Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
A group of 12- to 14-year-old students from the Instituto Tecnológico paints the entrance to the institute in Sololá, a department in southwestern Guatemala. The Instituto Tecnológico is a youth academic institute at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala’s Altiplano campus. The children were participating in the Niñas Furia project, which helps Sololá students develop sensitivity and discover their painting and other artistic talents.
Ram Sunar, 26, casts his vote in the local election in Ward 6 of Birendranagar, a city in the Surkhet district of Nepal. Despite the death of their mother the previous day, Sunar and his brother (not pictured) came out on May 14 to vote in the first local elections in Nepal in 20 years.
Kanembwe, Rubavu District, Rwanda
Theodosia Mukangoga, 24, carries cauliflower through Kanembwe village in Rwanda’s Rubavu district, on her way to the Mbugangari market in the town of Gisenyi, 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) away. Vegetable sellers say they earn 200 Rwandan francs (24 cents) per cauliflower in Gisenyi, compared with 150 francs (18 cents) in nearby villages.
Jimmy Salomon, 27, a craftsman who lives in the Delmas, a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, recycles plastic waste into items like curtains, bracelets and baskets.
Mexico City, Mexico
Andrés Ángeles Larios, 61, feeds a squirrel at Masayoshi Ohira, a park in southern Mexico City. Ángeles Larios says he comes to feed peanuts and bread to the animals while he waits for his wife, who works near the park.
Linos Chalwe (right), general secretary of the Footballers and Allied Workers Union of Zambia, FAWUZ, lays flowers at the Heroes’ Acre burial site in Lusaka on the 24th anniversary of the plane crash that killed 30 people, including 18 members of the 1993 Zambia football team, who were on their way to a World Cup qualifying match. The plane went down on April 27 in the Atlantic Ocean off Libreville, Gabon. Chalwe is joined by the Zambia national football team coach Wedson Nyirenda (second from right) and the Zambia under-20 national football team coach Beston Chambeshi (second from left).
Brian Kalunga and his son Kafula (left) prepare their fishing poles as they relax at Kalimba Reptile Park in Lusaka, Zambia. Aside from fishing at the park, visitors can view giant Nile crocodiles, snakes, tortoises and other reptiles on display for educational purposes.
San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico
Hajari Rosas, 2, plays the drum with her father, Diego, as he performs music for tips in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a major city in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state. Diego Rosas has been traveling with his daughter and her mother for a year and a half around southeast Mexico, and on a good day he is able to make 400 to 600 pesos ($21 to $31).
Goma, North Kivu, DRC
In Kitchanga, a town 80 kilometers (about 50 miles) from the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Odette Nyirakamanzi, 29, sifts through beans to remove any leaves and seeds. She uses a traditional sieve known in Swahili as a “lungo.” Nyirakamanzi sells the beans at the market on Fridays.
Las Margaritas, Chiapas, Mexico
Cecilio Hernández Hernández, 65, a member of the Zoque indigenous group, makes bouquets for the 30th anniversary of indigenous radio station XEVFS, “La Voz de la Frontera Sur,” which means “The Voice of the Southern Border.” XEVFS is based in Las Margaritas, a city in Chiapas, Mexico. The Zoques traditionally make altars of flower bouquets known as joyonaqués for festivities.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Malena Páez, 20, sits on an interactive art installment at the Centro Cultural Recoleta’s new exhibit, “Entrar en Juego,” or “Enter the Game,” in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Centro Cultural Recoleta allows visitors to approach and connect with art and offers free admission to many exhibits.
Rajdev Yadav, 29, lays incense sticks out to dry in the sun while working at the Bodhisattvas in Action (BIA) Incense Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal. The BIA Foundation comprises eight different institutions run by people with disabilities. Yadav, who is missing a leg, has been working for the BIA Incense Institute for two years. The incense sticks are used in Hindu and Buddhist worship.
Mexico City, Mexico
Residents of the Peñón de los Baños neighborhood of eastern Mexico City celebrated the anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Puebla on May 5 with a parade, traditional music, fireworks and a reenactment between Mexican and French soldiers. The community’s 84-year-old celebration of the battle commemorates the Mexican army victory over the French.
Kudzai Chomo, a clown, paints the face of Patience Nkomo at the annual Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo. This event, held April 25 to 29, promoted local and international businesses in Zimbabwe and featured many activities for families to enjoy.
Berlotte Eustache, a clairvoyant, uses tarot cards to read the future of her client during a consultation at Kabic Beach in Jacmel, Haiti. Eustache does this in public, despite community taboos that associate her work with the devil.
San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico
A firefighter monitors a blazing effigy during the Burning of Judas, an Easter ritual celebrated on April 15 at the Plaza de la Catedral de San Cristóbal Mártir in Chiapas, Mexico. The ritual began as the symbolic burning of Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, but now the ritual includes effigies of devils and political figures. Seven effigies were burned; five featured Donald Trump figures, and all seven contained references to Mexico’s relationship with the U.S.
In Harare, Zimbabwe, Paul Murombo, 33, makes cooking pots from aluminum scrap that he has removed from an old truck, while his son Elshamer Murombo, 28 months, eats. Murombo can make pots of any size, and most are sold to large institutions like schools or churches.
Irene Nawaho, a nanny for the Ugandan Parliament’s day care facility, watches over (left to right) Felicia Kusiima, Ezra Weijuliand and Verima Rocho. Parliament set up this facility and breast-feeding center so that its members and staff can work with a settled heart knowing their children are under good care and close to them.
Brothers Chrispen Matsika, 39, and Alvin Matsika, 33, (right) create arts and crafts to sell in the city center of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest municipality. The two have been making shoes, handbags, jewelry, hats and other items for more than 10 years.
Mexico City, Mexico
Christians walk the Way of the Cross on Good Friday, April 14, in San Juan Tlihuaca, a neighborhood north of downtown Mexico City. This tradition recalls Jesus’ journey to the Crucifixion. The encapuchados, or the hooded, who wear long robes and tall, pointed hoods, or capuchas, represent the people who pointed out Jesus to the Romans but didn’t show their faces, says Gilberto González, coordinator of the encapuchados group.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
This house was dislodged during a landslide on April 14, following the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage dump in Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. As of April 27, the Disaster Management Center in Sri Lanka reported 32 deaths and eight people missing after the nearly 300-foot-high trash pile fell onto surrounding homes. The streets flooded when garbage clogged the drainage systems.
Meddie Gabula carries Joel Wamboka to a boat on Lake Victoria in Jinja, Uganda. A three- to four-hour boat ride is one of the only forms of transportation for goods and passengers from Jinja to Buvuma Island, the largest in a chain of islands that make up Lake Victoria’s Buvuma District, home to almost 90,000 people. Gabula carries passengers and goods from the shore to the boats and charges 1,000 Ugandan shillings (about 28 cents) for an adult, 500 shillings (about 14 cents) for a child and between 1,000 and 3,000 shillings (28 cents to 83 cents) for heavy produce.
North Kivu, DRC
Refugee women, who have fled violent clashes between two rebel groups in Democratic Republic of Congo, learn to make baskets from dead leaves and plastic bags in Kitchanga, a town in DRC’s North Kivu province. In December 2016, they fled their home village of Bukombo, where the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda is battling the Mai Mai Nyatura.
Martial artists gather at a competition organized by the Nepal Budo Kai Do Full Contact Association in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. Kaji Man Shrestha, the chairman of the March event, says it was important to hold the competition in a public place to promote awareness about the sport.