A person bares it all while carrying a pink purse during the 2010 Kumbha Mela festival in Haridwar, India. The picture was submitted to National Geographic's My Shot in December.
The city, which sits on the sacred Ganges River, is one of the seven holiest places for Hinduism. It's also one of the four centers that hosts Kumbha Mela, which occurs every four years and is the religious equivalent of the Olympics, according to the National Geographic Channel's blog.
Why We Love It
"Every time this picture came up in our edit, we had to pause and discuss. To me, it actually doesn't seem like much of an extraordinary scene, except for the shiny, pink purse hanging on the arm of someone wearing no clothes. It's sort of a simple frame in composition, but there is so much within it to make you want to explore a bit more. The textured, long hair, the lines and crinkles in the orange fabric, and, well, the shiny pink purse. I kind of also want to say, Just because you're naked, doesn't mean you can't accessorize."—Katel Ledu, director of photography
"This image is about the purse. The bright, pink, purse. In a crowd of muted tones, the pink purse screams at the viewer and creates curious questions. Why is this person carrying a purse, when no one else seems to be? Why carry a purse if you're not wearing clothes? What is in the purse? This is such an unexpected situation, that the photo creates conversation each time it's viewed."—Sarah Polger, senior photo editor