Emily Garthwaite (b. 1993) is an award-winning photojournalist, 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. 

Emily has walked over 1,250km through Iraq including walking the Arba'een pilgrimage in Southern Iraq, the world's largest annual pilgrimage, three times and walking a 231km thru-hike across the Kurdistan region to document the region's first long distance hiking trail. Since 2019, Emily has been documenting the trail as part of a long-term multi-disciplinary project.

In 2020, she walked 200km across the Zagros mountains in Iran to document the nomadic customs of the Bakhtiari tribe. Most recently, Emily and a team of international and Iraqi environmentalists made a 1,900km source to sea expedition by boat, known as Expedition Dijlah, down the Tigris river, through Turkey, Syria and Iraq, over three months. 

She has exhibited her work internationally, including at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, EXPO 2020 in Dubai and in the UK, at Leica Mayfair Gallery, South Bank Centre, Somerset House and The Natural History Museum.

Her photographs have been published in The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, GEO, Vanity Fair, The Intercept, WeTransfer, The Sunday Times Magazine, among others.

Emily's work has been recognised by Forbes 30 Under 30,  Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards and nominated for National Magazine Awards, Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award and the Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award.


2022| Solo Show - Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada
2021 | Solo Show - Iraq Pavilion, EXPO 2020, UAE
2021 | PhotoLondon, Somerset House, UK
2019 | Southbank Centre, UK
2019 | Solo Show - Leica Gallery Mayfair, UK
2019 | Solo Show - Phoenicia Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon
2019 | Solo Show - 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 | Solo Show - Galleria Centofiorini, Civitanova Alta, Italy
2018 | Month of Photography Los Angeles, USA
2018 | Solo Show - Leica Gallery Bellevue, USA
2015 | Wildlife Photographer of the Year, UK


ALIPH Foundation
Abraham Path Initiative
Amersi Foundation
Altajir Trust
Savory Institute


2022 | American Photography 38

2022 | The Best British Travel Writing of the 21st Century by Jessica Vincent

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

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