Emin Özmen

photojournalist and co-founder Agence Le Journal, Turkey visit website

Emin Özmen © Cloé Kerhoas

2013, 2nd prize singles, Spot News

Emin Ozmen was born in Sivas, Turkey.

He studied physics at 19 Mayis 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. His work has been published by TIME magazine, The New York Times, BBC, CNN, Der Spiegel, Guardian, Le Monde magazine, L’Obs, and Paris Match, 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 the Prix Bayeux Calvados Public Jury Photo. In 2015, he received a Magnum Photos Photographer Fund to complete his long-term project about the refugee crisis (Les Limbes).

He currently lives in Istanbul and continues his work as a photojournalist at Agence Le Journal.



Winning images by location


Turkish photojournalist Emin Özmen talks about his award-winning production, Witnessing Gezi.

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