6 March 2014
Last updated at 05:08 ET
As part of the freedom2014 season, the BBC has invited people from around the world to send through pictures of what freedom looks like. For Liam McCafferty, it was this image of a sea trout narrowly escaping from being eaten by a grey heron in the Crana River at Buncrana, County Donegal, Ireland.
Joshua Hart, 25, was in Indonesia, when he took this image of an orangutan reaching out to hold a human hand. It had been poorly treated by humans before, so Joshua was amazed by the action. The picture represents "the freedom to live free of fear", he says.
Rebecca Polinsky was reminded of her favourite book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, when taking this photo on Long Island, New York. The story is about a seagull’s journey.
An early morning frost created the misty quality of this picture from the New Forest in the UK. Jason Shrubb loves the freedom and open spaces where he lives in nearby Dorset, having moved there from London.
"I have never been locked up like this fellow," says Ivan Wakaimba about this image taken at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage in Kenya. "I can pretty much go wherever I please, and yet I have to work from Monday to Friday. In a way I'm not free." The orphanage cares for rescued creatures and tries to rehabilitate them.
"Everyone has a different understanding of freedom," says Cecilia Fatone. "Some will climb a mountain, for some it will be the sensation of floating in water, still others will look for extreme sensation - like base jumping." She took this image in Lecco, Italy.
Karl Peter Herlufsen took this picture while out dog sledding in Ilulissat, Greenland. He no longer has the creatures but says he felt most alive and free when he was out with the dogs, just him, them, and nature.
These goats in Nevsehir, Turkey, enjoy a life free from all responsibility, says Oguz Kagan Sahin. When he looks at this photograph, he thinks of the moment the goats leave their shed and run towards the trees and rock summits. That is when you can describe them as free, he believes.
Riding in the desert outside Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates is a form of freedom, says Janet Olearski. The university lecturer rides several times a week to be "free, and out in the open".
Nikhil Nanivdekar saw this caterpillar outside his house in Singapore. "It has no fear," says Nikhil, "it's just simply enjoying a freedom".
A hawk looks for prey in Natalie Prodanovich's garden in Germantown, Memphis, US. He can choose to fly, or to sit in the garden - that is his freedom, she says.
Dogs running along Barafundle Bay in Wales. Freedom is only momentary, says Ela Fraczkowska. "Because of our responsibilities - illness, financial burdens - we only get short moments of freedom, like this one."
"Underwater wildlife represents freedom - in contrast to the heavy traffic and pollution I face on a daily basis here in Sao Paulo, Brazil," says Daniel Beeson. He took this image while at the Sentosa Underwater World in Singapore.
This image of a bird and a cage represents freedom and escape to Roberto Pestarino from Italy.
Stefano Zoca saw this young female Ibex near Jof di Montasio in the Italian Alps. He said he could not help but take an image of these beautiful animals having fun running on the edge of the ledges and enjoying the full pleasure of freedom.
Robert Lashley's father, Norman, who is riding the horse in this photo taken in Holmpton in the UK, served in World War Two. For him, this picture from the 1950s represented freedom through the experience of being able to live a more simple, slower life after the war. Email your images to firstname.lastname@example.org