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Quarantine photo contest captures the new reality of daily life in Merida

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Lee Steele
Lee Steele
Lee Steele is the founding director of Roof Cat Media and has published Yucatán Magazine and other titles since 2012. Sign up for our weekly newsletters, so our best stories will appear in your inbox every Monday.

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Merida, Yucatan — The municipal department of culture challenged residents to capture the quarantine with photography, and numerous stunning images came pouring in.

Twenty photographers won 3,000 pesos after they were vetted by a jury of professional artists.

The quiet desperation of life under a coronavirus lockdown was communicated in color and black and white, two categories which were judged separately.

The best photos showed mundane moments. The camera’s lens found young children keeping cool in a kiddie pool, or peering out the window. A Maya woman receives hand gel, or is fitted with a face mask.

The diverse entries have a common thread: everyday people enduring the tedium of avoiding other people.

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