It is true what they say: eyes are the windows to the soul. They express the happiest of joys, the deepest anger, and expose us in feelings of sadness. They speak volumes for us when words don't suffice.

With the launch of #Eyes2019, photographers began submitting photos that expressed their unique points of view, whilst telling the stories of their photo subjects through their eyes. Whether they are animals, insects, or human beings, #Eyes2019 presents the natural beauty of living beings across the world.

These photos from all different corners of the world have been selected among more than 23,661 submissions in the #Eyes2019 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 #Eyes2019 hero who will win the prize of $1,000. Winner will be announced on Thursday 12th November 2019.

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#1

Those Eyes

Those Eyes

The model’s strong and confident personality is highlighted in this shot, with the focus on her wide-open eyes. By @ericpatriciogomez (Navarclés, Spain)

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Withnail 3 weeks ago

One could get lost in those hazel pools. Amazing shot.

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#2

Look At Me

Look At Me

This photo shows the sharpness of this gecko’s eyes while he is hungry and looking for food. By @dikyedarling (Jakarta, Indonesia)

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C 3 weeks ago

I am the captain now

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#3

Interruptions

Interruptions

@dolapobolu uses the eyes of the girls to draw attention to the challenges faced by female children in Nigeria. By @dolapobolu (Lagos, Nigeria)

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Annie 3 weeks ago

I like this one. Kind of reminds me of when my kittens would sit and stare at me. : )

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#4

Little Girl With Blue Eyes

Little Girl With Blue Eyes

@nguyenvuphuoc was entranced by this little girl’s eyes, explaining that they looked like “a mysterious message”. By @nguyenvuphuoc (Vietnam)

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Tereska 3 weeks ago

most beautiful little girl!!

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#5

Riki

Riki

This pup can win you over with just one look… or a flick of the ear. By @evgen_999 (Kavala, Greece)

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Theory Buchannon 3 weeks ago

awww so cute

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#6

Seeker

Seeker

@hassanmjd waited to find someone with green eyes to capture this stunning, dramatic photo. By @hassanmjd (Gujrat, Pakistan)

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deanna woods 3 weeks ago

You can get so much out of just looking into a person's eyes.

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#7

Dara

Dara

This photo portrays the feelings of light and warmth. By @elenanaidonova (Kherson, Ukraine)

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MsM 3 weeks ago

Very cool shot

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#8

Boy On Train

Boy On Train

This boy is very tired after spending the day in the big city of Chicago all day. By @hwilson8 (Stephenson, United States)

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John Laurens/Gay Turtle 3 weeks ago

Those eyes are so beautiful... I'm almost envious!

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#9

Wild Silverback Gorilla

Wild Silverback Gorilla

A wild silverback gorilla enjoying some vegetation on an average day. By @joeshelly (Leeds, United Kingdom)

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ispeak catanese 3 weeks ago

Me, attempting to choke down a salad.

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#10

La Mirada

La Mirada

There are lots of expressions hidden behind this man's eyes. By @gustavo_moroz (Quilmes, Argentina)

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sharron lynn parsons 3 weeks ago

Extremely interesting shot !!!

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#11

Veena

Veena

The colors and light in the photo work together to perfectly frame this model's eyes, and the beauty within them. By @jordisark (Barcelona, Spain)

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Tereska 3 weeks ago

so beautiful

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#12

Eyes Champa

Eyes Champa

Young girl posing with multicolored eyes. Heterochromia is a condition in which the amount of pigment in each eye is different, resulting in two eyes with different colors. By @sỹ (Nha Trang, Vietnam)

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John Laurens/Gay Turtle 3 weeks ago

My friend has two different coloured eyes, and she thinks it makes her ugly. I tell her she is beautiful, no matter what colour her eyes are. I told her that outer appearance has nothing to with whether she's ugly or not, and the fact that she is different from other's isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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#13

Time To Play

Time To Play

This little girl radiates confidence while emerging from the water after a deep dive. By @yawartcher (Accra, Ghana)

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sharron lynn parsons 3 weeks ago

An adorable little face !!!

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#14

Eyes

Eyes

This model's bright blue eyes contrast with the vivid red of her hair. By @birazhayalci (İstanbul, Turkey)

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sharron lynn parsons 3 weeks ago

Rather intense blue eyes !!!

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#15

Soulwatcher

Soulwatcher

The eyes are the window to the soul. This photo explains it all. By @noahfoto___ (Radolfzell, Germany)

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MADELEINE KIMBALL 3 weeks ago

My favorite. This literally took my breath away. I mean, I gasped when I saw this.

