The light has been shed upon the top 50 finalists of the latest AGORA images international photo contest, and they don't disappoint!

If there's one thing that matters more than any other in photography, it is definitely light. Without light, the shot is lifeless. Mastering natural light can be a difficult exercise for photographers, who need to be very attentive and responsive to their shooting environment, but once mastered it allows the creators to sublimate the shot and bring emotion into the composition.

These photos from all different corners of the world have been selected among the #Light2019 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.

Scroll through the finalists' submissions and vote for the best #Light2019 picture who will win a $1000 prize. Light on!

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#1

On Sand Dunes

On Sand Dunes

@diepvan - Taken in Vietnam

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Foxxy 1 month ago

I love this photo. The colours, silhouettes of the children having fun etc. Just beautiful.

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#2

Cenotes In Mexico

Cenotes In Mexico

@jordisark - Taken in Yucatan, Mexico

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Laura Zaini 1 month ago

wonderful, looks like one of lara croft settings

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#3

Street Lights In Barcelona

Street Lights In Barcelona

@henrydo - Taken in Barcelona, Spain

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Mary Rose Kent 1 month ago

Nice perspective on the Gaudí

#4

Light In The Jungle

Light In The Jungle

@a.rosenthal - Taken in the Cologne Zoological Garden

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Bored Llama 1 month ago

When someone turns on the light and you were trying to sleep

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#5

Free Horse

Free Horse

@marcelvanbalken - Taken in Indonesia

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Joe S 1 month ago

Gorgeous shot

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#6

Cave

Cave

@phyomoe - Taken in Kyaukme, Myanmar

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Luis Milian 1 month ago

wow, surreal!

#7

Golden Hour

Golden Hour

@rafayat - Taken in Sylhet, Bangladesh

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#8

Geo Lights

Geo Lights

@uglefisk - Taken in Norway

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Mary Rose Kent 1 month ago

The sky is giving everyone a drug-free acid trip

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#9

Morning Cooking With Husband

Morning Cooking With Husband

@asadksungkar - Taken in Indonesia

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Seeing how some people struggle to survive !!!

#10

Evening Drama

Evening Drama

@debap - Taken in Tajpur, India

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

So vibrant, excellent shot !!!

#11

Lend A Helping Hand

Lend A Helping Hand

@zayyarlin - Taken in Myanmar

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#12

Freedom

Freedom

@carlesalonsophotography - Taken in Bali, Indonesia

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Wolfie 1 month ago

This is my absolute favorite! ❤️

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#13

Misty Morning

Misty Morning

@movetrash - Taken in Indonesia

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Foxxy 1 month ago (edited)

Nope, nup. What is the fear of bridges, stairs, ledges etc with no railing or barrier called? I’m not afraid of heights per say coz I am happy to look over a cliff, ledge etc as long as there is a railing.

#14

Novice

Novice

@myothet - Taken in Mandalay, Myanmar

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Mary Rose Kent 1 month ago

Wow! I didn’t see anything like that when I was in Mandalay.

#15

Vermilion Storm

Vermilion Storm

@debdatta75 - Taken in Barsana, India during Holi celebrations

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Luis Milian 1 month ago

a lot of sneezing or not?

#16

Dusk In The Village Of Ojén

Dusk In The Village Of Ojén

@juansancheziv - Taken in Ojén, Spain

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Amazing night colors !!!

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#17

Friendship

Friendship

@kyawswarmyint - Taken in Yangon, Myanmar

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Monika Soffronow 1 month ago

This makes you sense what it feels like to be sitting there on the water with your friends. Isn't it amazing what a wealth of information there is even in such a pared-back picture?

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#18

Underwater Light

Underwater Light

@rahmadlarae - Taken in Banda Islands, Indonesia

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#19

Mushroom

Mushroom

@baliphotographer - Taken in Bali, Indonesia

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Awesome, great shot !!!

#20

Camping Under The Stars

Camping Under The Stars

@drnik87 - Taken in southern India

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Foxxy 1 month ago

It’s amazing the amount of stars you see when you are bush camping. I have been fortunate to see some truly beautiful sights whilst camping.

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#21

Keep Looking Where The Light Pours In

Keep Looking Where The Light Pours In

@giza - Taken in Kosovo

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Dani 1 month ago

So surreal.

#22

Deep Concentration

Deep Concentration

@aungthuya - Taken in Yangon, Myanmar

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PandaPiñata 1 month ago

If you can´t feel the calmness in this photo you are doomed. Great piece

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#23

Light House

Light House

@olewol - Taken in Lindesnes, Norway

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PandaPiñata 1 month ago

Easy on the colour editing please.

