A photojournalist who grew up in the town has won the photography grand prize in the 19th Annual Human Rights Press Awards (HRPA) 2014 organised by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) Hong Kong, Amnesty International Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Journalists Association.
Alex Ogle, who works for the global news agency AFP, covered the ‘Umbrella Revolution’ democracy protests in the former British colony last October and November, when the world’s attention was focussed on an extraordinary tent city set up on the main road through the island’s central business district.
As reported in the FCC magazine: ‘Last year, photojournalists from all over the world swamped Hong Kong to capture dramatic shots of huge crowds, billowing tear gas, police fights and the Umbrella Movement’s famous tent city. The HRPA judges looked at almost 200 images – including an awful lot of gas masks and yellow umbrellas.
‘After much deliberation, they gave the grand prize to Alex Ogle of Agence France-Presse for his eight-part series on the demonstrations. The work as a whole focused on the interactions between crowds and the police, and included shots of officers aiming pepper spray right in the faces of unarmed demonstrators. In what was the strongest image, Ogle closed in on the details of a face dripping with stinging, yellow foam.’
Alex was unable to collect his award in person as he transferred from Hong Kong to the AFP office in New Delhi in early March this year.
Read his description of the night of 17 October 2014 when he captured the dramatic image of a Hong Kong journalist pepper sprayed by police, above, which was used by media around the world: www.bit.ly/AO-AFPphoto
See the other images in the prize winning series at Human Rights Press Awards website
Top and above: Images copyright AFP/Alex Ogle
Below, Alex, centre, focussed on capturing the right image at the democracy protests in Hong Kong