I am a Turkish photojournalist based between Turkey and...
I am a Turkish photojournalist based between Turkey and Ukraine. My work focuses on conflicts, migration and human rights violations around the world.

I started my journalism career covering the Syrian war in 2012. Since then, I have been working with Syrian communities in Turkey, focusing on investigations such as the exploitation of Syrian refugees by the plastics industry.

From 2018 to 2020, I worked in Hawaii, India, China, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, producing stories on human rights violations as well as human-environment interactions driven by various political, social, and cultural processes.

In 2019, I traveled to document Mexico’s vaquita porpoise, the world’s smallest, which was on the verge of extinction.

Since January 2022, I have been covering Ukraine, capturing the buildup to Russia’s war and subsequent invasion focusing on the human cost of the war. 

I am a member of Agentur Focus, Germany. 



+90 534 730 84 42 (Whatsapp)
+38 066 444 13 26 UKRAINE
+1 929 606 24 97 USA

Based between Kyiv and Istanbul


Agentur Focus
Arzu Sandal - Agency manager
Burchardstr. 14
20095 Hamburg

+49 (40) 450 22 30

Visura: EmreCaylak


2024 - Shortlisted - Sienna International Photo awards

2024 - Shortlisted - Amnesty Media Awards  

2023 - Finalist - Photojournalist of the year - British Journalism Awards  

2023 - International Women's Media Foundation grantee 

2022 - Winner of the Hostwriter prize

2022 - Winner of Tokyo International photography awards bronze  - Ukraine  

2021 - Winner of Tokyo International photography awards bronze  - Turkey

2021 - Journalism EU grantee 
2019 - Finalist - German reporter's award - Multimedia (Deutscher Reporterpreis)
2019 - “Journalismfund.eu” grantee 

2018 - “Olin Grant” grantee - Netzwerk Recherche


2024 -  VII Academy L1 Southeastern Europe program taught by Nichole Sobecki.

2022 - "We are setting off from the streets" Exhibition - Istanbul, Turkey

2022 - "We had a normal life" exhibition by Agentur Focus and MAPS: Berlin and Hamburg.

2022 - "Ukraine" exhibition by Hémisphères: Paris

2019 - "Saving the Vaquita" Exhibition - Global Investigative Journalism Festival: Hamburg, Germany.

2017 - Photography Workshop instructed for Beyoglu municipality employees 

2017 - International Center of Photography TA - Lighting Techniques: An Overview Robert Meyer

2017 - International Center of Photography TA  - Narrative Photography: The Story According To You: Elizabeth Bick

2013 - Solo exhibition "Life as a refugees in Syria and Turkey".  Istanbul, Turkey

Emre Caylak - Photographer

Emre Caylak is an award winning photographer based between Kyiv and Istanbul. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian, Economist 1843 mag and Der Spiegel.
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