Etinosa Yvonne

Nigerian national, born in Nigeria, Sep 6, 1989. Lives and works in Nigeria.
Currently works as a freelance documentary photographer and visual artist.


2022 Voice + PhotoVogue Digital NFT Residency (August 19 – September 30, 2022)
2021 Artist in Residence, Gasworks, London (July 5 – September 19, 2021)
2019 Electric South Immersive Media Lab, Cape-Town, South Africa
2019 New York Times Portfolio Review, New York, USA
2019 Blink Media Portfolio Review, New York, USA
2019 IWMF-WIN Women’s Media Leaders Bootcamp, Naivasha, Kenya
2019 National Geographic Storytellers Summit, Washington DC, USA
2018 FastForward Women in Photography workshop/mentorship, African Artist Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria
2018 Women Photograph Workshop, Photoville, New York, USA
2018 Native Creative Visual Lab, African Artist Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria
2018 Nlele Institute Mentorship Program for emerging photographers in Nigeria
2011 B.A Theatre Arts, Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State.                          


2023 CARE * Rockefeller Fellow
2023 Grantee, National Geographic Society
2022 World Press Photo Juror for Africa Region
2021 Nominee, Prix Pictet Global Photography Award
2020 Nominee, C/O Berlin Talent Award, Germany                                                          
2020 TIME's Top 100 Photos of 2020
2020 World Press Photo 6*6 Africa Talent
2020 Creative collaboration with UN Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency, New York
2020 Finalist, Zeke Award for documentary photography
2020 Juror for World Water Day Photo Contest
2020 100 Heroines, Women in Photography  
2020 Nominee, Foam Paul Huf Award  
2019 Grantee, Access Bank Art X Prize
2019 Finalist, CAP Prize  
2019 Nominee, Prix Pictet Global Photography Award
2018 WSJ Top 100 Photos
2018 Women Photograph Top 100 Photos
2018 Recipient, National Geographic/ Lagos Photo Portfolio Review Award
2018 Nominee, Africa Media Works Photography Prize
2018 Grantee, Women Photograph Grant  


It’s All In My Head, Full Circle Photography Gallery, Maryland, USA. Nov 11- Dec 11 2021
It’s All In My Head, ArtX Fair, Lagos, Nigeria. Nov 4 – Nov 7 2021


10th edition of the Castelnuovo Fotografia Festival, Italy. October 1 - 9, 2022
When the well is dry, The Current, Vermont, USA. August 20-December 10, 2022
Still Present, 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany. June 11-Sept 18, 2022.
Follow the River, Follow the Thread, Africa and Sustainable Futures, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK. 01 APR – 12 JUNE, 2022.
International Photography Exhibition, RPS Gallery, Bristol. April 16 – July 3, 2022
Belong, Exposure + Photo Festival, Malaysia. February 26 – March 13, 2022.

To Share, GetxoPhoto International Image Festival, Spain. 02 – 26 September 2021.
Be Brilliant, Donggang International Photo Festival, South Korea. July 16 – September 19 2021.
Through the lens of, Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, the Netherlands. 24 June 2021 – 8 January 2023.
Data Fiction: 3rd Edition of Cairotronica Festival, Cairo, Egypt. 26 April- 1 May 2021.
Control, Format International Photography Festival, NewArt City. 12 March – 11 April 2021

Voices of the Wind, UNHCR Virtual exhibition.
Sublime: Between Solid and Vapor, Rele Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria. August 4 - September 13, 2020.
World Press Photo: Through the lens of, Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, the Netherlands. 1 June 2020 - 23 May 2021.
Lumix Festival for young Visual Journalism, Hanover, Germany. 19 – 28 June 2020 (Digital Exhibition).

