2017 National Geographic ‘Nature’ Photographer of the Year.
The story behind how Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan photographed an orangutan crossing a river in Indonesia is nearly as good as the image itself.
Bojan, from Singapore, has beaten 11,000 other entries to be named 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year.
Bojan took “Face to face in a river in Borneo” after waiting patiently into the supposedly crocodile-invested Sekoyner River in Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo.
Photograph by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. A male orangutan peers from behind a tree while crossing a river in Borneo, Indonesia.
After spending several days on a houseboat photographing orangutans in the park, Bojan learned of 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 near the suspected location, a ranger spotted the orangutan the next morning. As they drew near, Bojan decided to get into the water so the boat did not scare the primate. About 1.5 metres deep in a river, Bojan captured the photo when the orangutan peeked out from behind a tree to see if the photographer was still there.
Photograph by Todd Kennedy, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 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.
“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,” said Bojan.
He has won US$10,000 ($14,242) and will have his winning image published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine and featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.
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 of New South Wales, Australia, won first place in the Aerials category for a photo of a rock pool in Sydney at high tide.
Photograph by Karim Iliya, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. 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.
All of the winning photos, along with the honourable mentions, can be viewed at natgeo.com/photocontest.
Photograph by Jim Obester, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Blue-filtered strobe lights stimulate fluorescent pigments in the clear tentacles of a tube-dwelling anemone in Hood Canal, Washington.