Etinosa Yvonne



Etinosa Yvonne is a documentary photographer and visual artist. She considers photography to be a medium of expression and a tool to drive social change. Etinosa leverages on the power of visual storytelling to create awareness, educate and inform people about causes and issues she is passionate about.


Freelance Photographer and Visual Artist (2017 – Present) 


2019 CAP Prize shortlist

2019 Joop Swart Nominee

2019 Prix Pictet Nominee

Winner of the 2018 National Geographic/ Lagos Photo Portfolio Review

2018 Africa Media Works Photography Prize Nominee


2019 Access Bank Art X Grant

2018 Women Photograph Grantee 



  • Photo reportage for Obama Foundation
  • Photo reportage for Coffey International Development Limited 
  • Save the Children UK photo mission in Maiduguri
  • Photo reportage for International Labour Organization centenary event
  • Photo reportage on how girl’s education affects climate change for Sierra Magazine
  • Photo reportage on the use of Tranexamic acid to reduce post partum haemorrhage for Wellcome Trust
  • ALIMA photo mission on curbing Lassa fever in Nigeria
  • YIAGA photo mission for 2019 general election


  • Behind the scenes shoot for Girl Gaze
  • Wall Street Journal photo reportage on in Northern Nigeria
  • Wall Street Journal photo reportage on Herdsmen conflict in Nigeria
  • YIAGA photo mission in western Nigeria
  • De Correspondent photo reportage on the influx of migrants from Edo state 
  • ALIMA photo mission on curbing Lassa fever in Nigeria
  • MSION photo mission in Northern Nigeria


  • MSION photo mission in Northern Nigeria
  • YIAGA photo mission in eastern Nigeria


  • Black bodies, Grey Matter. Ake Art and Book Festival Nigeria (Group Exhibition)
  • In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity. The African American Museum in Philadelphia USA (Group Exhibition)
  • THE FENCE, USA (Group Exhibition)
  • Kigali Photo Festival, Rwanda (Group Exhibition)



  • Sierra Magazine, USA
  • The Guardian, UK
  • PDN Magazine, USA 
  • Black & White Photography Magazine, UK


  • Amber J Stephens Blog, USA
  • Culture Trip
  • It’s Nice That, UK
  • Alternatives economiques, France
  • Refinery 29, UK
  • Daily Trust Newspaper, Nigeria
  • Witness, World Press Photo 
  • National Public Radio (NPR) USA


MFON + Magnum Photo Salon, New York



  • Electric South Immersive Media Lab, Cape-Town, South Africa
  • IWMF-WIN Women’s Media Leaders Bootcamp, Naivasha, Kenya


  • FastForward women in photography workshop/mentorship, African Artist Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Women Photograph Workshop, Photoville, New York, USA
  • Native Creative Visual Lab, African Artist Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Nlele Institute Mentorship Program for emerging photographers in Nigeria 


  • B.A Theatre Arts, Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State.                            

Etinosa Yvonne

Etinosa Yvonne (b. 1989) is a self taught documentary photographer from Benin, Nigeria. Etinosa’s work focuses on underreported societal issues as it affects the everyday Nigerian and society at large.
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