Yan Cong is an independent photographer based in Beijing, where she was born and raised. She focuses most of her long-term projects on women’s issues, rural China, and China’s relations with its neighbors. Her work has been published in ChinaFile, The Huffington Post, Caixin Weekly, NetEase, and Tencent, among others.
In 2015, Yan was selected to participate in the Angkor Photo Workshop and the New York Portfolio Review, sponsored by the New York Times Lens blog and the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. Cong received a student grant from Oslo University College for her long-term project on Cambodian women migrating to China for marriage. She was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass in 2016.
Cong is the co-founder of a Chinese-language photo blog, Yuanjin. She is also a contributing photographer to the @EyesOnChinaProject Instagram feed.
She holds a M.S. in Journalism from Columbia Journalism School.