This month, 2 photos shared the first place for photo of the month, as voted by BME members. This is the first of the 2 photos, by Dimitris Makrygiannakis.

This is what Dimitris remembers about that photo:

This is a photo I discovered recently, looking into my archives. In October 2012, I spent 3 weeks in the city of Varanasi, India. Main purpose of my stay in Varanasi was a workshop I attended, by Magnum photographer Nikos Economopoulos. The day before this photo was taken, a major religious festival, Durga Puja, was taking place. I attended it with the hope of a good photo, but no luck. During the festival, statues of various gods made of plaster where carried around and celebrated. Next morning, I woke up to take one of my usual morning strolls along the Ganges river. With the first sight of the river I noticed something different. All those statues from the celebrations of the previous day were thrown in the river, plaster got dissolved in the water, and only the metal and straw based inside part of the statues remained. This looked like a corpse in my eyes, and the river was full of corpses. I knew then that I had a different element for my photos. Thank you Durga Puja……