#TheWorldWeWant contest was launched in May 2020 on free-to-use mobile app Agora, inviting photographers all over the world to share their vision of the future they want for themselves and future generations in a single photo and celebrate the United Nations values on the occasion of their milestone 75th anniversary. Among the 51,000 photos submitted from 133 countries, 75 finalists have been selected to be featured in a United Nations online exhibit launching October 20th.
It has been an immense honor to participate in the United Nations 75th milestone anniversary celebrations and provide a visual platform for people worldwide to express their wishes for change. I would like to thank all the participants from 133 countries who uploaded more than 51,000 photos to #TheWorldWeWant photo competition, communicating the values which are needed today to make our world a better place for future generations.
Octavi Royo, Agora's CEO & Co-Founder
Photo credits: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas, UN Exhibits/Melissa Budinic
Now more than ever, the many voices of ‘We the Peoples’ are needed to fortify human solidarity and overcome the unprecedented global challenges we face. I am grateful that Agora is supporting the 75th anniversary of the United Nations by inviting people from diverse countries and from all walks of life to share their vision of the future in this unique photo competition.
Fabrizio Hochschild, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations 75th Anniversary
Discover the 75 finalist photos:
'Old traditional windmills' by @georgekossieris (Greece)
Location: Zaanse Schans, Netherlands
The world I want is moving towards safe, clean, and renewable energy sources as a sign of respect to our surrounding natural environment. Actionable change on sustainable energy will help us minimize our impact on wildlife, land, and water.
Georgios Kossieris, Greece
'I want to go to school with my friends safely' by @letyliza (Indonesia)
Location: Blitar, Indonesia
We need to make the world a better place to keep children safe in the places where they live, learn and play.
Lety Liza, Indonesia
'The incredible wild mountain gorillas' by @joeshellyy (UK)
Location: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Uganda
The mindset that the natural world is ours to destroy and profit from needs to change. With deforestation encroaching on many important habitats around the world, we need to ask ourselves if our consumption is worth more than these animals' existence. The natural world has been pushed aside by expanding agricultural and urban areas, leaving barely any room for wildlife. Protecting small areas is no longer enough - we need to rewild and give land back to nature.
Joe Shelly, United Kingdom
'Celebrating Nigerian Independence Day' by @kingdin (Nigeria)
Location: Anyigba, Kogi State, Nigeria.
The world I would want my unborn children to exist in has been built on a foundation called love, where the pasture is green and fertile.
Nur'Din Musa, Nigeria
'Did you know that Borneo is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth?' by @fredriksteenmark (Sweden)
Location: Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo - Malaysia
I want a world without deforestation. Did you know that Borneo is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth - with over 15,000 plant species and 400 different species of animals such as birds, mammals, and reptiles? Many of them can only be found here and nowhere else. It’s so important to protect places like this in the world and make sure that they still exist for generations to come.
Fredrik Stenmark, Sweden
'Together we are stronger' by @spartanphotography254 (Kenya)
I want a world where we embrace each other and turn our flaws into strengths.
Kevin Ochieng, Kenya
'Happiness with grandma' by @okyarisandi (Indonesia)
Location: Blitar, East Java, Indonesia
I want the world to be full of happiness.
Andika Oky Arisandi, Indonesia
'Unique ice cave formation' by @jeffreyjkieffer (Sweden)
Location: Vatnajökull, Iceland
This unique ice cave formation brings me bittersweet memories: a tour of the area will no doubt leave you in awe, but the unprecedented rate at which this glacier has been receding is staggering. I want a world where future generations can still have the chance to see and enjoy this beauty, let’s work together to stop climate change!
Jeffrey Kieffer, Sweden
'Berberes' by @tarekherichi (Tunisia)
My photo represents the freedom I would like to see in the world for future generations.
Tarek Herichi, Tunisia
'Nature connection' by @ruifarinha (Portugal)
Location: Peneda-Gerês, Portugal
Our mission is to save planet Earth and leave it better than we found it.
Rui Farinha, Portugal
'The Lovely Dunk' by @nicoprg (France)
Location: Detroit, USA
To me, this picture is the perfect example of what I want for future generations: a world where prejudices do not exist.
