Emin Özmen was born in 1985 in Sivas. He graduated from the Department of Photography of Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts.
In 2008, he published two photobooks, “Humans of Anatolia” and “Microcredit Stories in Turkey”, a collection of stories on women who were able to access a microcredit and start business in Turkey. That same year, he obtained a degree in media photography and documentary (photography) at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. In 2011, his work on drought in Somalia was published as a book and he worked on the disaster of Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami as well as the economic protests in Greece.
The following year, he covered the Syrian civil war and ISIS crisis in Iraq. In his social documentary works, Özmen focuses on human rights and human right violations. Since 2012, he has been working on his long-term project “Limbo – Les Limbes” and has traveled many times to Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Italy and France to meet people who were forced to become “refugees”. His work has been published by the TIME magazine, The New York Times, Le Monde magazine M, Paris Match, Der Spiegel, Newsweek and many others. One of his photos was selected by the TIME among their Top 10 Photographs of the Year 2013.
Özmen received two World Press Photo awards in 2012 and 2013 and the Public Prize of The Bayeux Calvados Awards for War Correspondents in 2014. Turkish Photojournalists Association, of which he is a member, has also awarded Özmen for many of his works. He was selected as a member of the jury of 2016 and 2018 World Press Photo Multimedia Contests.