Busted! Brooklyn Chinatown. ©Yunghi Kim





In this season of Thanksgiving, my Yunghi Grant gifts $10,000 USD to members of the Facebook group Photojournalists Cooperative in recognition of the values and principles all of us hold as essential to our creative and productive well being. This grant will select 10 photographers and each grantee will receive a $1,000 USD grant. I am doing this to emphasize the importance of copyright registration of your work with the Library of Congress and as a way for me to give back to the profession of photojournalism, an industry that I care for and am proud to be a member of for more than 33 years.

Every penny recovered from the unauthorized use of my work is put towards this grant and I want to share it with my fellow photographers in the Photojournalists Cooperative to emphasize that, YES it makes a difference if you copyright register your work (ASMP tutorials) and everyone should make a practice of it in your workflow. Think of it as digital teeth brushing.

As you know image theft is rampant and registration is the first step toward protecting our work; it gives photographers better legal options when the work is registered. By doing so, you are also helping to map out paid image use on the Internet and protecting our industry for the next artist.

In a very real sense, registration acts as a deterrent to stop an infringer. Attorneys take you very seriously as it exposes an infringer to $150,000 per infringement statutory damages and can allow to collect legal fees as well. I see it as a matter of survival for the creative industry.

Requirements:  Email me a 300 word explanation/statement of why you need the grant.  You are welcome to send a link to the work in progress or done, please do so. Send to: Yunghi@YunghiKim.Com.  This money can be to start, further or finish a project, or go towards everyday life expenses.  Make an honest compelling case, concisely and in 300 words. Jeffrey Smith, director of Contact Press Images, and I will select ten people.

The deadline is midnight, EST, Tuesday December 19, 2017. Ten chosen names will be announced on Christmas, December 25, 2017. Your explanation how the money will be utilized will NOT be detailed in the 2017 grant announcement; only the ten grant winners names and one image.  As a grantee, The Yunghi Grant may use the winner’s submitted image of to promote the grant and possibly release it to other media organizations that seek to do a story on this philanthropic endeavor.

Eligibility:  Open to US and international photographers who are member of Facebook group Photojournalists Cooperative. In unique circumstances, a photographer outside of the Photojournalists Cooperative group may be awarded.

– For working freelance photojournalists (no salaried photographers, staffers or full time educators), those who earn half of their income from freelance photojournalism.

1) 300 word email and one image 1,500 pixel, 300 resolution (image will be used for award winner announcement and promotion of the grant)

2) Please list URL to your website

3) The country where you are based

4) In email SUBJECT please write: Yunghi Grant 2017 (a must to keep track of emails)

My friends are eligible but apologies in advance if you are not selected. Final decision is mine in consultation with Jeffrey Smith director of Contact Press Images. Decision-making is inherently subjective. Please no complaints. Consider this money as a gift; should there be any tax liability, it remains the responsibility of the recipient to deal with appropriately and in accordance with IRS regulations.

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*The Yunghi Grant is also partially funded by a modest inheritance from my late mother, Dr. Ouk Lee Kim. 

My mom was a woman ahead of her time with a career in medicine when women of her generation, from her native country often didn’t have a career.  Standing a petit 4 ft. 11 inches tall, she was a force to be reckoned with: strong, spunky, self sufficient, penny-wise and with a huge heart.  She came to the United States in the early 1960’s from her native South Korea (her daughters would joined her 10 years later).  As a single mother with three kids, she embodied what pursuing the American Dream was about.  For 40 years, she served as a dedicated psychiatrist at a NY State psychiatric hospital, where worked until her death at the age of 77 in 2010. 

*Yunghi Grant was first held in 2015 and solely funded with from large fees recovered from unauthorized use Yunghi’s work.






*Professional photographers can request to join private Facebook group Photojournalists Cooperative (invite only), contact Yunghi@YunghiKim.Com along with link to your website.

*As always, special thanks to Todd Bigelow, Kenneth Jarecke, Jeffrey Smith and Bryan Durr.


2016: Frank Fourkier. Amnon Gutman. Carol Guzy. Derek Hudson. Dania Maxwell. Myriam Meloni. Jackie Molloy. Rick Rocamora. Ann Wang. Rony Zakaria.

2015: Jason Houge. Kenneth Jarecke. Andrew Lichtenstein. Leonie Marinovich. Michelle McLoughlin. Matt Mendelsohn. William B. Plowman. Rikki Reich. Ray Whitehouse. Angel Zayas.


Brooklyn, Chinatown 2015 ©Yunghi Kim


Macedonia 1999 ©Yunghi Kim

Updated 11/19/2017

2016 Awardees



Congratulations to the 10 photographers receiving the 2016 Yunghi Grant:   

Frank Fournier, Carol Guzy, Amnon Gutman, Derek Hudson, Dania Maxwell, Myriam Meloni, 

Jackie Molloy, Rick Rocamora, Ann Wang, Rony Zakaria

We thank all those who submitted entries to this year’s grant; it was difficult to narrow it down to ten. Jeffrey Smith and I feel privileged to read everyone’s stories and proposals, and are heartened to see that there is really strong editorial thinking and story development even as funding resources become more challenging each year. 