Nicolas Pregre, France
'Eternal bond starts from here' by @hikari.sokauni (Japan)
Location: Soka University, Japan
I want a world where we can live in peace as human beings. Although everyone has a different culture, country, gender, language, skin tone, or background, we must work together to bring humanity peace.
Hikari Otsuka, Japan
'Love' by @mdismail.cd (Bangladesh)
Location: Chuadanga District, Bangladesh
I want a world where children never have to be quarantined again.
Md Ismail, Bangladesh
'Corn drying field' by @tajrinasoheli (Bangladesh)
Location: Dhamrai, Bangladesh
I believe in female empowerment and gender equality. I want a world where men and women have the opportunity to work side by side.
Tajrina Begum, Bangladesh
'Be Free' by @dashskala (Belarus)
We need to build a future free of social frames for a borderless world.
Darya Skala, Belarus
'We want a happy free world' by @md_sabbir (Bangladesh)
I imagine a world without any wars or violence. Every child growing up on this planet deserves a happy and free childhood.
Md Sabbir, Bangladesh
'The walls of colorism' by @kreativekwame (Cameroon)
Location: Molyko, Buea, Cameroon
The world has no place for racism, colorism, or discrimination of any kind.
Kreative Kwame, Cameroon
'Let's keep the world green' by @kateomely (Russia)
Location: Moscow, Russia
I want a world where all people commit themselves to take care of our planet and treat nature, which surrounds and sustains us, with love. It is important to preserve our natural heritage for future generations.
Kate Omely, Russian Federation
'Golden childhood' by @mahadyhasanriad (Bangladesh)
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
My wish is to make traveling more accessible in order to experience other cultures around the world and make memories that will last a lifetime. We need to preserve the multiplicity of humanity's culture to continue learning from one another.
Mahady Hasan Riad, Bangladesh
'#MenstrualHygieneDay' by @onyangodennis (Kenya)
We want a world where our girls can go to school freely, without fearing their menstrual cycle. We need to advocate for free sanitary towels for children in school.
Dennis Onyango, Kenya
'The world of happiness' by @nasimphotos (Bangladesh)
Location: Dacope, Khulna, Bangladesh
I want a world where freedom of movement allows the next generations to live healthy and joyful lives.
Md. Nafiul Hasan Nasim, Bangladesh
'We want a world filled with joy and laughter' by @jovanneamolat (Philippines)
I want a world filled with joy and laughter, where love, mutual understanding, acceptance, and positivity defeat hatred.
Jovanne Amolat, Philippines
'Light in the eyes' by @zulqarnaintiwana (Bangladesh)
Location: Ukhlimohla Village, Khushab, Pakistan
I want a world where children can grow with light in their eyes and hope in their hearts.
Zulqarnain Tiwana, Pakistan
'Love between orphan elephants' by @santicozar (Spain)
I want a world where our society acknowledges the feelings of all living beings because we are all interconnected to each other, sharing the same home: planet Earth.
Santi Nieto, Spain
'Smile' by @lingling25 (Myanmar)
Location: Mandalay, Myanmar
I want a world where a smile is the best communication tool.
Ling Ling, Myanmar
'Beleza Africana' by @rennanpeixe (Brazil)
I want a world where tomorrow is not feared, a world where African descendants can live in peace.
Rennan Peixe, Brazil
'B.L.A.C.K.' by @soul.s_art (Zimbabwe)
Location: Harare, Zimbabwee
The world I want for future generations is bold and portrays a sense of peace and liberation. I want freedom and contentment within oneself and within the world, condemning any form of racial or identity discrimination. As long as we are under the same sun, we all belong to the same world and we should all be free.
'I visited one village in the Upper East region of Ghana' by @jeapglobal (Ghana)
I want a world where determination can turn education into success. As I wandered through this community, I realized that even if education was accessible for all, only a few could access quality education. Despite lacking proper school material to study these children were more determined to succeed than ever.
