25 Of The Most Breathtaking Pics Taken All Year, Selected From 130,000 Submissions

Over the last nine months, 130,000 submissions were sent in for a chance to win a spot as a Top 50 finalist in the #AGORAawards2019… and at long last, the finalists have been revealed.

Photographers from all over the world, professionals and amateurs, have sent in their best work.

From ants balancing the world atop their head to snails kissing lizards, these photos will blow your mind. Photographers traveled all around the world to capture these gems – from the far stretches of Antarctica to the heat of the Sahara Desert.

Lucky for you, there’s no need to leave the comfort of home. You can marvel at the beauty this world has to offer by simply looking through these pictures.

The AGORA Awards 2019 was hosted by the free-to-use photo app AGORA Images. The grand prize winner received $25,000.

While most photo contests include different genres and categories, this unique competition simply awards the single most voted photo of the year.

The fifty finalists come from 21 different countries, and all are hoping to win the grand prize. On November 6th, the official winner will be announced at the AGORA awards ceremony held in Barcelona.

1. A Lizard and a Snail Share a Sweet Moment

Photo taken by Andi Halil (@andihalil), Indonesia

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2. Ant Balancing Weight of the World

Photo taken by Analiza De Guzman (@anadgphotography), Philippines

The photographer took his time to capture this photo. In fact, it took four hours to capture this shot of an ant carrying water droplets that were spread on a tiny piece of thread.

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3. Hoopoe Bird Feeding Its Chicks

Photo taken by Phyo Moe (@phyomoe), Myanmar

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4.Red-eyed Tree Frog on a Rainy Day

Photo taken by Hendy MP (@hendymp), Indonesia

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5. Reaching for Heaven

Photo taken by Konrad Paruch (@thedronelad), UK

The Mont Saint Michel in France surrounded by fog

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6. Colorful Life

Photo taken by Pranab Basak (@pranab_basak), India

Women hard at work fishing in West Bengal before heading to the market

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7. Incense Work

Photo taken by Khánh Phan (@ptkhanhhvnh), Vietnam

In Vietnam, it is believed that incense help connect the living to their ancestors and the Gods.

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8. Play Time for Young Monks at the Hsinbyume Pagoda

Photo taken by Ling Ling (@lingling25), Myanmar

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9. Desert Solitude

Photo taken by Carles Alonso (@carlesalonsophotography), Spain

This picture was captured from atop a high dune in Merzouga, Morocco. It shows Nomads moving through the Sahara Desert.

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10. Songs of Freedom

Photo taken by Michael Aboya (@eighthman), Ghana

More than a photo – an unspoken struggle for freedom and belonging, inspired by Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’.

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11. Sliver of Light, Making Batik Crafts

Photo taken by Bimo Pradityo (@_bimo_), Indonesia

Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth. The woman in the photo has been artfully practicing the craft for thirty-five years.

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12. Echoes of the Unknown

Photo taken by Clement Eastwood (@theeastwoodexperience), Ghana

The goal of this photo was to highlight the special relationship between man and beast

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13. Rainbow Cast Over the Lofoten Islands

Photo taken by Paal Lund (@uglefisk), Norway

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14. Sand Wasp Carrying its Prey

Photo taken by Imam Primahardy (@pokokemoto), Indonesia

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15. Shipwreck Graveyard

Photo taken by Charlie Berthaume (@charliieb), Monaco

You’re looking at shipwreck graves in Brittany, France. Some of these boats have been here for over 100 years.

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16. The Look of Wild

Photo taken by Sergio Saavedra (@saavedraphotography), Spain

Lynx traversing through Cábarceno Natural Park

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17. Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, East Java

Photo taken by Jonathan Rogers (@jprphotos), UK

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18. Earth’s Veins

Photo taken by Hugo Healy (@hugohealy), UK

This image was captured over East Sussex, where the Cuckmere river splits up the grasslands.

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19. The Love of a Mother

Photo taken by Santiago López (@santiagolopezfotografia)

The photographer waited two hours to capture this sentimental photo of a mother loving on her little one at the Tenerife Zoo.

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20. A Dark Disneyland – Neuschwanstein Castle

Photo taken by Tommi Matz (@tommimatz), Germany

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21. Sea Hearts

Photo taken by Nguyen Phan Xuan (@phannguyen5285), Vietnam

Aerial photo shows fishing nets in Vietnam

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22. Crabeater Seals Resting on Ice in Antarctica

Photo taken by Florian Ledoux (@florianledoux), France

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23. Breathtaking Roundabout -Paris’ Arc de Triomphe

Photo taken by Henry Do (@henrydo), USA

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24. Winter in Mongolia

Photo taken by Zay Yar Lin (@zayyarlin), Myanmar

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25. Pretty Dancer at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Athens

Photo taken by Markellos Plakitsis (@markellos), Greece

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