Selected from over 11,000 enterings, a wildlife photo of an orangutan crossing a river in Indonesiaa

s Tanjung Puting National Park has been selected as the grand-prize win of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition. The photo, named a

Face to face in a river in Borneo, a

was captured by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan of Singapore. He has won $10,000 and will have his winning image published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine and featured on the @NatGeo Instagram report.

Bojan took the win photo after awaiting patiently in the Sekoyner River in Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo, Indonesia. After investing several days on a houseboat photographing orangutans in the park, Bojan learned of a location where a male orangutan had crossed the river a

A unusual behaviour that he knew he had to capture. After awaiting a day and night near the suspected place, a ranger spotted the orangutan the next morning at a place a few minutes up the river. As they outlined near, Bojan decided to get into the water so the barge 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, a

Honestly, sometimes you just go blind when things like this happen. Youa

re so caught up. You really dona

t know whata

s happening. You dona

t seem the pain, you dona

t seem the mosquito bites, you dona

t feel the cold, because your brain is completely lost in whata

s happening in front of you.a

Karim Iliya of Haiku, Hawaii, won first place in the Landscapes category for a photo from Hawaia

i Volcanoes National park; Jim Obester of Vancouver, Wash ., won first place in the Underwater category for a photo of an anemone; and Todd Kennedy of New South Wales, Australia, won first place in the Aerials category for a photograph of a rock pool in Sydney at high tide.

The magistrates for the contest were National Geographic magazinea

s senior photo editor of natural history assignments, Kathy Moran, National Geographic photographer Anand Varma, and photographer Michaela Skovranova.

Contestants submitted photos in four categories a

Wildlife, Landscape, Aerials and Underwater a

through National Geographica

s photography community, Your Shot. All of the winning photos, along with the honorable mentions, may be viewed at photocontest.


1st Place/ Grand Prize:

A male orangutan peers from behind a tree while intersecting a river in Borneo, Indonesia.

2nd Place:

An adult Caribbean pink flamingo feeds a chick in YucatA! n, Mexico. Both parents alternate feeding chicks, at first with a liquid baby food called crop milk, and then with regurgitated food.

3rd Place:

Two grey herons spar as a white-tailed eagle appears on in Hungary.

Honorable Mention

A Japanese macaque indulges in some grooming period on the shores of the famous hot springs.

People’s Choice

A great gray owl swoops to kill in a New Hampshire field.


1st Place:

Shortly before twilight in Kalapana, Hawaia

i, a fragment of the cooled lava tubing transgressed away, leaving the molten stone to fan in a fiery spray for less than half an hour before returning to a steady flow.

2nd Place:

Sunlight glances off mineral strata of different colorings in Dushanzi Grand Canyon, China.

3rd Place:

A summer thunderstorm unleashes lightning on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Honorable Mention

Morning fog blurs the dead trees of Romaniaa

s Lake Cuejdel, a natural reservoir created by landslides.

People’s Choice

Sunset illuminates a lighthouse and rainbow in the Faroe Islands.


1st Place:

Blue-filtered strobe light energize fluorescent pigments in the clear tentacles of a tube-dwelling anemone in Hood Canal, Washington.

2nd Place:

Typically a shy species, a Caribbean reef shark investigates a remote-triggered camera in Cubaa

s Gardens of the Queen marine safeguarded region.

3rd Place:

Buoyed by the Gulf Stream, a flying fish arcs through the night-dark water five miles off Palm Beach, Florida.

Honorable Mention

Preparing to strike, tarpon cut through a ribbon-like school of scad off the coast of Bonaire in the Caribbean Sea.

People’s Choice

A Portuguese man-of-war nears the beach on a summertime morning; thousands of these jellyfish wash up on Australiaa

s eastern coast every year.


1st Place:

In Sydney, Australia, the Pacific Ocean at high tide shatters over a natural boulder pool enlarged in the 1930 s. Avoiding the crowds at the citya

s many beaches, a local swims laps.

2nd Place:

Snow-covered metasequoia trees, likewise called sunrise redwoods, interlace over a street in Takashima, Japan.

3rd Place:

On the flanks of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaia

i, the worlda

s only lava ocean enter spills molten rock into the Pacific Ocean. After erupting in early 2016, the lava flowing took about two months to reach the sea, six miles away.

Honorable Mention

Migratory gulls take flight from a cedar tree being rinsed downstream by a glacial river in British Columbia, Canada.

People’s Choice

Green vegetation blooms at the rivera

s side, or riparian, zone of a meander valley in Utah.

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