#16

Looking Out

Looking Out

A young boy peers out from behind a fence, contemplating how to get to the other side. By @kyawnainglin (Mandalay, Myanmar)

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#17

Astonishing

Astonishing

@asimijaz snapped this photo while the man began to pray. Although he was physically there, the man was somewhere else mentally. By @asimijaz (Gujrat, Pakistan)

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Linda Newhouse 3 weeks ago

Wow!

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#18

Forgive Me

Forgive Me

This baby monkey holds a lot of expression in its golden eyes. By @cymot (Surakarta, Indonesia)

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Theory Buchannon 3 weeks ago

such big eyes

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#19

Child's Eyes

Child's Eyes

Shown here is the innocent look of love that a child feels for its father, who was standing a few inches away. By @andreiaiisabel (Geneva, Switzerland)

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Annie 3 weeks ago

Beautiful! Really captures the child's look of love!

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#20

Kitten

Kitten

The beauty in the natural eyes of this kitten is highlighted in the vivid colors of the photograph. By @muhammadbaloch (Karachi, Pakistan)

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Chu Yue Ling 3 weeks ago

Looks frightened.

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#21

Don’t Disturb My Slumber

Don’t Disturb My Slumber

A giant snake angrily awakens from its slumber, showing off its bright lime-colored eyes. By @velyn_e (Indonesia)

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Mangle the Fox 3 weeks ago

me on Monday

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#22

A Jumping Spider's Eyes

A Jumping Spider's Eyes

Most spiders can only detect between light and dark. Experiments have shown that some spiders can even recognize and respond to shapes on television monitors. By @ehtarmoo (Yangon, Myanmar)

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Why? 3 weeks ago

How eyeronic!

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#23

Makeover

Makeover

During the holy season of Charak, little girls like to dress as Lord Krishna, the most famous romantic male character of Indian mythology. By @chandrani (Kolkata, India)

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MsM 3 weeks ago

Outstanding

#24

Listen To What She Says With Her Eyes

Listen To What She Says With Her Eyes

@eighthman captures the natural beauty of his model perfectly with this stunning photograph. By @eighthman (Accra, Ghana)

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Annie 3 weeks ago

Gorgeous! So easy to just flow into her eyes.

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#25

Innocence

Innocence

The innocence of this young girl is shown with a surreal look. By @pranab_basak (Kolkata, India)

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Saint Victoria 3 weeks ago

I would've loved to have seen this in color

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#26

Miradas

Miradas

This impressive composition was achieved by experimenting with symmetry and magenta tones. By @ares_mahol (Lleida, Spain)

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John Laurens/Gay Turtle 3 weeks ago

I love that these artists get to show their skills with the beauty of others!

#27

Innocent Eyes

Innocent Eyes

This young novice was sent to the monastery by his parents when he was only six years old. He will be studying there until his parents come back to him. By @zayyarlin (Myanmar)

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Annie 3 weeks ago

Those are the eyes of someone much older.

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#28

The Look Of The Experience

The Look Of The Experience

This photo reflects @jrrriverorbb’s personal story of his father and tenderness, as his father has raised him and is now taking care of his grandchildren. Truly a "look of experience". By @jrrriverorbb (Camas, Spain)

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Annie 3 weeks ago

Very touching photo.

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#29

Stalking Prey

Stalking Prey

A sharp crocodile hiding, lurking for its prey. By @kuritafsheen (Jakarta, Indonesia)

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Why? 3 weeks ago

You are getting sleepy, very sleepy.

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#30

World Eye

World Eye

This impressive photo was captured only on the sixth attempt of getting close to this Tokay gecko. These geckos have a very bad temper, making it difficult to get close. By @yensen tan (Indonesia)

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Theory Buchannon 3 weeks ago

whoa looks like a bowl of liquid silver I LOVE IT~~

#31

Toucan Eye

Toucan Eye

Although @a.rosenthal faced a challenge by having to photograph through a safety net, she still managed to succeed in capturing all of the vivid colors of this toucan. By @a.rosenthal (Köln, Germany)

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sharron lynn parsons 2 weeks ago

Toucans are so beautiful !!!

