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20 Of The Best Entries From Our ‘Water 2020’ Photography Competition

20 Of The Best Entries From Our ‘Water 2020’ Photography Competition
Free-to-use photography app Agora reveals the winning entries from its latest online photo contest, #Water2020 that gathered more than 8700 photos submitted by the global community of photographers. Filipina photographer @anadgphotography won the contest with her photo 'Thirsty ants' which gathered the most votes during the 5 voting rounds on the photography app.
The #Water2020 contest was launched on February 28th on Agora, the mobile app where photographers, whether amateur or professional, can participate to international photo contests and share their best pictures for a chance to win recognition and cash prizes (from $1,000 to $25,000), and where the global audience can choose the best creations of Humanity thanks to Agora's democratic voting system.
The Top 50 finalists from the competition got revealed through the app on March 25th, showcasing mesmerizing photos of rivers, lakes, seas, and oceans all around the world. Then, the power was in the Agora users' hands to cast their votes and decide which photo struck them the most and therefore should win the contest and the $1,000 prize.
Octavi Royo, Agora's CEO & Co-Founder declared: "Water molecules are a blend of millions of years of history and have passed through many oceans, continents, and beings of all kinds. It has evolved from liquid to solid states countless times over the course of time. Today, we discover the best pictures of #Water at a specific time in history. A moment to make the finalist photographers' point of view eternal and, through Agora, share them with the world to become part of the collective memory and treasures of Humanity. Power to #Water2020!"
Take your time to scroll through the finalists' submissions and don't forget to upvote your favorites!
#1 

Winner: 'Thirsty Ants'

Winner: 'Thirsty Ants'


Location: Binangonan, Philippines
This image was shot under our garden's mango tree, where local ants have settled their colonies. The weather here in the Philippines is pretty hot, so I give them water and make the most of our encounter to take some macro photos.
#2 

Herrerillo Posándose

Herrerillo Posándose

Location: Lloret de Mar, Spain


#3 

Spotting These 3 Cruising Up The Coast Made My Day


Spotting These 3 Cruising Up The Coast Made My Day

Location: Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
"3 humpback whales on their annual migration north. These whales can weigh up to 40 tonnes. Just to give you some perspective a standard car weighs about 2 tonnes! I’ve been blessed enough to be in the water with these incredible creatures, but near the shark-infested waters of Fraser Island, they are more safely observed from the air. No matter how your day is going, your mood is always increased when you get to witness these gentle giants."
#4 

A Horse Would Like To Be A Seahorse

A Horse Would Like To Be A Seahorse

Location: Lombok, Indonesia
"The horse was moving quite fast and the water was very agitated; so it was quite difficult to take the right picture."
#5 

Afternoon Sunlight Magic

Afternoon Sunlight Magic


Location: Inle Lake, Myanmar

#6 

A Sunset Flight Over The Waterfall Of The Gods

A Sunset Flight Over The Waterfall Of The Gods

Location: Iceland

#7 

Bajo Children

Bajo Children

Location: Kendari, Indonesia
"Akbar was hunting for octopuses to support the economic needs of his family. What a great lesson to see how determined this child was to provide for his family!"
#8 

Underwater Prayers

Underwater Prayers

Location: Hue, Vietnam
"During the full moon festival, a long-standing celebration in Vietnam, people pray to the gods of water and for those who have passed away. They drop candlelights down the river to pray for their souls."
#9 

Brings Happiness To The Face

Brings Happiness To The Face

Location: Tanzania
"Water is the reason for life in all living things, but we humans are the only ones to destroy the environment and cause sources of water to disappear. It is our responsibility to restore nature to its original form. This image is giving us reasons to smile."


#10 

Water Collection

Water Collection

Location: Mandalay, Myanmar
#11 

Frozen Water Creates A Path For Climbers

Frozen Water Creates A Path For Climbers

Location: Utah, United States
"Climbing a waterfall at night with a temperature of -18ºC is quite a challenge."
#12 

The First Rains Of The Year Make The Rivers Start Flowing Again

The First Rains Of The Year Make The Rivers Start Flowing Again

Location: Dili, Timor-Leste
"The first rains of the year make the rivers start flowing again, bringing to the ocean the mud and trash from the mountains. The water is then clearly separated into two: the brownish muddy river water and the deep blue ocean water. The fishes are attracted and get closer to the shore. And where there are fishes, there are fishermen. I borrowed a drone from a friend to continue my other photo project: photos of Timorese fishermen that use apnea technique to fish. I already had underwater photos as well as photos “on the sea level”, so aerial photos was the last step of the project. At sea level, the division of the muddy river and the ocean water is not as clear as from above, so I had no idea what to expect from up there! After launching the drone and face the camera downwards, I was stunned with what I was seeing: the thick texture and brownish color of the river contrasting with the soft texture and deep blue color of the ocean was not something that I have ever seen in my life!"
#13 

Siren Song

Siren Song

Location: Barcelona, Spain
"This picture is part of a series called 'Siren Song', about the singer Paula Puges. We are bound to a liquid medium since before our birth, and more than 50% of our body is water."
#14 

Sunset On The Salt Field

Sunset On The Salt Field

Location: Nha Trang, Vietnam
"These female workers carry salt all day long, in the heat of the sun."
#15 

Vision Tree

Vision Tree

Location: Malaysia

#16 

Bubbling Boiling Water In Bolivia

Bubbling Boiling Water In Bolivia

Location: South Bolivia
"The bubbling boiling water with rock formations and the rising sun in the background make this photo special to me. I had less than 20 min to take this shot because the other group members wanted to head to another spot. I was literally running around this place to find the best perspective. Despite frozen hand and feet, I was happy with what I created in that little time frame."
#17 

Fisherman Under The Dawn

Fisherman Under The Dawn

Location: Quang Lang Beach, Diem Diem District, Vietnam
"Vietnam has a long coastline of 3,260 km, excluding its islands. Vietnamese people mainly stick to the sea with a rich variety of seafood from the North to the South. In order to capture this scene, I and my friends woke up at 4 am and walked about 2km barefoot from the shore to the beach to wait for the sunrise and the fishermen to start
#18 

Island Water

Island Water

Location: Iceland
"One of the most photographed sites in Iceland, but from a new perspective. This beautiful site has been photographed thousands of times – but rarely have I seen it blanket white from above like this. Just moments before, a small cloud wrapped itself around the mountain like a scarf. I only had 5 minutes to get the shot between weather fronts."
#19 

Kerið

Kerið

Location: Kerið, Iceland
"Since Iceland is not called the "Land of Ice and Fire" for nothing, I wanted to show with this picture that these two elements have more in common than it might seem at first view, and that they can also be mutually dependent, as in the case of Kerið crater lake. Today, most scientists believe that the Kerið was once a cone-shaped volcano that exhausted its magma reserves after a massive eruption, which eventually led to the collapse of its foundation. This resulted in its current formation, which allowed the crater to fill with groundwater over the centuries. After me and my girlfriend first admired the beauty of the crater lake from below, we wanted to capture its enormous dimensions from its highest point. Embedded in the endless, icy landscape of Iceland, the lake radiates a sense of calm from this perspective, which at first glance gives no hint of its fiery past."
#20 

Rainwater

Rainwater

Location: Tokyo, Japan
"During my holiday in Tokyo, I visited the Sensoji temple on a rainy day. I couldn't hope for a better shot with these rain puddles!"

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