• Photo: Ayuntamiento

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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Lee Steele is the founding publisher of Yucatán Expat Life, which has been publishing news and information about the peninsula since 2012.