Images of hope

"You Are Enough"

Submitted by Shalhavit-Simcha Cohen

This colourful message drawn on a rubbish bin by a young person was seen on a walk through my local park in Epsom, Auckland

Submitted by Lauren Black

This is a photo very close to my heart and a rays of hope during lockdown,watching my mom chanting mantras in the monasteries of ladakh.

Submitted by Stanzin Chosdol

I am a Chinese student studying in the Master of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. This year is my first year of enrollment. Because of the epidemic, I cannot go to New Zealand and can only study online. The epidemic has brought us a lot of impact. This photo It was taken by me in the center of Nanchang, Jiangxi. When the epidemic was severe, the bustling city center felt like I was the only one walking on the street, and the pedestrians who came and went before the river were also not seen, which ma

Submitted by Qingyi Zhu

" I'm tired of life, I'm tired to live " but no matter what, we all struggle everyday to survive, to find that single second when all this struggle seems worthy. But everyone is not that lucky to live that moment, all we are here because of a leap of faith. I was quite down studying online at home, don’t know what can I do about it. But everyone is working hard for a better life and contributing, why should I stop there? Be happy and happiness is around us

Submitted by Ananya Aggarwal

cherry blossoms in Korea in 2020

Submitted by kim byeongman

With great surprise, I came across this little sculpture while out for a walk during a national travel restriction of two kilometres from home during the first Covid lockdown in Ireland. It was a period when the neighbourhood seemed deserted. How wonderful then to see this inspiring message from someone in the community and to appreciate creativity in artwork during a period when media messages were overwhelmingly negative. Photographed in County Wexford, Ireland.

Submitted by Mark Richardson

The sudden pandemic made people feel sad, lonely, as if surrounded by darkness, but hope was always there.

Submitted by Chenyang Guo

This picture is taken at Janki Devi Memorial College DU. This reminds me of a community which we are as s College. This reminds me of all of my students that one day they will come to the classrooms and I would teach them., That one day we shall overcome this pandemic and students would again be enjoying their life in a free environment, in a physical environment not online classes. This gives me hope and a sense of community with my college and students.

Submitted by Pavan Kumar

Portrait of a man on Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Submitted by Bonnie White

This image represents the idea that through resilience, beauty and perspective can be distilled from suffering. The vista extends across a desolate moor, representing the previously trodden path of difficulty and suffering. However, the summit from which the photo is taken reveals how what was previously ones source of difficulty, can contribute to a perspective richer in both breadth and beauty.

Submitted by Joseph Tully

This is a mural I painted during lockdown, Winter 2020. For me, it represents resilience and hope. Watching the strength and beauty of trees as they bow to the wind, rain, and storms and yet the storms pass, winter ends and spring arrives with new life and new hope.

Submitted by Elysha Ramage

Pink and purple desserts in a box

Submitted by Yenci Orellana

Titled "Angel of the North (Wales)", this image was taken on the North Wales Coast in December, when I was finally able to visit home in-between the COVID-19 lockdowns. It shows my mum excited with her arms open and, for me, this represents the feelings of freedom, optimism and comfort that I felt at the time.

Submitted by Amber Williams

Oyako tree in Hokkaido, Japan I saw hope when I saw two trees that stood firm even in the middle of winter. I would like to share with U21 members around the world the hope I felt while looking at the patience and firm will of the tree.

Submitted by PARK SUYEON

The study of a masters degree during lockdown. Day care facilities closed. The only option was to build resilience. 

Submitted by Anna Torre

Rainbows have traditionally been seen as images of hope, and many people in the UK displayed rainbows in their windows during lockdown. This rainbow mandala was the second quilling piece that I have made and it was a good opportunity for me to show that someone who works with data can also be creative in other ways.

Submitted by Corinne Leighton

People are walking towards the sunshine after the first snow in Glasgow. All human wisdom is summed up in these two words Wait and Hope - Alexandre Dumas -

Submitted by Yongchen Deng

Someone is blooming while someone else has been withered. Absolutely everyone works based on their own timezone. 'Life is about waiting for the right moment to act.' So don't worry, we are very much one time even in this disaster.

Submitted by LI YUAN

Solidarity - The image is a juxtaposition of two pictures taken during lockdown in the month of May. This was the onset of peak COVID-19 cases all over the world. As a student, I was stuck in the university campus with lockdown, away from my family and friends. This image tries to show how we fall back on to each others in times of uncertainty. The trust we create root us into our communities allowing us a sense of balance to spread out far and deep. The said community could be the literal roots of a tree,

Submitted by Annika Amber

This photo was taken on an evening walk at the entrance to a tunnel that was going to be demolished. As a local of the area every little change made has an impact. That's to say how big a change and impact covid has had over the entire world. The light at the end suggests hope in everything, as it all comes to pass.

