Beating out 11,000 other entries, the Singapore-based photographer Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan will take home a grand prize of $7,500
The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, announced last week, saw Singapore-based photographer Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan taking home the grand prize with an image he captured of an Indonesian organutan peering across a river.
Bojan, an Indian citizen who spends most of his time working out of Singapore, had his picture, called “Face to face in a river in Borneo,” selected from 11,000 entries.
Judges from the panel explained in an interview with Channel News Asia that Bojan’s image was chosen after impressing them with its ability to capture the animal’s “poignant” qualities.
Photo by @Jayaprakash_bojan | After over 11,000 photo submissions from around the world, our panel of judges has named the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year! Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan of Singapore is this year's grand prize winner for his stunning shot of an enormous male orangutan, waist-deep in a river, shyly peeking from behind a tree. Our judges were impressed by how the poignant image spoke to the impact deforestation is having on the habitat of this critical endangered species. See all of this year's spectacular award-winning photos at natgeo.com/photocontest (link in profile).
In addition to being featured in National Geographic Magazine and on the publication’s Instagram account, the Singapore-based photographer will be taking home the grand prize of $7,500.
Each year, thousands of photographers from around the world submit pictures to be considered for the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest and are asked to file these pictures under the possible categories of wildlife, landscape, aerials or underwater.
The Southeast Asia Globe has collected the winning images from each of these categories, however, you can view all of the honourable mentions from the contest on National Geographic’s website.
Karim Iliya, from Haiku, Hawaii, took home the top prize within the landscapes category for her picture of volcanoes in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
Todd Kennedy, an Australian photographer from New South Wales, claimed the top spot under the aerials category. To win this category, Kennedy captured Sydney at high tide from the vantage point of looking down at a rock pool.
From Vancouver, Washington, Jim Obester was named the winner for the underwater category with a picture he took of an anemone.