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May 20, 2020

2020 UW Libraries Student Video Contest Winners Announced!

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The annual UW Libraries Student Video Contest asks students to create original videos showcasing the Libraries through the lens of student experience. Across all three campuses, UW Libraries is the “heart” of the University – our people, places, resources and programs support students, faculty and our local community in so many ways. As this year’s contest kicked off on Valentine’s Day, what better theme could we choose than “love”?  The contest asked the student filmmakers to consider, why do you “heart” the UW Libraries (#IHeartUWLibraries)?  Due to COVID-19, we extended the contest deadline to allow students to consider the online learning environment and how the Libraries continue to support students remotely.

There were many excellent submissions all with different creative approaches and personal perspectives.

Special thanks to the Libraries Excellence Fund who generously funded the cash awards for the winning videos. The Libraries Excellence Fund provides support for activities, projects and programs to enhance the overall excellence of the UW Libraries, including services, speakers, publications and special projects.

Now, we are excited to share the winning results!


“Access” by Long Tran

“I wanted to produce a video highlighting my Vietnamese heritage and research while highlighting valuable library resources. It was an opportunity during this quarantine for self-reflection, creative expression, and experimentation since my academic journey from undergraduate through graduate school has always centered on personal development and self-discovery. I cannot stress how much I relied on the UW Library for this purpose.”

– Long Tran, Graduate Student, UW Cinema Studies


“Love Letter to the Libraries” by Joshua Winiarski AND Robie Rivera

In this light-hearted love letter to the Libraries, we get a snapshot into the undergraduate experience that captures so many reasons why students “love” the UW Libraries.  With an emphasis on Odegaard Undergraduate Library, we see how the Libraries provide essential spaces and tools to support students and learning.


“I Heart Remote Resources” by Maryana Wu

In this highly artistic visual story, we see all of the familiar Libraries spaces in a new way while understanding how Libraries are still here for students during remote learning.


“Found In Translation” by  Rachel Kisela and Luke Bandagosa

The cinematic storytelling in this video transports you to a love story made possible entirely by the UW Libraries.

Check out and share the winning video submissions and other entries on the UW Libraries YOU TUBE Channel.

The annual UW Libraries Student Video Contest typically takes place in February annually. Mark your calendars for next year and follow us on social media to find out about next year’s launch date.