Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
Erdenet, Orkhon Province, Mongolia
Otgonkhishig Choisuren and Bilegdemberel Battur plant flowers at Amar Central Square in Erdenet city, Orkhon province, Mongolia. Otgonkhishig, who is part of the province’s initiative to plant around 50,000 flowers, says, “I like this work very much, because I contribute to making our city scenery fresh by planting beautiful flowers of multiple colors. I do this out of happiness.”
Adampan, Sri Lanka
Kamardheen Sithysameena and Kaleel Ramshiya sow black grain seeds in Adampan, Mannar district, Sri Lanka. Black grain is a profitable option for farmers because Sri Lanka restricts imports of the crop.
Nicole Andrea Hernández López, 15, right, paints the nails of María José López, 9, in Chilpancingo de los Bravo, Guerrero, Mexico. As part of her cognitive therapy, Nicole, who has Down syndrome, offers free manicures to develop motor skills and gain independence.
Mukono District, Uganda
Evelyn Nakabuye weaves strips of T-shirts into a carpet in Sonde, Mukono, Uganda. Nakabuye, who studied handweaving at university, incorporates kitenge, or African fabrics, and recycled cotton into her designs.
A cicada exoskeleton remains on a tree branch in San Gabriel Chilac, Puebla, Mexico. Depending on the species, cicadas can live from two to 17 years underground before emerging as adults.
Ignatius Mwansa paints a molded elephant in Lusaka, Zambia. Mwansa, who has operated his business for five years, says, “I was unemployed for over three years, and I realized I have a talent that I could use to survive. So far, this has helped me look after my family.”
Pachawo Mudiwi holds a winnowing basket, which removes chaff from millet, in Bikita, Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Mudiwi takes advantage of a windy day to prepare the family’s harvest for storage.
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Arumugam Tharumaraja makes small earthenware lamps in Thirunelvely, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Tharumaraja says exporting his pottery has been limited due to COVID-19, so he has started making lamps for a lights festival in November.
Farai Mabiza wears a Spiderman costume to attract customers to toy merchandise displayed on his car in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mabiza says his business has not been lucrative during the coronavirus pandemic since toys are a luxury for some.
Nansana, Wakiso District, Uganda
Nsubuga Julius repairs a gate at a home in Nansana, Uganda. People have been advised to stay home during coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Police check citizens for identification to enforce nonessential-movement restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic in Chabahil, Kathmandu, Nepal.
From left, Uzziel Márquez, Rodrigo Cárdenas, Cristian Rodríguez and Roberto Rivero pull a fiber optic telecommunications cable in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. “This is the first day we’ve started to work since last year. I had to close my business,” Márquez says. “There was no work, and everything was suspended.”
Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
Baljinnyam Erdenechuluun, 12, and Temuulen Khash-Erdene, 14, ride bikes on training rollers in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. Selected children, with permission from their parents, started training for state-level cycling races in hopes of qualifying for national races.
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Elina Chauvet’s art installation, “Zapatos Rojos,” or “Red Shoes,” memorializes murdered women in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico. Chauvet started the project to increase awareness about violence against women.
Ignacio de la Cruz adheres beads to wood shaped like a jaguar’s head in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico. Only around 5% of tourists pay a fair price without haggling for his products, de la Cruz says.
Urban artist Alina Kiliwa writes on a wall as part of the national graffiti conference “Mujer Mexican Power” in Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico. “I like that the street is like an open-air museum, and that it’s not necessary to go inside of some separate place to see something,” Kiliwa says. “In your daily life, you can find art on the streets.”
A cremation attendant in Kathmandu, Nepal, tends to the body of a 61-year-old woman who died of COVID-19 earlier in the day.
Kathiravelu Loganathan throws a fishing net near the Ponnalai Bridge in Karainagar, Sri Lanka. Fishermen like Loganathan will catch fish in the evenings to sell on the beach and bring home to their families.
Noel Romero Sierra, who has been a blacksmith for half of his life, welds a door in Chihuahua, Mexico. Romero says the coronavirus pandemic has not affected his work: “Those of us who’ve kept our jobs are on top of the world.”
Concepción Aguilar, a ceramic artist, paints a decorative piece in Ocotlán de Morelos, Mexico. Aguilar, unlike other clay artisans in the region, uses a large color palette instead of two or three colors.
Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai Province, Mongolia
Tsogt-Ochir Damdin wraps flowers in plastic to prevent them from freezing in Erdenebulgan soum, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Tsogt-Ochir says, “When my grandchildren are born, I plant a tree and assign it to each one of them.”
Constitución Cintalapa, Mexico
Marcos Esteban Morales Santiago, 6, sifts bags of sand between playing games to help his father renovate their kitchen stove in Constitución, a town in Cintalapa, Mexico.
Kavugho Mawazo weaves raffia threads into a mat in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. These mats, which take up to three weeks to make, are used in burials for members of the Nande community.
Juana Pérez Luna holds her grandson Antonio Ramírez, 3, in Chenalhó, Chiapas, Mexico. Hers is among six families from the Tsotsil community that were forcibly displaced from their homes and lived in a camp for internally displaced people for almost two years.