Uriel Magnano (left) and Gonzalo Olivera do wheelies during an event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where young bike enthusiasts meet up, perform tricks and compete for prizes. This event, held every other Sunday, is organized by a Facebook group that connects bicyclists throughout the city.
Edwidge Ulysse (left), 19, and James St Ville, 18, compete in a pinge wrestling match in Pétion-Ville, Haiti. Pinge wrestling is a cultural event held during the Easter season for male competitors and in June for female competitors.
Arturo Cancino, 12, showcases his skills in jaripeo, Mexico’s brand of rodeo, on April 1 during a parade in the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state. This parade marks the beginning of the 150th anniversary of the city’s annual Feria de la Primavera y la Paz, a weeklong fair that begins every year on Easter Sunday and that celebrates spring and peace.
In Salquil Grande, a community within the Nebaj municipality in Quiché, Guatemala, Ana Bernal, 11, learns how to effectively wash her hands to maintain personal hygiene while also conserving water. Water has been scarce in this community, and heads of local families have been making an effort to educate their children on efficient handwashing at school and at home.
Emelda Chola leads a group in a dance for Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, on March 25. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week for Christians and commemorates the day when Jesus entered Jerusalem before his crucifixion. Chola is holding palm branches, which symbolize the branches that were used to welcome Jesus as he entered the city.
Tourists and locals stroll among flowering almond trees in the historic Badamwari Garden in Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir, on March 20. The trees have begun to bloom with the arrival of spring.
On Lake Victoria, Bbosa Benon draws in his net after a day of fishing near Bugiri, a village in Uganda’s Wakiso District. On a good day, he can catch about 20 fish, which he sells at the market on shore. But on this day, he did not catch any.
Women from each of the neighborhoods in the city of Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico, bring offerings of bread, sugar and fruit to the altar of San Sebastián. The women wear blouses stitched by hand using the "contado" technique, a traditional style of cross-stitch embroidery for Chiapaneca clothing, a style that dates back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Each year, during the Fiesta Grande de Chiapa de Corzo, the figure of San Sebastián, a martyr who is one of the city's patron saints, is moved to a different home, where the altar of offerings is placed.
In the town of San Juan Tepenáhuac, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Cándido Abad sits atop a maguey plant at the Centro de Educación Ambiental Tepenáhuac, an environmental-education center that he and 35 other property owners created to promote local biodiversity. Abad guides tours and shows visitors six varieties of maguey, a tall Mexican agave plant used to make pulque, a popular alcoholic drink, and other products.
Siraje Munyagwa, 16, competes in an under-18 contest at the annual street jam skate party at the Kitintale Skate Park in Kampala, Uganda. Siraje emerged the winner in the Jan. 14 competition, which was organized by the Uganda Skateboard Union.
José Alfredo Ramírez Pérez, 52, a local shaman, waits in central Mexico City for a passerby to request one of his cleansing rituals, which he says remove negative energies. Ramírez Pérez also gives life advice to people who seek it, using his knowledge of pre-Hispanic gods, ancestors and rituals. As a child, he learned the indigenous language of Náhuatl from his grandparents.
Nazli Regina Torres, (second from right) 7, plays amid lights and fog at an installation celebrating the 10th anniversary of the designation of the Central University Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Nov. 23 event was organized by UNAM’s architecture faculty.
Nora Castro, 39, takes photos of a hanging fiber sculpture illuminated with color-changing light, during the fourth Festival Internacional de Luces, the International Festival of Lights, at the Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo, a cultural center in Mexico City. This was one of 21 illuminated art pieces exhibited across Mexico City for the Nov. 16-19 festival.
Valentina Brishantina, the artistic name of the founder of the artists’ group Brigada Brillantina, danced on Nov. 18 at a march to the national congress building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the 26th Marcha del Orgullo LGBTIQ annual pride parade. “We believe glitter is a small material that bothers our enemies, and our friends enjoy it,” Brishantina says.
During the Chhath Puja festival on Oct. 26 in Kamal Pokhari, a neighborhood in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal, Gita Budhathoki (center), 55, prayed to Surya, the Hindu sun god, by putting an offering of mixed flour and coloring into the Kamal Pokhari pond. This ancient Hindu festival is traditionally observed by four days of prayer and thanks to the sun god and his sister, Chhathi Maiya, to promote well-being and the development and prosperity of humankind.
Rapper Violeta Kovensky (center), who uses the stage name Vaio Flow, performs a song in support of legalizing abortion during a Sept. 29, march in front of the Congreso de la Nación Argentina, Buenos Aires, to commemorate the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion a day earlier. Following the march, Kovensky and other members of the women’s artist collective known as AÚLLA held a candlelight vigil for women who have died from clandestine abortions.
Kennedy Mukadi, 14, performs a hip-hop choreographic style called krumping at the third annual Kivu Dance Battle in July, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern city of Goma, North Kivu province. Faraja Batumike, the event’s founder, says the dance battle gives young artists an opportunity to display their talents and may help them cross into a professional career.
Christopher Corzo, 16, falls after attempting a trick at a skate park in eastern Mexico City. Corzo started rollerblading a year ago and says he practices at least 12 hours each week. “I’m going to keep scarring myself, but I want more,” Corzo says about learning from his falls.
The drummers of Kika Entertainment performed for guests with their traditional Bakisimba music at the opening event of the Buganda Book Fair on July 20 in Kampala, Uganda. The event encouraged reading and writing, especially in the Luganda language, and focused on topics relating to Buganda, a kingdom in central Uganda that includes Kampala, the nation’s capital.
Every day for about five hours, Marta Cobo, 11, takes her family’s goats out to the pastures in Quiché, a department in northwestern Guatemala, where she and her father then collect firewood. Many families in this region rely on herding livestock for their food and economic resources.
Lal Perera, 60, a toddy tapper, walks between coconut trees, from which he extracts the sap of the coconut flowers for a beverage called toddy. He works in Wadduwa, a town in Sri Lanka’s Kalutara district. Perera, who has been toddy tapping for 30 years, says he taps around 80 trees every day, except during heavy rains. Learn more about toddy tapping here.
Chimmi Rinzing Gurung, 50, and his horses travel around Lo Manthang village in Upper Mustang, a region in northwestern Nepal. Gurung charges tourists 1,500 Nepalese rupees (about $15) for a round-trip horseback ride to their destination, where he tends to the horses while the tourists go sightseeing.