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Congratulations to the 2019 Our World is Kind

Photography Contest Prize Recipients!

The Caretaker

FIRST PLACE

Martin Buzora

A Day With The Natives (Again)

PUBLIC CHOICE

Lloyd Ericson Rodriguez

Bonus Days at Alive Hospice

NONPROFIT HONOREE

Jon Kent

The Soulmate

Honorable Mention

Andi Nursam Adiputra

Grow Old With You

Honorable Mention

Christopher Comeso

Our Happiness

Honorable Mention

Sergey Volkov

Envision’s 2019 Our World is Kind contest received more than 1800 submissions from 750+ photographers in over 85 countries. So many wonderful and inspiring images of kindness, compassion, joy, and love. 

Thank you to all of the photographers who captured and shared moments of kindness from communities across the globe!

For more information about each of the photos, please scroll down to the gallery below.

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2019 Finalists

The following photos were selected through our public selection process and by the Envision Kindness team. 20 photos were selected by the public, 20 were selected by the Envision Team, and 10 additional photos were selected for consideration in the Nonprofit Honoree category. All finalist images are displayed in a random order. If you want to learn more about an image, click into the image and press “i“.

"Marcelina, Her Mother, and Her Ropa Tipica" Photo by John Benjamin "Marcelina, Her Mother, and Her Ropa Tipica" Photo by John Benjamin "KEEN Chicago: Swim Class" Photo by Laura Fillenwarth "KEEN Chicago: Swim Class" Photo by Laura Fillenwarth "Our Happiness" Photo by Sergey Volkov "Our Happiness" Photo by Sergey Volkov "Rowdy and Carter" Photo by Lindsay Baca "Rowdy and Carter" Photo by Lindsay Baca "Peaceful Childhood" Photo by Loc Mai "Peaceful Childhood" Photo by Loc Mai "A Day With the Natives (Again)" Photo by Lloyd Ericson Rodriguez "A Day With the Natives (Again)" Photo by Lloyd Ericson Rodriguez "Feeding" Photo by Aung Myo Tun "Feeding" Photo by Aung Myo Tun "Sister's Keeper" Photo by Aderemi Davies "Sister's Keeper" Photo by Aderemi Davies "The Kiss" Photo by Vittorio Ricci "The Kiss" Photo by Vittorio Ricci "Kindness" Photo by Mohmmed AlBadrani "Kindness" Photo by Mohmmed AlBadrani "Wheelchair Competition" Photo by Pui Tsui "Wheelchair Competition" Photo by Pui Tsui "Family" Photo by Slater King "Family" Photo by Slater King "The Fireman" Photo by Mithail Afrige Chowdhury "The Fireman" Photo by Mithail Afrige Chowdhury "Together" Photo by Marco Catini "Together" Photo by Marco Catini "Do you want to share bread with me?" Photo by Somiyah Elhassawy "Do you want to share bread with me?" Photo by Somiyah Elhassawy "Children of the Bedouin Communities of the Red Khan" Photo by Ayat Arqway "Children of the Bedouin Communities of the Red Khan" Photo by Ayat Arqway "Hope..." Photo by Mahdi Bolourian "Hope..." Photo by Mahdi Bolourian "Be Gentle" Photo by Melissa Kristensen Smith "Be Gentle" Photo by Melissa Kristensen Smith "Good Heart of the Musician" Photo by Yulia Hanyk "Good Heart of the Musician" Photo by Yulia Hanyk "Yingyang" Photo by Edwin Loyola "Yingyang" Photo by Edwin Loyola "Simba and Mufasa" Photo by Roman Razumovsky "Simba and Mufasa" Photo by Roman Razumovsky "My Grandmother" Photo by Huy Nguyen Quoc "My Grandmother" Photo by Huy Nguyen Quoc "Giving Love is Free" Photo by Carlos Granados "Giving Love is Free" Photo by Carlos Granados "Saving Orangutans - Forest School" Photo by Alain Schroeder "Saving Orangutans - Forest School" Photo by Alain Schroeder "The Soulmate" Photo by Andi Nursam Adiputra "The Soulmate" Photo by Andi Nursam Adiputra "Volunteers Help a Community" Photo by Michael Demas "Volunteers Help a Community" Photo by Michael Demas "Diana Mayhew & Stefania Carlin watch The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds perform for CH.I.L.D. Foundation" Photo by Doug Mayhew "Diana Mayhew & Stefania Carlin watch The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds perform for CH.I.L.D. Foundation" Photo by Doug Mayhew "Pottery Against War" Photo by Moaed Shabaani "Pottery Against War" Photo by Moaed Shabaani "Donating Blood" Photo by Renee Lacasse "Donating Blood" Photo by Renee Lacasse "Growing Up Kiss" Photo by Avijit Biswas "Growing Up Kiss" Photo by Avijit Biswas "Mother's Touch" Photo by Rajesh Dhar "Mother's Touch" Photo by Rajesh Dhar "Brothers Love" Photo by Selim Mezher "Brothers Love" Photo by Selim Mezher "Good In Our Hearts" Photo by Lydia Zubko "Good In Our Hearts" Photo by Lydia Zubko "Unconditional Love" Photo by Alejandro Garibay "Unconditional Love" Photo by Alejandro Garibay "Warm Moment" Photo by Fei Song "Warm Moment" Photo by Fei Song "Mother Love" Photo by Fatma Demir "Mother Love" Photo by Fatma Demir "Helping Hands" Photo by Eduardo Seastres "Helping Hands" Photo by Eduardo Seastres "Kind Husband and His Family" Photo by Rayhan Ahmed "Kind Husband and His Family" Photo by Rayhan Ahmed "The Caretaker" Photo by Martin Buzora "The Caretaker" Photo by Martin Buzora "Bonus Days at Alive Hospice" Photo by Jon Kent "Bonus Days at Alive Hospice" Photo by Jon Kent "Smiling's My Favorite" Photo by Dan Luner "Smiling's My Favorite" Photo by Dan Luner "In Honor of Teddy Slade" Photo by Spenta Cama "In Honor of Teddy Slade" Photo by Spenta Cama "Best Friend" Photo by Loc Mai "Best Friend" Photo by Loc Mai "Grow Old With You" Photo by Christopher Comeso "Grow Old With You" Photo by Christopher Comeso "The Love Chromosome" Photo by Fernanda Lins "The Love Chromosome" Photo by Fernanda Lins "Shidda" Photo by Antonio Aragon Renuncio "Shidda" Photo by Antonio Aragon Renuncio "Poor Chicken" Photo by Maryam Nabitaemeh "Poor Chicken" Photo by Maryam Nabitaemeh "Love of Mother" Photo by Leyla Emektar "Love of Mother" Photo by Leyla Emektar "Father and Son" Photo by Ardalan Mirhadi "Father and Son" Photo by Ardalan Mirhadi "Helping hands to mitigate Venezuelan hunger" Photo by Alicia Mayorca "Helping hands to mitigate Venezuelan hunger" Photo by Alicia Mayorca
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Do you believe the world could be a kinder place?
It can, through 
your photography. Science shows that exposure to images of kindness can help people be kinder, happier, and more optimistic and generous.  

