A homeless family sleeps under an overpass in New Delhi, India, on April 25, 2012. The most recent government census of India's urban homeless, completed in 2001, estimated that they number in excess of 778,599.
With 1.2 billion people already, India is expected to reach 1.6 billion by 2050—and to overtake China as the world's most populous country by 2030. (Read "Population: 7 Billion" in National Geographic magazine.)
Why We Love It
"It's unusual to see a warm, loving moment in a photograph of people in deep poverty. This image really humanizes this family, making them more than a category or a symbol."—Chris Combs, news photo editor
"There they are, sleeping under a bridge, but at the same time they look so relaxed and carefree, the smiles on their faces so genuine. In fact, if the photographer hadn't included the edge of that bridge, we wouldn't have known what conditions the family was living in."—Echo Xie, photography intern