epa Photo Essays

Local Alex township resident and yoga teacher, Bongekile Nguza, stands in 'tree pose' on a bench in the street in Alex township in Johannesburg, South Africa, 08 November 2017. Bongekile is one of five new local African yoga teachers who are being taught by the NGO, Yoga4Alex, that is bringing the ancient India spiritual practice of Kundalini Yoga to the school children of this impoverished area of the city. The results of the yoga on the children of Alex has been hugely beneficial was the children are calmed and centered after yoga and it helps them to deal with the hard life many of them live in the area which has high unemployment and poverty. Alexandra township or 'Alex' as it is known to dwellers in the urban living area - is one of the main townships on the edges of the capital and was built in the early 1900s to house non-white residents. EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK Romanian boy Robert 'Roby' Cristescu, aged 9, of the Valencia Academy Romania stretches for a ball during the soccer match Valencia Academy Romania vs Concordia Chiajna, for the 'Bucharest Indoor Cup 2017', 2009 group age, held at the inflatable soccer dome 'Pro Sport Arena' in Bucharest, Romania, 26 November 2017. The Valencia Academy Romania is a Spanish-Romanian project created with the intention of discovering and promoting talented children in Romania, with the support of the famed Spanish soccer club Valencia CF. The project's operating base is located in Bucharest. The Valencia Academy Romania-2009 team finished first out of 13 participating teams at the 'Bucharest Indoor Cup 2017' soccer tournament, winning the 2017 trophy at their age category (2009). Roby took the Best Central Midfield Prize at the end of the tournament. EPA-EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT

Yoga Brings Hope to the Township

Photographer: Kim Ludbrook

Spanish Soccer Academy in Romania

Photographer: Robert Ghement

Malaysian teenager Harith Haziq, 13, (L) leans on a barricade with other competitors to watch a demonstration motorcycling ride by professional racer Zulfahmi Khairuddin, project leader and mentor in the Dream Towards the MotoGP (Impian ke MotoGP) program at Sepang International Circuit, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 14 January 2018. (issued 29 January) The program picks the most talented young riders for professional training, and while they are way too young to hold a legal license, they are allowed to race on track and pull the throttle to reach speeds of up to 212 km per hour. Some 300 young riders aged from 13 to 15 years old will be in the program for at least three years, with the hope they grow into Malaysian champions in the CEV, Moto3, Moto2 and even MotoGP. EPA-EFE/AHMAD YUSNI A Thai smokes a marijuana joint at a house in Bangkok, Thailand, 20 January 2018. According to various of international medical researches found marijuana can be used to alleviate the painful and treat the symptoms of several ailments especially cancer. Doctors and medical experts around the world are now recognized cannabis for medical use to treat many types of cancer, parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, muscle weakness, multiple sclerosis, a demyelinating disease and diabetes. EPA-EFE/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

Dream to Speed

Photographer: Ahmad Yusni

Medical Cannabis

Photographer: Rungroj Yongrit

A woman vomits during an act of exorcism in Jecheon, South Korea, 04 June 2017. Acts of exorcism are openly performed by shamans. According to the media, around 550,000 people are estimated to work in the Korean shamanism and fortune-telling related businesses such as tarot card readers, palm readers, Saju (fortune-telling) experts and professional psychics, including Mudang (the Korean traditional shaman-priest.) The Mudang’s ritual is called 'Gut' in which a shaman appeases and exorcises the gods and ghosts through a performance such as singing and dancing. Clients pay shamans to perform 'Guts' in order to fulfill their spiritual or mundane needs. The shamanism and fortune-telling market is amounting to up to 3.5 billion US dollar in a year. EPA-EFE/HAYOUNG JEON A man takes picture from window as a camel paredes the streets during the most beautiful Camel Competition as a part of the Selcuk-Efes Camel Wrestling Festival in the town of Selcuk, near the western coastal city of Izmir, Turkey, 20 January 2018. The event, which celebrated its 36th anniversary, put together two bull (male) camels with a female camel on heat nearby. The camels fought it out for the female, leaning on each other to push the other one down. The sport is most common in the Aegean region of Turkey, but is also found in the Marmara and Mediterranean regions of the country. EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN

Mudang and Korean Shamanism

Photographer: Hayoung Jeon

Camel Wrestling Festival

Photographer: Erdem Sahin