Love seen through a lens captures how powerful small moments of humanity truly are. This photo collection depicts love during times of both strength and fragility; love amid both war and celebration; and the raw emotion behind both romantic and platonic love. Check out the powerful photos below from around the world.
1. A Boy Embraces His Sibling Amid The Refugee And Migrant Crisis In Greece
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A youth embraces his sibling as refugees and migrants reach the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on November 12, 2015.
2. War Veterans Reunite In Turkey After 74 Years
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War veterans Huseyin Kacmaz, 97 from Turkey and Jack Ryan, 95 of Australia meet again as friends after 74 years on April 25, 1990 in Gallipoli, Turkey. The last time they met was on a battlefield at Gallipoli where the pair fought on opposite sides.
3. Firefighters In Salt Lake City Use Tiny Masks To Provide Oxygen To Cats
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In this photo provided by the Salt Lake City Fire Department, firefighters give oxygen to two cats on Friday, July 10, 2015, in Salt Lake City, through a specially-sized mask designed for felines.
4. Family Members Kiss A Prisoner Holding The Quran After He Was Freed From Abu Ghraib Prison
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A freed prisoner holding up the Muslim holy Koran is hugged and kissed by family members after being released from the Abu Ghraib prison, west of Baghdad, 28 May 2004.
5. A Policeman In Baghdad Holds A Young Girl’s Hand
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An Iraqi policeman holds a young girl’s hand near the entrance to a school on the first day of the new semester in Baghdad on October 22, 2014.
6. Children Hug Following A Festival In India
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Children and men embracing each other after offering prayer during the ‘Eid’ Festival on July 18, 2015 in kolkata, India.
7. Music-goers Lift Up A Fellow Fan’s Spirits In San Francisco
A music fan crowd surfs at the Lands End Stage during day 2 of the 2013 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
8. A Military Family Reunites In Hawaii
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Savannah Dejong holding her son Rhone (3) greets her husband, Daniel with 1/3 Marines Bravo Company, upon his return to Hawaii on June 13, 2010, following a seven-month deployment in southern Afghanistan.
9. A Homeless Man Kisses His Pup In Philadelphia
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Craig, who is homeless, sits with his dog, Chester, at Broad Street Ministry on September 22, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
10. An Afghan Man Gives Tea To U.S Soldiers
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An Afghan man gives tea to U.S soldiers of 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division patrol during a search operation to hunt members of Taliban in Nerkh district of Wardak province in west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, May 1, 2009.
11. A Little Girl Greets Her Father With Outstretched Arms
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A little girl runs to meet her father on his return from work in March 1942.
12. A Volunteer Comforts A Crying Refugee Toddler In Greece
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A European volunteer talks to a crying refugee toddler after refugee boat arrived in Lesbos Island, Greece on September 17, 2015. European volunteers who came to Greece’s Lesbos Island provide food, drinks and clothing for refugees.
13. South Korea, Portugal, Romania, Spain, U.S., Germany, Scotland, Puerto Rico, U.K. Send Love To Paris Following Attacks
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A combination made with pictures taken on November and December 2015 shows foreign tributes at a makeshift memorial near the Bataclan concert hall in tribute to the victims of November 13 terror attacks in Paris. (From top L) A flag of South Korea, a flag of Portugal, a Romania scarf, a flag of Spain, a child’s drawing with the national flag of France (L) and the national flag of United States, a flag of Germany, a flag of Scotland, a placard bearing the Puerto Rico national flag and reading ‘Puerto Rico with France’, and a British Union Jack flag.
14. President Obama And Vice President Joe Biden Embrace In Chicago
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NOVEMBER 06: U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden embrace on stage after his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
15. Two Polar Bears Cuddle In The Netherlands
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Polar bears Freedom and Viktor cuddle each other in the water at the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen on January 23, 2014. The two bears were reunited after three years.
16. A Soccer Player Weeps For Joy In Stockholm
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SWEDEN – JUNE 29: The Brazilian left winger Mariao ZAGALLO weeping for joy after the victory of his team on that of Sweden. The finals of the soccer World Cup (in Stockholm) was played between the Swedish and Brazilian players. Brazil won by 5-2.