Edward Aning Poakwah, Ghana
'Young monks' by @sakter (Bangladesh)
Location: Hsinbyume pagoda, Myanmar
The world I want gives you the freedom to enjoy life, wherever you may be.
Sabina Akter, Bangladesh
'I want a world where the children can smile and access to education' by @anthojos (Colombia)
Location: Rio de Oro, Cesar, Colombia
Despite progress to end national conflict, Colombian children continue to be the victims of war and inequality in the country. I want to live in a world where all children can smile, play, and be educated; a world where violence and misery cannot destroy their dreams.
Rio de Oro, Cesar (Colombia)
'Enough is enough' by @josephrrouse (USA)
Location: Colorado, USA
Along with countless people in cities throughout the country, a young man in Colorado protests the Killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis, MN Police Officers.
Joseph Rouse, USA
'In a perfect world, there would be so many waterfalls and greens' by @imkaphotos (Germany)
Location: Allgäuer Alps, Germany
I want a world where people protect the beauty of nature and treat mountains with due respect.
Katharina Imhof, Germany
'Quiero un mundo lleno de sonrisas' by @loujimenez (Ecuador)
Location: Puerto Cayo, Ecuador
I want a world full of smiles that brighten up our days, without suffering from mistreatment or discrimination. A world full of happiness and love to boost our desire to live and thrive.
Lou Jiménez, Ecuador
'Save water to save future' by @asimijaz (Pakistan)
Location: Gujrat City, Pakistan
Our environment is increasingly threatened day by day, making for an alarming situation for future generations. Every child has a right to health care, clean water, and education. The world I want makes sure that they are never denied these basic rights.
Asim Ijaz, Pakistan
'Good to be a father' by @jevgenij (Latvia)
Location: Jurmala, Latvia
All our actions on Earth have consequences. We should leave a better world for our children to thrive and fulfill their dreams.
Jevgenijs Scolokovs, Latvia
'Un atardecer de esos que nunca se olvidan' by @berenicemin (Spain)
The world that we want is the one that we create from love, respect, and solidarity. I want a world full of love and joy, where I can enjoy some unforgettable sunsets with my girl.
Berénice Min, Spain
'The World We Want' by @svet_la_na (Russia)
Location: Tyumen, Russia
I want a world of kindness, where people share their warmth and love for each other and all species.
Svetlana Razumovskaya, Russian Federation
'Be free' by @muni.mode (Maldives)
Location: Four Seasons Kuda Hura, Maldives
I want all humans to experience freedom just like these two rays swimming in the Indian Ocean.
'Family' by @ juwanv (Philippines)
Spending quality time with the family is the most precious thing in the world.
Jay Juwan Vicencio, Philippines
'Ebony and Ivory - we all matter' by @gallpix (Australia)
Location: Canberra, Australia
I want a world that protects the loving co-existence of people regardless of their skin colour.
Graham Gall, Australia
'Respect for all living beings' by @ross75 (Italy)
The world I want is a world where every mother is free to convey her deep values, emotions, and passions to her children. One minute before taking this photo, I saw my son stroking that horse and talking to him in a low voice. I was overwhelmed to find this boundless respect and love for nature in him.
Rossella Porta, Italy
'Love undefined' by @obeimages (Ghana)
Location: Accra, Ghana
This photo is about the simplest, purest, and most basic type of love that can break every type of barrier, be it gender, religion, language, status, location. I want us to live in a world where we care for each other because we have become people who love half-heartedly and often are afraid of taking risks for love.
Emmanuel Obuobi, Ghana
'Equal opportunity to all kids' by @kiranparamesh (India)
Location: B.R.Hills, Karnataka, India
The world I want builds bridges instead of borders and provides equal access to quality education for children in remote areas.
Kiran Paramesh, India
'RunColor' by @arian (Netherlands)
Location: Kampen, Netherlands
I want a world full of love in which people help each other to achieve their goals.
Farzad Ariannejad, Netherlands
'Life full of beauty' by @aivi87 (Estonia)
Location: Kasepää, Estonia
I see a world of beauty here and beyond the horizon. We all just need to open our eyes and appreciate it.
Aivi Eller, Estonia
'International Society of Regenerative Medicine and Wound Repair' by @karessey (China)
Location: Xiangnan University, China
Devoting to benefitting more burn and chronic wound patients, saving them from pain and suffering, the International Society of Regenerative Medicine and Wound Repair initiated clinical training programs to promote academic development and clinical practice of regenerative medicine.
'The world we want' by @omalekz (Mexico)
'Un mundo donde la sonrisa llena de esperanza de cada nuevo médico no se apague nunca' by @paulaaranoa (Argentina)
Location, Buenos Aires, Argentina
I want a world where doctors get the recognition they deserve for their hard work and deep commitment. They become heroes from the moment they choose their profession, risking their lives on the battlefield like gladiators.
Paula Aranoa, Argentina
'Green energy' by @emxpi (France)
I want a world sustained by green energy that generates the lowest impact possible on the environment.
Maxime Pontoire, France
'Listen to their dreams' by @kerbycadiz (Philippines)
Location: Sta. Margarita, Samar, Philippines
I want a world where grown-ups protect the youngest ones in our society by providing for their basic physical needs like food, shelter, clothing, education and medical care. Every child must be given emotional support such as trust, respect, self-esteem, independence and most importantly, love. I want a world where happiness for all is not impossible.
Richard Kerby Cadiz Jr., Philippines
'A girl plays alone while the boys play a soccer game' by @victoryno5 (Spain)
Location: Esposende, Portugal
I want a world where education empowers girls and women and ends sexist behavior and practices. In this photo, children are seen playing football, while a girl is left alone to play on the other side of the pitch. I see this as the beginning of marginalization that may have unintended and lasting consequences.
Victorino García Calderón, Spain
'School children happy to learn something new and exciting' by @eyesdasmile (Nigeria)
Location: Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria
In the world I want, you can hear laughter all around. The diversity of language doesn't affect friendship and the practice of sports brings humanity together.
Basil Nuella, Nigeria
'Some of us had already planned to go far, but came this epidemic' by @ranggakid (Indonesia)
Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
The most important thing these days is trying to stay healthy and avoid getting bored.
Rangga Aditya Saputra, Indonesia
'Menino Romão' by @rosanaalbq (Brazil)
Location: Maputo, Mozambique
The world I want is a place where each person can treat others as they'd like to be treated, as equals, beyond frontiers.
Rosana Albuquerque, Brazil
'Human love forever' by @andylam (Vietnam)
Even though our lives are getting busier, we still need to make time to take care of our elders. Small gestures like playing games, or eating together, can help in fighting loneliness and improving their overall physical and mental health.
Andy Lam, Vietnam
'The hope that sustains us' by @rizada.fer (Chile)
Location: Ayni Climático, Chile
Even if the light of hope is small, it is our duty to keep the flame alight until our last breath. When you least expect it, you may meet others who seek to create a better world just like you.
Fernanda Contreras, Chile
'Peaceful future with nature and love' by @demody (Turkey)
I want a world where we can live peacefully, in full harmony with nature. While rural populations living far from the hustle of cities may not have access to technology and luxury, they have a deeper connection with the environment surrounding them.
Demet Özer Yakut, Turkey
'Nuestro tamaño real en el mundo que vivimos' by @portraitfoto_cr (Costa Rica)
Location: Samara Costa Rica
We need to be aware of our size and place in the world.
Allan Agüero Calvo, Costa Rica
'We stand together' by @denelsonsphotography (USA)
Location: Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA
This image has become a solid voice for the #BlackLivesMatter movement calling for justice. I want a world where a person's skin color does not dictate how they are treated, where our individual differences do not divide us but unite us in love, a world where we stand together.
Nelson Gbeve, USA
'Take care of the planet' by @sevriukovanataliya (Ukraine)
Location: Kiev, Ukraine
I want a world that preserves the beauty and diversity of wildlife where my children can discover wild animals in their natural habitats and not only in pictures. We can contribute to the future of our planet by changing our daily habits and educating our children about the environment.
