Inspiring shots from international photographers display the importance of learning and sharing knowledge with each other: from classrooms to monasteries, discover the top 50 #Education2019 finalists below and don't forget to upvote your favorite photos!

Education is one of the most powerful tools for fighting poverty and inequality, as well as laying the foundations for solid economic growth. The more we understand the world we live in and the more information we get about other cultures and histories, the greater our chances of understanding points of view that might differ from our own ones.

Attending school helps us learn who we are, what we believe in and what role we play in the world. This sense of self is essential for personal growth. Furthermore, going to school not only has an impact on the future of children but on the future of their families, friends, and communities. As more children are educated, the world becomes a brighter place.

These photos from all different corners of the world have been selected among more than 19,513 submissions in the #Education2019 Photo Contest by Agora, a free-to-use photography app that has been rewarding the world’s biggest prizes in global photo contests since 2017.

The Agora community can now vote for their favorite photo in the app and help the guest judge decide who will be the #Education2019 Hero who will win the prize of $1,000. Winner will be announced on Thursday 14th November 2019.

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#1

Reading Buddhist Text

Reading Buddhist Text

As the temperatures rise in Bagan, some monks come under the shade of the temples to study, read, relax, and pray. By @fabiansaw, Saw Fabian (Myanmar)

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#2

Reading

Reading

A young student comfortably sitting on a large golden structure, reading quietly. By @kyawmyintthan, Kyaw Myint Than (Myanmar)

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solostxrx 1 month ago

Wow, this photo is amazing. The contrast of the student's red robes and the golden structure is phenomenal!

#3

The Old Educating The Young

The Old Educating The Young

A senior painter is photographed here teaching a junior how to paint umbrellas. By @john_h_nadeak, John Harris Nadeak (Indonesia)

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#4

Student

Student

While other children choose to play games, these two decide to read a book together. By @myothet, Myo Thet (Myanmar)

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反社会的 1 month ago

This is so lovely.

#5

My Grandmother Taught Me To Study At Night

My Grandmother Taught Me To Study At Night

This photo portrays the close relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter, as she teaches her how to read and write. By @nguyenvuphuoc, Nguyen Vu Phuoc (Vietnam)

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#6

Libraries Aren't Dead

Libraries Aren't Dead

Amolat communicates through this image that in this age of modern technology and mobile phones, libraries aren’t dead. They are still lively and a great place to learn. By @jovanneamolat, Jovanne Amolat (Singapore)

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Jacob/Becca Gizmo the Squirrel 1 month ago

I go to the library every two weeks. I'd rather have a book in my hand than a tablet. I do have to read Bored Panda every day, though.

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#7

Novice

Novice

One student teaching his peer a lesson from school. By @kyimyothet (Myanmar)

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#8

The Electrician Is Teaching Children

The Electrician Is Teaching Children

With their mouths open in shock, these two girls learn some astonishing facts from an electrician. By @Tuanngocphoto, Đỗ Tuấn Ngọc (Vietnam)

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#9

Learning

Learning

This man models the idea that you are never too old to keep learning. By @dikyedarling, Dikye Ariani (Indonesia)

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solostxrx 1 month ago

True!

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#10

Light Of Knowledge

Light Of Knowledge

Children surrounding a luminous globe as it lights up their smiling faces. The globe evokes learning about the planet and the environment and makes a subtle reference to global warming. By @pranab_basak, Pranab Basak (India)

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solostxrx 1 month ago (edited)

Global warming is killing us slowly. :( I hope that we could switch to more reliable, renewable sources instead of burning that horrid coal and gas. For example, world leaders could follow Japan's example and minimize plastic use in their respective countries instead of ignoring the fact that people are already dying because of the crisis.

#11

Baby Reading

Baby Reading

A baby attempting to read quite a thick book. We wonder what he thinks about it. By @haimei, Haimei Li (USA)

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Monika Soffronow 1 month ago

Even his little toes show how much he concentrates! Adorable.

#12

Braille Education System

Braille Education System

A visually-impaired child learning via his Braille System Book. This is the teaching process of the visually-challenged person. By @jayakrishnan, Jayakrishnan RK (Canada)

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#13

Study Time

Study Time

This student demonstrates how reading, studying, and learning leads to becoming a successful and wise person. By @kyawkhaing, Kyaw Khaing (Myanmar)

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Naw Aung TU Myitkyina Myitkyina 1 month ago

Where are these windows existing? I couldn't find this while I was in Bagan.

