76-year-old scoops Photographer of the Year for second time with stunning image

(Image credit: Dr Fong Chan Onn)

76-year-old Malaysian photographer Dr Fong Chan Onn has won The Societies Photographer of the Year award for the second year in a row. The image was chosen for the 2019 title from some 11,320 images that were submitted to The Societies of Photographers' monthly competitions

The image was shot on a trip to Yuanyang in China last year. The intimate image of the family was shot in a rice growing community close to the Vietnam border. The judges commented that you can almost smell the smoke in the room, and that it is a travel image that will stand the test of time.

“I am greatly humbled to have won the trust of the judges.”, says Dr Fong. “I have learnt a great deal from the judges decisions. What makes a good photo and what transforms it in to a great photo. This award will further inspire me to work even harder”. 

Dr Fong, a retired politician, was not able to be at the ceremony as it the award ceremony fell on Chinese New Year, but the trophy was collected on his behalf by his nephew Wayne Leow at the awards ceremony in London.

Last year, Dr Wong won the overall title with another of his travel images – this time shot on a trip to Ethiopia.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.