#32

A Través De La Ventana

A Través De La Ventana

This unsettling photo might make you want to squirm in your seat. What could be outside? By @dpabgon (Telde, Spain)

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John Laurens/Gay Turtle 3 weeks ago

I'm getting The Office flashbacks XD This reminded me of Dwight lol

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#33

North Face

North Face

Although we all differ in the way we look and what we believe in, we all share one thing in common: emotion. @maqsodd4348 hopes to convey this in this inspiring photo. By @maqsodd4348 (Punjab, Pakistan)

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#34

Dakocan Eye

Dakocan Eye

Flies have thousands of tiny lenses called ommatidia in their eyes, which allow them to see 360 degrees at once. By @hendymp (Indonesia)

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sharron lynn parsons 3 weeks ago

Now I understand, the why, of the difficulty in catching them, therefore, I fell off the chair, broke two bones, in trying !!!

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#35

Golden Monkey Eyes

Golden Monkey Eyes

You can see pure curiosity in this monkey's eyes. By @benjaminbradley (Sussex, United States)

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Annie 3 weeks ago

Very contemplative!

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#36

Disfigured

Disfigured

Macro photography allows the world to see the beauty of the small world we often don’t see. By @micluna (Lipa City, Philippines)

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John Laurens/Gay Turtle 3 weeks ago

Aww! He kinda looks like Lucas the Spider!

#37

Eye

Eye

This massive flamingo was shot on a trip to Slimbridge Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire. By @mint.snaps (Stroud, England)

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I'm dark 3 weeks ago

OH WOW, that's stunning!!! :0

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#38

The Yellow One

The Yellow One

Parrots have eyes placed on the side of their head, so they have a wide range of vision, but also a blind spot directly in front of their beak. By @nicoprg (Paris, France)

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#39

Eyes Of Experience

Eyes Of Experience

The man in this photo was born with Vitiligo, a disorder in which white patches appear on different parts of the body. These patterns usually develop symmetrically across bodies and faces. This photo is one in a series called Vitiligo. By @emrahuygun (Istanbul, Turkey)

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Athenalikesowls 3 weeks ago

Beautiful

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#40

Empathetic

Empathetic

This boy feels empathy for the bird trapped in its cage and wishes to set it free. By @Tôn (Vietnam)

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Laura Hansen 2 weeks ago

My favorite!

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#41

Brothers

Brothers

This photo was taken at the national festival of Siwa Oasis. These brothers watched with hope in their eyes as planes flew up into the sky. By @mohamedeldor (Egypt)

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Melinda Walsh 3 weeks ago

pure joy!

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#42

Intense

Intense

@saavedraphotography explains that this great gray owl held a penetrating gaze that captivated him. He believes that owls are animals that say it all with their eyes. By @saavedraphotography (Santander, Spain)

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Annie 3 weeks ago

Stunning photo! "You will look into my eyes and do as I say!"

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#43

Brilliant Peacock

Brilliant Peacock

The brilliance of this peacock's feathers seems to shine through the camera lens. By @aunghtun62 (Myanmar)

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Annie 3 weeks ago

Wow! Brilliance and detail, indeed!

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#44

Joy

Joy

@gihandoolwala believes that eyes are crucial for human communication. By @gihandoolwala (Sri Lanka)

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Zaheen Muhammad 3 weeks ago

With all the respect to every other entry, this one is my favorite. I could just dive into those and never return!

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#45

Looking In

Looking In

Throughout history, women’s right to truly “see” has been limited. @damiane wants to emphasize this through symbolism in this composition. By @damiane (Tbilisi, Georgia)

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John Laurens/Gay Turtle 3 weeks ago

Ooh! I love bubble wrap!

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#46

A Little World

A Little World

This small frog lives in the marsh water, enjoying its simple life. His eyes look curiously around his home. By @mdabirhasan (Jhenaidah, Bangladesh)

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sharron lynn parsons 3 weeks ago

In some countries, there are beautiful colorful frogs !!!

#47

Ceramic Baby's Eye

Ceramic Baby's Eye

@quoclinhvinhnguyen snapped this photo after this little girl followed her mother to their pottery factory. By @quoclinhvinhnguyen (Gia Lai, Vietnam)

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Annie 3 weeks ago

Sweet!

#48

Watching

Watching

@lemrite hopes to spread a message of peace and hope with this composition. By @lemrite (Dakar, Senegal)

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Annie 3 weeks ago

Message received : )

#49

Casualidad

Casualidad

There were several attempts made to capture this photo, and @patribar401 caught this one by chance. By @patribar401 (Spain)

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Zaheen Muhammad 3 weeks ago

Exceptional shot! Kudos!

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#50

The Fly's Eyes

The Fly's Eyes

Some of the most interesting things come from animals and places that are often overlooked. If you don't believe so, just look into the fly's eyes. By @fredyngahu (Jakarta, Indonesia)

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Annie 3 weeks ago

Great color!