Yan Cong (b.1991) is an independent photographer based in Beijing, China. She focuses most of her long-term projects on women’s issues, China's rural-urban transition, and China’s relations with its neighbors. 

In 2015, Yan was selected to participate in the Angkor Photo Workshop and the New York Portfolio Review. She received a student grant from Oslo University College for her long-term project on Cambodian women migrating to China for marriage. In 2016, she received a grant from the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography co-founded by ChinaFile and Magnum Foundation, and a grant from Guyu, a foundation founded by Tencent to support non-fiction work. She has been nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass in 2016 and 2017. 

Yan is the co-founder of a Chinese-language photo blog, Yuanjin. (Read Yuanjin's monthly curation of best photojournalism from China here) She is a contributing photographer to the @EyesOnChinaProject Instagram feed. She also contributes to Multimedia Week Podcast.

Yan holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia Journalism School.

Recent Publications


The New York Times

The Washington Post 1 2 3

Smithsonian Magazine