To celebrate the International Day of Peace celebrated each year on September 21, the mobile application Agora challenged international photographers to illustrate what “peace” means to them in a single photo. As a result, 11,500 photos from around the world were submitted to the #Peace2020 contest.

The International Day of Peace was created by the United Nations in 1981 to provide “a common date for all mankind to commit to peace beyond all differences”. The United Nations General Assembly declared this day dedicated to strengthening the ideals of peace by observing 24 hours of non-violence and ceasefire.

@rashid_sp (Kenya)

To celebrate this milestone, the global creative platform Agora launched the #Peace2020 photo contest on August 14. Photographers had until August 28th to participate with their best shots in the application and illustrate what “Peace” means to them through the lens of their camera for the chance to be selected in the Top 50 finalists and go to the voting phase.

Congratulations to the Kenyan photographer @rashid_sp whose photo “A peaceful world is a fruitful one” received the most votes from the global Agora community, making him the #Peace2020 hero and earning him the first prize of $1,000.

Here is a selection of the 50 winning images.

@mayi (Spain)

@jorgebacelar (Portugal)

@cymot (Indonesia)

@patriciasoon (Malaysia)

@drozzan (Indonesia)

@andreamengo (Spain)

@liezelannedeleon (Philippines)

@joeshellyy (UK)

@lukeylove (Australia)

@globetravelphotography (Netherlands)