50 of the most colorful photos taken in 2019

Four kids “Four kids,” photographed by Asad Khalid Sungkar.
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Agora, a free photography app, has rounded up the most colorful photos taken in 2019.

Photographers from around the world submitted their work to Agora as part of the #Colorful2019 contest, and 50 finalists were chosen in August. In September, a photographer named Thijs Peters took home the $1,000 prize for his image of rainbow-colored rooftops, entitled “Malang.”

From vibrant landscapes to colorful architecture, here’s a look at this year’s finalists. 

“Beautiful Color” by Khin Zaw Aung

Beautiful Color “Beautiful Color,” photographed by Khin Zaw Aung.
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Aung’s photo was taken in Yangon, Myanmar. It shows a person clad in yellow clothes sitting atop green, purple, and pink straw, which they were seemingly using to make something.

“Cleaning day” by David Carbonell

Cleaning day “Cleaning day,” photographed by David Carbonell.
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While in Bali, Indonesia, Carbonell captured women cleaning multicolored seat cushions inside a dam.

“Powder cones” by Josu Ozkaritz Astigarraga

Powder cones “Powder cones,” photographed by Josu Ozkaritz Astigarraga.
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Astigarraga’s nominated image shows vibrant powder arranged in swirled cones. He took the shot in Mysore, India.

“Rainbow Estate” by Konrad Paruch

Rainbow Estate “Rainbow Estate,” photographed by Konrad Paruch.
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Paruch sent a drone nearly 13 feet in the air to capture this shot of a building in Hong Kong.

“Colorful apartment” by Adie B Sis

Colorful apartment “Colorful apartment,” photographed by Adie B Sis.
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The subjects of Sis’ photo were attending summer camp in Semarang City, Indonesia, when the award-nominated shot was taken.

“Colorful Building” by Stavros Michos

Colorful Building “Colorful Building,” photographed by Stavros Michos.
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Michos took this image — which shows orange architecture and a white-and-blue sky —  in Berlin, Germany.

“Colorful fishing” by Debasish Chakraborty

Colorful fishing “Colorful fishing,” photographed by Debasish Chakraborty.
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In India, Chakraborty captured a man wearing a wide-brimmed hat as he dyed fishing nets with vibrant hues of purple, yellow, pink, green, and orange.

“Colorful insect” by Arief Azharie

Colorful insect “Colorful insect,” photographed by Arief Azharie.
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Azharie’s close-up photo shows a brightly-colored bug as it’s perched on a spiky plant.

“Colorful round nets fish farms” by Zayyarlin

Colorful round nets fish farms “Colorful round nets fish farms,” photographed by Zayyarlin.
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Pastel fishing nets are the subject of Zayyarlin’s photo, which was taken in China.

“Colorful runway between incense sticks” by Hai Nguyen

Colorful runway between incense sticks “Colorful runway between incense sticks,” photographed by Hai Nguyen.
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Nguyen found these red-and-orange bunches of incense sticks while in Vietnam. 

“Colorful sunrise” by Naing Tun Win Bagan

Colorful sunrise “Colorful sunrise,” photographed by Naing Tun Win Bagan.
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Bagan captured this blue-and-orange landscape in Myanmar during sunrise.

“Colorful unicorn” by Dharma Kurniawan

Colorful unicorn “Colorful unicorn,” photographed by Dharma Kurniawan.
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Kurniawan’s photo — which was taken in Jakarta, Indonesia — was one of the only nominated images taken at night.

“Colors of life” by Pranab Basak

Colors of life “Colors of life,” photographed by Pranab Basak.
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Basak found this woman in Kolkata, India, and photographed her as she leaned against a magenta-colored wall.

“Colors on the floor” by Nodar Chernishev

Colors on the floor “Colors on the floor,” photographed by Nodar Chernishev.
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Chernishev’s image, which shows a child’s feet next to a broken lollipop, was taken in New York City.

“Colors” by Bekir Yesiltas

Colors “Colors,” photographed by Bekir Yesiltas.
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While in Istanbul, Turkey, Yesiltas captured a woman waving a sheet outside the window of a colorful building.