Submitted by Iman Khan

Covid-19 started absorbing the colours of this world last year but humanity stepped forward to replenish the faded pigments. Post-Lockdown, many people are not able to find their jobs. The least we can do is help them cope with hunger. Vaccine can cure the living only and unity will pave the way to survival. Here in this picture, the man with crate is distributing food among the needy and the little boy is looking towards him with gratitude. The black and white background shows the absorbed colour of world

Submitted by Jasvinder Singh

This was a picture I took of my grandma in the summer after lockdowns were eased and we were allowed to visit her. We hadn’t seen each other in many months as she’d been shielding and shortly after this was taken she moved to a care home where she hasn’t been allowed to leave or mix with family members since. This brief moment of happiness and her smile at being able to see me and my mum after so long reminds me what we’ve been protecting and why it’s worth it, makes me hopeful for the good times ahead and

Submitted by Ciaran Ramsay

I might have crossed this bridge in Kelvingrove a thousand times but one sunny day in Glasgow, I managed to stop and stare at this view. The steels of sunlight shining through the trees, the snow melting on the ground and the birds chattering. The scene was calming, as if it was telling me that everything would be fine, pacifying me to the point of joy and inspiration. There are so many spots all over Glasgow that imbue such inspiration and hope. I am just glad that I got to capture one of them and share it

Submitted by Pariksit Mishra

Rahul's (The guy in White) native place, Vrindavan, had no visitors after the onset of Pandemic. Old and needy ones were suffering the most. February 2020, Rahul started donation campaign over facebook, hired an e-rickshaw and since then, he has been distributing food to the poors in streets. The service is being done everyday, till today, without fail.

Submitted by Sukanya bORA

I believe that the dawn of victory will soon be ushered in, I believe that the darkness(COVID-19) will eventually recede.

Submitted by Meiyan Zheng

Resilience - /rɪˈzɪlɪəns/, the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.  A kid chasing seagulls alone on the desert beach of Portobello (Edinburgh) reminds the world that, even after the dark period of the pandemic, that recovery, both psychological and physical, awaits us ahead in brighter times. That life can still go on, and always flows strong and resilient within ourselves.

Submitted by Lucilla Crespi

My brother inspects his sensory washing line. Joe has autism. The pandemic presents new challenges for young people with special needs. Being creative in the garden, Joe has adapted to the sudden disruptions in his routine. We are all immensely proud of him. 

Submitted by Amelia Prichard

Resilience: Little things that made me happy during the COVID-19 pandemic a glimpse of my artwork.  something . This is as similar to the lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic as most of the people were looking at bad side of lockdown. Only their were very few people who  looked at positive side and insipte of being depressed, they look towards their health, family and approaching towards new things.

Submitted by Nana Iwami

 To be creative i started growing plants using the waste material available at home. Instead of throwing them out and instead of increasing bulk of garbage on the roads, I planned to use them for fulfilling my dream. I used empty cans, pepsi bottles, water bottles, ice-cream boxes, unused plastic kitchen containers, beer bottles, food containers, the water matkas of the kitchen which are required to be changed every year, etc. by cutting n giving them beautiful shape n by painting them.

Submitted by Veenu Bhatia

I captured this formation of doves amid the serene water and sky. It reminded me of this: To be free from the unsettling pandemic, we must coordinate our actions, like these doves, and recognize the role of each of us. (Photo taken in Pangasinan, Philippines)

Submitted by Joeven Castro

Symbolising the vast weight of online life in lockdown, but also how the resilience and strength of even the smallest creative voices may be amplified. Minifig Tim (my alter ego) helping to move Mr Yeti (my microphone) into position for meetings. Photographed January 2021.

Submitted by Timothy Peacock

Hope is a new beginning, an empty page. Your journey begins here.

Submitted by Sabine Weber

 flowers growing inside of broken plastic

Submitted by Mina Nam

At the beginning of the pandemic (since March 16) in Ecuador the schools were closed and students in vulnerable conditions (socio-economic or physical) were struggling to attend online classes. But as complementary activities, some of them received seeds to plant fruits and vegetables at their homes jointly with their family. In order to teach them about sustainable agriculture and food security related to the SDGs of the Agenda 2030. If the seeds grew properly they received (for free a school kit, a surpri

Submitted by Ariana Bravo

Protestor holding #BLM sign

Submitted by Jaime Prada

Sunset Beach

Submitted by Jasmine Sandhar

These past 12 months have been challenging in so many ways, but the resilience within ourselves and others has managed to push us through, as the trees push through Winter, to come out beautiful and blooming in Spring. This is a fresh start, a new beginning.

Submitted by Cristina Escribano-Gonzalez

My ancestral village - Jai Singhpura in Sekhawati - is located in close proximity to the Thar Desert in India. This is a sight of small plant growing in the middle of the desert motivated me a lot in a recent short trip! Water supply is often irregular and disrupted too - yet the resilience of the sapling is noteworthy.

Submitted by Prateek Bhan

Leaf held to the sky with "Every day is a new start" written in black marker pen

Submitted by Taniya

I was inspired to paint this picture as a beacon of hope. It was painted during the hard lockdown in March/April 2020. The Coronavirus is graphically shown as a crown with its devastating spikes and this inspired my crown of hope (flowers) on my angel. It reflects the positive and not the negative and that we should always be hopeful and believe even during difficult times.

