Kang-Chun Cheng


About Me

[usually and currently, Nairobi; Morocco-Canary Islands October-November; Sri-Lanka-India December 2022]

KC 鄭康君 (b. 1995) is a Taiwanese-American photojournalist reporting on how climate change exacerbates insecurity, Indigenous communities' response to development, China-Africa relations, and outdoor adventure. She uses photography as a tool for storytelling. KC has herded reindeer in the Arctic, roasted lamb with pastoralists in the mountains of Xinjiang, hitchhiked through Tunisia, harvested honey with the Yaaku in Kenya's Laikipia North, walked the Camino de Santiago, and free-dived on the south Sinai peninsula. She loves big landscapes and can be found climbing rocks whenever possible.

Selected Publications

The New York Times, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, Christian Science Monitor


2013-2017 Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA; B.A. Environmental Science, minors Studio Art & Chinese


2022: HEFAT Nairobi, Kenya

2021: Scuba Schools International (SSI): Freediving Level 1


Mandarin, English

Grants, Awards, & Recognition

2022  Pulitzer Center-Trust and Distrust in Western Sahara, Africa's Covid "black hole"

2022 Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, IMWF

2022 Women Photograph Mentorship Class

2021 Rory Peck Hardship Assistance Fund

2021 Freelance Journalist Assembly safety clinic 

2021 OPC Freelance Journalist Microgrant

2020 Laluz Workshop Scholarship: Your Work and Its Audience

2020 Fulbright Semi-Finalist

2017 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship

2016 Neukom Institute of Computation ScienceTravel Grant


International Press Association of East Africa

Frontline Freelance Register

Overseas Press Club of America

Diversify Photo

Authority Collective

Uproot Project

Using Format