On June 15, 2011, Vancouver burned. The riots that followed Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final turned parts of the British Columbia city into chaotic scenes of looting, arson, violence and clashes with overwhelmed police. It was there, amidst the anarchy, Alex Thomas fell to the ground and was too frightened to move. It was there that Scott Jones, her Australian-born boyfriend of six months, climbed on top of her and kissed her to comfort as riot police marched around them.
Photographer Richard Lam preserved that moment as the most iconic image from the riots, one that became an instant sensation around the world and was recently named 2011 Esquire magazine's Photo of the Year.
Wow! Who said love is not a good thing? Love conquers all.