Patient at an eye hospital in qom iran emily garthwaite

This is Ghazale. She’s 19 years old and receiving an eye test at a hospital in Qom, Iran. She has a message, “I must believe I am a powerful woman. It is my heart that makes me powerful and I cannot doubt it”.

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children in hillah iraq during arbaeen pilgrimage emily garthwaite

When Saddam Hussein was in power, he banned the Arbaeen Pilgrimage in Iraq. In doing so, many pilgrims were killed or imprisoned for a minimum of two years. Local Iraqis living on this route offered shelter to Shia Muslims and allowed them free passage during the night. They would mark their homes to signal they were safe and cook all through the night. These children are from a large family who housed Shia Muslims during the days of Saddam Hussein.

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refugee in herat refugee camp in afghanistan

Ayesha holds her daughter at an IDP camp on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan.

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chained sun bear in medan sumatra indonesia emily garthwaite

The Sun bear is the smallest bear in the world. Sun bears depend on forests and the large scale deforestation that has occurred throughout Southeast Asia over the past three decades has dramatically reduced their tropical habitat. In addition to this Sun bear numbers have been reduced by an uncontrollable exploitation for their bile. This bile is used in traditional Chinese medicine and has led to an insatiable demand for wild bears and their organs. A recent report found that 48% of Malaysia's traditional medicine shops were selling bear bile.

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chain asian elephant by ganges in varanasi india emily garthwaite

An Asian elephant stands visibly traumatised, chained to a temple pillar following a six-hour procession. It was paraded through the streets of Varanasi, noisy with crowds and rocketing fireworks, in the build up to Diwali, the festival of lights. The elephant was swaying and its bloodshot eyes swirled, as its owner looked on anxiously. There are an estimated 3,600 domesticated Asian elephants in India, belonging either to the government, wealthy families or temples and used in festivals throughout the year. They are an endangered species, their wild counterparts under threat from habitat loss and conflict with humans in agricultural areas.

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women during arbaeen pilgrimage in iraq

Women prepare food at a mokeb on a rural route to Karbala, Iraq during the Arbaeen Pilgrimage. Every morning local Iraqis prepare the day’s bread supply, food and sweet teas for pilgrims - all of which is free

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iraqi woman in wheelchair in medical hospital in india bangalore emily garthwaite

Iraqi’s are increasingly seeking medical treatment abroad. Zainab has traveled to Bangalore, India for an operation on her spine, “Shortly after giving birth I had an MRI and they discovered a tumour in my spine. For the past 14 years, the pain has been increasing but I haven’t been able to afford the $6,000 surgery required, and Iraqi doctors said they wouldn’t risk the operation in case I was paralyzed. I was nervous to leave Iraq and journey to India. I’m thankful we were offered free treatment and that other countries are helping support us as we rebuild. We want to be self-sufficient, but it’s still early days”.

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girls sit at football stadium in Herat Afghanistan emily garthwaite

Young girls, working as shoe cleaners, sit outside Kohistan football club’s stadium in Herat, Afghanistan during a local premier league game.

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elderly man walking through calcutta india emily garthwaite

An elderly gentleman walks back from lunch in Calcutta, India

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children play on a beach in malawi emily garthwaite

Children play on the beach of Lake Malawi, Malawi.

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Cousins sit in poppy field in tyre lebanon emily garthwaite

Nour and Maya are cousins. One half of their family is Sunni, the other is Shi’a. There are many misconceptions surrounding the relationship between Sunni and Shi’a, and I think Nour and Maya show the reality. We noticed a field of poppies and I explained that in my country they are seen as symbols of fallen soldiers. They said they believe the same in Lebanon.


"We have known war for much of our lives, and feel it. Peace is something we want, but the journey there is complicated”

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palm oil jungle in sumatra indonesia

Palm jungle belonging to Lonsum, a British palm oil company. They claim they will soon be acknowledged as a "world leader in the movement towards true sustainability in the oil palm and rubber plantation industries". In reality, they are one of the biggest threats to the survival of the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia.

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iraqi military man in najaf iraq during arbaeen pilgrimage

Sayed (35) spent five years fighting Daesh as part of the voluntary Iraqi military service. This year he returned home after being shot multiple times in the shoulder and shin. Sayed’s grandfather and father fought against Saddam Hussein, and his family are well-known fighters, “Our volunteer Iraqi troops are very strong and guided by our local religious leaders who ordered us to fight. Even now I feel ready to go to war if I’m needed, this is how I function now. Give me two hours, and I’ll be there”

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orangutans in sumatra indonesia

Juvenile orangutans hold on to Emmy, a keeper at SOCP's orangutan quarantine centre in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Well over 200 orangutans have been returned to the wild as a result of this work, and two entirely new wild populations of this Critically Endangered species are gradually being established, as a back up “safety net” for the remaining wild population, increasing the likelihood that at least some orangutans will survive in Sumatra’s forests in the future.

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dusk in al hillah iraq

A rural pilgrim route in Al Hillah, Iraq at dusk. Pilgrims continue to walk late into the night, some walking from as far as Basra to reach Karbala. [2017]

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man silhouetted in forest in darjeeling india emily garthwaite

Pine forest in Ghum, West Bengal

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self portrait by emily garthwaite

Self Portrait in Coron, Philippines

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woman lies on coffee cherries for union coffee in yayu ethiopia emily garthwaite

A coffee worker lies on a bed of coffee cherries in Yayu Wildforest in Ethiopia

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karate girl during female empowerment workshop in bihar india emily garthwaite

Khushboo is from the Musuhar caste, one of the most marginalised communities in India. The threat of child marriage and trafficking is critically high amongst these communities. Female empowerment organisations like Nari Gunjun provide support, safe houses and education for young girls. Khushboo now lives at Nari Gunjun's boarding school in Bihar and has won nationally in karate.

