Images of courage and hope: see the pictures that capture the heart of humanity

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The pictures, which were all taken in 2020, were showcased at the global photography competition whose philosophy is “there’s more that unites us than sets us apart”. (Photo: Paolo Barretta/ Portrait of Humanity)
The pictures, which were all taken in 2020, were showcased at the global photography competition whose philosophy is “there’s more that unites us than sets us apart”. (Photo: Paolo Barretta/ Portrait of Humanity)

Lovers who haven’t seen each other for three months embrace tenderly through masks. A couple stare at the camera a week before their baby is born, their faces reflecting the isolation of the pandemic. And two old friends contemplate the deep blue sea from a train.

These are just some of the winning images of everyday life from the international Portrait of Humanity awards, a global photography competition whose philosophy is “there’s more that unites us than sets us apart”.

The pictures were all taken in 2020, “a year defined by struggle,” the organisers say, and some of them reflect the challenges of a world gone wrong.

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