The Special Prize Award goes to the entry that most successfully engages with the topics of either COVID-19 or Racial and Ethnic Justice.
This year, our judging partners the Minority Student Science Association selected Fatoumata Toure, who is also the contest's first place winner, for her video entry Freshline Freshwater: The Missing Resource Story. Fatoumata will receive an additional $200 for winning this award.
Special Prize Commentary: Fatoumata Toure’s short/film documentary Freshline Freshwater uniquely investigates the disappearance of the small freshwater resource, Freshline Freshwater. Through a series of interviews, in which Fatoumata amazingly takes on each role, her video explores and questions the biggest threats to freshwater, as a consequence of human development. Not only was Fatoumata’s video interesting, funny, and fun to watch, it was also extremely informative, as it shed light on the complexity of issues that arise from poor water infrastructure and management. Furthermore, Fatoumata’s video emphasized the importance of freshwater, considering that it affects everyone and everything that needs water, and that the poor management of freshwater disproportionately affects minorities (as a result of decades of racism and redlining), people in lower social classes, and the ecosystem. Fatoumata said it best: “It is never too late to find the solution; only inaction will lead us to a demise in which we too lose our Freshline Freshwater.” Written by judge and MSSA member Amber Maduike