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These 12 Stunning Photos Were Voted Best in the World For Portraying the Essence of Spring

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“Flower bloom” captured by Jörg Petermann in Lago di Sorapis, Italy.

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.

“Spring brings smiles and happiness” captured by Kate Omely in Moscow, Russia.

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.

“Spring in the desert” captured by Ester Turri in Petra, Jordania.

Their most recent competition for the World’s Best Photos of Spring 2020 garnered more than 14,500 entries from around the world.

“Spring touches” by Tamzeed Alam Token — An Indian Paradise Flycatcher in the scorching heat of India.

“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!”

“Spring: the ideal time to transplant” by Mari Carmen Ruiz from Palma, Spain.

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.

The winning photograph “Water lily season” by Tran Quang Quy depicting water lily harvesters in Hannoi, Vietnam.

“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.”

“Valley of flowers” by Nguyen Tung Viet — “With a total area of up to 7,000 square meters, the West Lake flower valley is like a garden of Eden in the heart of Hanoi, Vietnam.”

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.

“Watering flowers” captured by Bùi Gia Phú in Mỹ Tho, Vietnam.

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.”

“A beautiful red fox smelling the lavender perfume” by Mary Bassani in Castilla y León, Spain.

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.

“Bee” by Iro Kiorapostolou — “I was lucky to capture the moment where a bee collected the pollen from a sunflower … As I watched the whole process, I felt excitement and admiration for their work, transferring the pollen tirelessly from one flower to another.”

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.

‘Springtime in Ha Giang’ by @thongnguyengallery -Hmong girls on the side of the road, Vietnam. See SWNS copy SWCAspring: Agora’s latest contest challenged photographers from all over the world to show what spring looks like in their corner of the planet. In total, 14,596 photos have been participating in the #Spring2020 contest, from which 50 finalists have been selected to participate in the final voting rounds.

“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.”
If you want to check out more of the competition finalists, be sure and visit the Agora Spring 2020 contest page.

“Collecting waterlilies” by Azim Khan Ronnie — “If you look closely, you’ll see two umbrellas in the middle of the water lilies: they belong to two brothers who collect the flowers to sell them in the local market.”

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Church Opens Up Its Doors to Muslim Worshipers So They Can Have a Place to Pray During Quarantine

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In a cheering presentation of between confidence empathy, a German church has made its ways for Muslims with no spot to go to Friday prayers during Ramadan.

Although the nation suspended religious services back in March as a means of curbing the COVID-19 outbreaks, they recently started allowing worshippers to gather in groups of up to 50 people at a time.

The Dar Assalam mosque in the Neukölln district of Berlin can typically accommodate up to 1,000 worshipers at a time during the month of Ramadan, but due to the new social restrictions, hundreds of German Muslims have been struggling to find a place of prayer.

Thankfully, the nearby Martha evangelical church—located just a few miles away from the mosque offered to open its doors to host the Friday prayers.

The church has now reportedly been offering two different prayer services for the Islamic worshipers, one in German and one in Arabic. Worshipers are asked to wear masks and maintain 6 feet distance during the prayer.

Representatives of Dar Assalam say that the events have helped them to double the amount of people attending their services while simultaneously raising valuable funds to support the mosque during the lockdowns.

“It is a great sign of solidarity,” mosque spokesperson Juanita Villamor told Newsweek. “We are just thankful, this is a good chance of inter-religious dialog and it is wonderful that the church is doing this.”

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Watch Illuminated Drones Create Beating Heart to Honor Healthcare Workers in Rotterdam Sky

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The Amsterdam design firm Studio Drift launched another unique edition of their spectacular drone light show this time presenting a red heart beating in the sky as a tribute to healthcare workers.

The dynamic aeronautical model highlights 300 sparkling, self-sufficient Intel Shooting Star Drones, which have been customized to emulate the conduct of a murmuration of starlings in the sky.

The unchoreographed display is accomplished thanks to finely-tuned algorithms. Each drone acts and reacts in real-time to its network.

The Studio Drift light show performed to music was also showcased by the Kennedy Space Center last year (sans red heart) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The performance above the Dutch city on May 5 was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Liberation Day, marking the end of Nazi occupation in the Netherlands.

At the end of the 15-Toward the finish of the 15-minute light show, the feature of the night charmed observers as the automatons met up to frame a splendid red 3D heart noticeable all around, which beating in time, as though it were pulsating.

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Teen Makes Hundreds of Inventive 3D Printed Devices For Health Care Workers

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3D-Printing Teen Makes Hundreds of Inventive Devices to Alleviate Ear Pain for Healthcare Workers

A 12-year-old Canadian boy has come up with a brilliant way to support healthcare workers on the frontlines of the novel coronavirus outbreaks—all without leaving the safety of his home.

Quinn Callander was first propelled to begin his work of adoration after a family companion working at a nearby emergency clinic communicated their desire for an “ear watch”— a little, straightforward contraption that eases the physical hurts of clinical masks alleviates by reducing the weight of the flexible groups on the wearer’s ears.

After finding a few ear guard templates online, Quinn used his 3D-printer to make several different versions of the device for his friend to test. Once they identified the most efficient  design, he made dozens of the devices for local hospital workers in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

Upon realizing the game-changing impact of his donations, however, Quinn decided to keep making the ear guards.

Since he responded to the Facebook post in early April, Quinn has distributed hundreds of plastic ear guards to hospitals across Canada, the US, the UK, and even Singapore.

Quinn’s proud mother, Heather Roney, told The Globe and Mail that they have been flooded with requests since she posted a picture of the youngster displaying his creations to social media.

“We’ve heard from thousands of people who say, ‘This is the difference between working your 12-hour shift comfortably and being in constant pain,’ because of pressure on their ears,” said Roney. “It’s so simple, but it’s incredibly effective.”

Not only have the photos been shared thousands of times, they have inspired other 3D-printing enthusiasts from around the world to print their own ear guards. Roney recently wrote on Twitter that the 3D-printing design Quinn used for the ear guard has been downloaded more than 48,000 times. Manufacturing companies have even picked up the design and challenged other businesses to do the same.

However, Quinn doesn’t have plans of stopping his mission any time soon.

“I feel like we’ll keep doing this as long as we can,” Quinn told Narcity. “We’ll keep on doing this either until we run out of materials or until this whole thing blows over.”

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