National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2017: stunning winners revealed

Molly McElwee
Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan's winning image: Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan/2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year winners have been announced and the images are as incredible as you'd expect.

The annual competition run by the magazine is judged in four categories - wildlife, aerial, underwater and landscapes - with first, second, third, honourable mention and people's choice prizes awarded in each.

The overall winner was announced as Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan of Singapore, who captured “Face to face in a river in Borneo", an image of an orangutan crossing a river in Indonesia’s Tanjung Puting National Park. The photographer waited in five feet of water for hours to get the perfect shot, and said: “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.”

He beat out 11,000 other entries to win the $10,000 prize money and the right to have his image featured in National Geographic magazine.

The other winners included exotic images captured in Japan, Australia, Hawaii, Romania, the Faroe Islands and Canada. Shots of rainbows meeting the sea at sunset, lava cascading down volcanos, a macaque ape enjoying a head massage and flamingos feeding their young were amongst the highlights of an impressive selection.

Check out our gallery above of all the winning entries.

For more info, visit the National Geographic website.