A couple kissing in the middle of the Vancouver riot have been identified after a picture of their al fresco snog went viral.

The photograph shows a man and woman lying on the street in Vancouver, kissing each other seemingly oblivious to the riots, baton-wielding police and mayhem exploding around them.

After the picture went viral a hunt was on to find the happy couple and, it seems, they have now been identified as Scott Jones, 19, from Perth, Australia and his girlfriend Alex Thomas, from Canada.

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The identity of the kissing couple was revealed when Jones's father outted his son in a Facebook post.

"This is my Son. Hows (sic) that for making love not war!"

Scott’s mum then told Ninemsn that snogging mid-riot was typical behaviour for her son.

"It is something he would do; that's our boy," she said.

 "He has always lived in his own world. He's special like that. He doesn't always connect with what (is) going on around him."

The picture has ignited frenzied debate on the web, with many questioning whether it was staged and one blogger calling it "the greatest photo from Wednesday night, and maybe ever."

Freelance photographer Rich Lam snapped the Vancouver riot for photo agency Getty said that the kissing couple were captures by chance.

He told Postmedia News that when he shot a few quick frames, he thought someone had been hurt and was lying in the street.

"I didn't really see what I really had until after I gave my memory cards (to an editor on site) and someone said 'Oh, nice picture of the couple kissing,'" said Lam.

"I was like, 'Oh my God, they're making out.' Here I thought she was hurt and kind of had a sympathetic guy . . . but they're making out."

According to the Jones family, Scott has been in Canada for six months, working as a bartender and performing a live standup show.

Maybe this will be the career boost he was waiting for.