Biography


Emily Garthwaite is an award-winning photojournalist,  Forbes 30 Under 30 and Leica Ambassador focusing on humanitarian and environmental issues. She has a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of Westminster and is the Founder of WomenTranslate. She is represented by INSTITUTE, is a Member of the Frontline Freelance Register and Fellow of Abraham Path Initiative. She lives between Iraq and the UK. 

She has walked over 500km through Iraq documenting positive stories of resilience and empowerment and co-directed The 40th Day, a documentary covering Arbaeen, the world's largest annual pilgrimage through Iraq. Emily has twice walked and photographed the pilgrimage, as well as documenting the refugee crisis and land mine clearance in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

In 2015 and 2018, Emily was a Finalist for Wildlife Photographer of The Year  for her photographs of a chained Asian elephant in Varanasi, India and a caged Sumatran sun bear in Medan, Indonesia.

In 2020, Emily founded WomenTranslatean all-women run language services company, translating voices globally. Emily has also worked with the British government and NSPCC on a female genital mutilation (FGM) awareness campaign.

She has exhibited her work internationally, including at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as well as the Leica Mayfair Gallery, South Bank Centre and The Natural History Museum in London, UK. Her work has been published by The Guardian, WeTransfer, The Sunday Times Magazine, BBC News, EuroNews, Forbes, The Times, SUITCASE Magazine, Leica Camera, i-D Magazine, Newsweek and The Independent. 

Previous commercial clients include: Belstaff, WeTransfer, The North Face, Union Coffee, Royal Botanical Gardens, Mines Advisory Group, Fjällräven, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Article 36, Leica and Abraham Path Initiative.

Emily is HEFAT trained [2020] and available for assignments worldwide.



Selected Exhibitions:


Southbank Centre, UK [December 2019]

Leica Gallery Mayfair, UK [June 2019].

Phoenicia Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon [March 2019]

Pakhuis de Zwijger, Netherlands [March 2019]

Road to Arbaeen, Tehran, Iran [February 2019]

World Economic Forum, Switzerland [January 2019]

Artspace PS109, New York, USA [December 2018]

Siena International Photography Awards, Italy [October 2018]

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, London, UK [October 2018]

Festival Pil’Ours, France [July 2018]

SUITCASE Magazine x MUJI, London, UK [June 2018]

LifeArt Festival, Athens, Greece [June 2018]

Thin Line Festival, Texas, USA [April 2018]

Galleria Centofiorini, Civitanova Alta, Italy [April 2018]

Month of Photography Los Angeles, USA [April 2018]

BBH London, Carnaby Street, UK [March 2018]

Leica Gallery Bellevue, USA [February 2018]

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, UK [October 2015]

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