The light in this photograph is beautifully sculpted and the colors of the students' garments work so perfectly together. The image is simple in composition, and while at first I was bothered by the way the boy in the foreground's ear blocks the middle boy's right eye - I found myself drawn to that part of the frame and how perfectly the ear follows the middle child's nose ridge. This painterly image was a unanimous "in" as a beautiful addition to this week. View and vote on all of The Week in Pictures selections: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3842331/
Talibes, or religious students, pause to listen to their teacher between reading verses from the Koran at an Islamic school in Thies, Senegal, on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The students beg on the streets, collecting alms for a marabout, or religious leader, in return for food, accommodation and religious lessons as part of Senegal's Mouride sect of Islam.