“I’m incredibly uncomfortable living with the fact that there are almost 27,000 nuclear weapons in the world,” he said when he received his first place check. “We have used these [nuclear weapons] on people. I want to help make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
“Erik’s video is a powerful and creative expression by a concerned young person,” says Nuclear Age Peace Foundation President David Krieger. “It sends a message to other young people – as well as older people – that US leadership is essential as we work towards a world free of nuclear weapons.”
Second prize, and $750, went to the animated video, “Wooden Bombs” by Drew Madson of Minnetonka, Minnesota. Third prize, and $250, was awarded to “Testing” by Sagesse Graham of Seattle, Washington.
The topic for the contest was: “There are about 27,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. Use your creativity to make a short video about why US leadership is necessary to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.”
This year’s Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest was a first for the Foundation [Nuclear Age Peace Foundation]. The Swackhamer was an essay competition in past years.
The video contest will be held annually. There will be an announcement about the next contest in March 2009.