Mobile app Agora challenged international photographers to participate in the #Small2020 photo contest and show us the world through their magnifying glasses. As a result, 14,432 photos of all kinds of small things were submitted to the contest, from tiny bees at work and closed-up damselfly to small humans facing the greatness of Mother Nature. Congratulations to Bangladeshi photographer @rafid007 whose photo of a Black Naped Monarch hatchling ‘First Light’ gathered the most votes on the Agora app, making him the #Small2020 Hero and granting him the top prize of $1,000.
#Small2020 Winner: 'First Light' by @rafid007 (Bangladesh)
Location: Bogra, Bangladesh
This picture hides a heartbreaking story: I was filming a short documentary about the Black Naped Monarch birds and I captured some shots of this nest. This the last time I saw this hatchling; one day later a storm came by and destroyed the nest. I believe this picture symbolizes some of its latest moments.
Discover the Top 5 finalists:
Round 1 winner: 'The baby going to the sea' by @cymot (Indonesia)
Location: Pantai Samas, Indonesia
This photo was taken during the release of young turtles at Samas Beach. I was impressed by their determination and their struggle to reach the water.
Round 4 winner: 'The Little One' by @mannylibrodo (Philippines)
Location: Pampanga, Philippines
I saw that Pench, my tattooed model, was pregnant. I told her I would love to shoot her and her baby a few weeks after the birth. She agreed. The parents were tender and loving to their fragile little girl.
Round 5 winner: 'Black and yellow seahorse' by @erwin_gucci (Indonesia)
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
In recent years, the population of seahorses around the world has declined, with fourteen of its species listed as threatened.
Round 3 winner: 'Welcome to the Cruel World little Human' by @drozzan (Indonesia)
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Discover the other finalist entries:
'Close up of a Damselfly' by @ajuriaguerra (Spain)
Location: Bilbao, Spain
Here's a portrait of a red Damselfly. I wanted to show the small details that are imperceptible to the human eye. You can see how the drops of water remain suspended in the face, transforming it completely.
'Point on the map' by @andrei_pugach (Russia)
Location: Kalyazin, Russia
The bell tower of St. Nicholas Cathedral, standing in the middle of the Uglich reservoir. Monument of history and architecture. One of the symbols of the consequences of the construction of the reservoir cascade on the Volga River, which destroyed hundreds of villages, towns and cities with ancient structures that existed there.
'Walking in the crater' by @aurian (Spain)
Location: Reunion Island, France
We were visiting a remote area on the island of Reunion in order to experience the sensation of the enormity of the zone full of volcanic craters. It was very difficult to reach this spot as it was pouring with rain and we had to descend a hazardous path. After having made the effort to reach the panoramic viewpoint, we were disappointed to find the visibility was very restricted until the view opened up before our very eyes. After the picture got taken, the rain stopped and we were able to walk around and observe how small the people looked in this majestic setting.
'Wandering birds' by @bachir01 (USA)
Location: Sacramento, USA
Wandering birds work as a team to find food from one pond to another.
'Car in the pine forest' by @bastian_as (Indonesia)
Location: Bandung, Indonesia
I was driving through this pine forest, and felt I had to stop my car to fly my drone and capture the composition from above.
'Feeling small never felt so good' by @e.stis (Italy)
Location: Dolomiti Passo Rolle, Italy
Feeling small never felt so good!
'Why do we feel so small ?' by @epicworld_photography (Australia)
Location: Arches National Park, USA
Why do we feel so small when we are in fact a part of something so incredibly large? Just as many cells make up a body, I believe we are all connected to a larger living being we call Planet Earth. Looking up at the night sky and Milky Way reminds me how awesome it is to be part of something so vast.
'We are small' by @filippobellisola (Italy)
Location: Passo Falzarego, Provincia di Belluno, Italia
We slept in a tent at a 2700 meters altitude and it was a little cold. Friends, sunset, outdoors cooking, sunrise... everything was perfect.
