Liu Xin

Founder and Director, Enlight Foundation, Xinping Foundation; Photojournalist, .

Educated in China and the United States, Liu Xin is an award-winning photographer on both continents.  Born and raised in Xi ' An, China, she studied journalism at Ren Min University in Beijing between 1986-1990.  During this time she interned at the China News Service. 


From 1990 to 1993, Liu Xin worked as a writer and photojournalist for China Youth Daily, China's then third largest newspaper with a circulation of 1.5 million. She became the first female staff photojournalist working for a Chinese national newspaper, documenting women and children's educational conditions throughout the mainland.


Liu Xin was invited to intern at the Baltimore Sun in September 1993, after winning first place in the Asian Women Photo Contest, Nikon's International Contest and the Alexia Foundation photo contest.  She subsequently interned at the Miami Herald, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Syracuse newspapers while completing graduate studies at Syracuse University and Ohio University.


In 1996, Liu Xin became staff photojournalist at the Palm Beach Post. She was named Southern Photographer of the Year, COX Newspapers photographer of the year, and Atlanta Seminar photographer of the year in 1997 and 1998. Xin was selected to be in the World Press Photo Masterclass in 1997.


From 1999 to 2002, Liu Xin worked as a freelance photographer in China for Time Magazine, Newsweek, Fortune Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, and the Denver Post, among others.  During this period she was nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize, both as an independent photographer and for projects in which she participated.


Liu Xin co-founded and directs the Enlight Foundation and Xinping Foundation, working on educational projects in China and the U.S.

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