Friendship is a universal concept that can be perceived in a lot of different ways according to our culture, beliefs and life experience. At Agora we see friendship in an infinite number of different ways but we also see what is common to all forms of friendship: love, trust and support that is generated between living beings. The result of friendship is a shared, happier life.
Octavi Royo, Agora's CEO and Co-Founder
Discover the #Friends2020 finalists below:
'Friends getting wet' by @ froirivera (Philippines)
Location: Manila, Philippines
It started to rain heavily as I looked outside my balcony, and I saw these kids playing in the flooded street. Friends enjoy their time together rain or shine! If I get to win the $1,000 USD prize, I'd donate part of it to my fellow Filipinos who have been affected by the recent eruption of the Taal Volcano.
'Friends freedom' by @azoicraw (Bangladesh)
Location: Lakshmipur, Bangladesh
Friendship is one of the most important things in life. In this picture, we can see a group of young friends playing after a day of work by the river. In this area, children from fishermen families don't have access to proper education as they are usually required to work with their parents throughout the day.
'Sunset Stroll' by @benskaar (USA)
Location: Skaket Beach, USA
This was taken during a beautiful sunset at low tide. I wanted to convey a sense of compassion and friendship. I noticed this group having a good time and I thought it would make for a great photo!
'Community over competition' by @andyleclerc (USA)
Location: Windsor, USA
I planned out this photograph using Google Earth to find the perfect location for such this aerial shot and get the best shadows possible for my shooting. As you all know photography can be competitive, so I always like to collaborate with friends who also happen to be drone/nature photographers. One shouldn't worry about being outshined by helping another creative, instead put our egos aside and be willing to help one another. Because at the end of the day that's what matters, strength is better in groups not singularity.
'Feline friends' by @georgeako (Greece)
Location: Athens, Greece
These two stray cats are true friends. They do everything together: eat,play,sleep,walk... It was funny how these cats woke up when I started to shoot then and stretched simultaneously.
'Never ending friendship' by @georock888 (Indonesia)
Location: Rumpin, Java, Indonesia
'Enjoying' by @adeelchishti (Pakistan)
Location: Upper Dir Park, Pakistan
I traveled to Upper Dir Park where these school boys were enjoying simple moments of life. They were enjoying nature in their own way, not in scheduled and regular way. I think this is real art in which they were living whether they know it consciously or not. Because we cannot bound art in specific phases or limitations.
'Bien acompañado' by @paulaaranoa (Argentina)
Location: Sarlat, Francia
I wanted to convey precisely the friendship between human beings and dogs. Every day these two took their time to walk together through the almost empty streets of Sarlat. They were seen to be calm, enjoying the moment and not rushing. It felt that it was a special moment between two best friends.
'Happy hours' by @momin21a (Bangladesh)
Location: Madhabdi, Bangladesh
When it comes to friendship, age doesn't matter. Kids love to play and have someone who can do things as per their wish. Here's an uncle and his nephew having a conniving moment in the bright fields of Madhabdi.
'Just hold my hand' by @drummer_vn (Ukraine)
Location: Vinnytsia, Ukraine
Two kids holding hands and looking in the same direction: that's what friendship means to me.
'Lovely in the rain' by @nguyenvuphuoc (Vietnam)
Location: Hoang Su Phi, Vietnam
These are the kind of wonderful moments I've experienced while traveling through the remote mountainous areas of my country: the children take shelter from the rain while their parents are working in the rice fields.
'Little ballerinas' by @tinozavrus (Russia)
Location: Voronezh, Russia
This photo was taken during my daughter's ballet class when the little ballerinas were having a break. These two are the bestest friends on earth, I think you can tell from the photo!
'Playing' by @swetun (Myanmar)
Location: Hpa-an, Myanmar
These kids from the local orphanage spent their whole life growing and playing together, if I win the prize I would donate half of it to their orphanage.
'Puppy, the little judge' by @debchak (India)
Location: Puruliya, India
These kids were playing a traditional indian game with the puppy sitting and observing the game just like a referee would do. They always stick together, even if they are very poor they share all daily food with their pet. Wherever they go, they bring their puppy along. If I win the prize, I will buy some camera gear and donate a part of it to these innocent kids who haven't got no appropriate clothes but a heart full of love for human and animals.