Nataliya Sevriukova, Ukraine
'Los sueños son posibles' by @byjhonrayme (Peru)
Location: Cusco, Peru
I want a world where all our dreams can come true.
Jhon Rayme, Peru
'Fly' by @erikalhm (Mexico)
Location: Playa Bagdad, Mexico
Everybody should be free to fly, explore, and live their lives to the fullest.
Erika Hernandez, Mexico
'Children looking for adventure' by @azpirozmaria (Argentina)
I want a peaceful and safe world for our children, where they can look forward to their future with great expectation and joy regardless of their colour or nationality.
María Azpiroz de Achaval, Argentina
'Happiness' by @tranhongthai05 (Vietnam)
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
'Eradicate poverty and homeless' by @mohammadmoheimany (Iran)
Location: Zabol, Iran
Every human has the right to access healthcare. I want a world where poverty belongs to the past and where economic equality is recognized as the key to our future.
Mohammad Moheimani, Iran
'Young girls celebrating Ashenda' by @alazar1 (Ethiopia)
Location: Tigray, Ethiopia
I want a world where women and girls feel safe, protected, and empowered to speak up for themselves.
Alazar Kassa Gebreyohannes, Ethiopia
'From a BLM March, truly a world we want... a one with justice' by @klstone (Canada)
Location: Burlington Ontario, Canada
Our generation wants a future free of racial injustices, bringing justice to those who break the law and treat others of different ethnicities with disrespect.
Kyle Livingstone, Canada
'Dear mom, dear dad' by @mariakourmpeti (Greece)
Location: Halkidiki, Greece
The world as I dream it is a world where people live in peace. Too many kids currently lack proper access to education, having to choose between books and guns. I believe our best weapon to build a better world is to listen to our children and follow their innocence. We must identify with them. We need to be like children and young people. As a teacher, I will keep educating my students towards this path of life, giving them good reasons to fight for peace and love.
Maria Kourmpeti, Greece
'Somber- exhibiting the black experience' by @latoyafits (UK)
Location: London, UK
I want a world where mental health is taken as seriously as physical health. I portrayed the way I desire young people to slow down and take care of their mental health, to simply breathe. I believe young people can’t do this properly until they are educated and equipped with practical steps on how to deal with anxiety.
Latoya Fitoor, United Kingdom
'Their stripes come in different patterns unique to each individual' by @col_huson (South Africa)
Location: Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
The rate of extinction in wildlife is accelerating. It is important for us to protect our wildlife for future generations.
Col Huson, South Africa
'A peaceful and quiet place where nature and man become one' by @kyunghwalee (South Korea)
Location: Xiapu Ningde Fujian, China
I was deeply impressed by the sight of this fisherman rowing a small fishing boat during sunset, in perfect harmony with nature. I want our children to live in a clean and unspoiled place and pass this legacy on to their children too.
Kyunghwa Lee, Republic of Korea
'Fierce and Empowered Women' by @minerva_sadek (Lebanon)
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
The empowerment of women and farmers is a key pillar in the sustainable, inclusive, equal, and healthy world that we all want.
Minerva Sadek, Lebanon
'A reminder of what's to come' by @shumai1a (Pakistan)
Location: Alaska, USA
I wish to see a world where we truly work together to fight global warming. I want a world where the natural resources we are carelessly abusing are protected so others may have the chance to admire the beauty we have been blessed to witness. I want this image to highlight the climate emergency we are in and must act fast against by holding everyone accountable in order to stop or reduce this impending disaster.
Shumaila Bhatti, Pakistan
'We want a world full of joy, happiness, festivities, and colors' by @aslamibraheem (Pakistan)
Location: Eid Milad Un Nabi, Lahore, Pakistan
I want a world full of festivities and colors where we all celebrate the wonders of life.
Muhammad Aslam Gujjar, Pakistan
'A world where the rights of indigenous people are respected' by @mariaamitrano (Argentina)
Location: Plaza de Mayo, CABA, Argentina
My photo represents the fight of indigenous people protesting for their human rights. I want a world where we can all be socially equal, but humanly different. I want a world where the rights of indigenous people are respected.
Maria A Mitrano, Argentina
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