Envision Kindness is a non-profit that inspires kindness, compassion, joy, and love through still and video photography. We share the best images to inspire people wherever they are.  Some we make into videos like Monsoon Humanity.

The more that we share, the more compassionate, empathetic, happy, and healthy our communities can be. 

Spread the Word

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What does kindness look like?

Where do you see moments of kindness in your community? What stories can you tell?

Our World is Kind photos document a real-life moment or illustrate a concept. What does kindness look like to you?

KIND PEOPLE

KIND PEOPLE

We see kindness in people every day –in people we know and those we haven’t met yet. In self-kindness. In people lending a hand, helping others, sharing a meal, a smile, or paying it forward. 

KINDNESS IN NATURE

KINDNESS IN NATURE

You may find kindness in animals, in a heart shape leaf, in hikers lending a hand, in protecting the environment, and so much more. When we take the time, we can see kindness all around us.

KINDNESS IN THE COMMUNITY

KINDNESS IN THE COMMUNITY

Our communities are filled with kindness! At work, in places of worship, from non-profits, through fundraising efforts, and in public spaces and shops. Showcase your community organization!

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Why Do Photographers Enter?

  • To be part of the movement to spread kindness, happiness, and health (and feel good, too!)
  • To win some cash!
  • To be showcased on the Envision Kindness website and distributed through our networks with photo credit
  • To celebrate the work of a nonprofit!

Are you interested in learning more about how your images might help inspire others? 

Click HERE for rules, terms & conditions, and more information on how Envision Kindness can inspire others with your images.
Check out our FAQ section for some of our most popular questions.
*Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
*All prizes made according to US law and all submissions must be in English.
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The Process

SUBMIT

SUBMIT

Photographers start by submitting their photos. One photo per submission, up to five submissions per person. It’s free to enter.
FINALIST SELECTION

FINALIST SELECTION

Finalists are selected through online voting (20) or by Envision Kindness staff (20). Harness the power of your community through online voting. See FAQs for more information.

JUDGING

JUDGING

Judges will choose winning photos from our finalists. Winners will be announced in August 2019.

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Prizes

$500

First Place

$500

Public Choice

$500

Nonprofit Honoree 

$100

Honorable Mention (3) 

We’ve added a new prize for 2019!

The nonprofit prize will be awarded to a powerful image showcasing a nonprofit’s work or impact. 50% of the prize will be awarded to the photographer, and 50% will be awarded to the nonprofit.

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2019 Contest Judges

These esteemed judges have kindly volunteered their time and expertise to review all finalist photos and select contest winners.

Sanjoy Bhattacharya

Agatha Bunanta

Aundre Larrow

Mara Leite

Michael Lloyd-White

Lucy Martens

Kristen McNicholas

Dulce Pinzón

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2019 Promotional Partners

We are very grateful to the following kind organizations who generously agreed to help promote the 2019 Our World Is Kind contest.

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We thank our incredibly generous 2019 foundation sponsor, The Good People Fund and our individual donors who made this contest possible!