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Lebanon Uprising

  • Prize
    Gold in Press/General News, Bronze in Press/Political
  • Photographer
    Sam Tarling
  • Credit
    Sam Tarling

Popular protests swept Lebanon in late 2019 after a viral video of a confrontation between the bodyguards of Parliamentary Minister and citizens protesting proposed tax hikes caused widespread outrage. A night of rioting on October 17 followed by nationwide roadblocks sparked months of protests that saw vast crowds gather in town and city centres around the country.

The protests were remarkable for their scale and national ubiquity but also the absence of sectarian politics: only Lebanese flags were flown and chants denouncing the country's political class in its entirety were prevalent.

I am a freelance photo journalist based in the Middle East, covering the region for the past 10 years. Currently mostly working with Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal and Getty Images. Clients include The New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, CNN, BBC, UNHCR, Oxfam, Save The Children.

Awards Tokyo International Foto Awards 2017: Conflict first place winner