33 Most Touching Photos Ever Taken

There are times when a camera captures something truly awesome. It can be horrific, lovely, hopeful, tragic or uplifting. Today we focus on “touching” photographs from around the world.

1. Daniel says, “Surprise! Will You Marry Me?!”

Surprise! Will You Marry Me

2. Lucas Hembree gives some love to his service dog, Juno. When Lucas’ father Chester Hembree (former law enforcement officer) was told his son (who suffers from Sanfilippo syndrome) was a poor candidate for a service dog, he saved a Belgian Malinois pup from a Tennessee shelter and trained him to be his son’s helper.

Lucas Hembree, Lucas Hembree dog, prayers for Lucas Hembree

3. A survivor from the Sichuan earthquake in China finds some memories in the rubble.

Sichuan earthquake in China

4. Photographer Matej Peljhan gives his 12 year old friend Luke, suffering from muscular dystrophy, something to smile for.

Matej Peljhan, Matej Peljhan luke

Matej Peljhan, Matej Peljhan luke Matej Peljhan, Matej Peljhan luke

5. Meghan Voghel carries Arden McMath across the race track after she collapsed during a 3200 metre race.

Meghan Voghel carries Arden McMath

6. Man’s best friend mourns for his best friend, deceased Navy SEAL Jon T. Tumilson.

Navy SEAL Jon T. Tumilson

7. Father meets his son for the first time.

Father meets his son for the first time

8. Arnulfo Castorena receives his first gold in swimming at the Paralympics in Mexico.

Arnulfo Castorena, Arnulfo Castorena mexico

9. Schoep, an arthritic 19 year old dog is cradled in the water by his owner John. He gradually falls asleep. This photo went viral and raised a lot of money to help Schoep live better until his death at 20 in 2013, and John to start a foundation for pets in pain.

Schoep dog

10. Man teaches his girlfriend how to read after she lost her memory.

Man teaches his girlfriend how to read after she lost her memory

11. Marc Golczynski’s eight year old son accepts the flag for him after he was killed in Iraq weeks before he was due back home.

Marc Golczynski

12. Volunteer teachers teach underprivileged kids in New Delhi, India.

Volunteer teachers teach underprivileged kids in New Delhi, India

13. A man does everything he can for his wife’s life.

A man does everything he can for his wife's life, need kidney for wife

14. Boy says hello and years later says goodbye to his best friend.

Boy says hello and years later says goodbye to his best friend

Boy says hello and years later says goodbye to his best friend

15. Brian O’Driscoll shares his Heineken Cup victory with his fans at the children’s hospital.

Brian O'Driscoll shares his Heineken Cup victory

16. Helen Fisher kisses the hearse of her deceased cousin Douglas Halliday who died at 20.

Helen Fisher kisses the hearse of her deceased cousin Douglas Halliday

17. Specialist marksman Dean Oldt is reunited with his father.

Specialist marksman Dean Oldt is reunited with his father

18. Cancer Patient draws her wish in a mirror.

Cancer Patient draws her wish in a mirror

19. Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor feeds an orphaned kitten “Miss Hap” after her mother was killed in a mortar attack in Korea.

Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor

20. Nick Vuijicic, born without arms and legs gives new meaning to the word life.

Nick Vuijicic

21. German Soldier celebrates his birthday on the plains of Afghanistan.

German Soldier celebrates his birthday on the plains of Afghanistan

22. “I did what humans do when words fail them.” German Chancellor Willy Brandt pays respect to the Jewish Ghetto and collapses at a loss for words.

German Chancellor Willy Brandt

23. A man in retrospect.

A man in retrospect

24. She has lunch with her husband everyday, even though he has passed on.

She has lunch with her husband everyday, even though he has passed on

25. Terminally ill Mother watcher her daughter’s wedding over Skype.

Terminally ill Mother watcher her daughter's wedding over Skype

26. Father-son bonding over the years.

Father-son bonding over the years

27. Taylor and Danielle Morris push the boundaries of love.

Taylor and Danielle Morris push the boundaries of love

28. 5 year old Tanisha Blevin holds the hand of 105 year old Nita LaGarde as they are evacuated form the convention center in New Orleans following Katrina.

Tanisha Blevin

29. Oct 31, 2010. 436 people from South Korea were allowed to visit 97 of their relatives in North Korea for three days at long last after the Korean War.

south korea, north korea, people visit

30. Wu Conghan and Wu Songshi take their first photograph since their wedding 88 years earlier.

 Wu Conghan and Wu Songshi

31. An NYPD policeman gives his shoes to a homeless man.

NYPD policeman shoes

32. Malcolm Siobhan weeps after he is drafted in the first round by the Bruins.

Malcolm Siobhan weeps

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33. Brothers in Arms.