The Big Picture reader travel photo competition winner announced, June 2015
Varanasi pulses with life, but it is also the place where Hindus prefer to die. Where the city meets the sacred Ganges River, is a line of ghats (steps) along which you can walk. Most of the ghats provide access to the river for bathing and for puja ceremonies, while a few are used exclusively as cremation. Holy men line the ghats (steps) and give blessings, and life's daily body and spiritual cleansing rituals are practised all day and night. You can hire a boat and guide and take a boat ride on the Ganges and watch the wonder of Varanasi, unfold, silently, before your eyes. Photo: Gary Pullar
Selecting from the best of more than 2500 images received over the past six months, Sydney Morning Herald photo editor Mags King, The Age photo editor Leigh Henningham, traveller.com.au editorial producer Kylie McLaughlin and Fairfax Media's Clique Photographers Association manager Louisa Kirby have chosen a winner.
Congratulations to Gary Pullar for his winning image of Varanasi, in The Big Picture, a competition for amateur photographers. Pullar and a friend will travel to the Maldives for five nights, with return flights courtesy of Singapore Airlines and Singapore Airlines Holidays and the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.
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