Emin Özmen (Turkey, 1985) studied physics at 19 Mayıs University in Samsun, before moving on to photographic studies in the fine arts faculty at Marmara University in Istanbul. In 2008, he published two photobooks, "Humans of Anatolia" and "Microcredit Stories in Turkey", a collection of stories on women who were able to access a microcredit in Turkey. That same year, he obtained a degree in media photography and documentary (photography) at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. In 2011, his work on drought in Somalia was published in a book and he worked on the disaster of Tohoku Earthquake and economic protests in Greece. The following year, he covered the Syrian civil war and ISIS crises in Iraq. Since 2012, Emin Özmen is working on his longterm project "Limbo - Les Limbes" and has undertaken a long work of photographic documentation with the populations uprooted by the spiral of conflicts. He has traveled many times to Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Italy and France to meet people who were forced into becoming “refugees”.His work has been published by TIME magazine, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde magazine M, Paris Match, , L’Obs among others. One of his pictures was selected by TIME as their Top 10 Photographs of the Year 2013. Emin Ozmen has won several awards, amongst them two World Press Photo awards and Public Prize of The Bayeux Calvados awards for war correspondents. In 2015, he received a Magnum Photos Fund to complete his long-term project about the refugee crisis (Limbo - Les Limbes). In 2016, Emin is a member of the jury of 2016 World Press Photo Multimedia contest.

In 2013 he found Istanbul based photography collective Agence Le Journal with independent photographers and in 2017 he joined Magnum Photos as a nominee. He currently lives in Istanbul and works on his long term works.

Awards & Honors

2017, Days Japan Photojournalism Awards, Jury award

2017, POYI ( Pictures Of The Year International), Community Awareness award

2017, Turkey Photojournalists Association, News-story category 1.prize - Daily life category 2.prize, Photo-reportage category 3.prize

2016, World Press Photo Multimedia Contest, Jury member

2016, Turkey Photojournalists Association, Photo-Reportage category 2.prize & Portrait category 2.prize 

2015, Magnum Photos Photographer Fund winner for 'Limbo' project

2015, IPA International Photography Awards - War Conflict category - 2. prize.

2014, World Press Photo Multimedia Contest - 1. prize.

2014, Prix Bayeux-Calvados des correspondants de guerre - Public Jury Photo Prize

2014, Turkey Photojournalists Association Special Award - For "Syrian Execution" serie. 

2014, RIFF Rome Independent Fılm Festival, 'Witnessing Gezi'  Special Selection

2014, New York Press Club, Spot news photo award.

2013, World Press Photo Contest - Spot news singles 2. prize

2013, Frontline Club Photojournalism awards finalist for "Syrian Execution" serie. .

2013, Turkey Photojournalists Association Special Award  for 'Syrian Civil War' serie. 


2017, Germany, Hannover - 'Flucht' - group exhibition

2016-2017, Turkey, French Institue Istanbul - Les Limbes - solo exhibition

2016, France, Le Guilvinec, Photo Festival - "L'Homme et la Mer" - Les Limbes - solo exhibition

2016, Netherlands, Rotterdam, Niffo Gallery - Les Limbes - solo exhibition 

2016, Germany, Hannover 5th LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism, Witnessing Gezi 

2015, Turkey, Bursa Fotofest - Les Limbes - solo exhibition

2014, France, Bayeux Calvados War Correspondents Festival - Occupy Gezi - group exhibition

2014, Turkey, Antalya Fotofest - Alewites - solo exhibition

2013, Netherlands, Amsterdam Mediamatic - Occupy Gezi - Solo exhibition

2011, Turkey, Istanbul Taksim Metro Station - Somalia; East African Drought - Solo exhibition


Somalia; Worst Drought ın 60 years, Turkuvaz Books, 2011

Microcredit Stories From Turkey, HSBC, 2008

Humans Of Anatolia, HSBC, 2007

Lectures & Panels

2014, Cyprus East Mediterian University, Communication Faculty, lecture 'Visual Storytelling'

2014, Turkey, Istanbul Bahçeşehir University, Law Faculty, Panel 'Isis Crises In Middle-East'

2014, Turkey, World Press Photo Istanbul Exhibition, Panel 'Multimedia Storytelling'

2014, Turkey, Marmaris Photo Festival, lecture 'Photojournalism'

2013, Netherlands, Amsterdam Mediamatic, Panel 'New Media'

2013, Turkey, Pera Museum Istanbul, Panel 'Testimony'

2013, Turkey, Ankara Bilkent Universtiy Photo Club, Lecture 'Photojournalism'

2013, Turkey, Istanbul Marmara University, FineArts Faculty, Panel 'Photojournalism'

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