We asked NPR readers to share the items they can't live without in the pandemic. From left to right: Kenji Hall with his traditional Japanese pot, Trish Kandik with her foster dog Penelope and Lauren Morton with a takeout container of Indian food.
Kenji Hall, Trish Kandik, Lauren Morton
"Last summer my mom ran into my girlfriend and me. I was quite worried. Then later that night my mom popped into my room and out of nowhere, told me that she accepts me for who I am, as long as I'm happy and healthy." — Kai Nguyen (queer nonbinary)
Terence Crowster, who has been an avid reader since he was young, solicited donations to start the Hot-Spot Library in Scottsville, Cape Town, so kids would have a safe place to connect with books.
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First prize went to this image of a porter in Kolkata. Photographer Tom Price took the image, then created a different backdrop: an empty, unidentified landscape emphasizing the loneliness of the migrant worker.
Tom Price/All About Photo Awards
Born and raised on the Cheyenne River Reservation, a sovereign Lakota nation in South Dakota, Dawnee LeBeau is Oóhenuŋpa Itázipčo (two kettle and without bows) of the Tetonwan Oyate (people of the plains). After losing her father, she found comfort in doing things she did with him, like identifying plants. LeBeau was doing that with family when she made this image of her niece.