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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



2023, ‘’Jin*, Jîyan, Azadî’’ / It’s not a slogan, it’s a manifesto for freedom

2021, Photo Vogue Festival, Italy

2021, Wo die Hoffnung endet, beginnt unsere Sturheit , Solo Exhibition in Berlin, Germany

2020, ''The Great Escape'', Float Magazine Online Exhibition


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


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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