Nicole Tung

Hong Kong/United States

Nicole Tung is a freelance photojournalist, born in Hong Kong. 

She graduated from New York University in 2009 after studying journalism and history and currently freelances for international publications and NGOs, covering the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. 

After covering the conflicts in Libya and Syria extensively from 2011, focusing on the plight of civilians, she went on to document the lives of Native American war veterans in the U.S., as well as former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and the refugee crisis in Europe. With the support of the IWMF Grant for Women’s Stories, she explored the rising violence against women in Turkey.

Most recently, she has turned her focus to Iraq and Syria, documenting the wars against ISIS and its aftermath. Her work often explores those most affected by conflict and the consequences of war.

Her work has been exhibited at various festivals worldwide and she has received multiple awards for her work including an honorable mention for the IWMF 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Awards, and the 2018 Online News Association’s James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting, among others. She is the recipient of the Visa Pour l’Image French Ministry of Culture’s Production Grant in 2020. Nicole served on the board of the Frontline Freelance Register (2015), advocating for the safety of freelance journalists around the world. She is based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Nicole Tung on Social Media:
Instagram: @nicoletung
Twitter: @nicoletung6

Nicole Tung

Portrait credit: Chris McGrath