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Jury's Winner

$1.000 prize

Olga Volodina

Jury's Winner

$1.000 prize

Adeel Chishti

About the author

Portrait and street life photographer based in Lahore, Pakistan.

Interview with the winner

Who are you?

I’m from Lahore, Pakistan, and I currently reside there. I’m mainly interested in photography as it is my passion, and I love playing football as well since childhood. My aspiration is to aid people through my work and uncover the stories of those regions and individuals who are unable to advocate for themselves. I aim to become their voice.


How would you define your style?

My style is “people life photography” where I aim to capture the raw and genuine emotions of everyday individuals. I enjoy listening to their stories and understanding the emotions they carry, which becomes the foundation of my expression. I have learned a great deal from Sir Abdul Rehman.


Tell us about your winning creation.

I remember it was dawn, and the railway station was filled with an anxious silence. In the midst of it, I noticed a man sitting alone in the train cabin, relishing his solitude. He transformed that silence into a peaceful ambiance. Capturing such a moment becomes challenging when you are aware it is a public space. However, my dedication and unwavering patience for finding the perfect subject make me consider going for it.


Why do you like Agora Awards? 

Agora is a platform that has provided opportunities and has helped numerous photographers gain worldwide recognition. I am immensely grateful for the voting system and the merit-based competitions it offers.

People's Winner

$1.000 prize


People's Winner

$1.000 prize



About the author
Photographer and student based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Interview with the winner
Who are you?

I’m Tanvir Ahmed, and I reside in Lakshmipur, a district in Bangladesh. I have a profound passion for photography because it allows me to capture and create something entirely new. Photography has always held a special place in my heart, and it continues to inspire me.


How would you define your style?

Photography holds a special place in my heart as it allows me to express myself artistically. I am particularly drawn to the works of many talented photographers in Bangladesh, including Abdulmomin. Moreover, my cousin, Mohammad Mehedi Hasan, has been a constant source of motivation and encouragement for me in pursuing my passion for photography.


Tell us about your winning creation.

I captured this photograph of myself in Mymensingh, a division of Bangladesh that I visited during winter. During my time there, I had the opportunity to embark on a train journey along a track built over a river. The surroundings were enveloped in a captivating blanket of fog, adding to the mystical ambiance of the place. Despite the weather conditions, I was fortunate enough to come across a lone individual walking along the road. It was in that serendipitous moment that I captured this striking image.


Why do you like Agora Awards? 

I highly recommend checking out Agora, as it is undoubtedly the most exceptional photography community I have ever come across. The insightful perspectives on photography, particularly from this platform, have been a constant source of inspiration for me.


#BlackAndWhite2023 is a Photography Worldwide Award, which consists of two prizes of $1000 each: The People’s Prize and the Jury’s Prize.

How does the voting system work?

  • When the voting begins, creations are ranked based on the number of hearts they have received (the more hearts, the higher the position on the list).
  • Depending on the final ranking position, finalists will earn credits that they can use to participate in other awards.
  • The GUESS feature allows you to speculate on who will win the jury vote. You can wager credits and, in return, win more credits. To do so, pay attention to the jury and choose the creation you believe will win!

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#Photography #Photographer #Blackandwhite #Monochrome #Streetphotography #Portrait #Editorial #Architecture #Landscape

Photo by João Cabral

Past award finalists and winners


Prizes for the winner

People prize

People’s Prize

The winner artwork will get $1.000

Jury prize

Jury’s Prize

The winner artwork will get $1.000

Professional Jury

Sayed Habib Bidell

Sayed Habib Bidell

Documentary photographer from Afghanistan. He works as photographer with United Nations offices in Afghanistan.

Riccardo Giavoni

Riccardo Giavoni

Fascinated by the noir period of the 40s/60s, he finds inspiration from the films of Orson Welles and the paintings of Edward Hopper.

Pilar Martínez

Pilar Martínez

Fine art photographer and visual Artist. She is a photographer of the soul.

Stellina Stampouli

Stellina Stampouli

born and raised in Kassandra, Greece. She found her love for photography in 2012 after finding an old film camera her father owned.

