Emilienne Malfatto is an award-winning photojournalist covering post-conflict and social issues.

She studied in France and Colombia and graduated from Sciences Po Paris in 2013. She then worked for the Agence France Presse (AFP) in France and on the Middle East regional desk. In early 2015 she moved to northern Iraq as a freelancer.

She now works between Iraq and Southern Europe, with occasional reporting in Latin America. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Monde, among others, and exhibited internationally. She collaborates with media, NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and develops long-term personal projects. 

She is the author of the novel « Que sur toi se lamente le Tigre » (Elyzad) that was awarded the Prix Goncourt for the first novel in 2021.

She is also the author of non-fiction book « Les serpents viendront pour toi » (Les Arènes), about the killings of social leaders in Colombia. 

Emilienne is a member of Women Photograph and Frontline Freelance Register. She is available for assignments.


Contact: emilianamalfatto@gmail.com

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2020 : 

– Exhibition – Visa pour l’Image

– Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award: Honorable mention

– Exhibition – PhotoSchweiz, Zürich

2019 :

– IAFOR Documentary Photography Award: Grand Prize winner

– UNICEF Photo of the Year award: Honorable mention

– Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award: finalist 

– Exhibition – La Grange aux Belles, Paris

– Photo Doc – In Frame award on the theme: « New Arab world »: finalist

– Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellowship: finalist

2018 :

– Participant to the NOOR-Nikon masterclass in Turin, Italy

– Featured at Visa pour l’Image festival screenings

– Recipient of the Stanley Greene / NOOR Scholarship

2017 :

– Participant to the New York Portfolio Review

– Participant to the NOOR-Nikon workshop in Bayeux, France

– Grantee of the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation

2016 :

– Participant to the IWMF’s Adelante reporting trip in La Guajira, Colombia

2015 :

– Reporting prize organized by french media Revue XXI and radio France Info: winner

– European Press Prize: finalist

– Exhibition – Kurdish Institute, Paris