“CONFORMISM” by Julien

CONFORMISM “CONFORMISM,” photographed by Julien.
Julien/AGORA Images


The residential area seen in Julien’s photo is located in the south of France.

“Dream houses on water” by Rockson

Dream houses on water “Dream houses on water,” photographed by Rockson.
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Rockson’s nominated photo shows a strip of pastel-hued buildings alongside water that’s reflecting the sky.

“Enjoying a beautiful sunrise” by Hugo Healy

Enjoying a beautiful sunrise “Enjoying a beautiful sunrise,” photographed by Hugo Healy.
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Healy visited bright blue hot springs in Saturnia, Italy, to capture his nominated shot.

“Face painting” by Sujit Saha

Face painting “Face painting,” photographed by Sujit Saha.
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Saha’s photo shows a young girl getting her face painted to look like the deity Krishna. The image was taken in a rural village of West Bengal, India.

“Fishing” by Michael Gordon

Fishing “Fishing,” photographed by Michael Gordon.
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The subjects of Gordon’s photo were fishing in Cesarea, Israel, as the sun went down.

“Floating market” by Kyaw Swar Myint

Floating market “Floating market,” photographed by Kyaw Swar Myint.
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In Myanmar, Myint captured people sitting on vibrant boats that were covered in food.

“Fruits” by Phyo Moe

Fruits “Fruits,” photographed by Phyo Moe.
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Though it might look like a painting upon first glance, this image is actually a photograph of real exotic fruit.

“Four kids” by Asad Khalid Sungkar

Four kids “Four kids,” photographed by Asad Khalid Sungkar.
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Sungkar’s photo shows five children riding bikes through an Indonesian field covered in tie-dyed cloths.

“Glass and light” by Martina Birnbaum

Glass and light “Glass and light,” photographed by Martina Birnbaum.
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Birnbaum used a prism to create her award-nominated photograph.

“Grandmother and umbrella” by Micky Demsy

Grandmother and umbrella “Grandmother and umbrella,” photographed by Micky Demsy.
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In Central Java, Indonesia, Demsy photographed a woman as she crafted a multicolored umbrella.

“Hide and seek” by Sabina Akter

Hide and seek “Hide and seek,” photographed by Sabina Akter.
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Akter captured a woman standing behind an orange curtain in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The wall surrounding the subject was also vibrant and covered in paintings of flowers and doves.

“KANGKILO Tradition” by Sahlan Kokasinta

KANGKILO Tradition “KANGKILO Tradition,” photographed by Sahlan Kokasinta.
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Kokasinta captured this shot, which shows children dressed in traditional attire, while in the Katukobari Village of Indonesia.

“Kayaking” by Gilad Topaz

Kayaking “Kayaking,” photographed by Gilad Topaz.
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This nominated image shows multicolored kayaks lined up along a pastel shore. Topaz seemingly captured this image from above.

“Laughing On The Ferris Wheel” by Heather McHenry Wilson

Laughing On The Ferris Wheel “Laughing On The Ferris Wheel,” photographed by Heather McHenry Wilson.
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Wilson photographed her two sons while they rode a brightly-lit Ferris wheel at night. 

“Lost in paradise” by Alvaro Valiente Herrero

Lost in paradise “Lost in paradise,” photographed by Alvaro Valiente Herrero.
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Herrero took this shot while in the Philippines to showcase the vivid blue and green shades of the area.

“Making umbrellas” by Adoración Gomez

Making umbrellas “Making umbrellas,” photographed by Adoración Gomez.
Adoración Gomez/AGORA Images


The Bo Sang village in Thailand is known for its colorful umbrellas. Gomez visited the area and photographed a woman as she crafted one by hand.

“Malang” by Thijs Peters

Malang “Malang,” photographed by Thijs Peters.
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Peters photographed this rainbow-colored area of Malang, Indonesia, and ended up winning Agora’s #Colorful2019 contest as a result. 

Though the photo shows a vibrant residential area, the location previously looked standard and was considered a slum by the local government. Once officials tried to relocate those living there, some repainted their homes to attract tourists — and it worked.

