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In Photos | Winners of the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest

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THIRD PLACE, PEOPLE

Love of Life

Photo and Caption By: Avishek Das

A Hindu devotee kisses his newborn baby during the Charak Puja festival in West Bengal, India. Traditional practice calls for the devotee to be pierced with a hook and sometimes swung from a rope. This painful sacrifice is enacted to save their children from anxiety. While covering the festival, I was able to view the religious practice from the perspective of Hindu devotees. I tried to capture the moment of love between a father and his child—and show a father’s concern for his little son.

Location: Kālna, Bengal, India