When times get rough, hope is essential to keep our heads up and battle out life’s challenges. From acts of compassion to the birth of a newborn, hope can manifest in many different ways.

Here are 50 of the best photos selected among the #Hope2019 Photo Contest by AGORA images, a free-to-use photography app that has been rewarding the world's biggest prizes in global photo contests since 2017.

Photographers from all around the world show us what hope means to them, reminding us that beauty and kindness still exist in our world. Check out the top 50 photos that will warm your heart, make you smile and give you hope!

Which photo resonated with you the most? Comment and vote for your favorite one!

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#1

Childhood Is A Memorable Time In Our Life

Childhood Is A Memorable Time In Our Life

@ashee_phtgrphy (India)

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Foxxy 3 months ago

Omg that kids smile is awesome.

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#2

New Generation

New Generation

@larakuti (Indonesia) Taken in Indonesia.

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Aneesha Prasannan 3 months ago

Remembering that scene from Moana❤❤❤

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#3

Hope

Hope

@leylaemektar (Turkey)

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Lily Faith 3 months ago

I love this I'm crying

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#4

#followher

#followher

@icnworld (Netherlands) Taken at Labor Day in Amsterdam.

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boredpanDaman 3 months ago

powerful!

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#5

Smile

Smile

@imanzha (Indonesia)

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Dani 3 months ago

My favorite! They look so happy!

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#6

Hope To Survive

Hope To Survive

@altone (Lithuania) "A picture of my daughter's and her 97 year old great grandmother's hands. With this photo, I wanted to show that old people are still needed for their experience, wisdom, and sharing."

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Doober 3 months ago

Wow, such a meaningful photo

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#7

Life Begins, Tiny Stork Babies

Life Begins, Tiny Stork Babies

@lexluther (Sweden) "First moments of life for these stork babies."

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Zelda Blue 3 months ago

If storks deliver human babies, who delivers stork babies?

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#8

Sunray

Sunray

@victordevalles (Spain)

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Tiny Dancer 3 months ago

Being called home to the mothership. Stunning!

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#9

Smiles

Smiles

@mohamedeldor (Egypt)

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Madeline Meyers 3 months ago

peekaboo!

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#10

Family

Family

@lightpalmer (Tanzania)

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boredpanDaman 3 months ago

humans are beautiful beings.

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#11

Never Give Up

Never Give Up

@tutul1410 (Bangladesh) Taken at a centre for paralysed people in Bangladesh.

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Bec Snyder 3 months ago

As someone who has recently become disabled, I spent 8 months mourning the things I can't do any more. Depressing! One day, I decided to celebrate the things I CAN do, and that spurred me to find workarounds for the things that used to be "can'ts". That became very empowering!

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#12

Firefighter

Firefighter

@asadksungkar (Indonesia)

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Rhon 3 months ago

Heroes

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#13

Big Happy Six

Big Happy Six

@eighthman (Ghana)

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SH Kaiser 3 months ago

This is an excellent photograph

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#14

Live

Live

@diego_mr (Spain) "A mum-to-be and her grandmother are sharing a bonding moment."

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GoodWolf 3 months ago

Pictures like these make me cry for some reason since I'm a mom :)

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#15

I Miss You

I Miss You

@irlansteven (Indonesia) "A widowed man misses the love of his life, and hopes to reunite with her in the afterlife."

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Alberto Cevallos 3 months ago

Not crying... not crying... not crying at work... crying in the bathroom...

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#16

Despite The Alarming Climate Change, There Is Still Hope. All We Have To Do Is Act

Despite The Alarming Climate Change, There Is Still Hope. All We Have To Do Is Act

@real_raypotter (Philippines). Taken during a volunteer event for an environmentally friendly organization. "I hope that this micro-effort will have a macro-effect in saving our planet."

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Angelica Pasquali 3 months ago

This is so true, there is still hope :)

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#17

Spring'

Spring'

@joshuajthurston (Palu City) "A delicate flower is sprouting as spring slowly comes back."

