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In pics: National Geographic reveals winners of Nature Photographer of the Year contest

Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan/ 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)
Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan/ 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC have unveiled the winners of the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest.

The grand prize winner is ‘Face to face in a river in Borneo’, an image of an orangutan crossing a river in Indonesia’s Tanjung National Park.

The photo, chosen from 11,000 entries, was captured by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan of Singapore.

He has won $10,000 and will have his image published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine and featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.

Photographer Bojan took the photo after waiting patiently in the Sekoyner River in Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo, Indonesia.

After spending several days on a houseboat photographing orangutans in the park, Bojan found out about a location where a male orangutan had crossed the river –­ unusual behaviour that he knew he had to capture.

After waiting a day and night, a ranger spotted the orangutan the next morning a few minutes up the river.

As they drew near, Bojan decided to get into the water so the boat did not scare the primate.

About five feet deep in a river supposedly home to freshwater crocodiles, Bojan captured the photo when the orangutan peeked out from behind a tree to see if the photographer was still there.

On capturing the photo, Bojan said, “Honestly, sometimes you just go blind when things like this happen. You’re so caught up. You really don’t know what’s happening. You don’t feel the pain, you don’t feel the mosquito bites, you don’t feel the cold, because your mind is completely lost in what’s happening in front of you.”

Karim Iliya won first place in the Landscapes category for a photo from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park; Jim Obester won first place in the Underwater category for a photo of an anemone and Todd Kennedy won first place in the Aerials category for a photo of a rock pool in Sydney at high tide.

The judges for the contest were National Geographic magazine’s senior photo editor of natural history assignments, Kathy Moran, National Geographic photographer Anand Varma, and photographer Michaela Skovranova.

natgeo.com/photocontest

See the winners of the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year below 

Wildlife

First Place – Wildlife 

1st Place/Grand Prize: Photograph by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan, National Geographic Your Shot A male orangutan peers from behind a tree while crossing a river in Borneo, Indonesia. -http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/
<em>(Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />A male orangutan peers from behind a tree while crossing a river in Borneo, Indonesia.

Second Place – Wildlife 

<em>(Alejandro Prieto/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />An adult Caribbean pink flamingo feeds a chick in Yucatán, Mexico. Both parents alternate feeding chicks, at first with a liquid baby food called crop milk, and then with regurgitated food.

Third Place – Wildlife

<em>(Bence Mate/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em>. Two grey herons spar as a white-tailed eagle looks on in Hungary.

Honourable Mention – Wildlife

<em>(Lance McMillan/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />A Japanese macaque indulges in some grooming time on the shores of the famous hot springs.

People’s Choice – Wildlife

<em>(Harry Collins/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />A great gray owl swoops to kill in a New Hampshire field.

Landscapes

First Place – Landscapes 

<em>(Karim Iliya/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />Shortly before twilight in Kalapana, Hawai’i, a fragment of the cooled lava tube broke away, leaving the molten rock to fan in a fiery spray for less than half an hour before returning to a steady flow.

Second Place – Landscapes 

<em>(Yuhan Liao/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />Sunlight glances off mineral strata of different colors in Dushanzi Grand Canyon, China.

Third Place – Landscapes 

<em>(Mike Olbinski Photography/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />A summer thunderstorm unleashes lightning on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Honourable Mention – Landscapes 

<em>(Gheorghe Popa/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />Morning fog blurs the dead trees of Romania’s Lake Cuejdel, a natural reservoir created by landslides.

People’s Choice – Landscapes 

<em>(Wojciech Kruczyński/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />Sunset illuminates a lighthouse and rainbow in the Faroe Islands.

Underwater 

First Place – Underwater

<em>(Jim Obester/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />Blue-filtered strobe lights stimulate fluorescent pigments in the clear tentacles of a tube-dwelling anemone in Hood Canal, Washington.

Second Place – Underwater

<em>(Shane Gross/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>) –</em> Typically a shy species, a Caribbean reef shark investigates a remote-triggered camera in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen marine protected area.

Third Place – Underwater 

<em>(Michael Patrick O’Neill/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />Buoyed by the Gulf Stream, a flying fish arcs through the night-dark water five miles off Palm Beach, Florida.

Honourable Mention – Underwater 

<em>(Jennifer O’Neil/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />Preparing to strike, tarpon cut through a ribbon-like school of scad off the coast of Bonaire in the Caribbean Sea.

People’s Choice – Underwater 

<em>(Matthew Smith/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />A Portuguese man-of-war nears the beach on a summer morning; thousands of these jellyfish wash up on Australia’s eastern coast every year.

Aerials 

First Place – Aerial 

<em>(Todd Kennedy/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />In Sydney, Australia, the Pacific Ocean at high tide breaks over a natural rock pool enlarged in the 1930s. Avoiding the crowds at the city’s many beaches, a local swims laps.

Second Place – Aerial 

<em>(Takahiro Bessho/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />Snow-covered metasequoia trees, also called dawn redwoods, interlace over a road in Takashima, Japan.

Third Place – Aerial

<em>(Greg C/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />On the flanks of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai’i, the world’s only lava ocean entry spills molten rock into the Pacific Ocean. After erupting in early 2016, the lava flow took about two months to reach the sea, six miles away.

Honourable Mention – Aerials 

<em>(Agathe Bernard/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />Migratory gulls take flight from a cedar tree being washed downstream by a glacial river in British Columbia, Canada.

People’s Choice – Aerials 

<em>(David Swindler/ 2017 <a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/">National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year</a>)</em><br />Green vegetation blooms at the river’s edge, or riparian, zone of a meandering canyon in Utah.