Emily Garthwaite is an award-winning photojournalist, Forbes 30 Under 30, Leica Ambassador and storyteller focusing on environmental and humanitarian stories. Emily’s work weaves together themes of shared humanity, displacement and coexistence with the natural world. She has a Masters in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism from the University of Westminster and lives in Iraq. 

Since 2017, Emily has walked over 750km through Iraq photographing its land and people in order to share untold stories of contemporary Iraq. She walked across the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to document how airstrikes and landmines contribute to the destruction of cultural heritage with Article 36, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning organisation focused on reducing harm from weapons. Emily also co-directed The 40th Day, a documentary covering Arba'een, the world's largest annual pilgrimage that takes place in southern Iraq. Emily has walked and photographed the pilgrimage three times. In 2020, Emily walked 200km across the Zagros mountains in south-west Iran to document the customs of the Bakhtiari tribe. 

She has exhibited her work internationally, including at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and EXPO 2020 in Dubai and in the UK, Emily has exhibited her work at Leica Mayfair Gallery, South Bank Centre, Somerset House and The Natural History Museum in London. Her work has been published by Smithsonian Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, WeTransfer, The Sunday Times Magazine, SUITCASE, Vice Media, Adobe and more. 

Emily has received grant funding from ALIPH Foundation, Abraham Path Initiative, Amersi Foundation and Altajir Trust.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards


2021 | Art in the First Cities of Iran and Central Asia by Agnes Benoit

2021 | Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Unforgettable Photojournalism by Rosamund Cox

2021 | Women Street Photographers by Gulnara Samoilova

2018 | Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 28 by Rosamund Cox

2018 | The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffmann

2015 | Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 25 by Rosamund Cox


2021 | Iraq Pavilion, EXPO 2020, UAE

2021 | PhotoLondon, Somerset House, UK

2019 | Southbank Centre, UK

2019 | Leica Gallery Mayfair, UK

2019 | Phoenicia Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon

2019 | Pakhuis de Zwijger, Netherlands

2019 | World Economic Forum, Switzerland

2018 | Artspace PS109, New York, USA 

2018 | Siena International Photography Awards, Italy

2018 | Wildlife Photographer of the Year, London, UK

2018 | Galleria Centofiorini, Civitanova Alta, Italy

2018 | Month of Photography Los Angeles, USA

2018 | Leica Gallery Bellevue, USA

2015 | Wildlife Photographer of the Year, UK

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