'Lets Go My Friend' by @tatha11 (India)
Location: Canning, West Bengal, India
Friendship is the main story of this photo. In the evening time, two friends were coming back home holding each other tightly in darkness. Could you guess that the light in the background was coming from a bike?
'Beach bbq' by @bamperspectives (UK)
Location: Les Minquiers, Jersey, UK
The photo features a group of my creative friends who decided to head out to this deserted sandbar and set up a bbq and have food drink music and just an amazing day in the sun away from it all! Really wanted to portray the sense of friends coming together to enjoy each other’s company and how this is often done around food as that is one of those few things that we all have in common, we need to eat, so doing it as socially as possible in the sun with an amazing chef friend knocking out some fresh local ingredients was just perfect. We got out to the deserted sandbar with our best local rib charter company and 3 of their boats. Because most of my friends here were creatives we filmed and photographed all aspects of the day so that we could generate a bunch of content to help celebrate local brands and ingredients and just had great fun! If I was lucky enough to become a hero I would use the prize to travel for photography. Living on an island that is only 9x5 miles in size means that the photographic options are limited and I would really love to experience other cultures and landscapes that would help progress my photography and test my skills in new environments.
'The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend' by @wissah (Kenya)
Location: Kakamega, Kenya
Friends don't let each other wander in the dark alone. These two are schoolmates - every weekend, since its a day off from school, they have a responsibility to go grazing animals/cows in a nearby forest. Here they were walking back home from the forest, both happy and smiling while holding hands, having achieved something for the weekend. Making it to Agora's top 50 is already a win for me... but winning the prize, would be a win for both Isaya and Kevin (as pictured) as the prize will go settling part of their school fees and as well as buying them new clothes as they come from poor families.
'Best Friend' by @keanudrone (UK)
Location: Quantock hills, Somerset, UK
My dad is my best friend and we run the @Keanudrone account together. We wanted a photo of us and the drones and this is the out come. I love it! Although shortly before this photo was taken, my dad crashed one of the drones in to a tree.
'Lift' by @sixcentdouze (Monaco)
Location: Saint Tropez, France
My girlfriend and I were playing with the perspectives thanks to our drone - we had so much fun doing this shot, so I wanted to get a funny pose!
'Friends are up to infinity' by @alexishrestha (Nepal)
Location: Rapti, Nepal
I snapped my two best friends walking over the suspension bridge on a cold morning. No one is really able to live alone - friendship is one of the most important things on earth!
'Have fun together' by @photolivestudio (France)
Shooting with these children was a game to awaken their imagination and to have fun. The deal was: you are the models, you have to think about poses, you consult each other and the photographer mustn't say a word, just shoot! The children showed a lot of imagination; the shooting turned into a game and the natural took over. I was not prepared to take this photo; I had to adapt the softboxes and especially find a stepladder because the children were lying on the floor! The last surprise they gave me was their grimaces when I started to shoot.
'Fishing on Dong Mo Lake' by @anhtrungqng (Vietnam)
Location: Dong Mo Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
'Pair of friends' by @piercegainey (USA)
Location: Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA
Friendship can be seen everywhere! From simple things like going on a paddle board session to helping your friend out in need! For this shot, it wasn’t really planned but worked out so well! I was trying some other photos and this surprisingly turned out to be the best and it wasn’t even planned.
'Friendship' by @pranab_basak (India)
Location: Canning, West Bengal, India
Kids are always be happy to play with pets. This village boy was embracing a goose, surprisingly the goose didn't complain.
'Swimming with friends' by @banudiker (Turkey)
Location: Bursa, Turkey
They were just swimming and having a chat while I was on my balcony, and I thought it looked sweet so I took the photo. They seemed to be old friends that met again after a long period of time.
'Old friend' by @ptkhanhhvnh (Vietnam)
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
This old couple has been living together for many years. They work together all day long. They also raise a few animals and treat them as friends. They have a simple but happy life, sharing everything with each other. Friendship really matters in life, at this old age one really needs a friend.
