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
1st Place/ Grand Prize:
A male orangutan peers from behind a tree while intersecting a river in Borneo, Indonesia.
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