Photography competition honours Post’s Sam Tsang and Felix Wong for Hong Kong protest coverage
- Harrowing portrait of a man beaten at Yuen Long MTR station and inventive shot from October 1 anti-government rally among five earning awards for duo
- Recognition ‘an honour and tribute to the courage and fearless professionalism’ of the photographers, Post editor-in-chief Tammy Tam says
Sam Tsang and Felix Wong received honours in the spot, news and portrait categories.
“The recognition from our peers is an honour and tribute to the courage and fearless professionalism of our photographers, Felix and Sam,” editor-in-chief Tammy Tam said. “Their extraordinary work has helped to make our comprehensive coverage of the city's unprecedented political crisis even more powerful.”
Tsang received a joint first place prize in the portrait category for his photo of 23-year-old cook Calvin So, who was assaulted by a group of men in white T-shirts with wooden sticks during a mob attack at the Yuen Long MTR station on July 21.
Tsang also earned third place in the spot news category for his photo of an attack by men wielding bamboo rods on protesters in North Point, and a merit award in the same category for a photo of a protester being dragged away by riot police as a petrol bomb exploded beside them.
Wong was awarded second place in the general news category for his picture of the anti-government rally passing through Hennessy Road in Causeway Bay on China’s 70th National Day on October 1. Meanwhile, his photo of a protester at a banned rally in Mong Kok on October 20 was awarded third place in the portrait category.
The “Focus on the Frontline” awards were started in 1993 and are one of the premier news photography honours in the city. Winning photos are selected for historical significance as well as news and artistic value. This edition of the award received 1,117 photo submissions and 46 photo essays from 98 participants.
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