Submitted by Natanya Meyer

This was taken as part of the Glasgow University Walking Society "On Your Doorstep" campaign where we tried to encourage our members to go on walks and discover the beauty in their local area. It really helped to keep our community and we had nearly one hundred submissions! This was my submission: a photo of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow last May. The pandemic originally left me feeling lonely as I could no longer see the friends, I spent every day with. However, it also gave me a lot of spare time

Submitted by Thomas Wallace

"Spiders show us the importance of birth, growth, death, and rebirth, spinning a web of evolution and spiritual transformation. They represent the beautiful and inspiring part of creativity, but also the need to clean out the cobwebs and keep moving forward." (Rose Putnam, 2021)

Submitted by Heleana McNaught

बोल, के सूरज पिघले...आग का पौधा निकले, सुन तेरी दास्तान... (song Lyric Mirziya Movie) Life Strikes out even through The Dark....

Submitted by Kshitija Wason

This is an acrylic painting which speaks to me of the resilience we've seen in nature in the past year. There were so many stories of animals returning to places once all the people were in lockdown. It also speaks of the resilience and community of New Zealand by featuring the Covid 19 Tracer QR code sign which is present at the entrance of all shops and public spaces, and has helped fight the spread of the virus in our country.

Submitted by Nicky Dachs


Submitted by Fernanda Nunes

It was been taken in Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh by my drone. Due to the Covid restrictions, we cannot meet others both inside and outside. But we must need to go outside for exercise and explore beautiful scene for relaxing. So, I bought a drone to shoot the beautiful scene for taking off my mind from pressure and panic. This picture means I love the nature and full of hope to my future.

Submitted by Jiawei Zheng

People try to find extra income during the pandemic. This figure represents a local restaurant portfolio created by siniguefotoin ("Let me help you take the picture" for English translation). Siniguefotoin was a movement formed by local photographers and photo editors that assist newly established business for free. The movement lasted for 3 months.

Submitted by Stephanie Tjasa Subandi

This picture is about a painting on a street of Glasgow. The artist's name is in the picture. I want to say, although, during this special period, remember, love can conquer everything. Please do not forget your life and your love.

Submitted by YAN ZHANG

The scenarios arising from Covid-19 have created interesting opportunities to explore creativity. Whether it’s cooking meals, trying different styles of coffee or simply hoping on to the trends. There’s no playbook for creativity. But what we are doing now is writing the new rules of engagement while in the middle of action. And that’s exhilarating. This image was captured in one of my Aerial Yoga classes, where in my teacher helped me attain the pose. It speaks to me because I am able to see that with ever

Submitted by Anushka Krishna

This is Elmo. He was born in June 2020 (He's a Covid-19 puppy). He keeps me busy; I don't get much done with the constant smile he puts on my face. He's the friendliest, most playful dog in the world, and he makes everyone laugh and smile within seconds of seeing him.

Submitted by Brendan Walsh

This image was taken in the Peterborough Cathedral in October 2020. We always go to the church with the hope that our prayers are answered, and this enlightened "HOPE" enforced the same in these challenging times. As a student, living alone in a foreign land for the first time, I took this photo to remind myself that there always is hope even in the direst of circumstances.  Everyone is worried about what will happen to the epidemic in the future, which is just like the hazy house in the distance in this ph

Submitted by Soha Patil

Before Corona 19 spread, I like to visit various places with my camera. After the Pandemic, it became difficult to go to many places, so I started taking pictures inside the house. In some ways, Corona 19 is hopeless, but it also gave me a chance to have new perspective on what I'm used to.

Submitted by Chae Yoon Lee

The name of my artwork is "FLY". In admist of situation like covid 19 where the world is struggling. I tried to create a bright colorful painting which radiates hope, positivity and joy. The artwork is a mandala art. The butterfly in the painting gives vibrant energy to dream. The two colors blue and yellow depicts day (happiness) and night (sorrow), the butterfly between these two colors indicates that despite whatever the situation may be I (butterfly) will fly high. The flower besides the butterfly signi

Submitted by Simran Yadav

Taken in Leamington Spa, the blankets of daffodils are a bright sign of hope

Submitted by Lara Williams

This is taken from my driveway. It reminds me of the times during lockdown when I would feel lonely and the feeling of being able to enjoy the same sunset as others in my neighbourhood reminds me that we are all in this together, being away from each other is actually what will bring us together as a community as we fight this pandemic.

Submitted by Wendy He

There are many street signs in New Zealand, which keep surprising me. Look, what I came across while cycling in Queenstown this month. This sign shows that it is not what you see, but how you see it that matters! Such a positive spin even in a simple message. I hope we all see more positive messages this year and "watch for dogs".

