National Geographic Your Shot

[ 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner ] Unreal | Photograph by Jassen Todorov (@jassensf)
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“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,” writes Jassen Todorov. “By capturing scenes like this one, I hope we will all become more conscious of and more caring toward our beautiful planet.”

Go to our Instagram Story to see more winners from the 2018 @natgeo Photo Contest, and for the swipe up link to read the feature story about how @jassensf made this photo.

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@mflaugher

You are sooo right!! Awesome photo

@luck_be_a_lady_702

👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

@kevin_is4real

Dream big, work hard, and you will succeed

@vaha_igor

🛬 💙

@mamz__photography

WooooW 👌🏻👍🏻👌🏻

@richardwylie1017

Congratulations @jassensf - absolutely fantastic outcome mate!! Well done!!

@zee.1541

Come on America stop killing our planet. Put your people to work and recycle

@backpacker1996_

Omg this one is epic

@traveling.lensman

Conscious and caring about the environment. What’s going to happen to these cars and what impact will it have on the environment??

@defender.tom

Hey Germany, get your garbage out of our yard.

@thefran1412

The cars seem like pixels on a screen so cool 😍.

@batisw

look left

@birfotograf

📷👍

@jordonstanley

So @natgeoyourshot is anything being done to recycle these cars or repurposing in any way? Or are they just sitting there not only serving as a waste to the manufacturing process to build them, but also as essentially a giant patch of useless litter breaking down in the elements? California is so backwards in so many of their regulations, attempting to prevent particular negative things while creating other negative things.

@nidhijaya_varun

👍😎📸

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