#14

Sharing

Sharing

Children reading under candlelight, sharing their knowledge with one another. By @drstk, Sithu Kyaw (Myanmar)

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#15

What Do I Want To Read?

What Do I Want To Read?

Obrador states that his daughter ran from his arms straight to the bookshelf with a giant smile on her face. She gives him hope for the education of the next generation. By @kike_p73, Enrique Planelles Obrador (Spain)

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#16

Thinking In The Classroom

Thinking In The Classroom

A child learning in her classroom, her face illuminated by natural gloomy light. By @naingtunwinbagan, Naing Tun Win (Myanmar)

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Monika Soffronow 1 month ago

For me, that flower ruins the photo, drawing attention away from the child.

#17

Batik Education

Batik Education

This little girl is learning the traditional Indonesian art and craft of batik. By @cymot, Wibowo Rahardjo (Indonesia)

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#18

Reading Novices

Reading Novices

Young monks sitting on the steps of an ancient building, reading together. By @phyuayepwint, Phyu Aye Pwint (Myanmar)

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Jon S. 1 month ago

Great composition, but It seems like the contrast has been artificially ramped up to far on this one. The boys have luminous outlines that make them look like cut-outs.

#19

Reading A Comic

Reading A Comic

A child enjoying a comic book on a gloomy day in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. By @wmr.valdez, Wilmer Valdez Hinojosa (Spain)

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Daria B 1 month ago

I genuinely love it that a kid reading a comicbook is included in a list about education. Comics are still underrated and have poor overall reputation just because they have pictures.

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#20

Egyptology

Egyptology

Archeology students discussing ancient hieroglyphs in Bursa, Turkey. By @banudiker, Banu Diker (Turkey)

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Jon S. 1 month ago

What is the context of this wall? Is this in a museum in turkey?

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#21

The Diversity Of An Unequal Education System

The Diversity Of An Unequal Education System

This photo portrays the differences between students of the unequal education system in Gujrat. By @hassanmjd, Hassan Majeed (Pakistan)

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Hope Floats 1 month ago

It's the same wherever you go, unfortunately..

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#22

Reading Book

Reading Book

Two boys sharing their passion for reading together. By @sahlankokasinta, Sahlan Kokasinta (Indonesia)

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#23

Education

Education

Two children engaged in a book about nature, enjoying warmth and sunshine. By @drummer_vn, Dombrovskyi Oleksandr (Ukraine)

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#24

Sitting At My Desk

Sitting At My Desk

This little girl proves to us all that education does not have to be grueling work, but that it can also be a joy! By @hwilson8, Wilson (USA)

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Hope Floats 1 month ago

I was like this in my English class. I loved writing stories and reading from books and spending time in our school library.. Unlike my maths class, where I'd sit at the back and hope to god he didn't even notice I was there.. Crouched over my maths book with my Smash Hits magazine inside..

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#25

School In Tanzania

School In Tanzania

The bright colors of the school uniforms and girl’s feet freely swinging under the table drew Hundeshagen to capture this photo. By @lolafritz, Ruth Hundeshagen (Tanzania)

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Monika Soffronow 1 month ago

Does the girl on the left even know that the shoe her left foot found is not hers? Nice pic!

#26

A, B, C

A, B, C

Lundberg secretly captured his daughter practicing her ABC’s, expressing her stubborn efforts to learn how to write. by @viggo_lundberg, Viggo Lundberg (Sweden)

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#27

Reciting The Holy Quran

Reciting The Holy Quran

Every child in the Madrasah education institute is an orphan. With the help of many people in the community, they are given the opportunity to study. By @azimronnie, Azim Khan Ronnie (Bangladesh)

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Monika Soffronow 1 month ago

Great composition!

#28

Reading Holy Qur’an

Reading Holy Qur’an

Two young children learning how to read the holy Qur’an and becoming more familiar with their religion. By @dandirahman, Dandi Rahman (Indonesia)

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#29

In Between

In Between

A little boy reading and writing in his journal before he goes to sleep. By @robertmarrel, Robert Marrel Dela Vega (Philippines)

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#30

Harp Learning

Harp Learning

Children gathered around a harp, showing pure delight in the angelic instrument. By @gaukhar_yerk, Gaukhar Yerkimbekova (Kazakhstan)

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🍁Snow🍁 4 weeks ago

Lucky

#31

Mirrored Library

Mirrored Library

This futuristic bookshop creates a unique and immersive environment for reading. By @patriciasoon, Patricia Soon Mei Yung (Malaysia)

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Jon S. 1 month ago

I love architecture, but 'immersive' is the last thing I would call this. If there were more than one person in the room 'incredibly distracting' is what I would characterise it as.

