Winning entries of National Geographic’s picture contest

A stunning shot of an orangutan crossing an Indonesia river has been named the winner of a prestigious nature photography award.

The shot, by Singapore photographer Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan, was selected as the winner of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. He has won $10,000 and will have his winning image published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine and featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.

Mr Bojan captured the dramatic image while wading in five feet of water in the Sekoyner River in Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo. And after being announced as the winner, he 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.’ The contest also saw awards handed out in four different categories – landscapes, underwater, wildlife and aerials.

Karim Iliya of Haiku, Hawaii, won first place in the landscapes category for a mesmerising photo from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Jim Obester of Vancouver, won first place in the underwater category for an incredible photo of an anemone and 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.

Scroll down to see the eye-popping winners.