- Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010
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- LOS ANGELES
The Peace Corps Effect, a short by Marlene Nancy Lopez, a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova, has been disqualified after winning first place in the YouTube contest "My Piece of the Peace Corps" initiated in celebration of the organization's 50th anniversary. National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) competition judges ruled that the song used in the video was actually under copyright and thus violated contest rules.
As a result, the previous second place winner has been elevated to first place: Carrie Pavlik of Pittsburgh, PA, for her video, My Piece of the Peace Corps. Pavlik receives a first place cash prize of $2,500.
Moving up from third to second place is Chicagoan John Garvey, a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Burkina Faso, for his light-hearted video titled A Peace Corps Song. Garvey receives a $1,000 cash prize.
And upped to third place is Matthew Hardwick, a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Vanuata, for his short Leaving Home (Vanuatu). Hardwick, who's from Lakeland, Fla., earns $500.
"The videos were as diverse and fun to watch as anything on YouTube--everything from the camerawork to the songs to the storytelling," said Erica Burman, director of communications for the NPCA and a former volunteer in The Gambia.. "Still, despite their differences, they all showed the profound effect the Peace Corps has on Volunteers and the people around them."
To see the winning videos and runners-up, log on here.
Below is the first place-winning My Piece of the Peace Corps: