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 photography contests since 2017.
Amateur and professional photographers from all around the world submit their interesting photos for our photography awards that show us what hope means to them, reminding us that beauty and kindness still exist in our world. Check out the top stunning pictures that will warm your heart, make you smile, and give you hope!
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Childhood Is A Memorable Time In Our Life
Taken in Indonesia.
Taken at Labor Day in Amsterdam.
Hope To Survive
"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."
Life Begins, Tiny Stork Babies
"First moments of life for these stork babies."
Never Give Up
Taken at a centre for paralysed people in Bangladesh.
Big Happy Six
"A mum-to-be and her grandmother are sharing a bonding moment."
I Miss You
"A widowed man misses the love of his life, and hopes to reunite with her in the afterlife."
Despite The Alarming Climate Change, There Is Still Hope. All We Have To Do Is Act
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."
@joshuajthurston (Palu City)
"A delicate flower is sprouting as spring slowly comes back."
All Soul's Day
Promises To Heaven
Taken in Tibet.
"A Tibetan monk throws his promises of hope to heaven."
Into The Flames...
"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."
The Sound Of Hope
"This photo was taken among a group of underprivileged Filipino students in a music class."
Taken during the rehearsal of a male ballet group in Lima.
Te Doy Lo Mejor De Mi
"A mother breastfeeding her baby. Children growing up healthy and protected are the great hope of the earth."
"The photo represents how children are the future and the hope of humanity."
@ravir (Sri Lanka)
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."
Food For Blessing
Taken at a temple in Bangladesh.
Working For A Living
Living With Trash
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."
The Hope Of The Future
Taken in Dubai.
Selalu Dalam Keindahan Dan Kebahagiaan
Taken in Cambodia.
Playing On The Railway
Where There's Life, There's Hope
"A group of fishermen going fishing despite [there being] no fish in the area."
Hope For Peace
"This girl is praying for peace at her village's Buddhist temple."
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."
Just Came Out
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."
Money And Smile
Taken at a wedding ceremony.
Heads Or Tails, There's Always A Choice
"When faced with deciding whether to make a change, flipping a coin can put you in the right direction."
Hoping For A Bright Future
Taken at a monk orphanage in Myanmar.
Releasing Birds For Hope
Taken in Cambodia.