The Richness of “Poor” Places

National Geographic is currently sorting through thousands of submissions to its annual photo contest, but NPR has already plucked out a few of its favorites. From buffalo-racing in Bali to locals laying out on the rooftops of Varanasi, India, each of the selected images highlight the vibrant, charming and complex daily lives of those living in developing countries. And, though they’re often deemed as “poor” nations, the richness and old-world grandeur of these places really stand out when compared to the bland concrete structures of urban cities. View the photos on NPR.