'Long exposure photo, microlight painting around feather' by @fondphoto (Russia)
During this shoot, I decided to try something new for myself and try light painting in macro photography. I put the feather on the mirror, set a long exposure, and painted around the feather with a thin hair of the optical fiber. The light from the optical fiber is quite weak, and this light was not enough to expose the picture, so I built a structure of several flashlights, which shone with the whole stream into one thin hair to make it as bright as possible.
'Belleza Natural' de @fitotejada (Guatemala)
'Tiny surfers paddling from above always reminds me of tiny fishes' by @freeilli (Italy)
Location: Gironde, France
I’m really fond of minimalist composition in photography, especially when I use the drone. Every time I fly I pay attention to interesting patterns or repetition of elements. In this case, I was mesmerized by the colorful boards, the gorgeous texture of the ocean and its bottom. What I love about aerial perspective is how subjects we see everyday look completely different from there, as these tiny humans.
'Nap' by @gra.wal (Germany)
Location: Bonn, Germany
'Harvest' by @hamid_jamshidian (Iran)
'Windows Cleaner' by @hapelinium (Indonesia)
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
I love to take pictures when I'm walking in the streets. These workers caught my eyes.
'Tam Tien fish market' by @havulinh167 (Vietnam)
Location: Chợ cá Tam Tiến, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
The Tam Tien Fish Market lies right on the beach. Although the spontaneous market is only open during the monsoon season between April and September, it is the province’s largest seafood wholesale market.
'Small' by @igorsakh (Russia)
Location: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia
'Be Epic' by @inchaseofbeauty (Russia)
Location: Kabardino-Balkaria near mount Elbrus, Terskol, Russia
I was standing on the edge of a cliff, illuminated by the sun, against the mountains' snow-white peaks. Nature is beautiful and we, as guests, are abusing it.
'Drop with daisy. Gota con margarita' by @jafter (Spain)
Location: Málaga, Spain
You have to repeat the scene many times to get a good photo.
'All Aboard' by @jprphotos (UK)
Location: Glenfinnan Viaduct, UK
I was looking to show off not just the viaduct which is enormously popular but also the landscape and mountains around it. The train just adds a great sense of scale and a hit of different colour among the sea of green. This was one the locations that we visited when completing the North Coast 500 route. An incredible place and location in general. The valleys are stunning without the viaduct let alone with it!
'It takes everything to stand alone' by @karen_claudia_ (Netherlands)
Location: Enkhuizen, Netherlands
It takes nothing to join the crowd, but it takes everything to stand alone: this picture totally represents this quote! Swans usually go in pairs, but not in this case. It was just swimming alone, in combination with the environment, making this feeling of being alone was even more amplified. I've always been fascinated by swans who live here. They have something graceful and mysterious.
'Small World' by @kateomely (Russia)
Location: Moscow, Russia
'Train station' by @keaghan_vry (Netherlands)
Location: Arnhem, Netherlands
'Small compared to the nature' by @liaindriani (Indonesia)
Location: Garut, West Java, Indonesia
The waterfall is located in a hidden place in the forest. We walked around 45 minutes one way through the water irrigation channel under the hill, with a beautiful rice field scenery along the way. Only a local guide could lead us to the waterfall location. Up and down the hill, we stumbled upon a giant rock, and at first, we were reluctant to pass, but that was the end of the journey where we finally saw the beautiful waterfall. A wonderful trip to see this hidden natural beauty.
'Tide lagoon in Sumba' by @makyandmatt (Czech Republic)
Location: Sumba Island, Indonesia
This place is absolutely magical, turquoise blue lagoon right next to the rough ocean!
@makyandmatt (Czech Republic)
'Tiny vehicles' by @markcure (Netherlands)
Location: Moerdijk, Netherlands
'Golden river' by @mazurevanasta (Russia)
Location: Moscow, Russia
The photo was taken in the summer, from the observation deck of the Moscow City Business Center. On that day, the weather was quite cloudy and I had already lost faith in the sun. But no. The clouds parted slightly and colored the surrounding area with this warm, golden light.
