Yen Duong is a Vietnamese photographer currently based in Ho Chi Minh city, whose work tends to drift to quiet moments in everyday life. Originally an investigative journalist, she has photographed many critical stories throughout Vietnam and elsewhere, exploring themes from human trafficking, environmental and natural disasters, to the impact of rapid urbanization on marginalized communities. She holds a Master of Arts in Intercultural studies at University of Vaasa, Finland.
Her work was published in Reuters, Bloomberg, the Atlantic, the Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the New York Times, Courier Media, Al Jazeera, The New Humanitarian, among others.
She also frequently photographed and produced for a number of NGOs, including ActionAid UK, International Federation of the Red Cross, UNICEF, and Care International.
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2020 Pulitzer Center's Southeast Asia Rainforest Journalism Fund (RFJ) grantee
2019 One World Media's New Voice Award, winner
2018 UK FPA's Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award, runner-up
2018 Women Photograph mentorship class of 2018-2019
2018 South-South Media Lab program funded by BMZ, fellow/photojournalist in residence, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
2016 Visiting fellowship at the Migration Research Center at Koç University, Istanbul
News, Features & Exhibitions
[upcoming] Exhibition: Women in Film and Photography, Chapel Gallery, Objectifs Center for Photography and Film, Singapore
2021 Group Exhibition: Women by Women ActionAid UK, gallery@oxo, London
2021 Group exhibition: The Journal, f2 Photo Festival, Dortmund, Germany
2021 "Format", Photo Hanoi 21, Vincom Center for Contemporary Art, Hanoi
2021 ActionAid UK's Women by Women campaign
2021 Interview, Thomson Foundation's 2020 Annual Review
2021 Featured Story on PHMuseum, Child brides of China
2020 Pandemic Diaries in "The year we lost" by Joe Pinsker, the Atlantic
2020 Photoville, The Journal: Documenting Covid-19, curated by Women Photograph x The Journal Collective, New York
2020 Athens Photo Festival, The Journal: Documenting Covid-19, Athens
2020 Festival de Fotografia de Paranapiacaba, The Journal: Documenting Covid-19, São Paulo
2020 Pandemic Diaries in Fotodemic
2020 Thomson Foundation’s online course on Reporting on COVID19
2019 Short doc on Role Models, Girl Rising x Sunsilk
2019 Espiga, A silent winter in Kashmir, Porto, Portugal
2018 Solo exhibition, The New Flower, Gobeze x Ice Addis, Addis Ababa
2018 Guest speaker in Global Journalist’s podcast, "Child Marriage in Southeast Asia"