Winners of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Each year, the prestigious National Geographic magazine organizes several competitions to discover and reward new photographers. If a few months ago, the magazine celebrated the best travel photos, it is now the winners of the most beautiful nature photos that have just been unveiled. Among more than 11,000 entries, it was a photo of an orangutan crossing a river in Tanjung Puting National Park in Indonesia that scored the jury.

The photo, entitled Face to face in a river in Borneo, was captured by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan, a photographer from Singapore. Thanks to this particularly successful image, he won $10,000 and will be published in a future issue of National Geographic magazine and in the magazine’s Instagram account.

To get this shot, the photographer had to spend time in 1.50 metres of water and wait patiently for the orangutan to cross. He explains to the National Geographic:

“Honestly, sometimes you get insensitive when things like this happen. You’re so caught off guard that you don’t really know what’s going on. You don’t feel pain, mosquito bites or cold, because your mind is completely lost in what’s happening in front of you.”

Mother’s Love. Second Place, Wildlife. An adult Caribbean pink flamingo feeds a chick in Yucatán, Mexico. Both parents alternate feeding chicks, at first with a liquid baby food called “crop milk,” and then with regurgitated food. (© Alejandro Prieto/National Geographic Your Shot)
Illuminate. Third Place, Landscapes. A summer thunderstorm unleashes lightning on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. (©Mike Olbinski/National Geographic Your Shot)
Rock Pool. First Place, Aerials. In Sydney, Australia, the Pacific Ocean at high tide breaks over a natural rock pool that was enlarged in the 1930s. Avoiding the crowds at the city’s many beaches, a local swims laps. (© Todd Kennedy/National Geographic Your Shot)
Face to Face in a River in Borneo. Grand Prize Winner and First Place, Wildlife. A male orangutan peers from behind a tree while crossing a river in Borneo, Indonesia. (© Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan/National Geographic Your Shot)
Meandering Canyon. People’s Choice, Aerial. Green vegetation blooms at the river’s edge—or riparian zone—of a meandering canyon in Utah. 
(© David Swindler/National Geographic Your Shot)
Kalsoy. People’s Choice, Landscapes. Sunset illuminates a lighthouse and rainbow in the Faroe Islands. (© Wojciech Kruczynski/National Geographic Your Shot)
Fluorescent Anenome. First Place, Underwater. Blue-filtered strobe lights stimulate fluorescent pigments in the clear tentacles of a tube-dwelling anemone in Hood Canal, Washington. (© Jim Obester/National Geographic Your Shot)
Firefall. First Place, Landscapes. 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. (© Karim Ilya/National Geographic Your Shot)
Flying fish in Motion. Third Place, Underwater. Buoyed by the Gulf Stream, a flying fish arcs through the night-dark water five miles off of Palm Beach, Florida. (© Michael O’Neill/National Geographic Your Shot)
Dushanzi Grand Canyon. Second Place, Landscapes. Sunlight glances off mineral strata of different colors in Dushanzi Grand Canyon, China. (© Yuhan Liao/National Geographic Your Shot)
Great Gray Owl. People’s Choice, Wildlife. A great gray owl swoops to kill in a New Hampshire field. (© Harry Collins/National Geographic Your Shot)
In Your Face. Second Place, Underwater. Typically a shy species, a Caribbean reef shark investigates a remote-triggered camera in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen marine-protected area. (© Shane Gross/National Geographic Your Shot)
Drift. People’s Choice, Underwater. A Portuguese man-of-war nears the beach on a summer morning. Thousands of these jellyfish wash up on Australia’s eastern coast every year. (© Matthew Smith/National Geographic Your Shot)
White Fighters. Third Place, Wildlife. Two grey herons spar as a white-tailed eagle looks on in Hungary. (© Bence Mate/National Geographic Your Shot)
Cold and Misty. Honorable Mention, Landscapes. Morning fog blurs the dead trees of Romania’s Lake Cuejdel, a natural reservoir created by landslides. (© Gheorghe Popa/National Geographic Your Shot)
Life after Life. Honorable Mention, Aerials. Migratory gulls take flight from a cedar tree being washed downstream by a glacial river in British Columbia, Canada. (© Agathe Bernard/National Geographic Your Shot)
Macaque Maintenance. Honorable Mention, Wildlife. A Japanese macaque indulges in some grooming time on the shores of the famous hot springs. (© Lance McMillan/National Geographic Your Shot)
Predators on a Bait Ball. Honorable Mention, Underwater. Preparing to strike, tarpon cut through a ribbon-like school of scad off the coast of Bonaire in the Caribbean Sea. (© Jennifer O’Neil/National Geographic Your Shot)
From Above. Second Place, Aerials. Snow-covered metasequoia trees, also called “dawn redwoods,” interlace over a road in Takashima, Japan. (© Jade Snow/National Geographic Your Shot)
Drip. Third Place, Aerials. On the flanks of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai’i, the world’s only lava ocean entry spills molten rock into the Pacific Ocean. After erupting in early 2016, the lava flow took about two months to reach the sea six miles away. (© Greg C./National Geographic Your Shot)