Photo Series Shows Us What It’s Like to Play Ball Around the World

What does it mean to “play ball”? Depending on your country or preferred sport, that answer is different for everyone. Whether it’s water polo or soccer, football or that other type of football, it also looks a little different. Photocrowd, an independent online community for photographers, created the “Ball Games” photo competition to encourage members to capture moments of play worldwide. The result? 16 images that showcase everything from professional sport in the U.S. to impromptu games in Indonesia. Enjoy the series and check out Photocrowd’s current contests here.

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CONTEST WINNER: ‘Under 21 Underwater Rugby Colombian Team’ by camilo diaz/ Location: Medellin, Columbia

Atlanta Falcons kickoff return Romby Bryant (87) moves the ball upfield before being dumped by Sam Aiken (89) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. on Sept. 25, 2005. The Falcons defeated the Bills 24-16.

‘NFL game action’ by Rob Skeoch/ Location: Buffalo, NY

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‘Games in spheres’ by Nikolai Barchan/ Location: Johvi, Estonia

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‘Boys playing marbles in Cambodia’ by Miles/ Location: Cambodia

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‘Snow Flurry’ by Andy Dovey/ Location: Guernsey

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‘Township Team’ by Julia Martin/ Location: Cape Peninsular, South Africa

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‘Shot on a sunny day’ by Marisol Ortega/ Location: Caracas, Venezuela

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‘Lacrosse Youth Provincials – Snowing in March!’ by JHoffar/ Location: Burnaby, Vancouver, BC

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‘World Cup’ by Aprison/ Location: Jakarta, Indonesia


‘Spot the ball’ by Dave Feaster/ Location: London, England

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‘Shot of Joy’ by Sudipta Dutta Chowdhury/ Location: Kolkata, India

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‘Batter-up’ by Jeff/ Location: Pensacola, FL

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‘Keeping up’ by Lucy Higgins/ Location: Havana, Cuba

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‘Burkina Ball’ by Chuck Bigger/ Location: Burkina Faso

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‘Muddy Football’ by Chee Keong Lim/

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‘0-0’ by melis82 Lim/ Location: Alba lulia, Romania

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