A striking Bob Marley-inspired shot of local kids from fishermen’s families in Ghana has been crowned the winner of a prestigious photography competition.

Michael Aboya’s powerful snap ‘Songs of Freedom’ was shot in Labadi, one of Ghana’s oldest neighbourhoods in the coastal part of Accra, and earned him a cool £25,000.

It is among 50 images that made it through to the final of the competition, after nine months of judging and more than 130,000 submissions from photographers all over the world.

The vision for his photo, which has won the coveted Best Photo of the Year at the 2019 Agora Awards, came to Mr Aboya when he was sat at home, listening to Bob Marley.

As soon as ‘Redemption Song’ started playing, the 24-year-old self-taught snapper knew he wanted to bring the legendary song to life through his lens.

Mr Aboya, who was born in Nigeria but moved to Accra aged 13, aims to inspire a change in the way people perceive Ghana and Africa in general through his photos.

His photos celebrate the love he feels for his country, by creating cheerful and optimistic representations of the life that surrounds him.

"Motherly love" by Santiago López: This image by photographer Santiago Lopez, entitled 'Motherly Love', was among the 50 pictures that made it through to the final. It shows a mother gently cradling her child on a piece of wood at a zoo in Tenerife. López spent two hours at the Loro Parque zoo in Tenerife, Spain, to capture his image

"Motherly love" by Santiago López: This image by photographer Santiago Lopez, entitled 'Motherly Love', was among the 50 pictures that made it through to the final. It shows a mother gently cradling her child on a piece of wood at a zoo in Tenerife. López spent two hours at the Loro Parque zoo in Tenerife, Spain, to capture his image

‘Motherly love’ by Santiago López: This image by photographer Santiago Lopez, entitled ‘Motherly Love’, was among the 50 pictures that made it through to the final. It shows a mother gently cradling her child on a piece of wood at a zoo in Tenerife. López spent two hours at the Loro Parque zoo in Tenerife, Spain, to capture his image

"Songs Of Freedom" by Michael Aboya: Michael Aboya's powerful snap 'Songs of Freedom' was shot in Labadi, one of Ghana's oldest neighbourhoods in the coastal part of Accra, and earned him a cool £25,000. The vision for his photo, which has won the coveted Best Photo of the Year at the 2019 Agora Awards, came to Michael when he was sat at home, listening to Bob Marley

"Songs Of Freedom" by Michael Aboya: Michael Aboya's powerful snap 'Songs of Freedom' was shot in Labadi, one of Ghana's oldest neighbourhoods in the coastal part of Accra, and earned him a cool £25,000. The vision for his photo, which has won the coveted Best Photo of the Year at the 2019 Agora Awards, came to Michael when he was sat at home, listening to Bob Marley

‘Songs Of Freedom’ by Michael Aboya: Michael Aboya’s powerful snap ‘Songs of Freedom’ was shot in Labadi, one of Ghana’s oldest neighbourhoods in the coastal part of Accra, and earned him a cool £25,000. The vision for his photo, which has won the coveted Best Photo of the Year at the 2019 Agora Awards, came to Michael when he was sat at home, listening to Bob Marley

'Colors of life' photographed by Pranab Basak: In India, this photographer captured seven female fishermen standing in bright blue water as they tried to collect fish to later sell at a market

'Colors of life' photographed by Pranab Basak: In India, this photographer captured seven female fishermen standing in bright blue water as they tried to collect fish to later sell at a market

‘Colors of life’ photographed by Pranab Basak: In India, this photographer captured seven female fishermen standing in bright blue water as they tried to collect fish to later sell at a market

'Run and fun' photographed by Ling Ling: Three young monks have fun along the Hsinbyume Pagoda. She took the photograph in March 2019

'Run and fun' photographed by Ling Ling: Three young monks have fun along the Hsinbyume Pagoda. She took the photograph in March 2019

‘Run and fun’ photographed by Ling Ling: Three young monks have fun along the Hsinbyume Pagoda. She took the photograph in March 2019

'Sand wasp with prey' by Imam Primahardy: This sand wasp is seen carrying a fly to eat at a later date in Surabaya, Indonesia

'Sand wasp with prey' by Imam Primahardy: This sand wasp is seen carrying a fly to eat at a later date in Surabaya, Indonesia

‘Sand wasp with prey’ by Imam Primahardy: This sand wasp is seen carrying a fly to eat at a later date in Surabaya, Indonesia

'Mother's goodness' by Phyo Moe: A baby bird opens its mouth as the mother returns with a catch in Myanmar

'Mother's goodness' by Phyo Moe: A baby bird opens its mouth as the mother returns with a catch in Myanmar

‘Mother’s goodness’ by Phyo Moe: A baby bird opens its mouth as the mother returns with a catch in Myanmar

'Farming' by Diep Van: Shot of the rice fields in Northern Vietnam, where workers plant the rice seedlings for the upcoming harvest

'Farming' by Diep Van: Shot of the rice fields in Northern Vietnam, where workers plant the rice seedlings for the upcoming harvest

‘Farming’ by Diep Van: Shot of the rice fields in Northern Vietnam, where workers plant the rice seedlings for the upcoming harvest

'East Java' by Jonathan Rogers: Taking this shot without getting his lenses soaked was a hard exercise for this photographer in Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, East Java

'East Java' by Jonathan Rogers: Taking this shot without getting his lenses soaked was a hard exercise for this photographer in Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, East Java

‘East Java’ by Jonathan Rogers: Taking this shot without getting his lenses soaked was a hard exercise for this photographer in Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, East Java

"Dark Disneyland" by Tommi Matz: Vertical panorama of the Neuschwanstein Castle

"Dark Disneyland" by Tommi Matz: Vertical panorama of the Neuschwanstein Castle

‘Dark Disneyland’ by Tommi Matz: Vertical panorama of the Neuschwanstein Castle

"Echoes of the Unknown" by Clement Eastwood: The photographer wanted to display the cordial relationship between a man and a beast

"Echoes of the Unknown" by Clement Eastwood: The photographer wanted to display the cordial relationship between a man and a beast

‘Echoes of the Unknown’ by Clement Eastwood: The photographer wanted to display the cordial relationship between a man and a beast

"Eid prayer" by Azim Ronnie: The Eid prayer is celebrated on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, after the fasting during the holy month of Ramadan

"Eid prayer" by Azim Ronnie: The Eid prayer is celebrated on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, after the fasting during the holy month of Ramadan

‘Eid prayer’ by Azim Ronnie: The Eid prayer is celebrated on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, after the fasting during the holy month of Ramadan

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