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/Photocrowd.com 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/Photocrowd.com Location: Buffalo, NY

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

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

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‘Snow Flurry’ by Andy Dovey/Photocrowd.com Location: Guernsey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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‘Burkina Ball’ by Chuck Bigger/Photocrowd.com Location: Burkina Faso

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‘Muddy Football’ by Chee Keong Lim/Photocrowd.com

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

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