Emin Özmen studied photography in the Fine Arts Faculty at Marmara University of Istanbul and in Linz (Austria).
In 2011, he worked on the famine in East Africa, Tohoku Earthquake in Japan and economic protests in Greece. The following year, he started covering the Syrian Civil War and ISIS crises in Iraq, which he continues to document. He covered Mosul operations in 2016.
Emin covers international news but also develops documentary photography projects focusing on human rights. Among them “Limbo “, one of his long-term works. It tells the story of populations uprooted by the spiral of conflicts. In 2013, he started to document the complex situation of Kurds in Turkey. He is also focusing on Turkey’s current issues.
His work has been published by TIME, New York Times, Washington Post, Der Spiegel, Le Monde magazine M, Paris Match, Newsweek, 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, he was a member of the jury of 2016 and 2018 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
2018, World Press Photo, Digital Story Telling Contest, Jury member
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, Berlin - Freirum Für Fotografie - 'Contemporary Photography from Turkey' - group exhibition
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
2017, Kayseri Erciyes University, Communication Faculty, lecture 'Photojournalism'
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'