“Over the top” by Andrea Stillone

Over the top “Over the top,” photographed by Andrea Stillone.
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Stillone’s photo was taken in Milan, Italy, seemingly from way above the ground. 

“Purple salvia” by Jevgenijs Scolokovs

Purple salvia “Purple salvia,” photographed by Jevgenijs Scolokovs.
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Scolokovs captured this purple plant in Latvia.

“Rainbow Face” by José A. del Caño Rodríguez

Rainbow Face “Rainbow Face,” photographed by José A. del Caño Rodríguez.
José A. del Caño Rodríguez/AGORA Images


While at a festival in Valladolid, Spain, Rodríguez photographed this close-up shot of a person’s painted face. 

“Red Eye Frog” by Hendy Lie

Red Eye Frog “Red Eye Frog,” photographed by Hendy Lie.
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Lie found this frog perched on two branches while in Indonesia.

“Strike a colourful pose” by Albert Chime

Strike a colourful pose “Strike a colourful pose,” photographed by Albert Chime.
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Chime spotted a man carrying multicolored chairs on the back of his bicycle and then photographed the scene. He captured the shot in Accra, Ghana.

“Tulip fields at full bloom” by Henry Do

Tulip fields at full bloom “Tulip fields at full bloom,” photographed by Henry Do.
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This two-toned image shows a woman standing in a tulip field in The Netherlands.

“Umbrellas expedition” by Wibowo Rahardjo

Umbrellas exhibition “Umbrellas expedition,” photographed by Wibowo Rahardjo.
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Rahardjo visited Indonesia’s Umbrella Festival and captured two people standing amongst a colorful display of handmade pieces.

“What goes around, comes around!” by Leonardo Rodriguez

What goes around, comes around! “What goes around, comes around!” photographed by Leonardo Rodriguez.
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Rodriguez spotted this rainbow-colored Ferris wheel in Tibidabo, Barcelona.

“Without women, there are no colours in life” by Engr Hsn

Without women, there are no colours in life “Without women, there are no colours in life,” photographed by Engr Hsn.
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Taken at the Nasirul Mulk Mosque in Iran, Hsn’s photo shows a woman sitting in a building filled with stained-glass windows.

“A man from Papua” by Theo Widharto

A man from Papua “A man from Papua,” photographed by Theo Widharto.
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Widharto found his photo subject — who was wearing yellow attire and a rainbow headpiece — during an art festival in Bali.

“Colorful boat” by Ksenia Zaiets

Colorful boat “Colorful boat,” photographed by Ksenia Zaiets.
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As this cargo ship floated through Portugal, Zaiets seemingly photographed it from above.

“Bajo Child and Tuna Tail Display” by Rustam Awat

Bajo Child and Tuna Tail Display “Bajo Child and Tuna Tail Display,” photographed by Rustam Awat.
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On the left, a boy and a bird are situated next to a window. Towards the right, brightly-painted tuna tails are displayed on the building’s exterior. Awat photographed this scene in Indonesia.

“Boating” by Khánh Phan

Boating “Boating,” photographed by Khánh Phan.
Khánh Phan/AGORA Images


Phan found this sea filled with boats in Vietnam.

“Blue Peacock” by Samuel Almeida

Blue Peacock “Blue Peacock,” photographed by Samuel Almeida.
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While taking a walk in Parque Pedra da Cebolla, Brazil, Almeida stumbled upon a vibrant peacock. He then photographed the creature in front of a bright yellow background.

“HDB Cool” by Noemi

HDB Cool “HDB Cool,” photographed by Noemi.
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This colorful building is actually a public-housing unit in Singapore.

“Color Full” by Zawzawkaungsan355

Color Full “Color Full,” photographed by Zawzawkaungsan355.
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This nominated photo was taken in Mandalay, Myanmar. It shows two adults and a child working with colorful cloth.

“Bee eater” by Thomas Gassner

Bee eater “Bee eater,” photographed by Thomas Gassner.
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Gassner was in the right place at the right time. He captured two blue-and-yellow birds perfectly perched on a branch in Serbia.

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