Emily Garthwaite is a 25-year-old photojournalist focusing on humanitarian and environmental issues. She has a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of Westminster, 2016. Emily has been published in the Guardian, Sunday Times Magazine, BBC, Forbes, The Times, Natural History Museum, SUITCASE, Leica, i-D Magazine, Newsweek, The Independent and EuroNews.

She has worked across India, South East Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Emily has also had exhibitions in USA, UK, Italy, Iran, Greece, France, Canada, including a recent exhibition at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

Her image of an Asian elephant was selected as a Finalist for Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2015, in the Photojournalism category. In 2018, Emily's image of a sun bear was awarded as a Finalist for Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2018, in the Photojournalism category.

In 2017, Emily was the subject of a feature-length documentary titled The 40th Day covering Arba’een, the world's largest annual pilgrimage in Iraq. In 2018, she developed the photo series by walking over 100km through Southern Iraq during the Arba'een Pilgrimage. The photographic series, supported the Imam Hussein Holy Shrine, will continue in 2019.

Emily was a member of Street Photography International from 2016 - 2018, a collective of four street photographers. Emily is now a member of Leica Akademie India and runs international workshops.

Emily is signed to Kintzing Agency and BBH's Black Sheep Photo agency. Her clients include SUITCASE Magazine, The Independent, UK Home Office, NSPCC, FjällrävenUnion Coffee, Royal Botanic Gardens, Nari Gunjan and St Giles Trust.

[Portrait by Flora Thomas]


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


Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, Netherlands [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 Washington, USA [February 2018]

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, UK [October 2015]


TEDxAut, Tehran, Iran [May 3rd 2019]

Bristol Museum, UK [17th 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, UK [19th October 2018]

WPY, Natural History Museum, 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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