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People from around the world photographed the one thing that means the most to them

Toys, poems, mittens and a yo-yo all made the list.

FIFTY PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM 20 countries around the world were asked to take a photograph of the one thing they value the most in the world.

Some of the objects are practical (a passport, for example), but almost all of the objects have a sentimental value – a beloved toy, a collection of poems by a grandparent, an engagement ring.

Grandfather’s poems


“This notebook belonged to my grandfather in the early 1960s. He used to write his own poetry and also wrote out other people’s’ poems which he liked. Because I never got the chance to meet him, reading his poetry and just looking at his handwriting makes me feel close to him.” - Hira, from Pakistan

A 16th birthday gift


“These are the only gold earrings I have. I don’t like to wear jewellery, but I got them on my 16th birthday from my mom and I still remember the moment when I opened them.” - Olha, from Ukraine

A drumstick


“This is the only remaining drumstick in my possession from my last music gig in Belgrade. I threw the other one into the audience for good luck. I call it my last performance, goodbye stick.” - Dejan, from Serbia

A photograph of a mother


“If I were to lose everything else I possess, I would want to keep the visual memory of my mother. Everything else could eventually be replaced, but I don’t want to forget the face of the one who raised me to be who I am today.” - Lauren, from Romania

An engagement ring


“This is the ring I got from my then boyfriend, now husband, when he proposed to me. The fox is my favourite animal and I truly cherish this object. It is one of my favourite pieces of jewellery and it represents an important part of our relationship.” - Marina from Romania

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A harmonica


“This harmonica lifted my spirits and gave me confidence when I was at the lowest point of my life, and needed motivation the most. Whenever I’m down, playing this instrument magically brightens my day.” - Ritesh, India

A passport


“This is a picture of my passport, it is very valuable to me because it is a symbol of my freedom. I can go virtually anywhere with it, and without it I am trapped.” - Whitney, United States

Father’s gloves


“My father’s working gloves always reminds me of how good and responsible my father is. It reminds me that I in everything I do, I should think of how will I pay back all my father’s sacrifices to us.” - Mark, from Philippines

You can see the full list here.

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