The #Love2020 competition, organized by free-to-use mobile app Agora, asked photographers from all continents, cultures, and religions to show what love means to them through their own camera lens.

The contest was launched on January 3rd on Agora, the mobile app where photographers, whether amateur or professional, can participate in international photo contests for a chance to win recognition and cash prizes (from $1,000 to $25,000) and where the global audience can vote on humanity's best creations.

More than 11,823 photos have been submitted to the contest, featuring adorable scenes from families, couples, and pet owners all over the world.

50 finalists have been selected for the final voting stage: it's now in humanity's hands to decide which photo should be crowned 'Best Photo in the World of #Love2020' and win the $1,000 prize by voting for their favorite finalist shot on the free-to-use Agora app. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 18th February.

Which photo struck you the most? Don't forget to upvote your favorites!

More info: agoraimages.com

#1

Old Love

Old Love

@caokynhan (Vietnam)

Location: Phu Yen province, Vietnam

"I took this picture when I saw my father showering my mother. It was their very emotional moment. My mother had a stroke and hemiplegia so she couldn't take care of herself. My father is the one who takes care of my mother every day. If I win, I will give the $1,000 prize to my parents."

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Sterrinatu
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4 days ago

I hope you win!

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#2

Dogs

Dogs

@Mondscheinfotografie (Germany)

Location: Düsseldorf, Germany

"My two Australian shepherds happily struck the pose for me! These two are best friends who always go paw-in-paw."

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
3 days ago

Sweeties

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#3

Family Love

Family Love

@adeelchishti (Pakistan)

Location: Kasur City Punjab, Pakistan

"Sisterhood at its fullest: the pure essence of love between 3 sisters. The elder ones take great responsibility and pride in educating the youngsters."

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glowworm2
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4 days ago

How cute are these happy little girls?

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#4

Love Bite

Love Bite

@pranab_basak (India)

Location: Majhdia, West Bengal, India

"During the summer storm season in the rural area of Bengal, parakeet nests often get destroyed. This parakeet baby bird got rescued by this rural kid who takes care of it with so much love and kindness."

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
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3 days ago

Learning kindness, caring and love of another life is priceless.

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#5

Love

Love

@a.rosenthal (Germany)

Location: Cologne Zoo, Germany

"It was a very moving scene for me. The mother kept drawing the infant close to herself, taking care of it with all her love. The little one was very playful and just like us, humans, it tried to free itself from the clasp of its mother again and again to explore the world alone. I am convinced of this monkey mother's deep love for her child. Just as I love my child, she loves hers. For me, there is no greater feeling, no more beautiful and pure way to love than that of the parents to their children."

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Kathy Baylis
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3 days ago

And there are those who still insist animals have no feelings. They do have feelings. They have the purest feelings you’ll ever see.

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#6

Happy With You

Happy With You

by @eightman (Ghana)

Location: Aburi Garden, Ghana

"I sat down for hours just trying to write down how it feels to spend those happy moments and days with someone you love, it turns out to be much difficult than I easily do when I capture them in pictures. But the question is, "How often do you find a person that admires you for who you are, puts up with you every single time and still say they love you at the end of the day, strives to make you smile to whom your happiness matters, never makes you feel like an option but a decision"? I really don't know how often you find someone like that, all I know is when you have that someone, make every effort to keep them. I had to stand up on a chair and shoot the photo from above without knowing if I captured it well or not. All I knew is I had the vision, and expected it to look that way. And it did."

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
3 days ago

Adorable!

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#7

Brothers

Brothers

@kallayan (Bangladesh)

Location: Khulna, Bangladesh

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Carolina Marshall
Community Member
3 days ago

It reminds me of the movie Lion. If you haven't watch it, go and watch it now!

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#8

Ulos

Ulos

@georock888 (Indonesia)

Location: Samosir Island, North Sumatera, Indonesia

"I visited the area which is quite famous for its Ulos handwoven textile fabrics. The craftswoman's grandson hugged her from behind, and she welcomed him with a happy smile. This is what true love looks to me."

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Carolina Marshall
Community Member
3 days ago

Truly, the most beautiful necklace a grandmother can wear, are the loving arms of her grandchild.

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#9

Innocent Smile

Innocent Smile

@myatzawhein (Myanmar)

Location: Kyaukse Township, Myanmar

"When I visited the primary school, I saw these two school girls laughing and having a sweet friendship moment. Feeling the love from a friend is very important at this age."

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Iva Kazalova
Community Member
2 days ago

This is beautiful, i love it!

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#10

Wholeheartedly

Wholeheartedly

@jayeshvijuda (India)

Location: Chhotaudaipur, India

"It started raining as I was heading home, at that moment I spotted a mother and her child trying to stay dry under a plastic blanket. They warmed my heart!"

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#11

Kiss

Kiss

@asmodalemdedy (Indonesia)

Location: Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia

"I was lucky enough to photograph my cousin's wedding. The way they were looking at each other was very moving, I'm glad I captured this moment on camera."

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
3 days ago

I took one like this except the sunlight was was coming through their lips.

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#12

Family Time

Family Time

@alexclifford (UK)

Location: Jersey, UK

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pajd
Community Member
2 days ago

Favourite....

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#13

Cat Lady

Cat Lady

@nyinchan212 (Myanmar)

Location: Inle Lake, Myanmar

"I was visiting the monastery nearby when we stumbled upon the cutest stray kitten. My cat-lover girlfriend couldn't resist but adopting it and bringing it back home with us!"

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Naoko Yamaguchi
Community Member
4 days ago

Sooooo beautiful!