Submitted by Yulia Khimich

I have been working from home for most of the last 12 months. To maintain my mental health and a routine I took to walking my dog along the riverside early every morning. I started taking photos of the sunrises, wildlife and birds and posted them on FaceBook throughout the year. This has not only been beneficial to my mental health but my images have brought pleasure to many of my 'friends' around the World too. I have thousands of images from the last 12 months but this is one of my favourites. Swan preeni

Submitted by Jackie Hollowell

Esta fotografía fue tomada después de la primera cuarentena del año 2020. Escuché una bella melodía, miré a través de mi ventana y estaba Don Juan Carlos, organillero, quien amablemente me dio su nombre y me autorizó a fotografiarlo mientras entregaba su oficio.

Submitted by Esperanza Romero

This self-portrait was created and shared to connect to every other person who was feeling overwhelmed with the social media toxic culture of productivity and creativity boosting at the start of a period of collective trauma and fear that devalued the mental health crisis we were about to experience.

Submitted by Joanna Avi-Lorie

This painting I created pertained to the final project of my undergraduate subject: Painting Techniques (FINA20026). The purpose of the project was to appropriate two works of art from the National Gallery of Victoria to explore a new set of meanings. I chose to appropriate “Sunflowers” by Adam Pyett on “Study from the human body” by Francis Bacon. I was thinking about what has happened and what has not yet. In this era, religion saves us from fear, toxic smoke/virus spread over the world, moral values look

Submitted by Jingyu Wu

Seeing the sunrise over the sunflower fields by my home in Northern California was a much appreciated moment of peace and beauty during a time of crisis.

Submitted by Bonnie Shea

The image was intended as a graphical abstract of South African Gauteng diagnostic radiographers' experiences of COVID-19. The stick figure represents the radiographer free of any gender or race bias wearing a superhero cape. The cape has the ionising radiation science referencing the diagnostic radiographer. The diagnostic radiographer is pushing up a huge boulder of a myriad of emotions and experiences. Yet central to all of the emotions is the shouting out that even though I am thought of as a super hero

Submitted by Shantel Lewis

Abstract Illustration

Submitted by Jingjing Ge

friends walk calmly together

Submitted by Junhyoung Lee

In as much as the pandemic has affected all of us a girl such experiences a lifetime pandemic. With many people being retrenched and those who were feeding from the mouth not being able to afford basic needs such as food, sanitary towels and toiletries were a reach. In light of this my friends and I went to a school in the villages to share toiletries to girls in matric class. We donated , exchanged numbers with those with phones and had a session to discuss how life as a girl has been. All the girls were c

Submitted by Dzunisani Sithole

Even the tiniest light can bring you warmth and hope in the darkness, just like the pre-dawn light.

Submitted by Jiaying Chen

Installed in an empty room in my house during the pandemic, Balloon Room is a site-specific installation that explores the idea of tension and duration through obsessive mark-making.

Submitted by Angela Pan

drawing showing Wollemi pine tree branches framed in ovals

Submitted by Emma Robertson

These times of uncertainty and “unproductivity” made me vulnerable to feelings of being useless and simply not enough. I lost myself in a maze out of which I couldn’t escape. I forgot myself, ran into places I never belonged, haplessly drowning in the depths of despair. As I strived to create an immaculate self, I forgot that my existence is not about winning a race, to constantly prove my worth and work incessantly. I drew this keeping in mind that time will wait for us, that it’s alright to take breaks, r

Submitted by Aswathy B Surendran

Monochrome forest in Taney, Leinster, Ireland.

Submitted by Dolores Resano

This selfie was taken on one of the first times I wore a mask due to Covid. It was July in Glasgow but cold, and very wet and windy! I was standing outside the vet's waiting as my dog was examined inside. I took this selfie to pass the time and take my mind off worrying about the dog.

Submitted by Fiona Macpherson

This picture is of a street sikh men wearing a turban and reading a newspaper and representing a community of Sikh religion in India . I asked to sikh men what their turban actually meant for them , they replied :- My sikhi is rest in my turban , If I am not wearing a turban , I am not wearing my pride .

Submitted by Prajjwal Akash

COVID-19 has paused life for many people, but the world of nature continues. Seasons change, flowers bloom, wildlife thrives. Although devastation and uncertainty are rife, I find hope in the resilience of nature, going through its normal ebbs and flows. Not everything has changed, and life will once again, return to normal.

Submitted by Lorna Hayden

Dedicated to my girlfriend Helen, who is from New Zealand, this painting represents a period of painful seperation after my year abroad. In the months that I waited for her to join me again , these little orange suns helped to brighten the days.

Submitted by John Brady

I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light

Submitted by Khushi Khandelwal

This is my cat fluffy, he's 3 month old :) He brings joy and hope to our household. Despite all the depressing things happening, he would still clears all my negative thoughts. There's some moments during this tough online study year that makes me feel overwhelmed and depressed, and I lost contact with outside world, fluffy brings laughter back to me again :)

Submitted by Joanna Yin

"Drop of Hope" was taken at the very beginning of the pandemic. It aims to remember us that protection measures, often seen as annoying limiting factors in our life, are indeed trivial and selfish worries when putting priorities in perspective. They give us the chance to be very grateful again for what really matters: life itself.

Submitted by Alfonso Martínez

Lifeguard:  Unknowingly adrifted, in swells of a sunless sea, as rescue breaks tide.

