We were so impressed by the submissions to our 2013 photo contest that we had to share more of them. We were truly moved by the moments shared with us through photographs.
In the hundreds of photos we received, we saw a common view of what unites us around the world: The strength imparted in a smile, the determination that drives hard work, and most of all, the hope and joy that children bring in every culture. Scroll through the images above to see the colors and the faces that bring our shared experience to life.
Last year's winning photo was featured in Mercy Corps' 2014 calendar, which showcases stunning photos of our work from around the world taken by professional photographers, Mercy Corps staff, and now our contest winner.