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#32

Give Me Five

Give Me Five

This photo represents the communication between different cultures and races. Football is uncommon in China but is promoted to younger generations. By @zaksyun, Zexuan Hu (China)

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#33

Under The Rain

Under The Rain

A child's purity is captured here when this boy was spotted roaming in the rain. His sparkling face and joyful gesture are what drew Chisti to take his picture. By @adeelchishti, Adeel Chishti (Pakistan)

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Lauren Baker 1 month ago

Great picture, but not at all related to the theme of this article.

#34

Reading

Reading

While others are busy with everyday tasks, a pilgrim sits and reads his book in the peacefulness of a mosque. By @andrydenisah, Andry Denisah (Indonesia)

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#35

Learning How To Keep The Earth Green

Learning How To Keep The Earth Green

Education does not need to be restricted to a classroom, but can also be enjoyed in nature. These children are shown learning how to make Earth greener by planting. By @irlansteven, Irlan Turhantoro (Indonesia)

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#36

Teach

Teach

A typical lecture in Myanmar. The education system has always been at a bare minimum but is now starting to improve. By @phyomoe, Phyo Moe (Myanmar)

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Monika Soffronow 1 month ago

Hopefully, improved education will lead to greater acceptance of people with different customs, religions, languages, etc. "Myanmar Rohingya: What you need to know about the crisis" https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41566561

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#37

Learning To Play The Piano

Learning To Play The Piano

The teacher and student play the piano in harmony, enjoying the simple pleasure of music together. By @jan_cattaneo, Jan Cattaneo (Italy)

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#38

Learning Musical Instruments

Learning Musical Instruments

This grandfather teaches the next generation how to play an instrument, while simultaneously teaching them about cultural heritage. By @asmodalemdedy, Dedy Dhamiyanto (Indonesia)

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#39

Nature School

Nature School

Each day, on his way home from school, the child in the photograph pauses on the rocks. He repeats the lessons he learns in school while enjoying nature. By @perdiansyah, Pepi Perdiansyah (Indonesia)

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#40

Lecture Time

Lecture Time

A group of students being taught a lesson in a park in Myanmar. By @yekyawthu, Ye Kyaw Thu (Myanmar)

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#41

Read It

Read It

Five excited students, sitting in a field and reading together in Ayeyarwady, Myanmar. By @thetnanda, Thet Nanda Aung (Myanmar)

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#42

Students

Students

A group of students walking to class in the morning, illuminated by sunshine. By @thantzin712, Thant Zin (Myanmar)

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#43

Three Of Them Learn

Three Of Them Learn

These children were photographed finishing their homework on the street, as it was due in the nick of time. By @asadksungkar, Asad Khalid Sungkar (Indonesia)

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#44

School Students

School Students

It was not difficult for Saha to get these boys to smile for the photo. Their love for school translates through the camera lens. By @chandrani, Sujit Saha (India)

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#45

Reading

Reading

This photo depicts a woman who is still passionate about reading and learning, even in her old age. By @rahmadladae, Rahmad Ladae (Indonesia)

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#46

Educate

Educate

This boy is studying hard in his classroom in Kayin, Myanmar. By @swetun, Swe Tun (Myanmar)

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YsaPur 1 month ago

Why does the girl have that white stuff all over her face?

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#47

Personal Touch

Personal Touch

A teacher goes out of his way to take initiative in his students' learning, even when the infrastructural support of the classroom and education system is at a bare minimum. By Amitava Chandra

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#48

After Ippon Training

After Ippon Training

Education also involves sport. Learning how to be pushed down and how to get back up again is an important life lesson that this girl is facing. By @pascalpbz, Pascal Biomez (France)

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#49

Learning To Mend Nets

Learning To Mend Nets

Making incense is a long-standing tradition in the country of Vietnam. People believe that incense is a tool used to connect people to their ancestors. Two women are pictured here carrying out this tradition. By @ptkhanhhvnh, Khánh Phan (Vietnam)

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Maria Lorna Cusi 1 month ago

The caption does not match the title and picture...?

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#50

Learning Is A Game

Learning Is A Game

With learning comes the games. This is symbolized here, as the game of hopscotch is a symbol of initiation and education. This ancient game has existed among schoolyards for centuries. By @photolivestudio, Olivier de Lécluse (France)

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