POY RJI | Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Category: General News

First Place

Shawn Yuan / Freelance

Second Place

Ibraheem Mustafa / Reuters

Third Place

Paul Hansen / Dagens Nyheter
“Country of Tears”

Award of Excellence

Nicolas Asfouri / Agence France-Presse
“Hong Kong–China–Politics–Unrest–Crime”

Award of Excellence

Brendan Smialowski / Agence France-Presse

Award of Excellence

Michael Robinson Chavez / The Washington Post

Award of Excellence

Ramon Espinosa / Associated Press
“Shattered by Dorian”

First Place: Shawn Yuan / Freelance

First Place


Fleeing protesters climb over a highway barricade to evade an approaching police vehicle while others reach out in support from the other side during a march in Hong Kong on December 1.

In a self-branded "revolution of our times" in Hong Kong, millions of people have taken to the streets to oppose a now-scrapped extradition bill. As the movement drags on, protesters' demands have grown beyond the withdrawal of the said bill — they are asking for universal suffrage and independent investigation into police conduct during the protests, among other demands. The tension between protesters and police has gradually taken the center stage of this crisis. Fearing police arrests, protesters have made several epic escapes and triggered a city-wide discussion on police brutality.