‘Studying in the time of Covid-19’ student competition

Congratulations to all of our graduate students who took the time and creative energy to enter our competition, sharing with us some fantastic examples of ‘Studying in the time of COVID-19’.

Our students have been faced with a series of difficult transitions during 2020, not least among them the need to keep up with their academic work. At the School of Media, Film and Journalism, we asked students to reflect on their experiences and invited them to enter the competition.

The competition was supported by the student group CAMPUS (Communications and Media Postgraduate Union of Students), and prizes were offered to the value of $250 for the winner, $150 for the runner-up, and $100 for each of two highly commended entries. The competition was open to students enrolled in Australia (though they could be currently studying from overseas) in the following degrees: Master of Communications and Media Studies (MCMS), Master of Cultural and Creative Industries (MCCI), and Master of Strategic Communications Management (MSCM). Students could interpret the competition title any way they liked, in abstract or concrete ways, reflecting on life, academic work, and/or the balance between the two. The judges were CAMPUS student coordinators Gurmehak Mann and Vedikaa Padia, plus School of Media, Film and Journalism staff members Dr Whitney Monaghan and Dr Caron Dann.

Please see below for prize-winning and short-listed entries. Click on the images or links to enlarge.


Zhongyin Liang (MCMS), 'Studying in the time of COVID-19', video.


Shannon Colgan (MCMS), 'Clarity in confusing times', poem.

Shannon Colgan poem

Highly commended

Shuang Wu (MCMS), ‘Loneliness’, painting.

Shuang Wu painting shuang wu painting

Rafiniati Efendi (MSCM), 'Maintaining study-life balance during the COVID-19 pandemic', video.


I Chun Chen (MCMS), ‘Good good night’, photo.

I Chun Chen photo

Hai Zhu (MCMS), ‘Green is hope’ 'Hope', photos.

Hai Zu Hai Zhu

Liliana Vásquez Echeverri (MCCI), ‘It is what it is!’, reflection.

Liliana Vasquez Echeverri

Yang Dan (MCMS), ‘Special Time’ video.

Yin Wu (MCMS), ‘A comfortable and inspiring learning space’, photo.

Yin Wu

Yu Bi (MCMS), ‘Electronic devices during my online study’, photo.

Yu Bi