epa Photo Essays

 Lobster fisherman Chipper Zeiner returns a female lobster pulled from one of his traps off the coast of Kennebunk, Maine, USA, 27 June 2018. Females with eggs are returned to the water after being marked with a 'V' notch in the right tail flipper and can never be kept. One female can produce six million eggs and can also store captured sperm from a male for two years. The American lobster has been surviving in the Atlantic Ocean for some 140 million years. Native Americans used to use them as bait and fertilizer for their crops, and in colonial times, they were considered to be poor man’s food; nourishment for indentured servants and prisoners. They are now part of a valuable commercial fishing industry that, according to the Maine Department of Marine Resources, netted over 69.7 million pounds (31.6 million kilograms) at a price of over 244 million US dollars (208.7 million euros) in 2008 alone. The recent trade war that the Trump Administration has started with China, imposing tariffs on imported goods, has backfired on the Maine Lobster industry. China has imposed a 25 percent tariff on US lobsters, as well as other US goods in response. China in recent years has been a boom for the lobster fishermen, but now they are left scrambling to find other buyers. EPA-EFE/CJ GUNTHER Young boys sit on a stand and watch rugby being played during a grassroots schools rugby training session in the Katlehong township south of Johannesburg, South Africa, 05 June 2018. The training session was organized by the VUKA Rugby initiative which is a sustainable rugby program developed by SARU and aimed at the evolvement and promotion of rugby in disadvantaged communities and areas where it is not being played. Sporting history was made on 09 June 2018 when South Africa's first black national rugby team captain, Siyi Kolisi, ran onto the field at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg to lead the now multi-racial 'Springbok' team against England. The national Springbok rugby team was for decades the preserve of white, mainly Afrikaner, sporting culture and as such was during the apartheid years a team that only included white players and coaches and became the very public face of racial segregation. After 127 years and 478 matches played by the national team with 60 white captains, Siyi Kolisi ran onto the field to change history forever. EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

Lobster Fishing off the Kennebunk Coast

Photographer: CJ Gunther

South Africa First Rugby Black Captain

Photographer: Kim Ludbrook

A small 460gm pademelon or small wallaby named Tre, in a pouch and cared for by a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator in Kayena, Tasmania, Australia, 13 April 2018. She was found clinging onto her dead mother lying on the edge of a road after she was hit and killed by a car. The pademelon is unable to survive in the wild at this age but will be released back into the wild at about 2.5 kg weight. Killed and maimed native animals litter the roadsides of Australia's southern state of Tasmania. It records among the highest rates of roadkill in the world with between 377,000 and 1.5 million animals killed per year. Research indicates if drivers would slow down, and official speed limits lowered at dusk and dawn in high density wildlife areas, tens of thousands of native animals would be saved. EPA-EFE/BARBARA WALTON Lyle Goodman closes the door on a former US Army munitions bunkers, which a developer is repurposing into a doomsday community for civilians called Vivos xPoint, near Edgemont, South Dakota, USA, 08 May 2018. Vivos estimates that its 575 bunkers can hold 5,000 people, making it 'the largest survival community on earth.' Bunker prices start at 25,000 US dollars (21,000 euros) for a 99-year lease. EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO

Tasmania - The Native Animal Roadkill State

Photographer: Barbara Walton

Two Minutes to Midnight

Photographer: Jim Lo Scalzo

A photo of the 19 year old farmer Mukesh Yadav, who committed suicide by consuming pesticide, hangs on the wall of his residence in Lachur village in Sehore Madhya Pradesh, India, 19 May 2018. Mukesh Yadav committed suicide 15 May 2017. In a year plagued by drought, farmers have limited production possibilities and are left with little to sell. When rains are plentiful, farmers end up with excess production, and with a lack of storage facilities, some are forced into selling their goods at low prices. The precarious nature of farming is one of the reasons why youths in rural areas are turning away from the sector; they say it is no longer profitable. The rising costs of seeds, pesticides, and fertilizers have pushed peasant farmers into mounting debts, leading thousands of them to commit suicide. According to data from the National Crime Records Bureau, 8,007 farmers or cultivators committed suicide in 2015, with bankruptcy or indebtedness the main cause of farmer suicide that year. EPA-EFE/HARISH TYAGI A worker stitches footballs during the final stages of their production at a manufacturing unit of Nivia, a leading manufacturer of sports equipment, footwear and accessories for core sports, in India, at Jalandhar, India, 02 June 2018. Jalandhar's sports industry is one of the biggest manufacturing hub in India with around 100 manufacturing units of football in the city. According to the manufacturers, the domestic supply for footballs and accessories related to it increased ahead of the FIFA World Cup as the football fever grips the youngsters and children. EPA-EFE/RAMINDER PAL SINGH

Farmers Suicide Crisis in India

Photographer: Harish Tyagi

Football Manufacturing in Jalandhar

Photographer: Raminder Pal Singh