Emily Garthwaite is a photojournalist focusing on humanitarian and environmental issues. Emily was recently 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, 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.
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