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Monks take a stroll in front of the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, Tibet (Photograph by Yu Shi, National Geographic Your Shot)

Your Shot Photo of the Month: Window on Tibet

Simple, yet with a strong sense of place.

That’s what stood out about this image of Tibet’s historic Tashilhunpo Monastery from the 7,000 submissions we received for the #BestoftheWorld hashtag challenge we hosted on Your Shot, National Geographic’s online photo community.

“I especially liked how the lines of the walkway, walls, and windows cross the frame from all different directions, making for a very graphic composition,” says Traveler associate photo editor Ben Fitch.

San Diego-based photographer Yu Shi found himself drawn to the architecture and colors of the monastery, which is located in Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city.

“I was attracted to those particular windows,” says Shi, who travels to Asia for business. “I like their shape and the color, and I waited there 30 to 40 minutes until a couple of monks walked by. The peacefulness you can feel through the photo reflects the spirit of Buddhism.”

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