This photo was taken in a small Southern Indian village during the Mayana Soora Thiruvizha festival. The festival is devoted to Angalamman, a guardian deity worshiped in Southern India. It was the merit prize winner of the National Geographic Travelers photo contest.
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Kowloon’s Walled City was one of the most densely populated places on
Earth, with hundreds of houses stacked on top of each other. The
settlement was demolished in 1990s, and now a park and new buildings
stand on its ruins.
Photograph: Andy Yeung/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year
A powerful eruption of the Colima volcano in Mexico on 13 December 2015.
That night, the weather was dry and cold, and the friction in the ash
particles generated a lightning bolt about 600 metres long between the
ash and the volcano.
Photograph: Sergio Tapiro Velasco/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year