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Winner of the 2020 Ville de Perpignan Rémi Ochlik Award

By the time the Hong Kong protests started last year, I had been AFP’s Hong Kong bureau chief photographer for three and half years. Before this, I was working as a photo editor on the Asia-Pacific photo desk, also in Hong Kong, with some photo assignments to support my predecessor. And I was one of the backup shooters during the 2014 Umbrella Movement mass demonstrations. My own bureau coverage would generally involve a lot of walking around the city, producing daily life photos, working with my colleagues on visually rich local feature stories, and taking portraits during interviews and press conferences. I would also cover street rallies, like the annual July 1 march when the city marks the handover from the United Kingdom to China, or on China’s National Day, October 1. I was constantly busy, but my most challenging assignments were when I was sent on AFP missions overseas.