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.
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!
Octavi Royo, Agora's CEO & Co-Founder
Winner: 'Thirsty ants' by @anadgphotography (Philippines)
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.
@anadgphotography (Philippines), #Water2020 Hero
Discover the #Water2020 finalist entries:
'Lost' by @anskar (Germany)
Location: Rattray Head, Scotland, UK
A lighthouse in the vastness of the ocean: isolation, but also sturdiness...
'Stepwell in Jodhpur' by @guz (Germany)
Location: Jodhpur, India
Stepwells are wells or ponds in which the water is reached by descending a set of steps to the water level. They may be multi-storied with a bullock turning a water wheel to raise the well water to the first or second floor. Stepwells are examples of the many types of storage and irrigation tanks that were developed in India, mainly to cope with seasonal fluctuations in water availability. Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Step Well) in Jodhpur was built in the 1740s by Queen Maharaja Abhay Singh’s Consort, continuing an age-old tradition that Royal women would build public waterworks. As with all step wells, the steps follow the fluctuating water table down to provide easy all-year-round access. I walked down the narrow steps to get to the bottom of the well. When I was there, I noticed these kids on the opposite site wearing the same shirt and a teenage girl, who was busy with her cellphone. These step-wells are also a popular hangout spot for the youth. And I wanted to capture that in an artistic way.
'Open pool' by @nikybwd (Russia)
Location: Moscow, Russia
'Morning rise at Teahupo’o' by @emxpi (France)
Location: French Polynesia
This shot was taken during my honeymoon. The golden fog above the mountain was unreal! 5 minutes before taking this shot, it was raining and I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to fly my drone. It was a great surprise when I saw the light coming out.
'Fishing' by @caongocdiem7879 (Vietnam)
Location: Inle lake, Myanmar
After a heavy afternoon of rain, this man rowed out to the lake to catch some fish. The reflection on the water was so impressive!
'Braided rivers in New Zealand' by @ghislainfave (New Zealand)
Location: New Zealand
I wanted to raise awareness about the changes occurring in the region. This kind of landscape is threatened by climate change; those rivers come from melting glaciers.
@ghislainfave (New Zealand)
'Working on the salt field' by @caokynhan (Vietnam)
Location: Long Dien, Ba Ria, Vietnam
The farmers had started to work early in the salt fields, way before the sun rises. They work hard all day long, just like ants do. Salt fields are like giant mirrors, they reflect everything beautifully. After I took this photo, my drone bugged and fell into the salt field.
'Herrerillo posándose' by @pabloboguña (Spain)
Location: Lloret de Mar, Spain
'Catching shrimps in the sea' by @anhtrungqng (Vietnam)
Location: Quang Ngai, Vietnam
My drone caught these two fishermen who were looking for shrimps.
'Water Collection' by @myatzawhein (Myanmar)
Location: Mandalay, Myanmar
'Rainwater' by @nguyenbaongoc (Vietnam)
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!
'Prueba del Campeonato del Mundo de Grandes Olas Punta Galea Challenge 2019' by @ajuriaguerra (Spain)
Location: Getxo, Spain
Brazilian surfer Lucas Chianca got hit by a gigantic wave, about 10 meters high. Luckily, the surfer was able to come out unscathed and won the competition! I want to transmit the force of the seawater, and how small the human being is in front of the immensity of nature. On the other hand, the courage of these athletes to face these gigantic waves was very impressive.
'Fisherman under the dawn' by @viếtcường (Vietnam)
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, me 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 their work.
'Pagoda on beach' by @panvelvet (Russia)
'Person in yellow at Skogafoss' by @tomdewaart (Netherlands)
Location: Skogafoss, Iceland
My friend in his yellow coat plus one of the most impressive falls I have been, Skogafoss. I wanted to show a sense of the vastness of the Waterfall. To show how relative to earth we are so small. As the water is dark and blue I wanted the person in the photo to jump out of the photo. So I decided to bring my yellow winter jacket and it did the job.
'Bajo children' by @bobbykuen (Indonesia)
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!
'Siren Song' by @fernandoflorit (Spain)
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.
'A sunset flight over the waterfall of the gods' by @michaelfoote (UK)
'The first rains of the year make the rivers start flowing again' by @joao.galamba (Portugal)
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 in 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!
