Library Treasures Video-Shorts Competition judges Scott E. Schimmel and Brittany Biggs flank student winners Dezmond Applin and Sophia Whalen.

Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is home to a multitude of rare books, archival materials and special collections that attract researchers from around the world. So what better way to acquaint UH Mānoa students with these unique and valuable resources than to invite them to make videos about their favorite collections?

That’s exactly what 21 students did during the first Library Treasures Video-Shorts Competition, co-sponsored by Hamilton Library and the College of Arts and Humanities, and funded by an anonymous library donor.

“Based on the quality of work submitted to this competition, it is evident that we have tremendous creative talent across the university,” said Scott E. Schimmel, an assistant professor in the School of Communications who conceptualized, organized and judged the event. “While the winning films represent the best of the best, all of those who entered videos wonderfully captured the treasures of the library’s special collections.”

The winning videos

The $500 first prize went to “MAGIS: A True Treasure” by Jonas Gutzat, Yudai Kojima and Jacob Hensley, whose video conveyed the restoration of historic maps after a 2004 flood devastated the basement of Hamilton Library. Gutzat had previously won an NCAA award for his video on student athletes.

Second prize of $200 was won by Sophia Whalen for “Kajadifu,” which incorporated the Academy for Creative Media major’s whimsical animation to highlight Hamilton Library’s Okinawan Collection.

The $100 third prize went to the team of Dezmond Applin, Keahi Delovio and Nicole Huber, who featured UH’s connection with famed late artist Jean Charlot.

View the award-winning videos on the library website.