I am immensely proud of all the entrants of this grant: committed photographers who are a part of our photojournalism community, all doing meaningful work as best as they can manage, often under difficult circumstances. My life has been enriched by being able to help in a small way. 

Thank you, happy holidays and here’s to a successful New Year. 

Yunghi Kim


Yunghi Grant was started in 2015 by photojournalist Yunghi Kim with earnings she made from unauthorized use of her photographs.  She started this grant to help bring awareness of the importance of copyright and to encourage photographers to register their work with the US Library of Congress.  Photographers owning their work is important.  Yunghi is paying it forward by giving back to photojournalism – an industry that she has proudly been a member of for 33 years.  Yunghi Kim and Contact Press Images Executive Director Jeffrey Smith were jurors of this grant.  
In Alphabetical Order: 




Copyright Frank Fournier

©Frank Fournier

Frank Fournier


Romania 1990 “This man is a crane operator, working right above a lead smelter. The glass frame should have offered some protection from the lethal lead fumes but the permanent dirt on the glass made it impossible for him to see what he was doing so the glass was broken and the direct fumes allowed to leak in. All workers at the lead furnace were breathing toxic fumes. The neurological and behavioral effects of lead are believed to be irreversible. Many of these workers, when poisoned and sick, sank into alcoholism. Copsa Mica Romania”

NYT Seeing Red / Contact Press Images.com / Based in New York, USA / Continuation Book Project.





The Village

©Amnon Gutman

Picture of photojournalist Amnom Gutman**

“An IDP,  walks over in order to help build the main house in a village intended for civilians who had to flee the fighting in E Ukraine.”

amnongutman.com / Based in the Middle East / Project IDP’s  Community in Ukraine.





PROFOUND SORROW.  Bringing grief out of the closet.

©Carol Guzy

Photo by Andrea Pritchard.


“Hers was the first hand that held mine. Mine was the last to hold hers. Saying farewell to my mother Julia.”

4 Pultizers / Based in Washington DC, USA / Project Grief.






Photo by Derek Hudson.

©Derek Hudson



“It shows a Kurdish man carrying his dead infant to be buried in the apocalyptic no-man’s land of Isikveren, Turkey when following persecution by Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard hundreds of thousands of Kurds fled their homelands traversing ice covered mountains to the relative safety of a barren valley across the border in Turkey.”

Derekhudson.com / Based in UK-Germany / Project Kurds. 










“Water is collected at a Wayuu community on June 12, 2016 in La Guajira, Colombia. A severe drought has affected all of the department making many Wayuu walk for hours to arrive at a water source.”

daniamaxwell.com / Based in Bogota, Columbia / Project Indigenous Population.








©Myriam Meloni

photograph of Myriam Meloni

“The important things are said softly,” is the story of a mother and her two children: Three individuals who live together, make reproaches, say “I love you!” take care of each other, play, fight and grow, discovering together, day after day, what it means to be a family.  Today, about 16% of children worldwide live in a single parent household and in 3/4 of the cases, they are only accompanied by the mother.”

myriammeloni.com /Based in Barcelona, Spain / Project Single Mother.









©Jackie Molloy


“Tanner lays across his fiancé David’s lap as David strokes his pregnant stomach. Tanner is transgender, female to male “FTM” and accidentally got pregnant with their baby after missing too many of his testostrone shots. The couple now await the birth of their biological daughter who is due on March 5, 2017.”

jackiemolloy.com / Washington D.C. USA / Project Transgender.






Sharing food and laughter

©Rick Rocamora

photograph of Rick Rocamora **

“A grandmother attending a potluck of at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland, CA shares treasured pistachio nougat from Iran and with Mino and Mia Massooni and another guest.”

rickrocamoraphotos.wordpress.com / Based in San Francisco USA/ Project Muslim Americans.








©Ann Wang

Ann Wang***

“Too young to swallow her HIV medication, the 6 year old learns how to prepare her medication in a syringe, while preparing a trip to attend World Aids Day at the capital city, Beijing.  Children of the Harbor project is an on-going project about the only school in rural China for students living with HIV. The school provides free accommodation, education, food and medication for 33 students age between 6 to 19. However, the school is isolated from society and have very little interaction with the outside world. The first generation of the students from the school will be graduating and taking their entrance exam for university in the summer of 2017, and for the first time in their life stepping out of the school and into the world as individuals.” 

annwphoto.com / Based in Yangon Myanmar / Project HIV China.






