The Societies of Photographers is a group of UK photo organizations. The Society has awarded Dr Fong Chan Onn from Malaysia the prestigious Photographer of the Year 2019 award. Dr Fong Chan Onn, a former cabinet minister in Malaysia, is 76 years old. His photo depicts a family from Yuanyang, China. The judges commented, “This image and its huge impact held the judge’s attention for a long time. You can almost smell the smoke in the room. A travel image that will stand the test of time.”
The photo was chosen from a field of 11,320 images that entered the contest in 2019.