Jean Chung is an award-winning photographer who had gained international acclaim for her photographic documentations especially in Afghanistan and Africa.

She is a graduate of University of Missouri School of Journalism’s Master’s program in May 2003. After moving back to her native Seoul, Korea, she began working in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa since 2004.

On Aug, 2006, she carried a one-way ticket to Kabul, Afghanistan, to base herself and to be in the hot spot of global news. A year later, she was withdrawn by the South Korean government due to the danger of the South Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan in the summer of 2007. Upon returning, she had worked on her first autographical essay on her life and adventure in Afghanistan, and published the book titled “A Photographer in Kabul” in South Korea, Feb. 22, 2008. In Oct. 2008, she also published her second book, "Tears in the Congo" in Seoul.

Her major award recognitions have come from the following International awards:

Sept 2007: Grand Prix Care International du Reportage Humanitaire of Visa pour l'Image Photo Festival in Perpignan, France, for her photo story, "Maternal Mortality in Afghanistan: Qamar's Story.” Also, her photographs from Herat, Afghanistan, were also the finalist and exhibited as part of Visa D’or Daily Press during the festival in 2007.

March 2008: Winner of the First Prize of the 4th DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Award in Tokyo, Japan.

Sept 2008: Winner of the Inaugural Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Association Award for her documentation of victims of sexual violence in the DR Congo: "Tears in the Congo." She also exhibited the same story as one of the finalists for Visa D’or Daily Press during the 20th Visa pour l'Image Photo Festival in Perpignan, France.

Nov. 2008: Winner of WHO's Stop TB Partneship Image Award in Nov. 2008.

Her work has been featured in various publications such as International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Der Spiegel, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Time Asia, French GEO, Vanity Fair (Italy) and Boston Globe, among others.

Jean Chung