Yunghi Grant


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

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