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 WomenTranslate, an 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, The North Face, Union Coffee, Royal Botanical Gardens, Mines Advisory Group, Fjällräven, WeTransfer, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Article 36, Leica and Abraham Path Initiative.

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


Dublin Castle, Ireland [TBA 2020]

Purdue University, USA [May 2020]

Husayn Summit, UK [February 2020]

Southbank Centre, UK [December 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, Netherlands [March 2019]

Road to Arbaeen, Mashhad, Iran [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]

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

Festival Pil’Ours, France [July 2018]

Suitcase Magazine, London, UK [June 2018]

LifeArt Festival, Athens, Greece [June 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]

Speaking Events:

Iraq Embassy, Netherlands [September 2020]

Oxford University, UK [April 2020]

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]

Calcutta University, India [10th December 2018]

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

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

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

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]

Using Format