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children in water at dhobit ghat in mumbai india emily garthwaite

Boys play in the concrete washing vats inside Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai. Dhobi Ghat is Mumbai's largest open-air laundry service.

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juvenile asia elephant in jaipur india

An illegally bred Asian elephant stands inside her Mahout's home. Hidden from sight, she is one of many in line to be trained and used for tourist rides at Amer Fort in Jaipur, India.

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afghan refugee in qom iran emily garthwaite

Fatemah fled Afghanistan over fifteen years ago. On the 9th of Ashura, the Taliban came to her village, killing 27 men and leaving their bodies in the desert for three days. If she stayed she had two options: to accept forced conversion or die. Fatemah and her two children fled to Iran where they now live in the desert surrounding Qom. Saeedeh Vakily is one of many young Iranians working with Afghan refugees like Fatemah, and offering them food, clothing and educational support. As of 2016, there were over 951,000 Afghan refugees living in Iran. 

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dawn on kinabatangan river in borneo

Dawn on the Kinabatangan River in Sukau, Borneo

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my father at sunset in surrey england emily garthwaite

My father in Surrey, UK

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woman wears snow leopard coat in tromso norway emily garthwaite

A tourist stands on a dock in Tromsø, Norway wearing a snow leopard coat. Snow leopards are a critically endangered species. She explained she had bought the coat illegally in South India. As she walked away she said, “If you can’t wear fur at my age, when can you?”

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iraqi women bake bread at a mokeb during arbaeen pilgrimage emily garthwaite

Women bake khubz [Iraqi flatbread] at a mokeb on a rural route to Karbala, Iraq during the Arbaeen Pilgrimage.

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monks play in smoke in ranong thailand emily garthwaite

Trainee Buddhist monks play in the grounds of their monastery in Ranong Province, the least populated region in Thailand.

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traffic cars in mumbai india emily garthwaite

Rush hour in Mumbai, India

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my mother camilla by flowers in paros greece emily garthwaite

My mother in Paros, Greece

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monk inside bachkovo monastery in bulgaria

Inside Bachkovo Monastery in Bulgaria, one of the oldest and largest Orthodox monasteries in Europe.

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grandmother under willow tree in jersey uk emily garthwaite

My grandmother under a willow tree in Jersey, Channel Islands

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Afghan refugee man in calais jungle france emily garthwaite

An Afghan man in the Calais Jungle, 2016

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taxi driver men in mumbai india

Taxi drivers in Mumbai, India

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nightbus bus calcutta india emily garthwaite

Nightbus in Calcutta, India

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neighbour at home in london emily garthwaite

Ben, my neighbour in London

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Malawian man washes face with soap emily garthwaite

A young man washes with soap at dawn on Lake Malawi's waters edge in Malawi.

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man stands in union coffee smoke in Ethiopia yayu wildforest emily garthwaite

Inside a school classroom in Yayu Wildforest, Ethiopia

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men watch vintage car race in goodwood england emily garthwaite

Men watch a vintage car race at Goodwood Revival in England.

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minimalist tree phone line in casablanca morocco emily garthwaite

Palm tree electrical pylon in Casablanca, Morocco

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iranian refugee man in calais jungle france emily garthwaite

An Iranian teenage boy on hunger strike in the Calais Jungle. A total of 12 men stitched their mouths and remained on hunger strike for 25 days.

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brick lane biker outside bagel shop in london emily garthwaite

A biker outside the famous Bagel store on Brick Lane, London

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fisherman in sabah borneo emily garthwaite

A young boy rests in a fishing net hammock in Sandakan, Borneo.

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desert car in western sahara emily garthwaite

An abandoned car in Western Sahara, a disputed territory bordering Morocco

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sisters on a boat with birds in mumbai india emily garthwaite

Three sisters feed seagulls in Mumbai, India

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fire calais jungle refugee france

A young man flees the south Calais Jungle during its closure in February 2016. 

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muslim women queue outside mosque in karbala iraq karbala during arbaeen pilgrimage emily garthwaite

Women queue at the entrance to Zeynab's Hill in Karbala, Iraq. 

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woman reflection in pushkar india emily garthwaite

A young mother poses in a local restaurant on the outskirts of Pushkar, Rajasthan

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woman sits on paper at a recycling plant in Calcutta India emily garthwaite

A woman working at a paper recycling plant in Kolkata, a city recently celebrated for its waste management schemes which deserve to be implemented around the rest of India

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woman dancing with champagne at goodwood revival england emily garthwaite

Goodwood Revival in England, UK

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woman pushes through queue at goodwood revival in england emily garthwaite

A woman jostles through the crowd to view a Porsche engine at Goodwood Revival in England.

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close up elderly man in london uk emily garthwaite

Adrian at home in Highgate, London

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london nightbus bus emily garthwaite

Night bus in London, UK

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mans silhouette in liverpool street london emily garthwaite

Liverpool Street walkway in London, UK

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man silhouette in woodland in surrey england emily garthwaite

Jamie in Surrey, UK

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swan and birds on lake at sunset in hyde park london england emily garthwaite

Serpentine in London, UK

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people walk on the beach at sunset in Thailand Koh Phangan emily garthwaite

Beach walkers in Koh Phangan, Thailand

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CJ at st giles trust in london emily garthwaite

CJ during a fundraiser for St Giles Trust, a charity that support ex-offenders in the UK.

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somalian woman stands on westminster bridge in london england emily garthwaite

A woman stands on Westminster Bridge in London, UK

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man silhouette at tate modern  in london england emily garthwaite

Turbine Hall inside the Tate Modern in London, UK

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