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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Unreal

Thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars sit idle in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert. Models manufactured from 2009 to 2015 were designed to cheat emissions tests mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Following the scandal, Volkswagen recalled millions of cars. Aerial image (photographed from a plane).

This photo is a finalist in the American Experience category of our 16th Annual Photo Contest. See all 60 finalists here.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2018
Date Uploaded: 08.2018
Photo Location: California, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Jassen Todorov
Awards
Photo of the Day: 10.03.18
Editor's Pick
Finalist