Hide and seek for a winner

Singapore-based nature photographer Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan (above) has clinched the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year award that drew more than 11,000 submissions from around the world, the magazine said yesterday.

The stunning shot of a male orang utan, titled Face To Face In A River In Borneo (left), was taken in Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The 41-year-old full-time photographer told The Straits Times that he took the photo in August this year for a book on endangered primates across Asia.

He said: "(The orang utan) was initially a bit scared, so it hid behind the tree. But I stood behind another tree. This image that won the award was taken when it was checking to see if I was still there."

Mr Jayaprakash, who moved to Singapore from India two years ago with his wife, said his biggest inspiration was the Singapore Zoo, which he credits as "one of the best zoos in the world".

The photo, which earned him the grand prize of US$7,500 (S$10,150), drew more than 820,000 likes in seven hours on National Geographic's Instagram page. The contest was open to entries under four categories - Wildlife, Landscapes, Aerials and Underwater - from Sept 5 to Nov 17.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2017, with the headline 'Hide and seek for a winner'. Print Edition | Subscribe