'Underwater caves' by @victordevalles (Spain)
Location: Ferreries, Spain
'Afternoon sunlight magic' by @zayyarlin (Myanmar)
Location: Inle lake, Myanmar
'A lone surfer braving the winter cold on the Cornish North Coast' by @cannonmatt (UK)
Location: St. Agnes, Cornwall, UK
We came to the beach to surf on a cold, wet and stormy day and noticed only one person braving the water. We gave him some time to himself, which made for the perfect photo. I wanted to show the cold, power of the ocean.
'City on water' by @ataevruslan (Russia)
Location: Venice, Italy
'A horse would like to be a seahorse!' by @marcelvanbalken (Netherlands)
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.
'Kerið' by @tom_rbg (Germany)
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.
'Vision Tree' by @ready.rey (Indonesia)
'Low tide day' by @phamhuytrung (Vietnam)
Location: Lap An Lagoon Hue, Vietnam
When the tide goes out, you can clearly see the white sand under the water making this photo look like a painting!
'Frozen water creates a path for climbers' by @dmartphoto (Spain)
Location: Utah, United States
Climbing a waterfall at night with a temperature of -18ºC is quite a challenge.
'Waiting for waves' by @withchris (UK)
'Underwater, we are free' by @Reiko.takahashi (Japan)
Location: Okinawa, Japan
Last year, I had the opportunity to shoot a freediver friend. She was swimming like an underwater creature, which made me think about the process of human evolution. By switching the photo upside down, it seems that she's lying on the water surface.
'Water Drops' by @auliarahman (Indonesia)
Location: Semarang, Indonesia
'Bubbling boiling water in Bolivia' by @janreyem (Germany)
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.
'Flowers on water' by @thuanvo (Vietnam)
Location: Sa Dec, Vietnam
'Brings happiness to the face' by @oceantanzania (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.
'Island Life | Philippines' by @leemumford8 (UK)
Location: Palawan, Philippines
'Water Lily' by @gra.wal (Germany)
Location: Bonn, Germany
'Sunset on the salt field of Ninh Diem Khanh Hoa Vietnam' by @tuanngocphoto (Vietnam)
Location: Nha Trang, Vietnam
These female workers carry salt all day long, in the heat of the sun.
'Underwater prayers' by @thanhtoanphotographer (Vietnam)
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.
'Spotting these 3 cruising up the coast made my day' by @lukeylove (Australia)
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.
'Catching fish' by @duysinh (Vietnam)
Location: Quảng Ngãi, Vietnam
I took this photo in a saltwater lagoon, just before sunset. A couple living nearby the swamp was fishing with the help of a bamboo stick. I wanted to show that people should live in harmony with nature, and that manual fishing will not adversely affect the environment
'Reborn' by @kreativekwame (Cameroon)
'Island Water' by @joncleave (UK)
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.
'Chapi dream' by @phamchiconghp (Vietnam)
Location: Gia Lai, Vietnam
This is my first time coming to this place, a very majestic scenery - the highest waterfall in Vietnam. This photo shows love as endless and powerful, just like the grandeur of nature. Water has always been the source of human life. And love, we can't live without it either.
'Ice cave' by @ksmok (Malaysia)
The ice was melting, so I had to be very careful not to slip when taking the photo.
'Splash' by @sujonadhikary (Bangladesh)
Location: Rajshahi, Bangladesh
The Indian flying fox is one of the largest bats in the world. The heat of the summer makes their body temperature go up quickly, so once in a while they dive in the water to cool down. I waited for almost 2 hours to take this photo.
'Marina bay' by @jaywu10 (Singapore)
Location: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands is one of the hotspots to shoot the Singapore Central Business District (CBD). I wanted to show people how beautiful my city can be under long exposure at blue hour.
'Jugando con las olas' by @woolennn (Spain)
Location: San José, Almeria, Spain
I always tend to bring my camera along when I go to the beach with my friends. This photo is pure joy and fun!
'Life of Buffalo Herder' by @saurabh_sirohiya (India)
Location: Garhbeta, West Medinipur, West Bengal, India
Every summer day, the owner takes his buffaloes for a quick bath in the river to keep them cool and away from diseases.
'Water as a canvas to create minimalistic art' by @alvarovaliente_ (Spain)
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