Hannah Yoon working freelance in Waterloo

Amanda Lafferty sits in her room which she shared with her six sisters in Belleville, Ont. Lafferty is part of a family of eight children. Their bed is their safe and private place where they can keep their belongings and get away from the rest of the family. March 20, 2013. (Photo by Hannah Yoon)

Hannah Yoon is a freelance photojournalist based in Waterloo, Ont. who seeks to portray and share the truth through her images. She believes there is power in telling stories and sharing moments that may go undocumented and works hard to visually show the beauty and secrets of what is often missed in life. This comes through in her editorial and NGO work, as well as her lifestyle photography and personal documentary projects, which have taken her throughout Canada, South Korea and the United States. Her work has appeared in various Canadian and American publications. She is a graduate of the photojournalism program at Loyalist College and received her Honours BA in Sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University, and was a recipient of the 2014 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award from the Canadian Press and Canadian Journalism Foundation.

Photojournalism program testimonial

Prior to going to Loyalist College for photojournalism, I had very little understanding of what photojournalism was. The best part of being at Loyalist was being connected to other like-minded photographers who valued the importance of visual story-telling. The teachers were supportive and helped us to develop our portfolio. We were lucky enough to be connected to people in the industry and have access to editors and photographers who have experience. It was a great stepping stone for me into the world of photojournalism. It sparked in me a desire to seek out interesting and different kinds of stories.


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