Esra Gültekin is a Kurdish documentary photographer and journalist from Turkey. She had been working as a photojournalist previously based in Diyarbakır, the largest Kurdish city in eastern Turkey, 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
2019, "Tahir Elci Human Rights 2nd Photo Exhibition" in Diyarbakır, Turkey
2018, "Photography in a State of Emergency" in Berlin, Germany
2015, "The Positive Effects of Science on Human Life" in Tehran, Iran
2013, "Weneistan" photo exhibition tour in Diyarbakır, Nusaybin, Batman, Kızıltepe, Hakkari and Duhok
2020, Witness Change Online Storytelling Workshop
2017, Erasmus Plus Social Diplomacy | Social Diplomacy - Power of Youth, Germany
2016, "Erasmus Plus Youth4Society | Power of Multimedia - Bridges of Diversity, Albania