Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
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.
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.
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.”
Malikaithidal, Mannar district, Sri Lanka
Thirunavukarasu Lalithakala uses a fan to clean rice, which allows the grains to fall to the ground, in Malikaithidal, Mannar district, Sri Lanka. This process, called winnowing, allows flakes and dust to be discarded in the wind.
Los Reyes la Paz, Mexico
Mayra Bernal, a member of CDMX Animal Save, offers water to pigs at Rastro Frigorífico La Paz, a slaughterhouse, in Los Reyes la Paz, Mexico. “We came to be with these animals who are on their way into the slaughterhouse, even if it’s just for a moment, to give them a little bit of love and attention – something they’ve been denied since birth,” Bernal says.
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Roger Olán removes a beehive in Dulces Labios, a neighborhood in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Residents requested Olán’s services since the hive had been growing for more than a year on a local building.
Goma, North Kivu, DRC
Ngabo Olivier, 15, collects remnants of his family home after it was engulfed by lava when Mount Nyiragongo erupted near Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Tenejapa, Chiapas, Mexico
Sebastián Pérez Girón, 6, smiles as he cares for a sheep his family owns in Chuliá, located in the Tenejapa municipality in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. Pérez, a member of the Tzeltal community, is doing remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic. “I’d like to go back to school,” Pérez says. “But I think I’ll miss playing with the sheep.”
Tapiwa Ndahwi cuts sugarcane into pieces to plant at a farm in Chiredzi, Zimbabwe. After harvesting, the farm will supply the sugarcane to local companies that process sugar.
Jorham Dorival blows into a conch shell to signal to other fishermen to gather on Damassin Beach in the commune of Côteaux, Haiti. Dorival says, “As soon as they hear the sound, they know it’s time to go to sea to work. I like this way of communicating; it's unique to us.”
Kuda Matemadanda adjusts his rod while fishing at Mutirikwi River in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Matemadanda, who has worked as a gardener at this plot of land by the river for 20 years, enjoys fishing on his days off.
Inuvil, Sri Lanka
Vigneswaran Vidushan collects beets from a gardener in Inuvil, a village in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He’ll transport the beets to an outer district market for 80 Sri Lankan rupees (40 cents) per bag.
Mexico City, Mexico
Rosalba Moreno takes pictures of her son’s dog, Dobby, during Schoener Club, a canine training session in downtown Mexico City. “It’s been difficult for him to learn to obey; he gets really distracted,” says Moreno, who has brought Dobby to five training sessions.
Copoya, Chiapas, Mexico
María Elena Jiménez Tevera harvests cuchunuc flowers in front of her restaurant, Doña Mary, in Copoya, Chiapas, Mexico. Cuchunuc, an edible flower that blooms in the springtime, is used in dishes like quesadillas, pizza and baked tamales.
While guarding his maize fields from monkeys, Tawanda Nyorovai passes the time by crushing stones to sell to builders in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. When the maize is ripe, monkeys become a nuisance because they search for food in the fields.
Orkhon Province, Mongolia
Ochgerel Batbayar bottle-feeds a newborn goat at her home in Orkhon, a soum in Mongolia’s Bulgan province. “Sometimes I talk to them as if I am with my friends,” she says with a smile. “It seems to me that they understand my conversations.”
Armando Ceveriano uses bioconstruction techniques to build a home kitchen in Mexico’s Nayarit state. Ceveriano incorporated bioconstruction into his process seven years ago, after he learned how the construction industry was environmentally invasive and harmful to people’s health.
Inuvil, Sri Lanka
Sundaram Baladevan plows the soil at a tobacco planation in Inuvil, a village in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Egrets, a type of heron, wait to eat the earthworms and insects he uncovers.
Mexico City, Mexico
Rosa María Guerrero and her 7-month-old cat Rosita wait their turn at a free sterilization clinic at Felipe Ángeles Park in Mexico City. The local government started the sterilization campaign to cut down on the number of stray dogs and cats. “Rosita and her siblings were abandoned in the street,” Guerrero says, “and my son rescued them.”
Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
An abandoned camel, whose foot froze after it was left for 20 days without food on the side of a road, gets a foot massage from Suvdaa Tumurbaatar, left, and Zorigtbaatar Bolormaa in Umnugovi province, Mongolia. When Suvdaa heard about the injured camel, she brought it home and bandaged its foot with medicinal herbs and a melted butter called “shar tos.”
Adampan, Sri Lanka
Samathu Mohamathu Muharsin spreads fertilizer and pesticides on his paddy crop in Adampan, Mannar district, Sri Lanka.
Sornapuri, Sri Lanka
Farmers Anthonipillai Asaippillai, left, and Sebamalai Dilsan clean an irrigation canal in Sornapuri, a village in Sri Lanka’s Mannar district. The volunteers remove grasses and shrubs when they begin to block the canal, which transports water from Kattukarai, the area’s largest reservoir.
Rutila Osorio Rodríguez carefully assembles bouquets of sunflowers that she grew in Santa María Colotepec, a town in Oaxaca, Mexico. “People from the community are buying them from us,” Osorio says. “Even people who are in the United States are sending us orders to be delivered to their relatives who are here.”
Geaorge Kitimbili cuts the fruit from an oil palm tree on his land about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Kitimbili extracts the oil from the fruit to sell.