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The stunning images that made it to the final of the Agora World Photography Awards 2019

A striking Bob Marley-inspired recording of local children from fishing families in Ghana is the winner of a prestigious photo competition.

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Michael Aboya & # 39; s powerful snap & # 39; Songs of Freedom & # 39; was shot in Labadi, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Ghana in the coastal area of ​​Accra, and earned him a cool £ 25,000.

It is one of the 50 images that, after nine months of judging and more than 130,000 submissions from photographers around the world, have reached the final of the competition.

The vision for his photo, which won the coveted Best Photo of the Year during the Agora Awards 2019, came to Mr. Aboya when he was at home listening to Bob Marley.

Once & # 39; Redemption Song & # 39; started playing, the 24-year-old self-taught snapper knew he wanted to bring the legendary song to life through his lens.

Mr. Aboya, born in Nigeria but moved to Accra at the age of 13, wants to use his photos to bring about a change in the way people experience Ghana and Africa in general.

His photos celebrate the love he feels for his country by creating cheerful and optimistic views of the life that surrounds him.

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& # 39; Maternal love & # 39; from Santiago López: this image from photographer Santiago Lopez, entitled & # 39; maternal love & # 39 ;, was among the 50 photos that reached the final. It shows a mother gently cradling her child on a piece of wood in a zoo in Tenerife. López spent two hours at the Loro Parque zoo in Tenerife, Spain, to capture his statue

& # 39; Songs Of Freedom & # 39; from Michael Aboya: Michael Aboya & # 39; s powerful snap & # 39; Songs of Freedom & # 39; was shot in Labadi, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Ghana in the coastal part of Accra, and earned him a cool £ 25,000. The vision for his photo, which won the coveted Best Photo of the Year at the Agora Awards 2019, came to Michael when he was at home, listening to Bob Marley

& # 39; Colors of life & # 39; photographed by Pranab Basak: in India this photographer caught seven female fishermen standing in clear blue water, trying to collect fish for later selling at a market

& # 39; Colors of life & # 39; photographed by Pranab Basak: in India this photographer caught seven female fishermen standing in clear blue water, trying to collect fish for later selling at a market

& # 39; Colors of life & # 39; photographed by Pranab Basak: in India this photographer caught seven female fishermen standing in clear blue water, trying to collect fish for later selling at a market

& # 39; Run and fun & # 39; photographed by Ling Ling: Three young monks have fun along the Hsinbyume Pagoda. She took the photo in March 2019

& # 39; Run and fun & # 39; photographed by Ling Ling: Three young monks have fun along the Hsinbyume Pagoda. She took the photo in March 2019

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& # 39; Run and fun & # 39; photographed by Ling Ling: Three young monks have fun along the Hsinbyume Pagoda. She took the photo in March 2019

& # 39; Sand wasp with prey & # 39; by Imam Primahardy: This sand wasp carries a fly to eat at a later time in Surabaya, Indonesia

& # 39; Sand wasp with prey & # 39; by Imam Primahardy: This sand wasp carries a fly to eat at a later time in Surabaya, Indonesia

& # 39; Sand wasp with prey & # 39; by Imam Primahardy: This sand wasp carries a fly to eat at a later time in Surabaya, Indonesia

& # 39; Mother & # 39; s goodness & # 39; from Phyo Moe: a baby bird opens its mouth when the mother returns with a catch in Myanmar

& # 39; Mother & # 39; s goodness & # 39; from Phyo Moe: a baby bird opens its mouth when the mother returns with a catch in Myanmar

& # 39; Mother & # 39; s goodness & # 39; from Phyo Moe: a baby bird opens its mouth when the mother returns with a catch in Myanmar

& # 39; Farming & # 39; by Diep Van: Shot of the rice fields in North Vietnam, where workers plant the rice seedlings for the upcoming harvest
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& # 39; Farming & # 39; by Diep Van: Shot of the rice fields in North Vietnam, where workers plant the rice seedlings for the upcoming harvest

& # 39; Farming & # 39; by Diep Van: Shot of the rice fields in North Vietnam, where workers plant the rice seedlings for the upcoming harvest

& # 39; East Java & # 39; by Jonathan Rogers: Taking this photo without getting his lenses soaked was a tough exercise for this photographer in Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, East Java

& # 39; East Java & # 39; by Jonathan Rogers: Taking this photo without getting his lenses soaked was a tough exercise for this photographer in Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, East Java

& # 39; East Java & # 39; by Jonathan Rogers: Taking this photo without getting his lenses soaked was a tough exercise for this photographer in Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, East Java

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& # 39; Dark Disneyland & # 39; from Tommi Matz: Vertical panorama of Neuschwanstein castle

& # 39; Echoes of the Unknown & # 39; van Clement Eastwood: the photographer wanted to show the cordial relationship between a man and a beast

& # 39; Eid prayer & # 39; by Azim Ronnie: The Eid prayer is celebrated on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, after fasting during the holy month of Ramadan

& # 39; Fire Fighter & # 39; by Tanveer Rohan: Locals and firefighters work as a team to fight a fire caused by a power incident in Bangladesh
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& # 39; Fire Fighter & # 39; by Tanveer Rohan: Locals and firefighters work as a team to fight a fire caused by a power incident in Bangladesh

