Yunghi Kim

Yunghi Kim was a judge in the 2011 Q4 Contest

Yunghi Kim is a photojournalist, born in Taegue, South Korea, but is a Korean-American who grew up in New York.

She has covered some of the biggest global conflicts in the last 28 years that 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.

She has covered many in-depth issue-driven stories where intimate storytelling, and giving a voice to her subjects through her lens remains her primary objective.

She started her photojournalism career at The Patriot Ledger, a small newspaper in Quincy Mass 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.

Her professional accolades include World Press Photo Awards, Magazine Photographer of the Year by POY, The Olivier Rebbot and The John Faber Awards from the Overseas Press Club, Visa D'Or, The White House Press Photographers, Communication in Arts and Society for News Design and she was a runner up for the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of Somalia in 1992.