Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
Miller Marara paints a sign at a workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe. Marara says the coronavirus pandemic affected his profits, so he started gardening behind the workshop to make additional income.
Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia
Enkhtsetseg Enkhbaatar, right, paints Nemekhjargal Togtokhbayar’s nails in Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Enkhtsetseg has been working as a manicurist since 2019, when the bank where she used to work went bankrupt.
Mexico City, Mexico
Deia Vargas performs in “Our Lady of the Clouds,” a play presented by Colectivo Lado F Teatro at the Helénico Cultural Center in Mexico City. In the story, migrant women flee gender-based violence in their home countries and travel by train from the southern border of Mexico to the United States.
Adampan, Sri Lanka
Esariyan Jeromiyas grinds iron to make a window frame in Adampan, Mannar district, Sri Lanka. Jeromiyas, a salaried employee at the workshop, commutes 30 kilometers (19 miles) each day.
Sylvia Alonso Espinosa, an orthodontist, checks Lizeth Alejandra Hernández Enríquez’s teeth in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. Alonso says her workload decreased by 30% at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and several patients abandoned their treatments. “Now, because of vaccinations, we’ve started to see a more normal flow similar to what we had before the pandemic,” Alonso says.
Paluku Masivi planes a wooden board to make a piece of furniture in Kinawa district, Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Local carpenters like Masivi make furniture for homes and businesses.
Kumar Rasaili embosses the figure of a goddess in a singing bowl at his shop in Swayambhu, Kathmandu, Nepal. Rasaili says tourists are his typical customers and the coronavirus pandemic has hampered his business.
Otgontuul Nyamsuren braids paper to create a flowerpot basket in Khan-Uul district, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. “I tried to braid paper six years ago and quit,” Otgontuul says. “During the [coronavirus] lockdown, I learned how to make paper plates and bags. I also post pictures of them on Facebook for people to learn from me.”
San Francisco, Mexico
Uriel Rodríguez builds a palapa, a traditional palm-thatched shelter, in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico. Rodríguez says he and his neighbors learned the skills by helping each other build their homes.
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.