Submitted by Mike McGregor

Even in the early morning rain, the light shines through.

Submitted by Kelcey Roberts

Overlapping hands painted pink

Submitted by Grace Harre

This is mum who lives alone in the Scottish Highlands. I got to visit her just before Christmas in 2020. One night the power failed, so we lit candles, got out the art box and made Christmas cards. The picture sums up my mum, she lives purposefully with her vascular dementia, demonstrating resilience, creativity and hope.

Submitted by Julie Elaine McAdam

This photo was taken late summer 2020, after two weeks of solid quarantine and testing, we got multiple generations of family together to celebrate being together. Pictured are my grandmother and my daughter, counting on their hands. This simple but precious moment is lasting. A member of the Greatest Generation, who lived through the Great Depression, marched for Civil Rights with Dr. King, and traveled the world got to play with her great granddaughter again.

Submitted by Sara Gallagher

Members of the public picking out face masks for purchase from a road-side stall in the current pandemic situation.

Submitted by Julian Cheung

This picture was taken when level 4 restrictions were finally raised in Glasgow, and four people were allowed to meet in the outdoors. This picture represents hope and resilience for a better tomorrow.  : This piece of artwork is known as Mandala art. I drew this on April 19, 2020, when the whole world was under lockdown. I tried my hands on it for the first time during the lockdown and now it’s a part of my life. It helps me to meditate and stay calm. It became a window to explore my inner self and explore

Submitted by Ambika Mann

As a surviving remnant of a long-lost wooded landscape in the Southern Uplands of Scotland, to me this lone Rowan tree symbolises resilience in the face of a changing environment and strength in isolation.

Submitted by Michael Muir

This image is close to my heart as it show how a person can still bloom even in there worst condition. I have drawn this image in the time of lockdown . It shows how beautiful a person is in his or her way.

Submitted by Darpan Pahuja

Creativity while being stranded and coping with lockdown and isolation of COVID-19. An improvised performance for celebrating the 200 years from the Greek revolution towards independence  (1821-2021).

Submitted by Ioannis Sidiropoulos

Scarlet summer rose Resilient in snow Inspires a haiku

Submitted by Helen Tanner

Shot in March 2020 at Montreal Airport at my departure following an abrupt end to an awaited exchange semester. Sunset sets a boundary between light & dark, mirroring the state of humanity traversing into a pandemic space; however, its in-betweenness promises renewal. The lone traveller sighted my camera and connected with my solitude.

Submitted by Tsz Ching Emily Choi

The indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand have a proverb: Whatungarongaro te tangata, toitū te whenua: People might fade from view but the land remains. I took this photo of Aoraki/Mt Cook between lockdowns.

Submitted by Carol Mutch

This photo was taken 2 years ago in Cuzco, Perú. For me it represents unity and pride because of the joy the performers from this traditional peruvian festival share. When I remember this idea, I feel hopeful about the future, I think things can get better if we stay together.

Submitted by Isabella Solar

This photo was taken by me at the Shanghai International Marathon in November 2020. I was a volunteer at that time, and because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all the volunteers had to wear masks and face shields. The photo is what I looked like at the time. I thought no one would want to run a marathon during the epidemic, but on the day of the race, there were 9,000 people, both young and old, participated. Not for honor, not for reward, perhaps just for happiness or fun, everyone struggles to run toward the d

Submitted by Haibei Wang

Feet out over the ocean

Submitted by Jomanda Nataraja

I saw this heart shaped cloud while taking a reflective stroll near my local park. My family and I had lost our dog Biggie after a surgery and this cloud reminded me his love was near. I felt mother nature standing in solidarity with me and planting a seed of resilience in me. I am grateful for this moment and wanted to share it with you.

Submitted by Tanjot Grewal

Rainbow through a window during lecture

Submitted by Ramon Suwanban

Cycling from home to Leuven during the covid-19 lockdown period, the empty road clearly holds this promise of a colourful future.

Submitted by An Huts

This image was taken at a protest site in Bangalore, India on 1st October 2020, held in outrage against the gang-rape and murder of a Dalit woman at Hathras, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The All India Progressive Women's Association called for this particular protest, where a gathering of students, working women and other citizens registered their dissent.  In the image, a young girl scribbles behind one of the protest placards. Next to her is another placard that reads 'Sab Yaad Rakha Jayega,' which in H

Submitted by Akshay Balan

A member of our women’s bible study group came out with this beautiful thought of painting on stones during the lockdown with her two little boys and have them displayed on the pavement near her home for passer-by to pick and take…we then met up one day and painted a whole lot of these stones which was such fun and a beautiful bonding experience for us all, had food to share and scattered these stones around to tell people there is Hope and Love still around.

