Bear recently hung out with one of Ecuador's most popular professional soccer clubs - the Barcelona Sporting Club - during the last couple days of their pre-season training camp in Rio Verde. Check out his photo slideshow accompanying Noah Schumer's story at The New York Times.
Bear will be back in Peru next week for another story about mining, this time in Cajamarca, on assignment for the Stockholm-based Blank Spot Project.
Unlike his previous work on gold mining in the country, he will not be focusing on illegal or artisanal mining. This will be a story about the world’s second-largest open-pit mine, Yanacocha, where local Peruvians have been protesting the expansion of the mining operations for the last several years.
Stay tuned for dispatches from the field.