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#14

Father Love

Father Love

@jordisark (Spain)

Location: Barcelona, Spain

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
3 days ago

One of the most wonderful things to witness is the true love between a father and his daughter. And it comes with such great responsibility... He sets the example for the man she will marry whether he wants to or not.

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#15

To Love

To Love

@fdilekuyar (Turkey)

Location: KahramanMaraş, Turkey

"When you love someone, you get rid of all the chaos that surrounds you and focus only on that special feeling. Time stops and everything else loses its importance. It was so hard to take this photo because goats don't really abide by photographers when it comes to striking a pose."

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Erynne
Community Member
3 days ago

I love this :)

#16

Birds Kiss

Birds Kiss

@dikyedarling (Indonesia)

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

"It is true what they say: love is all around us!"

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R L
Community Member
20 hours ago

They look similar to a bird we have in SA called the Cape White-eye, also from the virens species.

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#17

The Strong Bond

The Strong Bond

@AsimIjaz (Pakistan)

Location: Gujrat, Pakistan

"The little angel was seeing her aunty for the first time in months. I just came out of my car and heard her shouting for her aunty, then she just ran towards her for hugs and kisses. It was a magical moment of pure love. Aunties have a very special place in the kids' hearts."

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Colin Leetham
Community Member
2 days ago

Lovely... some of the best times in my life have been with my aunts.

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#18

Glory Of Love

Glory Of Love

@barcerumbaku (Indonesia)

Location: Sentani, Papua, Indonesia

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*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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3 days ago

That's gorgeous!

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#19

Love

Love

by @damiane (Georgia)

Location: Tbilisi, Georgia

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
4 days ago

Those Windows are amazing!!

#20

Family Love

Family Love

@bzhyoann (France)

Location: Saulce-sur-Rhône, France

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C
Community Member
3 days ago

I wish I had macaroon cakes when I was 6!

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#21

Mother Love

Mother Love

@jevgenij (Russia)

Location: Riga, Latvia

"Mother love is the strongest link that brings humans together. Here are my wife and newborn son enjoying the love they have for each other."

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ERIN W.
Community Member
9 hours ago

Such an awesome moment!

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#22

Bananas Love

Bananas Love

@pejuang_keluarga (Indonesia)

Location: Kendari, Indonesia

"This single mom sells bananas at the local market to provide for her kids. It must be quite hard to take care of children while working at the same time, but she does it with a lot of love and patience."

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Colin Leetham
Community Member
3 days ago

Moms can carry the weight of the world...

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#23

Mom And Son Love

Mom And Son Love

@huydangpham (Vietnam)

Location: Kon Tum Province, Vietnam

"This was just shortly after bathtime, I was very moved by the way they were staring at each other. If I get to win the $1,000, I will use it to fund a photo book project about ethnic groups in Vietnam so that future generations shall never forget about traditions."

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Melissa Hudson
Community Member
1 day ago

What a beautiful picture!

#24

The Kiss

The Kiss

@anskar (Germany)

Location: Namibia

"Two Brown fur seals "kissing" in a crowd of even more seals. There are up to hundreds of thousand seals in this area which of course comes with a certain smell and noise!"

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Rowlie
Community Member
4 days ago

Sealed with a kiss

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#25

A Wonderful Moment Never Gets Old

A Wonderful Moment Never Gets Old

@bigbounyalith

Location: Sydney, Australia

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
3 days ago

One of the most heartwarming things I see in my daily life at work, running errands, relaxing at the park... Is elderly couples holding hands and supporting each other with every step -- in love, in life, in health, in pain and finally in death. My envy is palpable...

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#26

Love Is All You Need

Love Is All You Need

@ksenia_zaiets (Portugal)

Location: Peniche, Portugal

"If the photo could emit sounds, then one could hear how the seagulls screamed beautifully on the ocean and with a crash, the waves broke on the shore. This photo shows how strong love can be between two people. Despite the fact that there is a storm, one thing remains unchanged - lovers hold each other tightly by the hand. Love always wins. "

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Prince Maroochy
Community Member
3 days ago

I love how they look so small, it almost symbolizes the couple standing strong together even as the tides change. :)

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#27

Love Is Love

Love Is Love

@cvnsky (Netherlands)

Location: Wijk bin Duurstede, Netherlands

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Lady Phoenixx
Community Member
3 days ago

As a queer person this would be awsome for it to be normalized. I've been with my partner 13years and even we still don't hold hands in public in certain areas because of people's reactions

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#28

Just You And The Sound Of Waves

Just You And The Sound Of Waves

@photolivestudio (France)

Location: Nice, France

"Two lovers enjoying the view from the blue chairs located in Nice's world-famous avenue 'Promenade des Anglais'. If I win the contest, I will get a surprise gift for my wife to celebrate our 20 years of love later this month!"

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Colin Leetham
Community Member
3 days ago

Lovely

#29

Deltebre

Deltebre

@pinapli (Spain)

Location: Bali, Indonesia

"Love is all about enjoying your surroundings with the person you care about. "

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C
Community Member
3 days ago

Slightly scary wondering how far away the ground is!

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#30

Love Story

Love Story

@andylam (Vietnam)

Location: Tay Ninh City, Vietnam

"On the first day of Lunar New Year 2020, I was going around my neighborhood with my beloved camera to capture some special moments when I spotted this beautiful couple. The emotion I want to transmit in this photo is the beauty of teenage love: when you fall in love for the first time and feel this special vibration in your heart. This feeling is some of the most beautiful in our entire lives, that we will never forget. We should love more every day to make our lives happier and meaningful."

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Note: this post originally had 50 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.