Shortlist, Jan’s Isolation Diaries by Agnieszka Maruszczyk
Jan is my only child. During the spring lockdown, he had no direct contact with other kids; his only companions were me and his mother. I've been photographing my son while in isolation and have started spotting subtle changes in his behaviour caused by the change of circumstances. The long-term impact of isolation is difficult to foresee at this stage. In November 2020, schools shut down again; children have been learning from home since then. According to new research, children and young people are likely to experience high rates of depression and anxiety for many years after the coronavirus lockdown ends. A review by a team of experts from the University of Bath concluded that young people who have experienced loneliness throughout the lockdown might be as much as three times more likely to develop depression in the future.