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Small Ball! The Faces of Baseball’s True World Series

On Aug. 20, Will Lucas, a lanky righty from Fairfield, Conn., pitched a no-hitter in the Little League World Series. link pyramid . His performance was the opening highlightthe leadon ESPNs SportsCenter the next morning. Thats a lot of pressure to put on a bunch of prepubescent ballplayers, a few with voices higher than an Albert Pujols homer. Are we such a sports-obsessed society that well devour the sporting thrills and heartbreak of children just to hold us over until football season?

But try telling the 11-year-olds from impoverished Lugazi, Uganda, who play in bare feet at home, why they shouldnt be on television. Theyll just keep smiling and having the time of their lives in Williamsport, Pa., host since 1947 to the seriesa 10-day tournament featuring eight teams from across the U.S. and eight international teams from places like Mexico, Curaao, Japan and Panama.

Plus, the kids give better interviews than the pros. After Lucas hurled his no-no, an ESPN reporter asked a typical postgame question: How did it feel to be on the bottom of a celebratory dog pile? Its exciting, Lucas said. But then at the end, it really hurts. Sharp, and funny. Can we call him up to the big leagues?

Sean Gregory is a staff writer atTIME.

Wayne Lawrence is a Brooklyn-based photographer. See more of his work here.

TEAM Animals: Leopards and Chimps and Birds, Oh My!

Photographs of elephants deep in the Ugandan jungle, leopards in the Ecuadorian rain forests or jacquacus in a national park in Peru have never been seen like this before. Caught without the presence of a human photographer, animals were captured alone in their homes as part of an initiative by TEAM, the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network. Since 2007, TEAM has installed cameras in the middle of remote areas all over the world to collect data on local animals and climate with hopes of monitoring local trends in tropical biodiversity to provide early warnings about climate change.

The result is a series of candid black-and-white images that give a truly up-close look at animals in their natural habitats. The process begins with camera installation, itself a laborious task: fieldworkers go into the jungle or forest without trails, often walking for days to get to the desired location. After installing the camera in a predetermined location, the workers test its functionality and return 30 days later to retrieve the technology. Cameras take between 3,000 and 20,000 images at each installation site and record the time, date and moon phase, as well as the f-stop and exposure of the film, while workers later identify the species and group series.

TEAM hasn’t discovered any new species to date, but they have found animals previously unknown to a particular area. For example, in Costa Rica, the Central American Tapir was thought to be locally extinct from that site, but TEAM captured photos of the tapir with babies. Likewise, TEAM was able to confirm the presence of elephants in areas of Uganda thought to be without the mammal for years.

In the future, TEAM hopes to expand the number of sites from 17 to 40 locations. At a macro level, the organization disseminates information to global leaders and plays an active role in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. On a local level, TEAM works with partners to develop products that help them manage their forests and parks, including changes in the abundance of species and overall animal communities. And only five years into the project, there’s no telling what information—and images—are yet to be discovered.

The Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network is a partnership between Conservation International, The Missouri Botanical Garden, The Smithsonian Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society, and partially funded by these institutions and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. More information about TEAM can be found here.

David Wright, Denis

David Wright, Denis

David Wright

Alebtong, Uganda, 2009
From the Uganda: A River Blue series
Website – DavidWrightPhoto.com

David Wright (b. 1983) is a fine art documentary photographer based in Maine. He has always learned about the world and himself through photography. In 2009 David was selected for the Conscientious Portfolio Competition Prize and in 2011 the Hearst 8×10 Photography Biennial. His work is collected by the Library of Congress and Museum of Modern Art, and he has had solo exhibitions at Anastasia Photo Gallery and Asymmetrick Arts.

Daniel Ramos, Farmer

Daniel Ramos, Farmer

Daniel Ramos

Kampala, Uganda East Africa, 2006

Daniel Ramos graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in Photography and studied for an M.F.A at California College of the Arts for one year in 2007. Ramos primarily shoots portraits with a large 4×5 view camera. His photographs have been published in the Center for Documentary Studies' 25 under 25: Up-And -Coming American Photographers and his East of the Nile project was exhibited at Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn in 2011. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Stephen Shames’ Bronx Boys

© Stephen Shames

Stephen Shames spent over twenty years photographing young boys growing up in the Bronx. Although the project started as a simple photojournalism assignment, Shames quickly became fascinated by the neglected New York suburb and continued to document the vibrant streets. The fruits of his labor are finally being published as a digital monograph titled Bronx Boys (FotoEvidence). The unconventional format provides universal access to readers from around the world, as well as options to zoom in on images for close viewing.

Stephen Shames worked with Aperture for his book The Black Panthers, commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the Party. The Black Panthers Portfolio, an accompanying set of photographs is now on sale! Visit the Black Panthers microsite.

Shames is founder of Lead Uganda, which puts AIDS orphans and child soldiers into school in Uganda. He is represented by Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, and Polaris Images. He currently resides in Brooklyn.

Yann Gross Kitintale

Kitintale by Yann Gross from Emphas.is on Vimeo.

View the above video and hear about Kitintale, a project by photographer Yann Gross. Kitintale, located in the Kampala area of Uganda is the first East African skatepark constructed by local youngsters and home to a subculture that Gross has been documenting for some years now. Gross has been leading efforts to build a new half-pipe and community center. To support this project, visit Yann’s page on Emphas.is, a site dedicated to crowdfunding visual journalism.

Click here to learn more and get involved with Yann Gross’ Kitintale project!

A limited-edition from this series is available exclusively through Aperture  Christine Sawunda, from Kitintale 2008.

Yann Gross’ Lavina series was featured in Aperture Magazine issue 202.