Blind long jumper makes giant leap in stunning pic from photography ‘heroes’ of the year competition

A BLIND long jumper has leapt into winning place in a stunning picture from a photography ‘heroes’ of the year competition.

The best snaps of the year have been compiled from all over the world, capturing the beauty of our natural world and the people and animals within it.

Blind long jumper Xavi Porras is captured during a Para-Olympic event in Spain
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Indonesia’s largest waterfall is captured in this shot from deep in the jungle with a backdrop of Semeru volcano
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Two grizzly bears are seen in an embrace in this snap entitled ‘Bear’s Love’
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Throughout the year, photographers from across the globe submitted images to match the themes of reflections, beauty, road trips and fun.

The broad array of snaps have been compiled by Agora Images in celebration of World Photography Day – an annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science and history of photography.

Spanish sports photographer Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz captured the moment blind long jumper Xavi Porras strode across the finish line during a Para-Olympic event in Spain.

Siaz effortlessly caught the moment Porras realises a masterful jump mid-air.

British photographer Hugo Healy captured an ariel view of Indonesia’s largest waterfall from deep in the jungle with a backdrop of Semeru volcano.
He described the breathtaking scenery as: “Views straight out of Jurassic park.”

Gorgeous images such as Michele D’Amico’s photo of a happy lion family shot in Tanzania feature in the collection.

Zaw Zaw Kaung San’s photo of two laughing elderly ladies from Myanmar titled ‘Smile’ picked up the top prize for the ‘Fun’ themed competition.

This photo by Carlos Alfonso embraces ‘tradition and celebration’
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This colourful mid-flight image of a sunbird feeding on nectar was taken by Le Van Vinh of Pleiku, Vietnam
Two ballet dancers strike a pose in this elegant picture
A boy pokes his head from behind a sun flower
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Two elderly women in Myanmar share a laugh
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This urban landscape is entitled Symmetry Living
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Barcelona’s bright night time street lights are lit up in this stunning snap
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This close-up portrait shot of a Pakistani man is called ‘Thinking Eyes’
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A young woman dances under the purple light of a beach in Malta
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A ariel shot captures a unique natural formation in Yellow Stone National Park in the US
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A polar bear trawls the Arctic plains after feasting on a fresh meal
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