The #Love2020 photography contest, organized by free-to-use mobile app Agora, asked amateur and professional photographers from all continents, cultures, and religions to show what love means to them through their own camera lens.
The love photos 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 photos.
More than 11,823 beautiful photos have been submitted to the contest, featuring adorable scenes from families, cute 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 idea 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.
Do these photos answer the age-old question 'What is Love?" Don't forget to upvote your favorites!
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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."
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."
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."
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
"My two Australian shepherds happily struck the pose for me! These two are best friends who always go paw-in-paw."
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."
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."
Location: Khulna, Bangladesh
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."
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."
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!"
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."
Location: Jersey, UK
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!"
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."
Location: Barcelona, Spain
The Strong Bond
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."
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
"It is true what they say: love is all around us!"
by @damiane (Georgia)
Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Glory Of Love
Location: Sentani, Papua, Indonesia
Location: Saulce-sur-Rhône, France
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."
Mom And Son Love
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."
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."
"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!"
Love Is All You Need
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. "
A Wonderful Moment Never Gets Old
Location: Sydney, Australia
Love Is Love
Location: Wijk bin Duurstede, Netherlands
Just You And The Sound Of Waves
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!"
Location: Bali, Indonesia
"Love is all about enjoying your surroundings with the person you care about. "
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."
Note: this post originally had 50 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.