Esther Ruth Mbabazi (Uganda, 1995) is a photographer based in Kampala, Uganda.
As a documentary photographer, Esther uses storytelling and photojournalism to address issues in her society. Coming from a humble background, her work explores changing conditions on the African continent, with a focus on the social, physical and emotional aspects of daily life. Esther is driven to bring to light issues in society that are too often overlooked.
She is a National Geographic Explorer, VII Photo Agency Mentee and, a Magnum Foundation Photography & Social Justice Fellow. In 2016 Esther was selected to participate in the World Press Photo Masterclass East Africa, and also won the inaugural Young Photographer Award presented by the Uganda Press Photo Award. Her work has received support with grants from the Pulitzer Center and the IWMF.
Esther’s works have been published in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Slate, El Pais, and her work has been commissioned by a variety of NGOs and international organisations.