Submitted by Linda D'Mello

It was taken at Glasgow Necropolis, just after some showers. Sharing with you all this tiny piece of creativity.  "New dawn, New day". This time will past and we will be stronger than ever after. When I think about it, 2020 has been one of the toughest years of my life. There were days when i didn’t want to exist anymore. This piece of work of mine, represents my mixed emotions- while the sky is descending into darkness, the beach, the sand, the trees, the water look so calm and serene- they don’t look like

Submitted by Muskaan Muskaan

My name is Hope Dhlamini from the University of Johannesburg. I am a community development enthusiast studying Public Relations and Communication Management diploma. Currently, I have implemented a community project called COVID P.U.N.C.H Community Project and involved a team of influential youth who aim to win against poverty and to promote good health and wellbeing. We carry out campaigns, outreaches (donation drive) and community garden program. The image for me denotes resilience and hope, suggesting th

Submitted by Hope Dhlamini

No matter what happens, the universe will always show us the right direction ...

Submitted by Angela Byrne

Location: In front of the window of my room title: A Little pleasure of my life Instruction: More time to enjoy the sky after the Covid-19 Pandemic. ' little pleasures of life' is a buzzword in China in recent years, which means a small, ordinary but genuine happiness. Appreciating the sky every day is my 'little pleasure of life', and I hope everyone can find your 'little pleasure of life' too!

Submitted by Huiyu Ye

A rainbow in Rotorua

Submitted by Genna Ng

What gives us hope in these times is being connected with researchers all over the world, sharing the same goal of promoting wildlife conservation and biodiversity, and raising awareness about anthropogenic climate change. Learn more about the video installation “Triggered by Motion” here:

Submitted by Lara Rubin

Hope is being able to see the light despite the darkness. This photo represents the quarantine and isolation during the covid19 lockdown period and show's the hopeful hand reaching out to grab something to hold onto , come out of the darkness and live life to the fullest. This is a self portrait.

Submitted by Siddharth Anand

This photo was taken in 2019 in Cuzco, Peru. For me it represents cultural identity and companionship. When I remember seeing this performance I feel hopeful about the future.

Submitted by Isabella Solar

I took this image on black and white film at the first Birmingham Black Lives Matter protest in the summer of 2020. The man pictured stood up in front of thousands and addressed the crowd, and I was lucky enough to be right next to him when he did. The wider importance of the BLM movement goes without saying, but for me personally, this exact moment gave me more hope than anything since the onset of COVID-19. I had become increasingly disillusioned with wider society in Britain, but seeing this man stand up

Submitted by Joseph Little

December was the darkest month of 2020, but on that particular day the sunbeams for the first ime made their way through the fog and life immediately became brighter. These were rays of hope.

Submitted by Shamil Khairov

Morning sun breaking over a horizon

Submitted by Namo narayan Meena

Rendering while black is an exploration of sensorial feel/felt lines both in text and performative drawings involving 2D, 3D, 4D, and Speculative fiction(s) art practices. Moreover, the work explores how Black, Indigenous, Queer, and People of Color (BIQPOC)'s have created a means of survival through visual/performance art, creating a mode(s) of active radical resistance. These mode(s) draw upon performative traditions including call and response, improvisation, reading, throwing shade, and African- America

Submitted by Maurice Moore

A boy I met during my trip to a local market in Lome, Togo. He was wearing the kind of smile I would never want to forget.

Submitted by Siwon Choe

Title: A warm freezer - blue but not blue  It was taken in Jordon, Hong Kong. The fridge is a place where people could put food inside it and let the people in need collect them anytime. The moment of an elderly taking food from the fridge is captured. Although it is a blue fridge, it is sharing happiness and warmth. It shows the Lion Rock Spirit of Hongkongers which is helping each other. This enhances the inclusiveness and hence the sustainability of the city.

Submitted by Tsz Ying Ho

Handmade sculptural art with hands molded from clay and potted native plants

Submitted by Joanne Andrade

Positivity as social rebellion - a moribund statement on a dark and shuttered high street in Birmingham, England.

Submitted by Eleanor Munro

The image is of a painting created by me. It tries to exemplify the different roles and responsibilities undertaken by a couple in a household during the pandemic. The idea was to capture the symbol of an umbrella wherein each person protects his own sense of self, while shielding the other companion.

Submitted by Parinita Batra

This was taken in Glasgow, in April 2020, a month after lockdown had begun. I liked the clarity and straightness of the hand-written message, alongside the uneven angles of a tired, manmade world - called-out top-right - and set against the yellow of parking lines, restriction signs, a closed curtain and the need for 2m social distancing.

Submitted by Simon Ambrose

During lockdown in NZ, there was a big push to put teddy bears in windows so as to bring joy to children (and adults) out on walks. Here you see my window and my three year old neighbour's window. No one else can see our windows as we're on the third floor, thus I took it upon myself to engage in daily teddy communication to boost the resilience of the kid next door (plus my own).

Submitted by Holly Dixon

An aged street artist laying down a beautiful artwork on a paper canvas in public, painting down the street and sights around him.

