National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Submitted by Andrea Bruchwitz on Tue, 12/19/2017 - 06:34
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© Photograph by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

An orangutan crossing a river in Indonesia’s Tanjung Puting National Park holds on to a huge tree and watches photographer Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan cautiously. This magic moment is captured in Bojan’s stunning photograph Face to Face in a River in Borneo, which was selected as the winner of the renowned National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest.

Singaporean wildlife photographer Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan’s submission was selected from over 11,000 entries and his photo will be published on the cover of National Geographic.

Bojan, who was wandering through the crocodile infested waters, describes the moment: “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.”

National Geographic honors breathtaking nature photography in various categories each year. Hawaii-based photographer Karim Iliya was selected as the winner of the Landscape category for his lava photo from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

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© Photograph by Karim Iliya, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Jim Obester’s photograph of an anemone won first place in the category Underwater .

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© Photograph by Jim Obester, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Here are more price-winning photos of the categories aerials, landscapes, wildlife and underwater.

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© Photograph by Todd Kennedy, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

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© Photograph by Yuhan Liao, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

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© Photograph by Takahiro Bessho, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

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© Photograph by Alejandro Prieto, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

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© Photograph by Jennifer O’Neil, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

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