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This month we have been looking for an image inspired by the celebrations of India.
Celebrations in India provide plenty of opportunities for photographers to capture colourful and interesting shots! It was one of the hardest months to select a shortlist with so many great photos submitted. Thank you to everyone who took part.
We’ve selected our favourite images from all the entries this month. There is a prize for the winner so make your choice and vote below! Voting finishes Sunday 31st October.
1. Faith by Chandni Dossani
Every year in mid-summer, Lord Jagannath, with his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, goes on vacation, travelling on grand chariots, from his temple in Puri, to his garden palace in the countryside. This belief of the Hindus has given rise to one of the biggest religious festivals in India — the Rath Yatra or the Chariot Festival. In this picture, a man is trying to apply kohl in his eyes with the tip of a sword, an extremely dangerous task!
2. Dashama Festival by Sonali Dalal
Dashama Festival is celebrated in Gujarat during month of Shravan, i.e. sometime in August. It is dedicated to Goddess Dashama and celebrated for 10 days. After 10 days statue of the goddess is submerged in the river. It is a very colourful festival and celebrated with much fanfare by certain communities.
3. Diwali with diyas made at home by Ashika Sripathi
Learn more about Diwali, the Festival of Lights in our featured post of the month
4. Ganesh Chaturthi festival by Arti
Ganesha Chaturthiis the Hindu festival of Ganesha. For 10 days Ganesha is worshipped and on the 11th day, the statue is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, and fanfare to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off known as Ganesh Visarjan
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