The Hong Kong Press Photographers Association (HKPPA) announced the winners of its annual news photo contest “Focus at the Frontline” on Sunday.

Ming Pao Weekly’s Tan Chi-wing won Photo of the Year award with a picture of the International Commerce Centre in West Kowloon, with what appeared to be stars projected on the building exterior, next to a large red screen. The same photo also came in first the Feature category.

Photo of the Year

Photo of the Year and winner of the Feature category. Photo: Tan Chi-wing/Ming Pao Weekly.

The yearly photo contest began in 1993, with the objective of “showcas[ing] images with news and artistic values,” according to the HKPAA. The 2020 Focus at the Frontline competition received a total of 1,094 pictures and 48 photo series from 79 contestants to compete in eight categories.

Spot News

Contestants in the Spot News category submitted photos taken during “unpredictable events.” Edmond So of the SCMP came first with a photo of pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai being arrested by police on April 18 last year for an unauthorised assembly case linked to the 2019 unrest.

First place in the Spot News category. Photo: Edmond So/SCMP.
Second place in the Spot News category. Photo: Alex Chan Tsz-yuk.
Third place in the Spot News category. Photo: Fung Hoi-kin/Ming Pao.

General News

Lo Kwan-ho of HK01 took first place in the General News category with a photo of pro-democracy lawmakers, who quit the legislature en masse last November in protest at the disqualification of four of their colleagues.

First place in the General News category. Photo: Lo Kwan-ho/HK01.
Second place in the General News category. Photo: Lam Chun-tung/Initium Media.
Third place in the General News category. Photo: Cheng Tsz-fung/HK01,

Portraits

The HKPPA named Initium Media’s Lam Chun-tung and Nasha Chan Kit-shan of Stand News as “double champions” in the Portraits category. Lam’s photo featured former law professor Benny Tai, who also helped lead the 2014 Umbrella Movement. Tai is now in custody pending trial over allegations of “subversion” under the national security law, alongside 46 pro-democracy figures in connection with an unofficial legislative primary election last July.

First place in the Portrait category. The photo features former law professor and leader of the 2014 Occupy Central Movement Benny Tai. Photo: Lam Chun-tung/Initium Media.

Chan, on the other hand, photographed activist Agnes Chow from the now-dissolved political group Demosisto. She is currently serving a ten-month jail term for knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly outside police headquarters in June 2019.

First place in the Portrait category. Photo: Nasha Chan Kit-shan/Stand News.
Third place in the Portrait category. The photo shows Hong Kong’s leading microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung performing a Covid-19 swab test on himself. Photo: Nasha Chan Kit-san/Stand News.

Feature

Second place in the Feature category. Photo: Fung Hoi-kin/Ming Pao.

The panel of judges for this year’s photo contest included well-known Hong Kong photographer Joseph Fung, Chinese University journalism lecturer Jessica Fan, senior photojournalists.

Double third place in the Feature category. Photo: Chan Long-hei/The Reporter.
Double third place in the Feature category. Photo: Ramsey Au/ Flash Media Hong Kong.

Sports

Raby Chan of Initium Media claimed first place in the Sports category with an overhead shot of a closed outdoor sportsground during the coronavirus pandemic.

First place in the Sports category. Photo: Raby Chan Cheuk-fai/Initium Media.
Second place in the Sports category. Photo: Calvin Ng Ka-yiu/China Daily.
Third place in the Sports category. Photo: Fong Ka-yuen/AFP.

Photo Essay

First place in the Photo Essay category. Photo: Raby Chan Cheuk-fai/Flash Media Hong Kong.
Second place in the Photo Essay category. Photo: Tsang Tsz-cheung/HK01.
Third place in the photo essay category. Photo: Miguel Candela.

Nature & Environment

First place in the Nature and Environment category. Photo: Raby Chan Cheuk-fai/Initium Media.
Second place in the Nature and Environment category. Photo: Eugene Li Yui-chit/Sing Tao Daily.
Third place in the Nature and Environment category. Photo: Nasha Chan Kit-san/Stand News.

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