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Yunghi Kim is a photojournalist, born in Taegue, South Korea but grew up in New York.
She has covered some of the biggest global news events in the last 30 years. The more memorable include; Somalia in 1992, the Rwandan Genocide 1994 and the resulting refugee crisis in 1996, South African elections of 1994, the fall of the Indonesian dictator Suharto in 1998, the war in Kosovo in 1999, the Iraq War in 2003, Afghanistan 2001 and 2005, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She is most proud of her documentation of the lives of former South Korean Comfort Women in 1996, who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during its occupation of Korea during World War II. Her most recent project is Occupy Wall Street.
She started her photojournalism career at The Patriot Ledger, a small newspaper in Quincy Massachusetts in 1984, and then went on to become a staff photographer for the Boston Globe in 1987. She was a member of Contact Press Images from 1995 to 2008. She continues to work closely with Jeffrey Smith, Executive Director of Contact on projects.
Her professional accolades include numerous World Press Photo Awards, BOP, Poyi awards including Magazine Photographer of the Year by POYi (one of two woman to receive it ), The Olivier Rebbot and The John Faber Awards from the Overseas Press Club, Visa D’Or for News from the Visa Pour L’image Festival in France, The White House Press Photographers, Communication in Arts and Society for News Design, recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University. She was a runner up for the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of Somalia in 1992. Current member of NPPA Board ( National Press Photographers Association). 2012 recipient of the United Nations’ Leadership Award in the field of photography. In addition she has been on the faculty of the World Press Photo, the Eddie Adams and the Missouri Photo Workshops.