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    The way ... Maharashtra India
    Composition 6
    Lighting 2
    Creativity 1
    Story 3

    What drew us to this image is the bleakness of the scene—the colorless sky, the endless mounds of rubbish—dissected by one curving path and a lone man in red lost in thought, pushing his bicycle. Often these color palettes and subject matter are off–putting, but in this case, it’s the picture’s strength. This picture makes you want to know more about the history and future of these mounds. Why is this path here and what is this man’s story? It’s a different look at an urban landscape not traditionally thought of as beautiful, and yet somehow here it almost is.

    Sadie Quarrier
    Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine