Paper lanterns by Prasad Ambati (8 images)

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Thousands of flying lanterns create a sea of light as they are reflected floating over a lake. Mirrored in the water the 3,000 lanterns, made from rice paper and bamboo, also appear to be candles on the surface they are drifting above.

Crowds of people pull out cameras and admire the pretty lanterns they have just released into the night sky as part of a magical annual festival. Some are so moved by the experience they even shed tears as the lights soar high into the darkness...
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