As flowers bloom and the weather warms for the coming of spring, photographers from all over the world were asked to capture the essence of the season in an international photography contest—and the finalists are all dazzling.
The contest was held by Agora: a free-to-use photography app with a global community of more than 3.5 million users from 193 countries.
Their most recent competition for the World’s Best Photos of Spring 2020 garnered more than 14,500 entries from around the world.
“Spring is the symbol of life and rebirth in all civilizations, a time when seeds come to life and flood our beloved Earth with colors,” said Agora CEO and co-founder Octavi Royo. “Through Agora, we get the opportunity to discover the best images of this wonderful period of the year—enjoy the show!”
This striking photo of a group of Vietnamese lily pad harvesters was voted the winner of the competition after the photographer, Tran Quang Quy, beat finalists from 19 other countries around the world.
“With this photo, I wanted to show the beauty of Vietnamese culture to the world,” said Quy, who was rewarded $1,000 for his winning photograph. “This group of friends were all wearing an ‘Ao Dai’, Vietnam’s national garment.
“This outfit is inseparable from the image of Vietnamese women, both within Vietnam and beyond its borders, and especially at official ceremonies, conferences, and weddings,” he continued. “In this poetic setting with blooming flowers floating on the river, the authentic bamboo bridge symbolizes the connection between the past and the present.”
Although Quy’s photo was declared the winner by Agora’s online photography community, several other breathtaking entries from Vietnam were nominated as finalists as well.
Meanwhile in Italy, photographer Mary Bassani managed to capture a snapshot of a peaceful-looking fox that almost seemed to be smiling as it sat among a field of tall lavender.
“I was photographing blue magpies, and suddenly this beautiful red fox appeared from the bushes,” said Bassani. “The fox is one of my favorite animals and I never imagined seeing it in these circumstances, surrounded by lavender flowers. It was an exciting day.”
One of the competition’s Greek photographers, Iro Kiorapostolou, managed to capture the moment that a honeybee moved to pollinate a sunflower in Pentapoli Serres.
In another heartwarming photo from Vietnam, photographer Nguyen Huu Thong captured two young girls smiling at each other as they sat side by side, carrying on their backs huge baskets filled with yellow flowers.
“They had spent the afternoon picking these beautiful flowers that would be used for medicinal purposes in their tribe,” said the photographer. “Their lovely faces and beautiful smiles made me appreciate the moment.”
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