Mint’s best photos of 2015

Significant events make for meaningful photographs. This compilation of some of our best photographs of the year that speak a thousand words


65-year-old Pasha Sheikh stand outside Mumbai’s Deonar abattoir, one of Asia’s largest, which was badly hit after the beef ban in Maharashtra. Sheikh had worked there for 40 years. After the ruling, the number of animals slaughtered there has almost halved and many of the butchers have lost their job. Photographed by Aniruddha Chowdhury in April
65-year-old Pasha Sheikh stand outside Mumbai’s Deonar abattoir, one of Asia’s largest, which was badly hit after the beef ban in Maharashtra. Sheikh had worked there for 40 years. After the ruling, the number of animals slaughtered there has almost halved and many of the butchers have lost their job. Photographed by Aniruddha Chowdhury in April

2015 has been an eventful year to say the least and what can capture the essence of the significant moments better than vibrant photos that convey a lot more than what meets the eyes?

With the new year just a few hours away, we take this time to look back at some of the best captures by our photographers.

Manja (toughened kite thread) makers of Bareilly photographed by Ramesh Pathania on 8 September 2015. Every man who is a manja maker in Bareilly is expected to produce 12 reels of manja in a day—900m make up one reel. They get just Rs.100 a day for their work. The industry has downsized after the arrival of Chinese manja in 2011.
Manja (toughened kite thread) makers of Bareilly photographed by Ramesh Pathania on 8 September 2015. Every man who is a manja maker in Bareilly is expected to produce 12 reels of manja in a day—900m make up one reel. They get just Rs.100 a day for their work. The industry has downsized after the arrival of Chinese manja in 2011.

Members of the transgender community gather at the first Durga Puja by the community along with a local Club in north Kolkata.The Durga idol was also a first of its kind as it depicted a transgender Durga or ‘Ardhanarishvara’. Photographed by Indranil Bhoumik on 9 October, 2015.
Members of the transgender community gather at the first Durga Puja by the community along with a local Club in north Kolkata.The Durga idol was also a first of its kind as it depicted a transgender Durga or ‘Ardhanarishvara’. Photographed by Indranil Bhoumik on 9 October, 2015.

The day Sister Nirmala passed away in Kolkata. Sister Nirmala succeeded Mother Teresa as head of her organization Missionaries of Charity. Photographed by Indranil Bhoumik on 23 June 2015.
The day Sister Nirmala passed away in Kolkata. Sister Nirmala succeeded Mother Teresa as head of her organization Missionaries of Charity. Photographed by Indranil Bhoumik on 23 June 2015.

Modi Sugar mill in Modi Nagar captured by Priyanka Parashar in February 2015.
Modi Sugar mill in Modi Nagar captured by Priyanka Parashar in February 2015.

Wrestling sisters Mansi Ahlawat (in Red) and Khushi Ahlawat (in Blue) come from a rural Haryana but they aim high— they want to win the Olympic medal. This photo was a part of our aspiration series of stories. Photo by Priyanka Parashar on 09 November 2015.
Wrestling sisters Mansi Ahlawat (in Red) and Khushi Ahlawat (in Blue) come from a rural Haryana but they aim high— they want to win the Olympic medal. This photo was a part of our aspiration series of stories. Photo by Priyanka Parashar on 09 November 2015.

Several temples at Ram Kund, Nashik undergoing repair work as a part of the Kumbh Mela preparation. This photo was taken on 5 July 2015 by Abhijit Bhatlekar.
Several temples at Ram Kund, Nashik undergoing repair work as a part of the Kumbh Mela preparation. This photo was taken on 5 July 2015 by Abhijit Bhatlekar.

Rally volunteers of the major parties in the three-pronged political war between Congress, BJP and AAP for the Delhi assembly election are seen snacking on jalebee post campaign work. Photographed on 5 February 2015 by Pradeep Gaur.
Rally volunteers of the major parties in the three-pronged political war between Congress, BJP and AAP for the Delhi assembly election are seen snacking on jalebee post campaign work. Photographed on 5 February 2015 by Pradeep Gaur.

Indian politician and senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, L.K. Advani photographed by Priyanka Parashar in June.
Indian politician and senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, L.K. Advani photographed by Priyanka Parashar in June.

A bird’s eye view of the concrete jungle in Noida as photographed by Ramesh Pathania on 23 May 2015.
A bird’s eye view of the concrete jungle in Noida as photographed by Ramesh Pathania on 23 May 2015.

Prasadam is been served after the afternoon puja. The Brahmin community who have been served food on banana leaf sit in a different dining hall than the general public who eat from steel plates. Nearly 10,000 to 13,000 people is fed every day at the Sri Krishna temple, Udupi, Karnataka. Photographed on 26 April 2015 by Hemant Mishra
Prasadam is been served after the afternoon puja. The Brahmin community who have been served food on banana leaf sit in a different dining hall than the general public who eat from steel plates. Nearly 10,000 to 13,000 people is fed every day at the Sri Krishna temple, Udupi, Karnataka. Photographed on 26 April 2015 by Hemant Mishra

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