The winning images from Nat Geo Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

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National Geographic has revealed the winners of their annual Nature Photographer of the Year contest.

The Grand Prize and Nature Photographer of the Year title went to Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan of Singapore, who captured an orangutan crossing a river in Indonesia’s Tanjung Puting National Park.

More than 11,000 entries were received this year, with Bojan bagging $10,000 in prize money, in addition to his image being included in an upcoming issue of National Geographic.

Speaking about the shot, he said to Nat Geo:

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.

Sydney's Todd Kennedy, the winner of the Travel category in our 2016 Photographer of the Year competition, was the first place winner in the aerials category with a drone shot of Mona Vale pool, while Stanwell Park's Matthew Smith was a People's Choice winner.

You can see all the winners and runners-up below and on the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year website.

Aerials

1st place
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.
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.
2nd place
Photograph by Takahiro Bessho, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Snow-covered metasequoia trees, also called dawn redwoods, interlace over a road in Takashima, Japan.
Photograph by Takahiro Bessho, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Snow-covered metasequoia trees, also called dawn redwoods, interlace over a road in Takashima, Japan.
3rd place
Photograph by Greg C., 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. 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.
Photograph by Greg C., 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. 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.
Honourable mention
Photograph by Agathe Bernard, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Migratory gulls take flight from a cedar tree being washed downstream by a glacial river inBritish Columbia, Canada.
Photograph by Agathe Bernard, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Migratory gulls take flight from a cedar tree being washed downstream by a glacial river in British Columbia, Canada.
People's choice
Photograph by David Swindler, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Green vegetation blooms at the river’s edge, or riparian, zone of a meandering canyon in Utah.
Photograph by David Swindler, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Green vegetation blooms at the river’s edge, or riparian, zone of a meandering canyon in Utah.

Landscapes

1st place
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.
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.
2nd place
Photograph by Yuhan Liao, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Sunlight glances off mineral strata of different colors in Dushanzi Grand Canyon, China.
Photograph by Yuhan Liao, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Sunlight glances off mineral strata of different colors in Dushanzi Grand Canyon, China.
3rd place
Photograph by Mike Olbinski Photography, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. A summer thunderstorm unleashes lightning on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Photograph by Mike Olbinski Photography, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. A summer thunderstorm unleashes lightning on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Honourable mention
Photograph by Gheorghe Popa, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Morning fog blurs the dead trees of Romania’s Lake Cuejdel, a natural reservoir created by landslides.
Photograph by Gheorghe Popa, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Morning fog blurs the dead trees of Romania’s Lake Cuejdel, a natural reservoir created by landslides.
People's choice
Photograph by Wojciech Kruczyński, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Sunset illuminates a lighthouse and rainbow in the Faroe Islands.
Photograph by Wojciech Kruczyński, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Sunset illuminates a lighthouse and rainbow in the Faroe Islands.

Underwater

1st place
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.
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.
2nd place
Photograph by Shane Gross, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Typically a shy species, a Caribbean reef shark investigates a remote-triggered camera in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen marine protected area.
Photograph by Shane Gross, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Typically a shy species, a Caribbean reef shark investigates a remote-triggered camera in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen marine protected area.
3rd place
Photograph by Michael Patrick O’Neill, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Buoyed by the Gulf Stream, a flying fish arcs through the night-dark water five miles off Palm Beach, Florida.
Photograph by Michael Patrick O’Neill, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Buoyed by the Gulf Stream, a flying fish arcs through the night-dark water five miles off Palm Beach, Florida.
Honourable mention
Photograph by Jennifer O’Neil, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Preparing to strike, tarpon cut through a ribbon-like school of scad off the coast of Bonaire in the Caribbean Sea.
Photograph by Jennifer O’Neil, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Preparing to strike, tarpon cut through a ribbon-like school of scad off the coast of Bonaire in the Caribbean Sea.
People's choice
Photograph by Matthew Smith, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. 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.
Photograph by Matthew Smith, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. 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.

Wildlife

2nd place
Photograph by Alejandro Prieto, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. 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.
Photograph by Alejandro Prieto, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. 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.
3rd place
Photograph by Bence Mate, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Two grey herons spar as a white-tailed eagle looks on in Hungary.
Photograph by Bence Mate, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Two grey herons spar as a white-tailed eagle looks on in Hungary.
Honourable mention
Photograph by Lance McMillan, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. A Japanese macaque indulges in some grooming time on the shores of the famous hot springs.
Photograph by Lance McMillan, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. A Japanese macaque indulges in some grooming time on the shores of the famous hot springs.
People's choice
Photograph by Harry Collins, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. A great gray owl swoops to kill in a New Hampshire field.
Photograph by Harry Collins, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. A great gray owl swoops to kill in a New Hampshire field.
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