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Tiny Dancer 3 months ago (edited)

Now that's a great depiction of hope springing eternal! Does anyone else see a person on the left sharing the flower with a giant mouth on the right?

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#18

All Soul's Day

All Soul's Day

@azimronnie (Bangladesh)

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BusLady 3 months ago

Visiting and honoring loved ones who have departed is very comforting.

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#19

Promises To Heaven

Promises To Heaven

@ajuriaguerra (Spain) Taken in Tibet. "A Tibetan monk throws his promises of hope to heaven."

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Tiny Dancer 3 months ago

Oh, Geoffrey, who hurt you, buddy? Such a depressing life if all you can see here is trash. So many moments of beauty in this crazy old world if you just open your eyes. Namaste, Geoffrey, namaste.

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#20

Into The Flames...

Into The Flames...

@seinq (Malaysia) "A shot of a firefighter sacrificing his life, doing his job and keeping everybody safe. A bus caught on fire and it was a total disaster, and the firefighters came. Everyone was safe, there were no injuries. I was there at the right moment and the right time, and this firefighter has done what he was supposed to do."

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WaffleFryLife 3 months ago

this is a beautiful photo. i seriously admire firefighters for being the kind of people who will literally run into flames to save a person they've never met, just because they're a person with a life. their selflessness is incredible.

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#21

Hope

Hope

@wunderbilder (Germany)

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Dani 3 months ago

This is a gorgeous photo! I love it!

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#22

The Sound Of Hope

The Sound Of Hope

@kuyaoyo (Philippines) "This photo was taken among a group of underprivileged Filipino students in a music class."

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Kathy Baylis 3 months ago

I love programs like this. You never know which one will end up a professional musician, maybe even earning a scholarship because of their musical ability. Talent, like intelligence, is not determined by socioeconomic status.

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#23

Dance/Fighter

Dance/Fighter

@ojodevaca (Peru) Taken during the rehearsal of a male ballet group in Lima.

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Nikki D 3 months ago

For some reason I thought men couldn't dance on point.

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#24

Te Doy Lo Mejor De Mi

Te Doy Lo Mejor De Mi

@marinatesalia (Spain) "A mother breastfeeding her baby. Children growing up healthy and protected are the great hope of the earth."

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Nikki D 3 months ago

How can people be offended by this? So sweet and pure.

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#25

Attitude

Attitude

@kike_p73 (Spain) "The photo represents how children are the future and the hope of humanity."

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BusLady 3 months ago

They can be anything they want to be.

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#26

Brotherhood

Brotherhood

@gabrieleraffaelli (Italy)

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Tamera Gardner 3 months ago

The color palate is breathtaking.

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#27

Group Hope

Group Hope

@msubirats (Spain)

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Toujin C'Thlu 3 months ago

This is actually a yearly festival in Spain. As much as I like high places, I don't think I'd be very good at something like this.

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#28

Morning

Morning

@rajkumarmarko (India)

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BusLady 3 months ago

I'd love to see that every morning.

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#29

Pray Time

Pray Time

@ravir (Sri Lanka)

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Colette Walsh 3 months ago

I feel enriched by these photos

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#30

The Believer

The Believer

@jevgenij (Latvia) Taken in Greece.

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Kathy Baylis 3 months ago

True, sincere faith is a beautiful—-and rare—-thing to behold.

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#31

Winners

Winners

@arnieuo (Philippines) Taken in the Philippines. "The photo was taken at a kids outreach program in the Philippines. The kids just won a group game and their expressions portray the happiness that can come from the simple things in life."

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BusLady 3 months ago

The one little girl in front on the right looks so sad.

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#32

Symbol

Symbol

@theeastwoodexperience (Ghana)

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boredpanDaman 3 months ago

pure beauty

#33

Food For Blessing

Food For Blessing

@rafayat (Bangladesh) Taken at a temple in Bangladesh.

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BusLady 3 months ago

So much lovely color in this one.

