What does 'freedom' mean to you?

This month's theme for the Canon Light Award is 'freedom'. With today's sad news that our world lost some of its most talented journalists and cartoonists, this theme could not have at a better time. As I reflect on what it means to have freedom of speech and freedom of expression, I realise these are things we all take for granted. To those who fell today, thank you for leaving a legacy and the hope that we can fight for our own freedom.

The fact is, true freedom even in our democratic society does not exist. On the surface, people are allowed to express their sexuality, their religion, their race, their ethnicity. However, until all our differences stop turning heads and drawing attention, true freedom of expression has not been achieved.

I wanted to dedicate this post to images that provoke a sense of freedom of expression, acknowledging true freedom is far from being achieved.