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National Geographic Photographer of the Year 2017

Published on December 21, 2017
National Geographic has announced the winner of 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest.

Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan of Singapore grabbed the award of 10,000 dollars for his photo titles “Face to face in a river in Borneo,”
Also, his photo will be published in the upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine and the same was featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.

What is the photo about?

The image clicked by Bojan features an orangutan crossing a river in Indonesia’s Tanjung Puting National Park. He spent a week on a houseboat in Sekoyner River in Tanjung Puting National Park where he clicked several images of orangutan but his winning image was clicked at a location where a male orangutan had crossed the river –­ unusual behavior that he knew he had to capture. He got into five-feet deep water which was supposedly home to freshwater crocodiles and captured the award-winning image. The award is worth all his risks. 

Other Awardees

There are wildlife, landscapes, aerials, and underwater for the entries and one winner was chosen from each category. Bojan was declared winner in the wildlife photography where other winners are:
  • Karim Iliya of Haiku, Hawaii, won first place in the Landscapes category for a photo from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  • Jim Obester of Vancouver, Wash., won first place in the Underwater category for a photo of an anemone
  • 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

Expected Questions

Who won the National Geographic Photographer of the Year Award 2017 in wildlife photography category?
a. Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan
b. Karim Iliya
c. Jim Obester 
d. Todd Kennedy

What title is given to the award-winning photograph of National Geographic Photographer of the Year in wildlife photography category?
a. Encounter with Orangutan in Borneo
b. Orangutan face in Borneo
c. Face to face in a river in Borneo
d. None of these

Which of the following category is not included in the National Geographic Photographer of the Year Awards 2017?
a. Landscape
b. Wildlife
c. Aerials
d. Nature
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