Emily Garthwaite is a photojournalist and Leica Ambassador focusing on humanitarian and environmental issues. Emily was included in Forbes 30 Under 30 for Media and Marketing, and has a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of Westminster.

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

In 2017, Emily was the subject of a feature-length documentary The 40th Day covering Arbaeen, the world's largest annual pilgrimage in Iraq. In 2018, she continued her photo series Road to Arbaeen by walking over 100km through Southern Iraq during the Arbaeen Pilgrimage as well as covering Ashura in the Holy city of Karbala.

Since late 2018, Emily's work has focused on Muslim communities around the world, with assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Lebanon and the USA. Prioritising positive news, and stories of resilience and empowerment, Emily believes this necessary shift in storytelling can tilt the scales of the media's tendency to negatively portray Muslim communities.

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 in the Guardian, Sunday Times Magazine, BBC News, Forbes, The Times, SUITCASE Magazine, Leica Camera, i-D Magazine, Newsweek, The Independent, and EuroNews.

Commercial clients include: Belstaff, Leica Camera, Christian Aid in India & Afghanistan, NSPCC, UK Home Office, BBC, Article 36, Mines Advisory Group, Abraham Path Initiative, Union Coffee, Kew Gardens, Fjällräven and Phoenicia Hotel, Beirut.

Emily is represented Kintzing Agency, is a Member of Frontline Freelance Register and lives between Iraq and the UK.

Portrait by Cat Garcia


Forbes 30 Under 30 [Media and Marketing, Europe], 2019

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Finalist [Photojournalism Single Image], 2018

Siena International Photography Awards, Olympus Pangea Prize [2018]

Sinchi Foundation Photo Competition, 2nd Place Series Category, 2018

International Photography Awards [Honourable Mention] 2018

Magenta Foundation 100, 2018

Le Book, Winner [Print Special Project], 2018

Belgrade PhotoMonth ‘Ones to Watch’, 2018

Thin Line Festival, Winner [Photo-series Category], 2018

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Finalist [Photojournalism Single Image], 2015


Purdue University, USA [May 2020]

Dublin Castle, Ireland [May 2020]

Husayn Summit, UK [February 2020]

TedXLondonWomen @ Southbank Centre, UK [December 2019]

Aurora International Film Festival, Moscow, Russia [September 2019]

Leica Gallery Mayfair, UK [June 2019]

Leica Gallery Bellevue, USA [May 2019]

Masjid-e-Ali, New Jersey, USA [May 2019]

Phoenicia Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon [March 2019]

Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, Netherlands [March 2019]

Road to Arbaeen, Mashhad, Iran [March 2019]

Road to Arbaeen, Tehran, Iran [February 2019]

World Economic Forum, Switzerland [January 2019]

Women Street Photographers, Artspace PS109, New York, USA [December 2018]

Siena International Photography Awards, Siena, Italy [October 2018]

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

Project Period, Boxpark, London, UK [September 2018]

Honor Festival, New York, USA [September 2018]

docLAHOMA, Oklahoma, USA [August 2018]

Festival Pil’Ours, France [July 2018]

Muji [Tottenham Court Road] London, UK [June 2018]

LifeArt Festival, Athens, Greece [June 2018]

The Vavengers, London, UK [May 2018]

Girl Behind the Lens, London, UK [April 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]


Husayn Summit, UK [February 2020]

Leica Gallery Mayfair, London, UK [27th June 2019]

Leica Gallery Bellevue, Seattle, USA [30th May 2019]

Masjid Imam Ali, New Jersey, USA [May 29th 2019]

Muslims for Peace, New Jersey, USA [May 27th 2019]

Masjid-e-Ali, New Jersey, USA [May 25th 2019]

Islamic Institute of America, Detroit, USA [22nd May 2019]

Tasmin News, Tehran, Iran [28th February 2019]

Velayat TV, Qom, Iran [23rd February 2019]

HodHod TV, Qom, Iran [16th February 2019]

Manchester University, UK [19th January 2019]

Iraqi Welfare Association, London, UK [18th January 2019]

Kanoon Towhid, London, UK [12th January 2019]

Ahlulbayt TV, London, UK [11th January, 2019]

University College London, UK [11th January, 2019]

Aga Sultan, Bangalore, India [14-16th December 2018]

MA Human Rights, Calcutta University, India [10th December 2018]

BA Natural History, Falmouth University, UK [15-16th November, 2018]

Sunday Brunch, Channel 4, UK [21st October]

Wild Screen Festival, Bristol, UK [19th October 2018]

WPY, Natural History Museum, London, UK [17th October 2018]

London PhotoMonth x The Printspace, UK [9th October 2018]

Suitcase Magazine, Muji Flagship Store, UK [7th June 2018]

London School of Economics, UK [16th March 2018]

Frontline Club, UK [2017]

4th Floor Studios, UK [2017]

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