PHOTOS: The spectacular winners of Hong Kong's press photo awards

By Ryan Kilpatrick, March 10, 2015

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As anyone vaguely aware of the world around them will know, 2014 was a big year for Hong Kong, and with big news news comes iconic images thereof. The Hong Kong Press Photographers' Association announced the winners of their annual awards yesterday, recognizing the pictures that defined the territory's tumultuous and action-packed year.

Photograph of the Year: Hong Kong Federation of Students secretary Lester Shum is surrounded by police during the clearing of Occupy Mong Kok on November 26.

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After ousted Ming Pao editor Kevin Lau suffered a knife attack on a Hong Kong street in broad daylight, local and international press organized to defend what is seen as diminishing freedom of press in the city, gathering here in Civic Square (now closed to the public).

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Shopper enjoys Festival Walk after the Shatin shopping mall was flooded by torrential rains in March.

Specialists from Ocean Park inspect a ten-meter-long whale carcass that washed ashore in Taipo in April.

Chief Executive CY Leung's wife CY Leung responds to daughter CY Leung's self-harm photos posted on Facebook.

Secondary school student shows support for pro-democracy Umbrella Movement, October 10.

Protestors brave pepper spray, 87 rounds of teargas and baton charges by riot police to stay on Gloucester Road over the night of September 28.

Occupy Central organizers Benny Tai and Cardinal Zen driven to tears by scenes of carnage after police fire teargas into crowds of protestors.

A yellow banner reading "I want genuine universal suffrage" is unfurled over Lion Rock on October 23.

Two protestors embrace at the Occupy Mong Kok site.

Another protestor awakes on Nathan Road, Occupy Mong Kok, on October 7.

Pro-government Blue Ribbons attack a journalist covering the Occupy protests.

Protestor walks past a line of police in Mong Kok.

Protestors in Admiralty subdue a man after he attacks Next Media boss Jimmy Lai, then wait for police. Marshals who restrained the attacker were later arrested and charged with common assault and fighting in public.

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As the curtain falls on Occupy Admiralty, supporters from Ying Wa GIrls' School pose for a final photo.

Former Hong Kong stock exchange official Francis Kwan and Sun Hung Kai Properties Executive Director Thomas Chan appear at High Court on December 23 during the trial of Hong Kong's post-Handover Chief Secretary Rafael Hui, the biggest corruption case ever to shake the territory.

To see all the winners and learn more about the photographers and their stories, check out the HKPPA website here.

[Images via HKPPA]

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