Powerful images from international photographers display the importance of learning and sharing knowledge with each other: from classrooms to monasteries, discover the top 50 #Education2019 photography contest finalists below, and don't forget to upvote the best 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 interesting 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 image by the best photographers in the app and help the guest judge decide who will be the #Education2019 hero who will win the prize of $1,000. The winner of the photography award will be announced on Thursday 14th November 2019.
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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)
A young student comfortably sitting on a large golden structure, reading quietly.
By @kyawmyintthan, Kyaw Myint Than (Myanmar)
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)
While other children choose to play games, these two decide to read a book together.
By @myothet, Myo Thet (Myanmar)
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)
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)
One student teaching his peer a lesson from school. By @kyimyothet (Myanmar)
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)
This man models the idea that you are never too old to keep learning. By @dikyedarling, Dikye Ariani (Indonesia)
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)
A baby attempting to read quite a thick book. We wonder what he thinks about it.
By @haimei, Haimei Li (USA)
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)
This student demonstrates how reading, studying, and learning leads to becoming a successful and wise person. By @kyawkhaing, Kyaw Khaing (Myanmar)
Children reading under candlelight, sharing their knowledge with one another.
By @drstk, Sithu Kyaw (Myanmar)
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)
Thinking In The Classroom
A child learning in her classroom, her face illuminated by natural gloomy light.
By @naingtunwinbagan, Naing Tun Win (Myanmar)
This little girl is learning the traditional Indonesian art and craft of batik. By @cymot, Wibowo Rahardjo (Indonesia)
Young monks sitting on the steps of an ancient building, reading together. By @phyuayepwint, Phyu Aye Pwint (Myanmar)
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)
Archeology students discussing ancient hieroglyphs in Bursa, Turkey. By @banudiker, Banu Diker (Turkey)
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)
Two boys sharing their passion for reading together. By @sahlankokasinta, Sahlan Kokasinta (Indonesia)
Two children engaged in a book about nature, enjoying warmth and sunshine.
By @drummer_vn, Dombrovskyi Oleksandr (Ukraine)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
A little boy reading and writing in his journal before he goes to sleep.
By @robertmarrel, Robert Marrel Dela Vega (Philippines)
Children gathered around a harp, showing pure delight in the angelic instrument. By @gaukhar_yerk, Gaukhar Yerkimbekova (Kazakhstan)
This futuristic bookshop creates a unique and immersive environment for reading.
By @patriciasoon, Patricia Soon Mei Yung (Malaysia)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
A group of students being taught a lesson in a park in Myanmar. By @yekyawthu, Ye Kyaw Thu (Myanmar)
Five excited students, sitting in a field and reading together in Ayeyarwady, Myanmar. By @thetnanda, Thet Nanda Aung (Myanmar)
A group of students walking to class in the morning, illuminated by sunshine. By @thantzin712, Thant Zin (Myanmar)
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)
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)
This photo depicts a woman who is still passionate about reading and learning, even in her old age. By @rahmadladae, Rahmad Ladae (Indonesia)
This boy is studying hard in his classroom in Kayin, Myanmar. By @swetun, Swe Tun (Myanmar)
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
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)
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)
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)