15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Floating carcass in Varanasi

Poor families, who cannot afford to buy enough firewood for the cremation, dump partially burnt dead bodies into the Ganges river in India. Unregulated disposal of more than 3000 human cadavers and 6000 animal carcasses into the Ganges every year pose a serious health risk to the people dependent on it.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Varanasi, India
Camera: NIKON D800
Copyright: © Harikrishna Katragadda