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#34

Working For A Living

Working For A Living

@dikyedarling (Indonesia)

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Tiny Dancer 3 months ago

Excellent photo, but I'm struggling with the "hope" aspect. Makes me hopeful this poor woman gets a break in life if that counts.

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#35

Living With Trash

Living With Trash

@franspatadungan (Indonesia) Taken in Indonesia. "If the AGORA community chose me as the #HOPE2019 winner, then I would use the prize to continue the anti-plastic campaign in my small town."

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Andy boi 3 months ago

Wait, isn’t this supposed to give us hope? This is just depressing.

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#36

Love

Love

@spykevasu (India) Taken in India.

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Kathy Baylis 3 months ago

Love is love is love. Not matter where you live.

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#37

The Hope Of The Future

The Hope Of The Future

@rollimages (Philippines) Taken in Dubai.

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Sarah Schoenhaar 3 months ago

I wonder how the photographer achieved this striking effect?

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#38

Selalu Dalam Keindahan Dan Kebahagiaan

Selalu Dalam Keindahan Dan Kebahagiaan

@recaear (Indonesia)

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boredpanDaman 3 months ago

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lame. we ve seen this since 'gone with the wind'

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#39

Undefined

Undefined

@soneath (Cambodia) Taken in Cambodia.

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BusLady 3 months ago

The whole world awaits you, children.

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#40

Playing On The Railway

Playing On The Railway

@maula039 (Indonesia)

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Lori Rutherford 3 months ago

How can I not. Be grateful for the life I have?! God bless you all for your strength and courage 💙

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#41

Where There's Life, There's Hope

Where There's Life, There's Hope

@rockmagery (Ghana) "A group of fishermen going fishing despite [there being] no fish in the area."

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BusLady 3 months ago

I'm just thinking about the local population going hungry or even starving.

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#42

Hope For Peace

Hope For Peace

@jieshunsu (Philippines) "This girl is praying for peace at her village's Buddhist temple."

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boredpanDaman 3 months ago

i think all of them are

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#43

Mother And Incense

Mother And Incense

@ayesha.2000 (Sri Lanka) "Incense holds an invaluable role in Buddhist ceremonies. In this photo taken in one of the biggest Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka, a mother is praying to give people hope and confidence for the future."

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boredpanDaman 3 months ago

how do you know what she's praying for?

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#44

Just Came Out

Just Came Out

@anjali2890 (India) Taken in India. "The person is coming out of the fog of confusion and problems, now there is a hope to go towards a right path."

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Bored Onion 3 months ago

That person came out so I am too. I'm not straight, but not gay. I'm not going to identify as anything in particular. I'm just me, and that's okay

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#45

Environmental Hope

Environmental Hope

@photollarena (Spain)

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N G 3 months ago

Top photo

#46

Money And Smile

Money And Smile

@salimbhayangkara (Indonesia) Taken at a wedding ceremony.

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BusLady 3 months ago

Better than throwing a bouquet or rice, eh?

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#47

Heads Or Tails, There's Always A Choice

Heads Or Tails, There's Always A Choice

@anandu_venpakal (India) "When faced with deciding whether to make a change, flipping a coin can put you in the right direction."

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BusLady 3 months ago

Or sometimes the wrong direction. I would not rely on a coin toss to direct my future. Lol

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#48

Hoping For A Bright Future

Hoping For A Bright Future

@koi_harvey60 (Philippines) Taken at a monk orphanage in Myanmar.

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Aunt Messy 3 months ago

"Hope"? Not for those kids. Their lives are already over.

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#49

Pilgrims Performing Tawaf

Pilgrims Performing Tawaf

@tanveer.rohan (Meca)

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lailyfnoor 3 months ago

For people who hate being in the crowd, this situation could be very stressful

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#50

Releasing Birds For Hope

Releasing Birds For Hope

@emrahuygun (Turkey) Taken in Cambodia.

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BusLady 3 months ago

I've never understood this practice. It seems cruel to the birds.

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