Emin Özmen is concerned with documenting human rights violations in his home country of Turkey and around the world.  His deeply affecting work has brought attention to the suffering of those who are victim to natural disaster, civil unrest and corruption. 

Özmen studied photography in the Fine Arts Faculty at Marmara University of Istanbul. In 2008, he obtained a degree in Documentary photography at the University of Art and Design in Linz,  Austria. In 2011, he worked on famine in East Africa, on disaster of Japan Earthquake and economic protests in Greece. The following year, he started covering the Syrian civil war and IS crisis in Iraq, which he continues to document.

Since a few years, he has been working on his two long-term projects: Limbo, which documents the populations uprooted by the spiral of conflicts and “Hidden war” about the Kurdish conflict that has simmered for decades in Turkey.  He worked in South Sudan in 2018 on the adversity and resilience of life in a Protection of Civilians camp and surrounding villages. In 2019 he travelled to Venezuela,where he covered the humanitarian crisis inflicting the country.

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

Özmen has won several  awards, among 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.

Özmen joined Magnum Photos in 2017.  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.

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.

2013, Turkey Photojournalists Association Special Award.


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

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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