Life in the Time of the Coronavirus Contest

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our Life in the Time of the Coronavirus Contest!

These are challenging times and our entrants bravely and acutely documented their experience living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

First Place winners will receive $1,000. Second Place winners get $500 and Third Place winners get $200 each. All runner-ups will get $100 each. Cash prizes are partly funded by a generous grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

We've published all their amazing work here to serve as a historical document of the times.

ESSAY WRITING

Runner-Ups (in alphabetical order by last name):

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order by last name):

PHOTO ESSAY

Runner-Ups (in alphabetical order by last name):

VIDEO/PODCAST

  • No prizes given due to few entries.

STUDENT CATEGORY

  • 1st - Steven Vargas, “Dance in Isolation”
    Judge’s Comments: There was so much effort put into this piece from content, writing, editing and shooting and music. The laser focus of one student who chronicles not only how isolation has changed the dedication to his craft, but how it has changed around the world through his interview with another dancer — the take away that for 45 minutes you are able to leave the chaos of COVID behind is powerful. The self-portraits of a dancer and video of him dancing alone only make this video diary piece even stronger. The most compelling part was how he concluded the video. Moving. It deserves first place.
  • 2nd - Lyric Niv
    Judge’s Comments: Here is the insight into what the high school senior class of 2020 is experiencing I have been looking for. The guilt, the carelessness, the concern, the loss, the grief, of missing out on all that many of us have had as they come of age and virtually graduate and prom, is heartbreaking and eye-opening. And for a 17- to 18-year-old, maturely written and illustrated. Well written.
  • 3rd - Stephanie Lai
    Judge’s Comments: Chinese-American student journalist at the height of COVID in New York. The isolation is not just in our homes, for this journalist it’s what’s in her race. Riding on a train in COVID — people clustered at the other end of the subway car … simply because she is Asian — showing the fear not only of COVID but being socially isolated bring you to her perspective. Well done.

Runner-Ups (in alphabetical order by last name):

2 Thoughts to “Life in the Time of the Coronavirus Contest”

  1. Gill Pringle

    This was such a brilliant idea. Thank you LAPC for giving us something to strive for during coronavirus.

  2. Elizabeth Rogers

    I am thrilled to see that an 11 yr old girl & 9 yr old boy are part of the mix!

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