Hundreds of temples provide a perfect backdrop as more than 20 hot air balloons are silhouetted against the sunrise. The early morning light creates an ethereal look to these photographs which were taken from the top of one of the many temples in Bagan, Burma.
Photographer Alberto Maccagno, 43, of Barge, Piedmont, Italy, spent the previous day before taking these pictures exploring the valley in search of the best place to capture the hot air balloons. He woke up at 4am and was 50m high, after climbing a temple, to take these photos. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.