Disqualified

CompanyDSHOT
PhotographerChan Dick 陳的
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

At age 23, Nathan Law was the youngest-ever person to be elected in as a Hong Kong legislator, and now jailed for starting the famous Umbrella Movement. Shortly after the election, Beijing made a new rule that shocked many - it disqualifies any legislator for not showing enough seriousness and sincerity when reading the oath of office. Nathan and five other pro-democracy legislators were disqualified from their seats. He now faces millions in legal fees and is likely to go bankrupt. “I won't give up fighting” - said Nathan at a press conference. Before entering the legislative battlefield, Nathan led the Umbrella Movement as a student representative. This photo was taken after the movement. He went back to the place where it all started, where the government threw the first teargas to peaceful protesters demanding universal suffrage for all.

About Photographer

Both a commercial and fine-art photographer, Chan Dick is best known locally and internationally for the award-winning series “Chai Wan Fire Station”, which records the daily occurrences within the fire station courtyard from above. This series earned him first prize at the Hong Kong Photo Book Awards in 2015, and the Tokyo International Foto Awards in 2016. In 2017, a solo exhibition was held in Mirage Gallery in Japan for this series. This series has also been selected by Invisible Photographer Asia for showcasing at the 2015 Angkor Photo Festival, and presented at Japan’s 2016 Mount Rokko International Festival. His other works have also been shown at the international photography exhibitions of Hong Kong as well as Pingyao of China. Chan Dick held 4 solo exhibitions to date. His major projects explored socio-political issues within Hong Kong, most notably the 2014 series “No Compromise” that featured documented student activists. The series won him third place in the International Photography Awards (IPA) in the professional editorial/political category. His other series “Dismayland” won in the fine art category of the 2015 International Photography Awards (IPA).