'Cheetah looking for food' by @mohamedtazi (Morocco)
Location: Parc National De Serengeti, Tanzania
'My little friend' by @omchandra (Indonesia)
Location: Narmada, Indonesia
We need to take care of other living creatures in order to remain sustainable. I took this photo in my garden which is often visited by many tame birds.
'Vindodden' by @øystein (Norway)
Location: Vindodden, Svalbard, Norway
'Haystack ride' by @panvelvet (Russia)
Location: Vladivostok, Russia
'Skydiving' by @pitokung (Indonesia)
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
I was waiting for the right moment to get a shot of these paratroopers. I was impressed by their teamwork!
'Da Nang Perspectives' by @pixelpann (Nigeria)
Location: Da Nang, Vietnam
I arrived early to capture a lone walker on the bridge. Within minutes of taking this photo, the bridge was full of tourists snapping away in awe! I was quite lucky to have this brief moment to myself (and the stranger!)
'From the top of the cliff' by @polatina (Poland)
Location: Nusa Penida, Indonesia
This is not a drone view: the photo was taken from the top of the cliff. I had to bend a little bit, but I saw this amazing composition and couldn't help myself.
'Small' by @rashida_akhtyamova (Russia)
'Sharjah Mosque' by @reza2k3 (UAE)
Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
I waited for about 30 minutes to incorporate a human elements in the composition. I'm so glad these two little kids came by!
'Small natural beauty' by @sadik (Bangladesh)
Location: Rajshahi, Bangladesh
It was a rainy morning. I came out of the house to take some pictures when I spotted a small spider on top of a rose petal. I was amazed by its beauty.
'Swiss waterfall' by @samuelemiccoli (Italy)
Humans are powerless in front of Nature.
'The call of the mountain' by @santicozar (UK)
Location: Peak District, UK
I was at the top of a little mountain, waiting for the sunset with my wide-angle lens and my composition ready for almost an hour. Suddenly something called my attention: I saw the silhouettes of 3 people walking up the mountain. I quickly set my 300mm and followed the silhouettes, waiting until the light and clouds aligned and then I finally got the shot! It wasn't the plan that I had, but I got something better instead. In landscape photography, one has to be ready for anything!
'Working' by @simonpastor (France)
Location: Tours, France
Bees are amazing! They are all working in the shadow to save the planet. I waited patiently for 30 minutes behind these lavender flowers to take this photo.
'Motherhood' by @streetwala (India)
Location: Medininagar, India
'Workers' by @tamzeed_alam_token (Bangladesh)
Location: Ishurdi, Bangladesh
This bridge is known as the longest railway bridge in Bangladesh (1,796.32 m).
'Little man on the ridge' by @uglefisk (Norway)
I wanted to show how small we are compared to the mountains. My plan was to get the wind blowing off the ridge, but a small man and the clouds reflecting orange light changed the story.
'Sunset bridge' by @victordevalles (Spain)
Location: Menorca, Spain
Can you spot me paddle surfing through the natural bridge? On that day, the water was so cold, with a lot of jellyfish.
'Herds of Yak' by @victormsf (Portugal)
Location: Sarchu, Himalaya, India
To me, these landscapes are absolutely stunning, even more when you get to see Yaks grazing. I suffered from altitude sickness, which caused me headaches and shortness of breath. It was all worth it though.
'Wilderness' by @waqasafzal (Pakistan)
Location: Neelum Valley, Pakistan
I met this young Kashmiri boy, Sohail, and his 7 months old daughter Hala in Neelum Valley. He hiked with me along the upper ridge of Ratti Gali Lake. He was very excited about introducing his daughter to nature for the first time. I noticed Sohail was standing at the far end of the ridge on the lake with Hala in his arms. He was literally introducing 7 months old Hala to the Waterfalls & Glacier of Rati Gali lake. The bond between this brave father and his daughter was really inspiring, may Allah blesses them and helps them to achieve their dreams.
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