2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Grand Prize Winner | Photograph by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan (@jayaprakash_bojan)
“A male orangutan peers from behind a tree while crossing a river in Borneo, Indonesia,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan. “Rampant palm oil cultivation threatens this critically endangered ape, forcing the normally arboreal species to resort to unusual behavior — such as wading through crocodile-infested rivers — in order to survive.”
After over 11,000 photo submissions from around the world, @natgeo’s panel of judges has named Jayprakash Joghee Bojan as the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. The judges were impressed by how this poignant image spoke to the impact deforestation is having on the habitat of this critical endangered species. Check out our Instagram Story to read @natgeo’s interview with Bojan. Congratulations @jayaprakash_bojan!