Through The Lens 2019

Visual coverage of the Hong Kong protests by Lim Yaohui and Chong Jun Liang

The proposed extradition law that would allow Hong Kong to send fugitives to mainland China for trial has resulted in protests over many months. Yaohui (left) was in Hong Kong for 17 days from June 15 to June 24 and July 1 to July 7. He covered the protest march on June 16, which saw two million people taking part; the release of Joshua Wong on June 17, protesters surrounding the police headquarters on June 21; people storming into the Legislative Council building on July 1; and the Hong Kong Mothers' Anti-Extradition Rally on July 5. He will speak about the challenges he faced and the lessons learnt when covering the protests.

Jun Liang took over from Yaohui on July 6 and did a few stints of coverage (July 6 to July 15, July 23 to Aug 6 and Sept 18 to Oct 16) for the Hong Kong protests. He documented how the protests, which were still largely peaceful in early July, got more violent over time as both the police and the protesters increased their level of aggression. He will showcase his photos taken at various protests. He will also talk about the dangers of working as a photojournalist in a hostile environment; tear gas, rubber bullets, protesters and even triads became just another day in the office for the press.

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About Lim Yaohui

Lim Yaohui is a photojournalist with The Straits Times in Singapore. His passion for nature and the environment led him to work as a horticulturist with the Singapore Botanic Gardens after graduating from the National University of Singapore with a degree in life sciences in 2007. In 2012, he left to pursue photography and became a full-time photojournalist in 2016.

Since joining The Straits Times, he has covered regional and international news like the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Germany, Malaysia's 14th General Election, the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia and the Hong Kong anti-extradition Bill protests in 2019.

Today, he continues to champion his love for nature and the environment through feature stories, from the illegal wildlife trade across Asia to the last days of Inuka, the Singapore Zoo's last polar bear, to coral bleaching.

About Chong Jun Liang

Chong Jun Liang, a photojournalist with The Straits Times, first picked up his camera at the age of 13 when he joined his school's photography club. Inspired by his then photography coach, Mr Lim Sin Thai, who was an ST photojournalist, Jun Liang decided to become a professional photographer after graduating with a business degree in 2005. A year later, Jun Liang cut his teeth in the gritty world of photojournalism by joining The New Paper, a paper that specialises in human-interest stories. He switched to making beautiful fashion, lifestyle and business portraits for SPH's content marketing department for the next 10 years. In 2018, he returned to the photojournalism fold by joining The Straits Times and has been enjoying every minute of it.

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