20. Zebrette Juvenile

Plains zebra (Equus quagga) - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Black and white photo of a zebra calf

21. Chasing shadows

African leopard (Panthera pardus) - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Black and white photo of a leopard & its shadow at night

22. Fireworks

Cape porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis) - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Black and white photo of a porcupine with reflection in a puddle at night

23. The Night King

Lion (Panthera leo)- South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Black and white photo of a male lion at night

24. Saffari Traffic

Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Black and white photo of a giraffe on track

25. Quench Your Thirst

African leopard (Panthera pardus) - Africat Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre, Namibia

Black and white photo of a leopard drinking

26. A True Specimen

Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) - Lake Naivasha National Park, Kenya

Black and white photo of an antelope waterbuck

27. Family Crossing

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana) - Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Black and white photo of 5 elephants crossing a river

28. The Great Herd At Rest

Blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) - Masai Mara, Kenya

Black and white landscape photo of wildebeest herd

29. The Unbreakable Bond

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana) - Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Black and white photo of an elephants mother & calf

30. Prowler

African Leopard (Panthera pardus) - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Black and white photo of a leopard climbing up a tree

31. Parched

African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana) - Etosha National Park, Namibia

Black and white photo of an elephant face closeup

32. The Lion Queen

Lion (Panthera leo)- South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Black and white photo of a female lion - medium shot

33. A Beautiful Day To Be A Giraffe

Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) - Etendeka, Namibi

Black and white photo of a giraffe backlit by the morning sun

Images from Europe

34. Can I Eat You?

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) - Bjornsundet, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway

Black and white photo of a polar bear lying on ice

35. Morning On The Moor

Dartmoor pony (Equus ferus caballus) - Dartmoor, United Kingdom

Black and white  close up photo of a pony on the moors

36. Sea Runner

Brunnich Guillemot (Uria lomvia) - Svalbard Archipelago, Norway

Black and white photo of a bird running on water just before takeoff

37. Scratch That Itch

Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) - Svalbard Archipelago, Norway

Black and white photo of a reindeer scratching

38. Googly Eyes

Grey seal pup (Halichoerus grypus) - Donna Nook, United Kingdom

Black and white photo of a seal close up looking straight into the lens

39. Life On The Edge

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) - Svalbard Archipelago, Norway

Black and white photo of sea ice landscape with a polar bear and mountains in the background

40. Is That Heaven?

Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) - Svalbard Archipelago, Norway

Black and white photo of a bird in flight with clouds

41. Just Chilling

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) - Svalbard Archipelago, Norway

Black and white Photo of a polar bear lying on ice with reflection in the water

42. Settling In

Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) - Svalbard Archipelago, Norway

Black and white photo of an arctic tern bird on ice

43. Mirage

Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) - Svalbard Archipelago, Norway

Black and white photo of a bird flying over water with reflection


Images from Antarctica and South Georgia Island

44. The Lost World

King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus)- Salisbury Plain, South Georgia Island

Black and white landscape photo with 1000s of penguins and dramatic cloudy sky

45. The Organic Submarine

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) - Charlotte Bay, Antarctica

Black and white photo of a whale tail fluke

46. Fearless

Chinstrap Penguins (Pygoscelis antarcticus)– Cierva Cove, Antarctica

Black and white photo of 12 penguins diving into the ocean with waves crashing on the rocks

47. Slumber

Antarctic Fur seal pup (Arctocephalus gazelle) – Salisbury Plain, South Georgia Island

Cute black and white photo of a seal pup sleeping

48. The Great Waddler

King penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) - Salisbury Plain, South Georgia Island

Black and white photo of a penguin walking towards the viewer

49. Check Out My Chinstrap

Chinstrap Penguins (Pygoscelis antarcticus) – Cierva Cove, Antarctica

Black and white photo of a chinstrap penguin in profile

50. Birds Of A Feather

King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus)- Salisbury Plain, South Georgia Island

Black and white landscape photo of penguins on a rocky beach with dramatic clouds above

51. Before The Splash

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) - Charlotte Bay, Antarctica

Black and white photo of a whale breaching

52. Honey, I'm Home!

King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) - Salisbury Plain, South Georgia Island

Black and white photo of a penguin couple courting

53. Glad That Day Is Over

Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) D'Hainaut Island, Antarctica

Black and white photo of a seal sleeping on snow

54. Royalty

King penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) - Salisbury Plain, South Georgia Island

Black and white portrait photo of a king penguin close up

55. Going Down

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)- Charlotte Bay, Antarctica

Black and white photo of a whale tail fluke with water dripping

56. The Launch

Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus)– Cierva Cove, Antarctica

Black and white photo of a chinstrap penguin diving into the ocean

57. Straight As A Beak

King penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) - Salisbury Plain, South Georgia Island

Black and white photo of a penguin face

Images from Asia

58. Bulldozed

Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) – Khao Sam Muk, Thailand

Black and white photo of a monkey sitting on the side of a on street

59. Dancer

Black-spotted stingray (Taeniurops meyeni) - South Ari Atoll, Maldives

Black and white photo of a stingray spinning round

If you enjoyed these black and white animal photos, be sure to check out the rest of Martin's website and social media accounts to see more interesting wildlife shots of your own. Once again, all images are available for purchase as high-quality giclée prints in various sizes from the MS Store.


If you're interested in following your own passion for wildlife photography, be sure to check out Martin's in-depth article the ultimate guide to photographing wildlife and his Ultimate Guide to Underwater Photography.

About the Author

Martin Sean is a fine art wildlife photographer specializing in black and white prints. He has over 20 years of experience and has visited many of the world’s best locations for photographing wildlife. Originally focusing on underwater photography, he has since diversified his portfolio and is now passionate about all aspects of nature and wildlife photography.


Martin is based in London, UK but is always planning his next trip in search of more stunning images. The places where he has enjoyed photographing wildlife the most so far include Mongolia, Svalbard, Antarctica, South Georgia, Vietnam, Namibia, Kenya, Egypt and, of course, his native United Kingdom.

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