Bio and Contact Info
Shawn Yuan is an award-winning journalist and photographer based in Beijing, covering China and beyond. Previously based in Beirut and Istanbul, Shawn has reported from China, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Cameroon, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, and other countries.
Currently working with Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Beijing, Shawn has been published in various international outlets including Al Jazeera, Bloomberg, BBC, WIRED, California Sunday Magazine,VICE News, Daily Telegraph, South China Morning Post, The National, The Lancet, among others.
Shawn is a National Geographic Explorer and a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee. Most recently, his coverage of Hong Kong protests in 2019 earned him first place at the Pictures of Year International award. He is also a finalist photographer for Sony World Photography Awards and Siena International Photo Awards.
A fluent English and Mandarin speaker, Shawn can chat well in Arabic (both Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine Dialect), Cantonese, and Spanish. He uses writing and photography as his main mediums of storytelling.
Prior to starting his journalism career, Shawn studied law in the United States and worked as a fellow at Human Rights Watch and International Refugee Assistance Project. During those times, his academic interests were refugee law, sex equality, and constitutional reform.
He is available for assignments for text and photography across China and the Middle East.