When the impact of COVID-19 was most severe, the Army's 33rd Chemical Group was dispatched several times to assist in combating the spread of the virus, with Miaoli-based photographer Tzeng Chin-Fa's (曾進發) work "The Most Heroic mark under the mask (面罩下最英勇的印痕)" having received approval by the Lucie Awards.
In January this year, Tzeng Chin-Fa’s work "Ba Jian Jian Sitting Bombs (肉粽師坐炮)" was selected as one of the nine finalists for the category of CANDID (moments captured) of The Portrait Project competition hosted by the Lucie Foundation.
Tzeng happily announced on July 28 that his photographic work shot of the chemical soldiers disinfecting the streets and alleys during the epidemic prevention period, was once again selected in the Lucie Awards’ Portrait category.
Tzeng pointed out that since mid-May, the domestic COVID-19 situation has exacerbated. The cluster of infections that broke out in Zhunan Township in the beginning of June has led each unit to put more effort into epidemic prevention and sanitization.
He cooperated with the town office's filming and recording cleaning team and 33rd Chemical Group to carry out high-risk disinfection work, and at the same time took the picture of a soldier whose face, having momentarily removed the mask, was marked by stress and sweat.
Tzeng expressed that the soldiers carried out their duties on the streets and alleyways, having to disinfect more than 80 places for up to three days. They were unable to go home to visit relatives even after working continuously for two weeks hence the name of the photo. Through his photography, Tzeng hopes to convey the "bravery, responsibility and love" shown on the soldier’s face.