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 develops documentary photography projects focusing on human rights violations. Among them “Limbo “, one of his long-term works, tells the story of populations uprooted by the spiral of conflicts. 

His work has been published by TIME magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, Der Spiegel, Le Monde magazine M, Paris Match, Newsweek, among others.

Emin Ozmen has won several awards, amongst them two World Press Photo awards and Public Prize of The Bayeux Calvados awards for war correspondents. 

He was a member of the jury of 2016 and 2018 World Press Photo Multimedia contests.

In 2013 he found Istanbul based photography collective Agence Le Journal with independent photographers.

In 2017 he joined Magnum Photos as a nominee. 

He currently lives in Istanbul.

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'

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