Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Paola González sells flower bouquets and arrangements at a small stand in the mall in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Vendors like González are taking advantage of foot traffic at the mall since COVID-19 restrictions have eased.
Delfina Álvarez Moreno, center, a delegate from the Reforma neighborhood in Tlapa de Comonfort participates in a pre-Hispanic ritual in San Miguel el Progreso, Malinaltepec, Guerrero, Mexico. Community leaders surround Álvarez at the event, titled “Women Community Leaders in the Exercising of Our Rights.”
From left, Oldia Louis, Jovany Gerard and Petherson Fleurant, members of the Haitian National Theater dance group, perform during the inauguration of a cultural center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Gerard says that choreography and performances can motivate young people to participate in cultural activities.
Mexico City, Mexico
Personnel from the Ministry of National Defense raise the flag at Constitution Plaza in Mexico City. The ceremony has taken place every day since 1979, and more than 10 people must carry the flag, which weighs more than 200 kilograms (440 pounds).
Agvaansambuu Byambadorj helps his family assemble their ger, a portable circular dwelling, at their summer camp in Battsengel, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Nomadic Mongolians move each season, and the ger can be easily disassembled and rebuilt.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fernando Nuñez pivots in the air on his BMX bike at Parque Centenario, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nuñez, who has been practicing and performing BMX tricks for 10 years, says riders meet in the park to share tips and teach each other new skills.
Coach Victor Simwaba, right, instructs 11-year-old Andile Simbeya to jump over metal bars during football practice at Queensmead Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia. Simwaba devised a training schedule to keep players from having direct contact during the coronavirus pandemic.
Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
Batkhuyag Tserendorj releases an arrow while practicing archery at the central stadium in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia. Just a few days before the annual Nadam Festival was set to begin, archers like Batkhuyag, who were planning to compete there, were notified that the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cheddikulam, Sri Lanka
Kunarasa Dilaxan combines cement and sand to make stones for building material in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. Young workers like Dilaxon used to travel to other districts for work, but they now stay close to home as coronavirus cases rise.
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
From left, Alfredo Martorell, Félix Gómez Polanco and Nelson Guardiola play cards after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in Paseo Georgina Morales, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
Shrestha says he usually drives around the city to look for customers, but because of an increase in gas prices, he cannot afford to waste fuel.
Erdenet, Orkhon Province, Mongolia
Turbayar Bat-Od, center, holding the microphone, performs with other members of the band Open Mic Lowc in Erdenet, Orkhon province, Mongolia. The event was organized to thank and encourage health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mario Abel García Flores concentrates while drawing a portrait with pencil in the center of Chilpancingo de los Bravo, Mexico. Before the coronavirus pandemic, García also offered his services at festivals in other municipalities.
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Family members of the founders of the Periya Thambiran temple make dumplings, or modak, as an offering to commemorate the day the temple was built in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Many people usually attend the celebration, but this year, only family members were present due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Felix Kapya makes mud blocks to sell in Chongwe district, east of Lusaka, Zambia. Kapya says price hikes have made cement blocks unaffordable, so mud blocks are a viable alternative.
Trymore Sagwati and his colleagues fill potholes with sand and cement in Ruwa, Zimbabwe. The government has started to repair roads to reduce accidents and damage to vehicles.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gabriel Herbas, who works at the entrance of his business to prevent people going inside during the coronavirus pandemic, upholsters a chair in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Herbas says he has more work because of the economic crisis: “Now, there’s a greater tendency to repair things because the price of clothes has gone through the roof.”
Mexico City, Mexico
Furby waits by the door of a cafe attached to an animal shelter in Mexico City. Ghislaine García, who owns the shelter and cafe, says, “The pandemic impacted us in both positive and negative ways. Some events where we receive food and support were canceled, but when we opened the cat cafe in the middle of the pandemic, people really showed solidarity with us. They’ve ordered food to go, and thanks to them we’ve been able to survive.”
Byambadorj Davaa plows a field in Ulziit, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Because of poor vegetation growth in summer, herders purchase grass to feed their livestock in winter from farmers like Byambadorj, who started to grow animal feed, or fodder, this year.
Lovemore Musiyiwa, who sells sugar cane when it’s in season, takes a bite in Westlea, Zimbabwe. Musiyiwa says on a good day he can make $70 from selling the sweet snack.
San Francisco, Mexico
Karla Mora sells nitro coffee from her tricycle in San Francisco, Mexico. Mora, who avoids paying rent for her business, says, “There should be more independent projects because they don’t generate as much trash and you don’t spend on electricity. In the end, it’s sustainable – and it’s fun to be on the street.”
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Crew members Benson Phiri and Roy Kamwali prepare for a tourist to bungee jump from a bridge over Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai Province, Mongolia
Davaasuren Purevsuren, a technology teacher, carves Yanjinlkham, the goddess of art, with a chisel on cedar wood in Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Davaasuren, who has been carving since 1995, was able to spend more time on his hobby when schools were closed during the coronavirus lockdowns. “One doesn’t learn how to carve suddenly one day,” he says. “It takes a daily practice, little by little.”
Inuvil, Sri Lanka
Murugan Jeevaratnam hammers wood to make kitchen shelves in Inuvil, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Jeevaratnam, 73, has been working as a carpenter for 45 years and says now that he’s older, he earns his salary by doing easier work.