João Cabral

João Cabral

Based in Oporto, Portugal. His approach goes towards “street photography”, the decisive moment, with a lot of subjectivity and cinematic vision.

Barbara Balcells Matas

Barbara Balcells Matas

Communications Manager specialized in photography & cultural production.

Agora awards: How it works

The Agora Awards are free for everyone to participate in through our app or website.
This is all you can do in Agora:


Upload your best creations, ideas or actions and share your unique point of view. Everyone can participate! 


Video, Music, Photography, Digital Art and everything you can imagine. All creations have a place in the agora awards.

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Vote for the best creations and empower people around the globe. Help others sharing their talent.

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Worlwide recognition, new opportunities and amazing prizes because of your unique talent.

About Agora

Agora is “The Worldwide Awards.” A tool to give visibility to the best worldwide creations, ideas, and actions. Everyone, everywhere, can participate for free in The Worldwide Awards and win recognition and prizes for their unique talent.

Agora is a system to create a better world with the most inspiring human activity. Because everyone is different, but together we win. Thanks for your collaboration.

Frequently asked questions

What are the Agora Awards?

The Agora Awards are The Worldwide Awards. Awards to give recognition, grants, and prizes to the best-talented people around the planet.

Each award has two winners:

  • Jury’s Prize: A professional jury invited specially to be the jury of a specific award.
  • People’s Prize: People worldwide vote in a fair and secure system, and the most voted creation will win the People’s Prize.
How can I participate?

The Agora Awards are free for everyone to participate through our app or website. You can participate with your creations, ideas, or actions, and win worldwide recognition and opportunities because of your unique talent. Also, you can vote and empower talented people around the globe!

What are the rules of participation
Requirements that the participating creation must meet:

  • Be an original creation of the author submitting it or the person submitting it owns the rights of the work.
  • That fits the theme of the award.
  • That has quality.
  • That does not contain explicit sex or violence.
  • That is respectful of human rights and the dignity of people, animals, and nature.
  • That is suitable for all audiences.
  • That respects cultures and differences.
  • Racism, xenophobia, sexism, speciesism, fascism, homophobia, and any form of intolerance are not welcome at Agora, a place for all those who respect the differences of each person and community.
Can I participate several times in an Award?
Yes, you can participate as many times as you want. However, you will have to use credits to upload more than one creation or wait until the indicated time when the first participation process is over to participate again. We have implemented this method to improve the quality of the participating works, it's an effective way to pre-curate content while providing opportunities for everyone.
How are the finalists chosen
Agora's curators' team chooses the finalist works from among all the participating creations. To make this selection, we take into account several criteria, such as quality, diversity, originality, beauty, the concept behind the creation, the message it conveys, technique, artistic quality, difficulty, social-political-cultural impact, the context and moment of creation, the global interest it has, the cultural value, the author's work, and other specific elements of each Award.
How do I know if I'm a finalist?
If Agora's curator team chooses you among the 25 finalists, you will receive an email from us informing you of this.
What are the prizes?
All awards have two prizes: People’s Prize (whose winner is chosen by Agora users from all over the world) and Jury’s Prize (whose winner is selected by a professional jury specialized in the theme of the award). Each award has a specific prize, which you will find in the information about each award.
How do the People’s Prize voting rounds work?
Once Agora's curator team selects the 25 finalists, they will show them to the public in 5 rounds of 5 finalists each. Each Agora user has 1 vote to choose their favorite creation in each round. In the last round, the 5 most-voted creations of each round (top 5) are submitted to a popular vote. From this final votation, we get the award's winner.
What are the credits for?
The credits are used to participate in the awards with more than one creation without having to wait for the time limitations to be removed. They can be purchased by clicking on the “credits” icon in your profile.

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  • The user who uploads the photo must be the author of the photo or have the intellectual property rights of the photo.

  • The author of the photo must have the image rights or consent of all the people who appear on it.
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  • Uploading photos that are not allowed may result in the deletion of the user account and, if the law is violated, the complaint to the relevant authorities.
  • Agora reserves the right to remove any image that does not comply with the terms and conditions.
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