Results for the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association competition Focus on the Frontline 2015 were announced on March 12, 2016.
Photographer Ko Chung-ming, of Next Magazine, won First Prize in the Photo Story section. His series follows Uncle Hung, who suffered from terminal nasopharyngeal cancer and lived in an alleyway. He was given public housing, but moved back to the alleyway in two weeks.
Uncle Hung worked as a cleaner on a monthly wage of five to six thousand dollars. “I still have arms and legs, why would I need to?” he said, when asked about receiving comprehensive social security assistance from the government.
Uncle Hung smoked cigarettes and suffered in pain during his final days.
His friend Brother Fung, who also lives in the alleyway, said, “Here, at least there’s me [when he dies.]”
Uncle Hung was no longer in contact with his previous wives and children.
Uncle Hung’s second wife was found by Ko through social networks. She organised a memorial service and cremated Hung’s body in Kwai Chung.