Lamalera: Traditional Whaling Village in Indonesia

©Rony Zakaria

img_1029 **

“Stefanus Fotu Bataona (47), a Lamafa (whale harpooner), relaxes with his family in front of his house in Lembata island, Indonesia.
Lamalera is a small fishing village of 2,000 people in the east part of Indonesia where whaling has been an integral part of their life since 600 years ago, using wooden small boats, and hand-thrown bamboo harpoons to hunt.”

ronyzakaria.com / Jakarta, Indonesia / Project Whalers. 






*We thank all of those who submitted to this year’s grant.  I hope to do this again next year.  It will be announced November 2017.  Peace, Yunghi

*Professional photographers who want to join Facebook group Photojournalists Cooperative, contact Yunghi@YunghiKim.Com along with link to your website. 

Photo Credits of photographers portraits: Frank Fournier by Michelle Poire, Carol Guzy by Andrea Pritchard , Jackie Molloy by Nikki Boliaux,  Rick Rocamora by Ben Molina, Ann Wang by Joanne Smith ( images provided by the photographers)

About Yunghi


Rwandan Refugee 1994. ©Yunghi Kim


Yunghi Kim is a photojournalist who has covered conflicts and in-depth, issue-driven stories all over the world for more than three decades. Intimate storytelling and giving a voice to her subjects through the camera remain important to her.

Kim came to the United States from her native South Korea at age 10. She graduated from Boston University in 1984 and began her career as a photographer at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass. She was the first female photographer hired in the photography department. She then went on to a position staff photographer at The Boston Globe for seven years Kim was a member of Contact Press Images in 1995 to 2008 and is presently a Special Contributor.

A turning point in Kim’s career came in 1992 when she was covering the famine in Somalia for The Globe. She and a reporter were pinned down by heavy fighting and then taken hostage by warlord Siad Hersey Morgan. Intervention by the United Nations and the aid group, CARE, resulted in their rescue after 13 hours in captivity. Kim returned to Somalia a few days later to complete her assignment. She returned months later to cover the entry of US troops into the region. Her coverage of the Somali famine was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize that year.

Kim remains proudest of her documentation of the lives of former South Korean Comfort Women. These women, affectionately called grandmothers, were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during its occupation of Korea during World War II. In 1996 her photo essay was published worldwide and helped introduce the Comfort Women to the West. After publication, the Japanese government eventually issued a verbal apology to South Korea that included a promise to account for this atrocity in Japanese historical texts. Her work was the first intimate, behind-the-scenes profile of the grandmothers.


Comfort Women, South Korea 1996 ©Yunghi Kim

Kim has received some of the profession’s highest accolades, it include World Press Photo Awards, POYi awards including Magazine Photographer of the Year by POYi (one of two woman ever 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 in France, The White House Press Photographers, Boston Press Photographers Association, Communication in Arts and Society for News Design, recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University.

Kim has also served as a speaker at the Nieman Narrative Journalism Conference at Harvard University. Past appointed member of NPPA Board of Directors (National Press Photographers Association), 2012 recipient of the United Nations’ Leadership Award in the field of photography by The International Photographic Council. She has also served on the faculty of World Press Photo, Eddie Adams and Missouri Photo Workshop.

In 2015, Kim paid it forward with $10,000 grant to photojournalists. Ten selected photojournalists received $1000 each from money Kim recouped from unauthorized use of her work to bring awareness of copyright education. For this she was 2016 recipient of NPPA’s The Clifton Edom Award that recognized an “individual who inspire and motivate members of the photojournalism community to reach new heights.”


Mourning Freddie Gray. Baltimore 2015. ©Yunghi Kim

Copyright Yunghi Kim, All Rights Reserved. Student Protest Indonesia.

Student Protest 1998. Indonesia. © Yunghi Kim


Kosovo 1999 ©Yunghi Kim


Macedonia 1999  ©Yunghi Kim


Somalia 1992 ©Yunghi Kim

Somalia, Kenya border 1992. Photo by © Yunghi Kim

Somalia, Kenya border 1992 © Yunghi Kim

Copyright Yunghi Kim, All Rights Reserved.

Massachussetts 1987 ©Yunghi Kim

Right photo of Yunghi Kim: Credit Paula Bronstein 


American Photo: Intimacy In Photojournalism

Ai-AP: Empower Other Photographers

NYT: Comfort Women

NYT: Revisiting Life and Death in Africa

New Yorker: Coney Island Winter

Nat Geo: I walked into Iraq

American Photo: Heroes of Photography

NYT: Photo Editors Who Made A Difference

NYT: Brooklyn Chinatown

DPP: Master Of Standing Ground

New Yorker Interview

NYT: Revisiting Africa

SVA Talk/Video

sueddeutsche.de : Iraq

Geci Family. Kosovo summer 1999

Kosovo 1999 ©Yunghi Kim

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