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© Hatim Abdalhalem

Esra Gültekin (She/They) is a Kurdish documentary photographer and journalist from Turkey. She had been working as a photojournalist previously based in Diyarbakır, Northern Kurdistan (Also known as Southeastern Anatolia), for JINHA in 2013, the all-women news agency before it was shut down by the Turkish authorities.

In 2017, she graduated with a master's degree in Cultural Studies from Istanbul Bilgi University, having written her thesis on the sexual harassment of women in digital media. Her photography has been published in international media outlets including The Guardian, BBC, Die Welt, Taz, Euronews, and various other publications.

Currently, she lives in Germany, where she continues to build her life, actively pursue her photography projects and writing.


2021, Shortlisted in Leica Fotographie International/BarTur Photo Award - Photojournalist of the Year
2020, Winner of the Luminous Frames Photography Festival - Best Photojournalism Award



Ongoing Exhibition

October 12, 2023 - May 31, 2024 Group Exhibition "We call it Revolution. Transnational Activism in Berlin“ - FHXB Museum Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg - Berlin, Germany

Past Exhibition

2023 Solo Exhibition- 30 Jahre Hüseyin Çelebi Literaturfestival - Cologne, Germany
2023 Solo Exhibition, ''Jin*, Jîyan, Azadî'' / It’s not a slogan, it’s a manifesto for freedom - Berlin, Germany

2021 Group Exhibition, Photo Vogue Festival - Italy
2021 Solo Exhibition, Wo die Hoffnung endet, beginnt unsere Sturheit - Berlin, Germany
2020 Group Exhibition,  ''The Great Escape'', Float Magazine Online Exhibition

2019 Group Exhibition, "Tahir Elci Human Rights 2nd Photo Exhibition"  - Diyarbakır, Turkey

2018 Group Exhibition, "Photography in a State of Emergency" - Berlin, Germany
2015 Group Exhibiton, "The Positive Effects of Science on Human Life" - Tehran, Iran

2013 Group Exhibiton,  "Weneistan" photo exhibition tour - Diyarbakır, Nusaybin, Batman, Kızıltepe, Hakkari and Duhok


November 2020 - Witness Change Storytelling Workshop (Online), London
October 2020 - November 2020 İsmail Beşikçi Foundation Spring Academy Lecture Series (Online), Turkey
August 2020 - Photojournalism workshop with a focus on gender (Online) – Bianet, Turkey
April 2017 - May 2017 - Erasmus Plus Social Diplomacy | Social Diplomacy - Power of Youth, Germany
November 2016 - December 2016 - Erasmus Plus Youth4Society | Power of Multimedia - Bridges of Diversity, Albania


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