WINNERS | Documenting the Impact of Covid-19 through Photography: Collective Isolation in Latin America

A jury of five Harvard-affiliated scholars*, curators and artists reviewed all submissions from the Open Call for Photography launched in July 2020 and selected three winning prizes.  In addition to the winners, other 22 entries were selected to become part of the Digital Exhibition which will be on view October 1, 2020.

First Prize
Rodrigo Abd. Perú, Lima. 
Argentine photographer, based in Lima, AP staff photographer since 2003 covering special assignments as social and political conflicts, natural disasters and wars. 2012 Pulitzer prize winner, 2016 Maria Moors Cabot Award winner.

  • Series of 7 photographs: The Virus Strips Peru

Second Prize
Miguel Tovar . México, Ciudad de Mexico
Mexican photographer who has published in Mexican and international media outlets, including Reforma, The Associated Press, and Getty Images. He has also worked on documentary projects, for AJ+, TeleSur, and The New York Times, and collaborated with films for Mexican, Argentine, and Canadian productions.

  • Single photograph (From the series: Dusk Phase 3)

Third Prize (Tie)
Yan Boechat. Brazil, Amazon
Professional journalist with more than 20 years of experience covering important stories both in Brazil and abroad. He works or has worked in the main Brazilian media outlets as a reporter and photographer, as well as for newspapers, magazines and international sites, such as The New York Times, BBC, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, Knack, among others.

  • Single photograph (From the series: Manaus: Death in the Amazon)

Third Prize (Tie)
Gui Christ. Brazil, São Paulo.
Documentary photographer based in Brazil covering humanitarian issues in Latin America. His work is committed to providing visibility for underrepresented or endangered communities and cultures through new perspectives. His work has been published in such media as TIME Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Der Spiegel and the BBC. He recently received a grant from the National Geographic Covid-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists.

  • Series of 7 photographs: The Luxury of the Social Isolation.

Photographers selected for Digital Exhibition
(Listed in alphabetical order)
Luis Acosta Castro. Panamá, Panama City
Marisa Arce Zencich. Argentina, Córdoba
Juan Carlos. El Salvador, San Salvador
Cindy Catoni. Colombia, Bogotá
Jonathan Chaparro. Colombia, Bogotá
David Estrada Rodríguez. Cuba, La Habana
Alessandro Falco. Brazil, Amazon | DRCLAS Honorary Mention
Marco Garro. Perú, Lima
Andrea Hernández Briceño. Venezuela, Caracas
Cristián Leyva. México, San Miguel Xico
Luca Meola. Brazil, São Paulo
Carlos Navarrete. Chile, Santiago
Christopher Rogel Blanquet. México, Valle de Chalco
Nicoló Filippo Rosso. Colombia, Sibundoy Valley  | DRCLAS Honorary Mention
Apolo Sales. Brazil, São Paulo
Claudio Santana. Chile, Santiago
Werther Santana. Brazil, São Paulo
Carlos Navarrete. Chile, Santiago
Aaron Sosa. Uruguay, Montevideo
Emi Takahashi. Brazil, São Paulo  | DRCLAS Honorary Mention
Laura Vasquez Saturno. Colombia, Bogotá
Luis Weinstein. Chile, Santiago

(*) Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums | Pablo Corral Vega, Photojournalist, 2011 Harvard Nieman Fellow | Alfredo Jaar, Artist, Associate at the Harvard GSD Art and the Public Domain Program | João Kulcsar, Photographer, 2002-03 Fulbright Scholar, Harvard Graduate School of Education | Susan Meiselas, Photographer, 2018-19 Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow and 2011 Harvard Art Medal recipient.