Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
San Francisco, Mexico
Sara Ramírez dances with fire on the beach in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico. Ramírez, a professional dancer for 20 years, says dancing with fire requires one to control space, strength, fear and speed: “Every dance possesses a hidden medicine.”
Kayts, Jaffna district, Sri Lanka
John Mary Visuvasam burns coconut shells in a pit in Kayts, Jaffna district, Sri Lanka. Coconuts are used for cooking, but the shells are typically discarded, so Visuvasam collects and burns them to make charcoal to sell.
San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico
Nidia Barajas sings and Roberto Blanco plays keyboard at a secondhand bookstore in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
Isabela, Puerto Rico
Elizabeth Moya, right, and Debra Pellot organize donations at the Fundación Lazos de Amor, Inc. (Ties of Love Foundation, Inc.) in Isabela, Puerto Rico. The essential items and supplies are part of a campaign to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti on Aug. 14, 2021.
Monique Laguerre covers her youngest son’s schoolbooks in Carrefour, Haiti. Laguerre covers the books at the beginning of each school year to prevent them from being damaged and to avoid the additional expense of purchasing new ones during the semester.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Marcelo Bavutti, right, registers voters and gives them envelopes for ballots while Luis Bringas Campos, an election supervisor, sits next to him at a school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the open primary, voters had to bring pens to sign the form and place their IDs on a tray to avoid contact with poll workers.
San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
From left, Manuel Hernández, Ricardo Díaz and Luis Manuel Santiago, members of a marimba band, perform in the central plaza in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. The band used to get financial support from the municipal authorities, but the funds were suspended during the coronavirus pandemic. They now rely on tips from tourists and locals.
Vidathaltheevu, Mannar district, Sri Lanka
Anton Suhanthan Sarojiny, 17, untangles a fishing net in Vidathaltheevu, Mannar district, Sri Lanka. Women in fishermen’s families often remove debris and prepare nets for the next catch.
Perkins Nyamayaro feeds roadrunner chickens, turkeys and guinea fowls in Domboshava, Zimbabwe. Nyamayaro, who raises free-range poultry to sell, has more than 80 birds.
Mexico City, Mexico
Antonio Cortés, director of the Museo Panteón de San Fernando (Cemetery of San Fernando Museum), leads a tour with his puppet, Nando, a character created in honor of the cats that inhabit the cemetery. The Mexico City museum recently reopened after four years of closure. Cortés says, “Recovering a space in the Guerrero neighborhood isn’t just about opening a museum. It’s also about reclaiming a social and cultural space to support the social fabric, so that we can contribute to quality of life and cultural activities.”
Bayandalai, Umnugovi province, Mongolia
From left, Munkhsugir Altaikhuu, Anudari Azjargal, 12, and Rashzeveg Altaikhuu herd goats on Zuunsaikhan mountain in Bayandalai, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. Most herders have reared less livestock than usual since they could not prepare sufficient animal feed and milk for newborns during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Guilaine Kihundu searches for fodder in Luofu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Kihundu, who breeds and sells rabbits, visits the field every morning to gather food for the animals.
Erdenebulgan soum, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia
Delgermurun Uvgunkhuu, 9, helps his family rake and stack hay in Erdenebulgan soum, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. In mid-August, herders in Mongolia prepare hay to feed their livestock during winter and spring.
Naranthanai South village, Sri Lanka
Mary Ann Yonmary pours hand-mashed palmyra pulp on a mat woven from palm leaves outside her house in Naranthanai South village, Sri Lanka. When the pulp dries, Yonmary will cut and sell the final product, which is called pinattu.
Francis Lubinda measures a granite stone while designing a tombstone in the central business district of Lusaka, Zambia. Funerals were restricted to limit the spread of the coronavirus, and many families are finding closure by placing tombstones on the graves of loved ones.
Cheddikulam, Sri Lanka
Rasenthiram Kabilan welds a door for the shop where he works in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. Kabilan, who used to commute to Colombo, now works locally because of the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s nice to be with family,” he says, “even though the salary is low.”
Diego Calixto Hilario, 7, picks pericón, a type of marigold, in the countryside in Chilpancingo de los Bravo, Guerrero, Mexico. Pericón is related to the cempasúchil flower, a traditional decoration for the country’s annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations.
Murun, Khuvsgul Province, Mongolia
Battulga Ulziisaikhan paints a cement lion cast with bronze in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. Battulga resigned as a history and social science teacher last year when he inherited a small farm from his elderly in-laws.
Cheddikulam, Sri Lanka
Varatharasan Dinarsan pours cow’s milk into a container in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. Due to a shortage of milk powder because of a change in import taxes, the demand for and price of cow’s milk have increased.
Mexico City, Mexico
Yaretzi Ramos, 11, practices slalom, a style of skating, during a class at a public park in southern Mexico City. “I like that it’s a good challenge and that you can make progress very quickly,” Yaretzi says. Classes were suspended for nearly a year due to coronavirus restrictions, but the pandemic also brought new students, who joined in search of outdoor activities.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Members of the band Trio Eletrico, Junto e Misturado (Electrical Trio, Together and Mixed), who prefer not to give their names for fear of police persecution, play music and dance in front of the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Several street artists and collectives gathered to protest a new government measure that would require them to obtain a permit in each city district. Most artists rotate among districts and believe this measure would prevent them from working.
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Muniyasami Ravikumar makes a clay pot in Kalviyankadu, Jaffna district, Sri Lanka. Earthenware pots are used to light lamps in Hindu temples and to collect toddy from palm trees.
Rogelio Gutiérrez, left, and Gabriel Ruiz López deconstruct palm-thatched shelters on the beach in Boca del Cielo in Chiapas, Mexico. Rising tides inundate the beach more often now, so shelters are taken apart to reuse the material.
Francis Mwanza applies varnish to a wooden playhouse in Mandevu township, Lusaka, Zambia. Mwanza, who started a woodworking company three years ago with his friends, says the business has grown and employs more than 15 people.