Marcus Yam is a Los Angeles Times staff photographer. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he is interested in the social issues and dichotomies that shape the human experience. At a turning point, he left a career in aerospace engineering to pursue a photographic life. In 2017, Yam was named Picture of the Year International’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year. Yam was part of teams that won two Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news: for coverage of the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist attacks in 2015 for the Los Angeles Times and the deadly landslide in Oso, Wash., for the Seattle Times. His previous work has earned an Emmy Award, a World Press Photo Award and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.