Award of Excellence

Indonesia Battles Second Wave of Covid-19

Garry Lotulung


Covering Indonesia’s second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Jakarta & Bogor is a daily circuit of Self-isolation, cemeteries, hospitals, and tent hospitals capturing the struggles of a nation of 270 million people. I visited the COVID-19 Hospital for the fourth time, inside the emergency ward for COVID-19 patients at a government hospital, here is what I saw. Rise in severe cases. ICU beds are full. Most patients on ventilators. Medical workers are exhausted. Indonesia has recorded its highest daily death toll from Covid-19, amid a second serious outbreak of COVID-19. As it continues to battle the spread of the virulent Delta variant. There have now been over three million confirmed cases in Indonesia, with 2069 deaths recorded on Tuesday, 27th July. On average there are around 50,000 new cases a day, figures which are widely believed to be severely underestimating the real impact due to low testing rates and poor contact tracing. Lockdown restrictions have had a significant impact on locals, as many Indonesians are reliant on informal labor, which puts their livelihoods at risk during extended emergency restrictions.

Garry Lotulung is an Indonesian photojournalist and documentary photographer. He began his journey in 2014, studied photography at Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara, Jakarta, and has since worked with Reuters, KOMPAS, and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). His photography focuses on documenting social issues, cultural issues, conservation, and environmental. Garry self-assigns, funds, researches, writes his own work and is available for news, editorial, and commercial assignments globally. He is now based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

[ COVID PICTURE STORY ] A multiple-picture story, essay, sequence or series based on daily coverage of general news or breaking news related to COVID-19. Each submission consists of 10 to 20 images. Each participant is allowed to enter up to 3 submissions. All images must be taken in 2020 or 2021.

Judges for Covid Picture Story
Anush Babajanyan
Liang-Pin Tsao
Nyimas Laula
Samuel He
Jean Chung