17. A Father And Son Pay Respects Following The San Bernardino Shooting
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Gary Mendoza and his son Michael pay their respects at a makeshift memorial site honoring shooting victims in San Bernardino, Calif. Hughes Springs, Texas.
18. Boston Residents Give Out Free Hugs After The Marathon Bombing
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Genevieve Bien-Aime of Somerville embraced Keith Martin who advertised free hugs on Boston Common, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Martin, of Manchester, N.H. drove down to Boston because ‘everyone needs love and everyone needs a hug today,’ he said. During a half hour period he embraced over a dozen people.
19. A Boy Plays With A Dog In A Settlement For Escaped Slaves In Brazil
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A young boy plays with a dog in a village in Brazil on October 20th, 2014. The village comprises 25 families and has been defined as the second urban ‘quilombo’ (a settlement inhabited by escaped slaves) to be recognized in Brazil.
20. A Couple Kisses In The Street As Riots Break Out In Vancouver
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Riot police walk in the street as a couple kisses on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver broke out in riots after their hockey team the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals.
21. Muslim Worshippers Show Love During Prayer At A Mosque In Maryland
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Muslim worshipers pray during the 1445th anniversary of the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, Mawlid al Nabi, the holy night on which the birth of prophet Mohammed is marked, in the mosque at the Diyanet Center of America in Lanham, Maryland, USA on December 22, 2015.
22. A Man Rescues Puppies Amid Flooding In The Philippines
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A man carries puppies back inside their house as other dogs stay on the roof at a flooded area in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012.
23. A Gay Couple Kisses In Taipei
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A same-sex couples kiss during an event outside the Legislative Council in Taipei on March 16, 2014. Dozens of members of the gay community gathered to demand same-sex marriages.
24. President Obama Holds Hands With One Of The Original Walkers Of Selma Civil Rights March
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US President Barack Obama walks alongside Amelia Boynton Robinson (R), one of the original marchers, the Reverend Al Sharpton (2nd R), First Lady Michelle Obama (L), and US Representative John Lewis (2nd-L), Democrat of Georgia, and also one of the original marchers, across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. The event commemorates Bloody Sunday, when civil rights marchers attempting to walk to the Alabama capital of Montgomery to end voting discrimination against African Americans, clashed with police on the bridge.
25. Parents From London Are Reunited With Their Evacuated Children During WWII
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Parents from London are reunited with their evacuated children in Saffron Walden, Essex, during World War II, 22nd October 1939. Nearly 1,000 parents attended the reunion party, hosted by the Mayor of the town.
26. A Pianist Plays For Peace Following The Paris Attacks
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German Pianist Davide Martello, also known as Klavierkunst, plays piano as people gather after observing a minute of silence to pay tribute to victims of the attacks claimed by Islamic State, on November 16, 2015.
27. Kids At A Salvation Army In Washington, D.C., Bombard Washington Redskins Player With Hugs
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Redskins Robert Griffin III, center, gets hugs from the children at The Salvation Army in Anacostia. On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, JetBlues Soar with Reading program unveiled its first-of-its-kind book vending machines throughout SE in DC.
28. A Man Shows His Love For Life At A Laughter Therapy Session In Venezuela
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A man laughs during a session of laugher therapy in a public plaza in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. People attended the open session of laughter therapy with Venezuelan laughter therapist Menahem Belilty, who says that laughter has the healing powers to lift ones mood, enhance well-being and emotional balance, and in most cases helps one to overcome their problems.
29. An Interfaith Community Shows Love And Support Following The San Bernardino Shooting
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Khadija Zadeh, left, and Noora Siddiqui stand next to signs while listening to a speech during an interfaith memorial service at the Islamic Community Center of Redlands, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Loma Linda, Calif. The memorial service was held to honor the victims of Wednesday’s shooting rampage that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif.
30. A Homeless Man In Washington, D.C. Comes Across An Important Reminder
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Perry White, who is homeless, reads a paper ahead of a visit by Pope Francis to a lunch for the homeless in Washington, D.C.
Photos that will restore your faith in Humanity
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