Emily Garthwaite

Emily Garthwaite (b. 1993) is an award-winning Iraq-based photojournalist and storyteller focusing on environmental and humanitarian stories. Emily’s work weaves together themes of shared humanity, displacement, and coexistence with the natural world.

In 2021, Emily and a team of international and Iraqi environmentalists made a 1,900km source-to-sea expedition by boat down the Tigris River, through Turkey, Syria and Iraq, over three months. In 2023, Emily made a second journey down the Tigris River in Iraq to document the river two years on.

Emily has walked over 1,500km through Iraq including walking the Arba’een pilgrimage in Southern Iraq, the world’s largest annual pilgrimage, three times and walked a 230km thru-hike across the Kurdistan region to document the Zagros Mountain Trail, the region’s first long-distance hiking trail, of which she is a co-founder.