Ada Derana Sri Lankan of the Year 2017, felicitating outstanding individuals and groups of the island nation, was held for the second consecutive year at the Colombo Hilton on 27 September 2017.
Fourteen awards in total were presented to a range of individuals from a range of fields and professions.
Leading Aircraftsman Naveen Dhanushka Rathnayaka was presented the "Bravery Award" for rescuing four persons who had fallen into the Batticaloa lagoon in a three wheeler.
The awards ceremony was launched last year to honour and celebrate individuals and groups whose efforts and achievements have far reaching influence on the country, positively impacting the local community and helping to profile Sri Lanka among the international community.
Winners were nominated across multiple categories such as Sports, Global Entertainer, Unsung Hero, Entertainer, Global Scientist, Icon, Entrepreneur, and Global Businessman.