Submitted by Julian Cheung


Submitted by Ruth Christie

2021 Coromandel - 'grounded, at the top of the world.'

Submitted by Florence Wu

I took this photo in my hometown in the early spring of 2016. I named this photo as Seasons of the Heart because it delivers a connection and kinship among family member. In this photo, the grandfather and his grandson were enjoying their time in front of branches which would sprout soon. I know it was a tough year last year, fortunately, no matter how hard life was, we still have got families to rely on. I hope this photo will offer you a sort of warmness, even though life is sometimes no as the way we exp

Submitted by Frank Ilan-Aisin Xin Zhang

Iso view, from May 2020 is a painting made during the first lockdown due to Covid-19. Made from acrylic paint, pastel, spray paint and Indian ink.

Submitted by Cindel Vlietman

Tired eyes, with questions so deep A little girl, so many responsibilities to keep Sitting on the roadside, waiting for something Like a poor bird with a broken wing I asked her if I could help in any way She said, "For us, just pray" "Pray for my family to get food tonight" "Pray for the sun to shine bright" "Pray for it to rain as well" "Pray for good harvest which we can sell" "Pray that I can go back to school" "Pray for these times to pass, they're cruel" I quickly searched in my bag for some food Foun

Submitted by Mradubhashini Jain

These galahs in various mid-flight poses, taken near Chinkapook, Australia, remind me that sometimes, simply going through the motions individually is enough to create something beautiful together.

Submitted by Alice Grinton

Child and Spring

Submitted by Lianne Wu

Lifting Us Up reflects our at-home communities that supported us during Covid-19 lockdowns. It is not only the humans in our small bubbles that offer hope, resilience and solidarity, but also our four-legged family members that lift us up when we need it the most

Submitted by Carlene Newall de Jesus

This photo was taken on Burrow Beach, Sutton, Co Dublin, late afternoon, February 2021. The sign was standing strong in the sand, while the tide was out. It is a gentle reminder to all Dubliners walking the beach that we are together in this fight to beat Covid19 in the hope that normality will return to our lives in the near future.

Submitted by Sharon Clinton

Playing Dutch Lockdown, photographed during the COVID lockdown in Sydney, was a spontaneous response to staying at home for months, and a playful take on the Dutch Still Life format and use of joyful natural colours of seasonal fruit and vegetables. The blue wall was an interior decoration project during lockdown. The Black Cockatoo feather was found on a walk in my local area.

Submitted by Anna Tow

This craft project ran over the winter vacation 2020. Anyone within the University of Edinburgh community was invited to recreate a section of a photograph of Greyfriars Bobby in any creative way they liked. The result is a beautiful and inspiring collaboration from staff, students, alumni and families from across the University.

Submitted by Sarah Thomas

At the beginning of lockdown, I was struggling with a relationship breakdown. I was desperate for a new creative outlet, so I stumbled across dot painting. I found it particularly meditative and would spend hours on end painting, alone. As a result, and with the natural progression of time, I learned to enjoy solidarity again.

Submitted by Nicola Santarossa

This image of me running towards the water was taken on August 1, 2020 at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. My partner and I took a day trip to a beach nearby. Our quarantine and work-from-home started from mid march, 2020. The pandemic disrupted many of our plans. The trip to the beach was a much-needed respite. This image of me in my prosthetic leg also reminds me of my long journey in accepting my disabled identity and body of difference.

Submitted by Luanjiao Hu

My image is called 'Huidhonger', wich means 'skin hunger' in dutch. The word has become very popular during the pandemic, so I thought it would be interesting to take a picture with this word in my mind. The picture I took is about someone longing for some intimacy. I think it can be hopeful because it shows the strength of imagination. To take the picture, I played a lot with the light and the shutter time and tried many different poses. I took it in my student room, the place where I've been spending almo

Submitted by Marte Krijn

Unfurling Potential: The Jewel Orchid. Much was lost but also learnt in the past year through varied experiences. This maturing, glittering surface of a new jewel orchid leaf resembles the resilience and growth potential of us humans in the face of adversity.

Submitted by Jeremy Chung Bo Chiang

The image on the left is of a burnt remnant from the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires that drifted ashore in the storms and floods on the central coast toward the end of Black Summer. The image on the right is the same piece, ‘healed’ through my trauma-informed and somaesthetic designer-maker practices. The burl that has been reformed was the first example of ‘resilience’ that I have drawn upon as a symbol of natures’ resilience to trauma. A symbol of hope for us too.

Submitted by Chloe Cassidy

Collage of images

Submitted by Dakshita Bishnoi

'Solidarity' When Covid first arrived, and I began to work from home, like many others I felt isolated and frightened of what was to come. I felt cut off from my family, afraid to visit my elderly mother, and also my Son and my Daughter-in-Law and their child, my darling 1-yr-old granddaughter. As time progressed my small family discussed our situation, the struggle of working from home with a small child became apparent, and thankfully I was able to ask my supervisor if I could alter my hours to begin baby

Submitted by Cynthia Ketchum

We Zoomed! Like the rest of the world, we Zoomed! Learning new tech skills was a special achievement for the CeleBRation Choir participants, who are predominantly older people living with a neurological condition and communication difficulties. Zoom brought new ways of singing together and new opportunities for playful interaction. We connected with visitors from afar, but and recorded video messages for friends who couldn’t connect in this way. I didn’t play to study telehealth, but We Zoomed! Like the res

Submitted by Alison Talmage

This was taken at my local park in Malmö, Sweden. I identified with this lonely Eurasian coot. Its flock is not too far away but the mist prevents us from seeing them. In reality, they're close by, even if obscured.

