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HKFP Lens: 2,600 days in a Mong Kok alleyway

Results for the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association competition Focus on the Frontline 2015 were announced on March 12, 2016.
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Photo: Ko Chung-ming/Next Magazine/Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

Photographer Ko Chung-ming, of Next Magazine, won First Prize in the Photo Story section. His series follows Uncle Hung, who suffered from terminal nasopharyngeal cancer and lived in an alleyway. He was given public housing, but moved back to the alleyway in two weeks.
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Photo: Ko Chung-ming/Next Magazine/Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

Uncle Hung worked as a cleaner on a monthly wage of five to six thousand dollars. “I still have arms and legs, why would I need to?” he said, when asked about receiving comprehensive social security assistance from the government.
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Photo: Ko Chung-ming/Next Magazine/Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

uncle hung mong kok

Photo: Ko Chung-ming/Next Magazine/Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

uncle hung mong kok

Photo: Ko Chung-ming/Next Magazine/Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

uncle hung mong kok

Photo: Ko Chung-ming/Next Magazine/Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

uncle hung mong kok

Photo: Ko Chung-ming/Next Magazine/Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

uncle hung mong kok

Photo: Ko Chung-ming/Next Magazine/Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

uncle hung

Photo: Ko Chung-ming/Next Magazine/Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

uncle hung mong kok

Photo: Ko Chung-ming/Next Magazine/Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

Uncle Hung smoked cigarettes and suffered in pain during his final days.
uncle hung mong kok

Photo: Ko Chung-ming/Next Magazine/Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

uncle hung mong kok

Photo: Ko Chung-ming/Next Magazine/Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

His friend Brother Fung, who also lives in the alleyway, said, “Here, at least there’s me [when he dies.]”
uncle hung mong kok

Photo: Ko Chung-ming/Next Magazine/Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

Uncle Hung was no longer in contact with his previous wives and children.
uncle hung mong kok

Photo: Ko Chung-ming/Next Magazine/Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

Uncle Hung’s second wife was found by Ko through social networks. She organised a memorial service and cremated Hung’s body in Kwai Chung.
uncle hung mong kok

Photo: Ko Chung-ming/Next Magazine/Hong Kong Press Photographers Association.

HKFP Lens: 2,600 days in a Mong Kok alleyway