Yan Cong (b.1991) 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.
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. She was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass in 2016. The same year, 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.
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.