'Play' by @kyawmyintthan (Myanmar)
Location: Kawa Town, Myanmar
When I visited Kawa Town, I found this lotus pool acting as a playground for local children. Firstly, I checked how deep the pool was, then I stepped in to take this picture!
'Playing with a traditional car from coconut tree' by @priantopuji (Indonesia)
Location: Mt.Bromo, Probolinggo, Indonesia
They are the children of Javanese people living around Mt.Bromo. I wanted to show the happiness of those kids when they play with traditional toys in their homeland, running off on the sand dunes.
'Lovely' by @naingtunwinbagan (Myanmar)
Location: Chin State, Myanmar
'Chilled days' by @alanmills91 (UK)
Location: Port Barton Palawan, Philippines
The two people on the picture are very close friends that I had the pleasure to meet when I was travelling the Philippines. On the morning of the shooting, it was the 1st time I had met the girls and we all had been getting quite well. We spent the whole day on a beach where I wanted the girls to have a photo that would sum up the day, and to show their friendship from another point of view. The big smiles on their faces made this shot even better than just the pure beauty of the surrounding area.
'Friends Bathing' by @solomonjnr (Ghana)
Location: Accra, Ghana
It was after the rain. My nephews were done playing in the puddles that were in the house, and had to wash themselves. It was during this process that I managed to capture that lovely moment. I actually made an entire series out of it. This is one of the many beautiful shots I got from that day. The mutual act of them enjoying a shower together depicting the unity and bond between them. It takes understanding and agreement between people to share such moments together!
'Try to fly' by @mdabirhasan (Bangladesh)
Location: Kushtia, Bangladesh
Friendship means trying to fly together. If I get to win the #Friendship2020 contest, half of my prize will be given to the Rohingya refugees who are facing a difficult situation in my country right now.
'Friendship' by @rahmadladae (Indonesia)
Location: Kendari City, Indonesia
I spotted these three boys from the nomadic Bajo tribe studying together in a mangrove tree, always happy to spend time together wherever they are.
'My best friend' by @priyowiddi (Indonesia)
Location: Bromo Mountain, Indonesia
The beautiful bond between a man and his horse. This Tenggerese man, a nomadic herder, travels across Mount Bromo everyday with his best friend.
'Friends' by @Tochihung (Vietnam)
Location: Nam Cuong, Vietnam
It was lovely to see this group of friends running on the sand dunes near their home on an early morning.
'Being friend' by @fdilekuyar (Turkey)
Location: Kayseri, Turkey
The little calf and the little girl have a one-of-a-kind friendship. In Anatolia, children always find a best friend in their animals. When you look at the photo, you can see the unique friendship between them.
'Friends' by @joncleave (UK)
Location: Isle of Harris, Scotland
Seals are social animals and can be found in small groups to entire colonies. Spotting these two together on a patch of sea grass off the Hebridean coast with nothing else around made me think of true friendship. Friends come in all shapes and sizes. We often think about humans only having friendships as it's something we can relate to – but to see wildlife stick at it together is even more inspiring.
'Friends' by @evablanco (Spain)
Location: Madrid, Spain
Here's a friend of mine, Daniela and her cute border collie dog, Tucca. They were hanging on the hammock and Tucca was very happy to be there with her owner. She kept moving all the time, which made them almost fall on the floor a few times. It was a funny session!
'Friends' by @damiane (Georgia)
Location: Tbilisini, Georgia
Happiness is only real when shared with your friends!
'Friendship and childhood' by @mdshafiulislam (Bangladesh)
Location: Rangpur, Bangladesh
'Friendship' by @nikybwd
Location: Moscow, Russia
'Tunnel vision' by @panvelvet (USA)
Location: Shanghai's subway tunnel, China
'Friends for Life' by @perksy12 (UK)
Location: Bristol, UK
'Help each other' by @san_san (Indonesia)
Location: Jember, Indonesia
'Friends playing' by @sollylevi (UK)
Location: Zanzibar, Tanzania
'Running on the sand dunes' by @trungphamvn (Vietnam)
Location: Nam Cuong, Vietnam
'Friends forever' by @barcerumkabu (Indonesia)
Location: Sentani, Papua, Indonesia
'Mountain camp' by @dcmith (Indonesia)
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