This study considers the largely unrecognized contribution of Chinese photojournalists to the images that represent such a key component of news discourse globally. The study examines demographic profiles, working conditions as well as attitudes towards ethics, the impact of technology and the future prospect of photojournalism. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods have been used. Statistical analysis is based on a total of 275 Chinese photographers who participated in the WPP (World Press Photo Contest) surveys in 2015 and 2016. The survey findings are discussed in tandem with the overall results as well as qualitative interviews with Chinese photojournalists. The main findings are that Chinese photojournalists are predominantly male and well educated. They operate in a context in which there is little institutional support for ethics policy. They enjoy a high employment rate but see job security as one of the greatest challenges going forward.