Whither I Stand and The Trajectory of Vision, off exhibition organized within the framework of the 12th Bamako Encounters, Bamako. 1 December, 2019 – 31 January 2020.
Black bodies, Grey Matter. Ake Art and Book Festival, Lagos, Nigeria.
24- 27 October 2019.
In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity. The African American Museum in Philadelphia. 04 October 2019 - 01 March 2020
Photoville’s FENCE, USA. 22 June, 2019 - September 27, 2020
In Search of Relevance: Locality and Remediation. Kigali Photo Festival, Rwanda 7 – 16 June, 2019.

Private Collection, Maryland, USA
Public Collection – FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM, Massachusetts, USA.
Private Collection, South Africa

  • Photo reportage for Der Spiegel Magazine
  • Photo reportage for the Wall Street Journal
  • Photo reportage for WaterAID UK

  • Photo reportage for National Geographic Magazine 
  • Photo reportage for ALIMA
  • Photo reportage for Save the Children UK
  • Photo reportage for WaterAID UK
  • Photo reportage for ILO
  • Photo reportage for Aidsfonds
  • Photo reportage for Passenger Magazine
  • Photo reportage for the Wall Street Journal
  • Photo reportage for WHO
  • Photo reportage for UNESCO
  • Photo reportage for Nature Outlook
  • Photo reportage for IRC UK
  • Photo reportage for WHO
  • Photo reportage for WaterAID UK
  • Photo reportage UNFPA, New York
  • Photo reportage for FAO/ENI 
  • Photo reportage for Aljazeera English
  • Photo-reportage ActionAid UK
  • Project coordinator for ILO migration story
  • Photo reportage for GNDR UK 
  • Photo/Video reportage ActionAid UK
  • Photo reportage for Bloomberg Businessweek on Africa’s preparedness for Coronavirus
  • Photo reportage for Bloomberg Businessweek
  • 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 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

African Women in Photography
The Photographic Collective
Diversify Photo
Women Photograph
African Photojournalism Database

Journal of Creative Pursuit, “I Can’t Get It Out of My Head”, Etinosa Yvonne reflects on the trauma experienced by survivors of violent conflict. In Nigeria, pp. 182-189, Indonesia
New Internationalist, pp 57, UK (Sept- Oct 2021)
El Pais Semanal, Traces of the Violence in Nigeria, July 2021.
Oath Magazine, South Africa, April 2021
NoWahala Magazine, Nigeria, November 2020
Nigeria Trending, Nigeria, November 2020
Internazionale, October 2020
Monthly Photography Magazine, South Korea, October 2020
Oath Magazine, South Africa, August, 2020
Bloomberg Businessweek, USA, January, 2020
Daily Trust Newspaper, Sunday Arts & Ideas, Nigeria, February 2, 2020
SIERRA Magazine, November 2019.
Black + White Photography Magazine, The Hidden Wounds, Etinosa Yvonne on the scars of conflict,  pp. 08-16, UK (June 2019)
Women Photograph, USA
Alternatives Economiques, France
Daily Trust Newspaper, Sunday Arts & Ideas, Nigeria, September 9, 2020

2023 Contemporary African Arts, Guest lecture, University of California, Santa Cruz (Virtual)
2022 What is a Photo Essay? Duke Kunshan University, China (Virtual)
2022 Hence, We Dream: Dreams in Capitalist Societies. Discursive program of the 12th Berlin Biennale, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin.
2022 African Photography in Scientific Contexts, discursive program for Cap Prize, Photo Basel International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland.
2022 Self-directed Passion projects: Vital for success, satisfaction and impact. Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism
2022 Text As Image: How to use text in Photography. Duke Kunshan University, China (Virtual)
2022 Long term photography project (How to carry and sustain them). University of Arts, The Hague (Virtual)
2021 Women In Focus: Photography, Agency and Solidarity. Peckham 24, Talks & Event  London
2021 Talking Photography: Etinosa Yvonne in conversation with Afrika Museum, Netherlands
2020, Exposure Photography Festival, Canada (Virtual)
2019, MFON Photo Salon, Magnum Foundation, New York

Etinosa Yvonne

Etinosa Yvonne is a self-taught documentary photographer and visual artist based in Nigeria. She works across the African continent on various issues.
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