Submitted by Sofia Costa Eriksson

This picture was taken back in Taiwan with my parents in them. The reason why I chose this photo is that the moment I saw this picture, the first thing that crossed my mind is the word “hope”. We have been fighting this pandemic for so long now that sometimes it gives me a sense of it is never going to end and we should just accept that this is a new norm now. When I saw this photo, however, it reminded me how hard it was to climb to the top of the mountain at that time just like where we are now fighting C

Submitted by Po-en Hsueh

I created this ocean image by PPT and I thought that our hope is connected to each other like nature's life. Our individual creativity makes our community alive, and thereby it can be a source of our solidarity, and it will help prosper our resilience in the end. Therefore, your survival can be part of me, you, and us.

Submitted by Sunha Ahn

This is the last photo my sister took for me, before she unexpectedly passed away from COVID. To me, it's a depiction of all the beautiful people that have fallen to this terrible virus. It's also a celebration of Spring, her birth season, of nature blooming and giving us hope while also cherishing the wonderful memories of loved ones that we lost.

Submitted by Anca Barcu

There are always moments with light, beauty and opportunity coexisting, right in front of you. If you cannot spot them, close your eyes and look for them inside.  The pandemic was a quiet time which allowed me to realign. To connect you sometimes you have to disconnect. Truly grateful for that time.  Photo location: Millwater, Auckland  This photo was taken during the Millwater food event, organized by Food Truck Collective. As this photo was taken during level one (the lowest COVID-19 alert level in New Ze

Submitted by Hiuri Lima

The pandemic and lockdown has made me appreciate being able to walk around the city of Glasgow, and made me see how things you might just walk past on a normal day become so much more signnificant. This applies to the murals scattered around Glasgow, that I went to seek one day. I noticed how I had walked past some of them previously, yet not actually paid atenttion to them and appreciated the art as I should have.

Submitted by Sini Karesma

This image was taken at Kanjobe Junior School, Uganda. This photo represents the epitome of community to me as all the children of the school joined together in their beautiful local dance. 

Submitted by Charlotte White

This piece of art is "Harmony with Nature".

Submitted by Subha Sharma

Letters | Words | Books - always there for us

Submitted by Alina Schütz

This image was taken in Koster, Rustenburg in the North West province of South Africa. Its an image I hold dear to my heart because it tells the story of African wealth and generational legacy as its the first cow my father bought after having a change of heart about wealth after the pandemic. The cow is on a communal farm with other cows but to me its more than just a cow but is the start of a long and powerful journey I am excited to embark on with my family.

Submitted by Monthati Seanokeng Tshwagong

This picture was taken at Mt Victoria, New Zealand, after a 3 month lockdown. People were excited to meet up face to face and enjoy the outside world safely again.

Submitted by Nadiah Zaidil

The image speaks of warmth and home: the light embraces not only the objects in the room but also the viewer. This light of dawn makes its way slowly into the house, expressing solidarity and giving courage to those in its path. Ultimately, the image speaks to a certain resilience that comes through the warmth of sunshine as a start to a promising day.

Submitted by Anisha Palat

During Covid I was redundant from my job so in the morning I would go to Clogherhead Beach, Louth, Ireland and watch the sunrise. Everyday it came back beautiful as ever. It was a sign of hope. I am now working again and am happier than ever. "Each day we are born again, what we do today is what matters most". - Buddha

Submitted by Rhonda Barry

This picture was taken on Woman day for the 8th of March, 2020. This day over 1 million women attended to the march only in Santiago de Chile but millions more went out to the streets to demand change all over the world. After a week ago or so a pandemic hit the country and thousands if not millions of womans had to get locked at home with their abusers or overcome unbalanced duties at home. This image brings me hope and reminds me of the everyday challenges us womans have to deal with by living in this wor

Submitted by Sofia Gutierrez

After a tumultuous year, my image of a staircase, put simply, is a reminder that there is always a path forward.

Submitted by Jarrod Facer

I am a Ph.D student,  living in Wellington. I think COVID-19 made all of us realized how precious our lives are and how important it is to stay healthy. So, I go hiking everyday. One morning while I was hiking in Mt. Victoria in Wellington, I suddenly saw the beautiful sunshine go through the clouds, while I was taking the photo at that moment, I really wanted to tell everyone: no matter how thick the clouds, the sun always comes through!

Submitted by Xiyuan Hu

Teddy Bear views the sunrise through a window

Submitted by Damien Walmsley

This dog, known as Greyfriars Bobby, though small in stature, is outsized in his reputation here in Edinburgh, Scotland. Even in the struggles of the pandemic, someone has taken the time to lovingly craft a wee vest and mask for Bobby - brightening the days of all who walk past.

Submitted by Elena Deamant