#24

Morning Sun

Morning Sun

@wunderbuilder - Taken in Germany

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Beautiful !!!

#25

Sparklers

Sparklers

@hwilson8 - Taken in the USA during 4th July celebrations

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Excitement in the eyes of a child !!!

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#26

Friendship

Friendship

@ikaeschroeder - Taken in Germany

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Simply beautiful, excellent shot !!!

#27

Old Man And Pinocchio Puppet

Old Man And Pinocchio Puppet

@recaear - Taken in Indonesia

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Excellent shot, love it !!!

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#28

Perfect Light

Perfect Light

@saavedraphotography - Taken in Spain

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Wolfie 1 month ago

Me yelling st my mom on Monday morning that I’m to tired to go to school

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#29

First Light

First Light

@anskar - Taken in the Ghost forest (Gespensterwald), Northern Germany.

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Bluebell Rizzi 3 weeks ago

Wh.. wh.. why is it ca.. called the ghost forest?

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#30

Sunrise Over Valley And Mountains

Sunrise Over Valley And Mountains

@jmimages - Taken in Australia

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Govind Vijayakumar 3 weeks ago

Excellent Silhouette Shot !!!

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#31

Light

Light

@oscar_penelo - Taken in Barcelona, Spain

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#32

Custodiados

Custodiados

@paulaaranoa - Taken in Tomás Jofré, Argentina

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Incredible shot !!!

#33

Study

Study

@yudybento - Taken in Indonesia

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Sweet child, eager to learn !!!

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#34

Stranger In The Night

Stranger In The Night

@jevgenij - Taken in Norway

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Awesome shot, but the walking stick should be stronger, larger !!!

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#35

Light

Light

@jm.boix - Taken in Cataluña, Spain

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Pretty area for a pleasant walk !!!

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#36

California Dreaming

California Dreaming

@mbphotography - Taken in California, USA

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Love it, the peace and calm before the storm !!!

#37

Ibex

Ibex

@thierry - Taken in Switzerland

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PandaPiñata 1 month ago

This image is sadly going to struggle. It is an amazing photo. However some people will look and think - What a terrible cut-out PhotoShop job with lots of fringes. The light has been captured so nicely. Sadly at the cost of composition - But it would probably have been impossible to capture that moment in any other way. Well done!

#38

Light Of My Life

Light Of My Life

@nico_edhi - Taken in Indonesia

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

A lovely, happy child !!!

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#39

Ray Of Life

Ray Of Life

@pranab_basak - Taken in India

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Love this, fabulous shot !!!

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#40

Shining

Shining

@the.rolling.drone - Taken in Austria

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Lovely calm winter morning !!!

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#41

Light Silhouette

Light Silhouette

@nisanth.pixlr - Taken in India

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Fabulous, excellent shot !!!

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#42

Mending Fishing Nets

Mending Fishing Nets

@rollimages - Taken in Doha, Qatar

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

A time consuming task !!!

#43

Off To Work

Off To Work

@sherwinreyes.foto - Taken in Thailand

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#44

Kabaddi

Kabaddi

@sufiartphotography - Taken in Pakistan

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PandaPiñata 1 month ago

Come on people. Upvote this amazing photo. I don´t know the person behind this piece so I am not promoting anything but the fantastic achievement

#45

The Valleys Of Ijen Volcano Lit By The Rising Sun

The Valleys Of Ijen Volcano Lit By The Rising Sun

@hugohealy - Taken in Indonesia

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PandaPiñata 1 month ago

Looks amazingly unreal. Hauntingly beautiful.

#46

Early Morning Light Making The Beast Shine

Early Morning Light Making The Beast Shine

@mananmukherjee - Taken in central India

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Foxxy 1 month ago

I love tigers, one of my biggest dreams is going to tiger island in QLD.

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#47

Live Kitchen

Live Kitchen

@sipai - Taken in Kolkata, India

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PandaPiñata 1 month ago

Perfectly lit. I´d go there.

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#48

Break Out

Break Out

@theeastwoodexperience - Taken in Ghana

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#49

Traditional Rice Cooking Process

Traditional Rice Cooking Process

@dharmaku - Taken in Indonesia

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

These people doing a daily preparation, how clean they are without modern laundry facilities !!!

#50

Yellow Puppet

Yellow Puppet

@cymot - Taken in Surakarta City, Indonesia

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sharron lynn parsons 1 month ago

Wonderful shot, love it !!!