Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
Mexico City, Mexico
Alejandro Negrete puts on a helmet he made to look like an axolotl during the Rodada Axolotl 2.0 bicycle demonstration in Mexico City, Mexico. The demonstration was held to protest the construction of a vehicular bridge that threatens a wetland in Xochimilco, a neighborhood in the south of the capital. “It’s an axolotl because the animal is native to the municipality, it has been a symbol of Xochimilco for many years and it’s in danger of extinction,” Negrete says. “The few species that used to live in the wetland have already disappeared. Taking control with bicycles, taking some space back from the cars – which have always had the upper hand in this – is essential. Cars separate you, and bicycles get you to create communities.”
Otis Kembo installs solar panels at traffic lights in Mutare, Zimbabwe. This is the city’s second renewable energy project, after streetlights were installed last year to counter power cuts and ensure the safety of residents at night.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sylma Escobar, a senior marine wildlife rehabilitation technician, feeds Taicaraya, a baby manatee. Department of Natural and Environmental Resources personnel rescued Taicaraya in May, when she was found stranded on the beach in Punta La Bandera, Puerto Rico. After the rescue, Taicaraya was transported to the Caribbean Manatee Conservation Center for treatment and rehabilitation. The Caribbean Stranding Network, along with the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, created the Caribbean Manatee Conservation Center to research, rescue and rehabilitate animals and to educate the public about manatees and other marine species. The Conservation Center cares for the animals in order to later release them.
Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
Enkh-Erdene Amartuvshin, 2, plays with a baby gazelle at her home in Dalanzadgad, a district in Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. The family rescued the fawn after a dog killed its mother.
Bayandalai, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
Bilguun Ariunbolor, 12, moves lambs to be castrated during a traditional ritual in Bayandalai, a district in Mongolia’s Umnugovi province.
Kondavil, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Gunaseelan Santhini, left, and Tharumaraja Suhanthini plant onion seedlings in a garden in Kondavil, a suburb north of the Sri Lankan city of Jaffna. For over seven years, they have planted onions to improve their family income. They earn 700 Sri Lankan rupees ($3.77) daily.
Chaponda Banda harvests pumpkins from his field in Chinyunyu, a rural area near Lusaka, Zambia.Banda says he intended to sell his produce in Lusaka, but he’s scared of catching the coronavirus.The Ministry of Health is discouraging travel to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Udvil, Sri Lanka
Veerakathi Navaraththinam wraps cucumbers in palmyra leaves at his garden in Uduvil, a village near Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Farmers harvest cucumbers from March to August and place them in these leaves for sale.
San Isidro del Palmar, Mexico
Guillermo Antonio Altamirano Ramírez monitors his cornfield on the banks of the Tonameca River in San Isidro del Palmar, a town in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. The river flooded in August after heavy rainfall, leaving soggy crops and football fields. “No one is denying that this is how nature is,” Altamirano says, recalling when Hurricane Paulina came through the area nearly 23 years ago. “This doesn’t even compare to Paulina. This was just a little flood.”
Murun, Khuvsgul Province, Mongolia
Otgonsuren Altan-Ochir, 17, paints cloth bags with eco-friendly paints at Tenkhleg, a department store in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. Otgonsuren is making an effort to be more environmentally conscious by using these reusable bags.
Calpan, Puebla, Mexico
Aldahir Díaz Aguilar, left, and Pedro Maldonado discuss operations as they walk through a creole poblano chile farm in Calpan, a region in Mexico’s Puebla state. The duo work with Sociedad Cooperativa Sabores de Calpan, a cooperative that encourages local residents to visit farms to learn about plant cultivation.
Bayandalai, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
Khurbilguun Sergelen, 14, shears a sheep at his neighbor’s home in Bayan, a neighborhood in the Bayandalai soum of Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. Every June and July, herders in Mongolia shear all their sheep.
Orocovis, Puerto Rico
From left, Laila Torres, 16, Jezael Torres, 12, and Ilianys Miranda, 8, load soil into a wheelbarrow for planting in Orocovis, a mountainous town in central Puerto Rico. Approximately 14 children have been meeting at the Solidarity House, in the Miraflores sector of Orocovis, since early July for ecology camp. At the camp, known as the Miraflores Children’s Agricultural School, children plant and harvest food and learn about inclusive language, agroecology and sustainability.
Battsetseg Sharavjamts waters vegetables in her greenhouse in Orkhon, a soum in Darkhan-Uul, Mongolia. Battsetseg has grown vegetables at home for five years and uses them to feed her husband and three children.
Saroj Kafle cuts grass with his sister, Sabina Kafle, to feed his cows in Kathmandu, Nepal. Saroj Kafle says his sales of cow’s milk have decreased since the coronavirus hit Nepal.
Erdenet, Orkhon Province, Mongolia
Amarbayasgalan Byambajav trims a tree into a heart shape in Erdenet, a city in Mongolia’s Orkhon province. Every summer, employees in the Department of Gardening and Horticulture reshape the trees in the city center.
Tuv Province, Mongolia
Irmuun Bayanmunkh, 7, waits for his horse to be saddled in Mongolia’s Tuv province. Irmuun is learning to ride horses at his uncle’s house while schools are shut down due to the spread of the coronavirus. In late January, Mongolia was one of the first countries to secure borders and close schools.
Humacao, Puerto Rico
Eric Rodríguez, 11, fishes with his family at the Humacao Nature Reserve in Humacao, Puerto Rico. The land, previously dedicated to the cultivation of sugar cane, was designated as a conservation project in 1986.
Caguas, Puerto Rico
People pause to admire Edwin Vélez Camacho’s Bengal cat, Tafari, during an event in the Jardín Botánico y Cultural William Miranda Marín in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Bardiya District, Nepal
Mamta Chaudhary takes goats to graze at her family’s farm in Nepal’s Bardiya District. The family sells goats for their livelihood.
Webster Msika waters his sugar bean field in Harare, Zimbabwe. Msika, an urban farmer who grows crops for his family and to sell to the community, needed to keep the plants watered to prevent them from being affected by erratic rain patterns. He says his yield this season will be less compared to when there rainfall is normal.
Humacao, Puerto Rico
Beachgoers stroll along the pier on the beach in the Humacao municipality of Puerto Rico. Behind them is a good view of Cayo Santiago, popularly known as Isla de los Monos, or Monkey Island.
Tafadzwa Mazanhi (left) and Kim Dingaan sit at a scenic overlook called Prince of Wales on a road in the Vumba Mountains to the southeast of Mutare, Zimbabwe, carving stone. The overlook is popular with tourists and locals who purchase stone works from the sculptors.
Farmer Sophie Mayaza travels by canoe to sell the produce she grows in bulk to resellers on the other side of the Tshopo River, commonly known as the “left bank,” about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the city of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. The resellers sell the produce at various small markets in neighboring villages.