& # 39; Fire Fighter & # 39; by Tanveer Rohan: Locals and firefighters work as a team to fight a fire caused by a power incident in Bangladesh

& # 39; Expressions & # 39; by Asim Ijaz: In Pakistan, Ijaz approached a saint, someone who dedicates their life to their shrine, and took a picture

& # 39; Afterwards & # 39; by Patricia Soon: lonely man looking at the horizon in Kobe, Japan

& # 39; Afterwards & # 39; by Patricia Soon: lonely man looking at the horizon in Kobe, Japan

& # 39; Afterwards & # 39; by Patricia Soon: lonely man looking at the horizon in Kobe, Japan

& # 39; Hearts on the sea & # 39; by Nguyen Phan Xuan: Aerial photos of fishing nets in Vietnam

& # 39; Hearts on the sea & # 39; by Nguyen Phan Xuan: Aerial photos of fishing nets in Vietnam

& # 39; Hearts on the sea & # 39; by Nguyen Phan Xuan: Aerial photos of fishing nets in Vietnam

& # 39; Incense & # 39; by Khánh Phan: In Vietnam it is known that incense connects living people with ancestors and gods. When your incense burns, you communicate with the gods

& # 39; Incense & # 39; by Khánh Phan: In Vietnam it is known that incense connects living people with ancestors and gods. When your incense burns, you communicate with the gods

& # 39; Incense & # 39; by Khánh Phan: In Vietnam it is known that incense connects living people with ancestors and gods. When your incense burns, you communicate with the gods

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& # 39; L & # 39; espurna que fa que to comenci & # 39; by Albert Castañe: Correfocs during traditional Catalan festival, where groups dressed as devils light fireworks in the crowd

& # 39; La mujer que espera & # 39; from Paula Aranoa: depicted in a salami shop in Rome, Piazza de la Rotonda

& # 39; Rain & # 39; van Perry Wunderlich: Portrait of the photographer's father under the rain in Germany

& # 39; Rain & # 39; van Perry Wunderlich: Portrait of the photographer's father under the rain in Germany

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& # 39; Rain & # 39; van Perry Wunderlich: Portrait of the photographer's father under the rain in Germany

& # 39; Preparation for 1000 Takjil Iftar Ramadan Kareem & # 39; by Dharma Kurniawan: Three volunteers serve 1000 plates of chicken and rice, prepared for the Iftar in Indonesia, an evening meal in which Muslims quickly finish their daily Ramadan at sunset

& # 39; Oeil de zèbre & # 39; by Sara Pinto Marin: this image of a zebra was taken on the safari in Madrid in Spain

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& # 39; Nature always wins & # 39; from Charlie Berthaume: Shipwreck graves in Brittany, France. Some boats have been there for more than 100 years

& # 39; Out at sea – MSC Orchestra & # 39; from Cameron Aird: entry of the youngest finalist of the competition, an 18-year-old photographer from the Jersey Channel Islands. The cruise boat visited the port close to his home town

& # 39; Rainy day & # 39; by Hendy MP: Red-Eyed Tree Frog in West Java, Indonesia

& # 39; Reitdiephaven & # 39; van Anskar Lenzen: sunset with long exposure time in the district in the city of Groningen, the Netherlands

& # 39; Reitdiephaven & # 39; van Anskar Lenzen: sunset with long exposure time in the district in the city of Groningen, the Netherlands

& # 39; Reitdiephaven & # 39; van Anskar Lenzen: sunset with long exposure time in the district in the city of Groningen, the Netherlands

& # 39; Reaching for Heaven & # 39; from Konrad Paruch: The Mont Saint Michel, France, lost in the middle of the fog

& # 39; Sea of ​​Ice & # 39; by Florian Ledoux: the professional nature photographer took this photo in Antarctica, where seal seals use the ice to rest after their meals

& # 39; Rainbow Reine & # 39; van Paal Lund: Double rainbow spotted when the photographer crossed a bridge on the Lofoten islands in Norway

& # 39; Six feet under & # 39; by David Carbonell: Foggy morning in Ukraine, where the photographer saw a man dig with his bare hands in a small cemetery

& # 39; Six feet under & # 39; by David Carbonell: Foggy morning in Ukraine, where the photographer saw a man dig with his bare hands in a small cemetery

& # 39; Six feet under & # 39; by David Carbonell: Foggy morning in Ukraine, where the photographer saw a man dig with his bare hands in a small cemetery

& # 39; Snow Horseman & # 39; van Zay Yar Lin: Winter photo from Mongolia

& # 39; Boys & # 39; by Diego Campomar: The photographer wanted to portray the equality between two people in Uruguay

& # 39; Blue eye & # 39; by Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz: the photographer introduced his son who walked through the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia

& # 39; Among the white parasols & # 39; from Aung ThuYa: a woman makes traditional umbrellas in a factory in Mandalay, Myanmar. The production of a traditional umbrella cannot be done by one person or within a day: there is a division of labor when creating a single umbrella. Every employee is responsible for different parts to finish one umbrella

& # 39; Ant balancing the earth & # 39; by Analiza De Guzman: it took the photographer 4 hours to take this photo of an ant spreading water droplets on a piece of wire in the Philippines

& # 39; Alone in the desert & # 39; from Carles Alonso: the shot was taken from a high dune in Morocco, where nomads travel through the Sahara desert

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