These colorful homes in China's Sichuan Province make up part of the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, which teaches the tenets of Tibetan Buddhism. Once home to 40,000 monks, nuns, and disciples, it has now become a site of conflict. In the summer of 2016, the Chinese government demolished a large swath of the homes, citing safety concerns, but Free Tibet advocates say it's part of the effort to assimilate the area into the Communist Party.

Houses on a Hill

These colorful homes in China's Sichuan Province make up part of the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, which teaches the tenets of Tibetan Buddhism. Once home to 40,000 monks, nuns, and disciples, it has now become a site of conflict. In the summer of 2016, the Chinese government demolished a large swath of the homes, citing safety concerns, but Free Tibet advocates say it's part of the effort to assimilate the area into the Communist Party.
Photograph by Anton Gautama, National Geographic Your Shot

Photo of the Day: Best of June

Every day, we feature an image chosen from thousands submitted to our photo community, Your Shot. Here are some highlights from June.

One thing that resonated with me while editing this month’s submissions to Your Shot was the strong use of color. My favorite images in June used bold, vibrant hues to accenuate the hustle and bustle of the big city or to highlight the remarkable beauty of the environment and its wildlife. From the spectacular blue walls of Patagonia's Marble Caves to the unique red homes of Larung Gar in China's Sichuan Province, these photos' application of color—whether dramatic or understated—kept me lingering on each frame.

June's top shots creatively used color to stand out from the bunch.

Francis Rivera is the producer of Photo of the Day, a curated look at photography from National Geographic’s photo community, Your Shot . Melody Rowell writes and researches the captions. Submit your photos and you could be published online or in our magazines.

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