Umbrella Revolutionaries


  • Photographer
    Vivek Prakash
  • Prize
    2nd Place / Editorial / Press/Political
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    Danielle A. Scruggs

    Patricia Lanza Many series on the Hong Kong conflict this was unifying with angle on the Umbrellas which came to symbolize the movement-well done photographically.

  • Company/Studio
    Agence France-Presse (Afp)
  • Date of Photograph
    Various dates, from August 18 to October 1, 2019.
  • Technical Info
    Canon Eos 5d MkIV, 70-200mm f4 and 16-35mm f2.8 lenses

During the 2014 Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, the yellow umbrella became a symbol of a protest movement that demanded full democratic rights. In 2019, as widespread protests gripped the city, Hong Kongers again took to the umbrella as not just a symbol for their demands, but a practical tool that shielded them from rain when millions of people marched in the street, from tear gas fired by police to disperse crowds of protesters, and in various other circumstances. The umbrella has become a powerful symbol and has even been adopted by other movements in France, the U.S., and Thailand.

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