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, a Magnum Foundation Photography & Social Justice Fellow and a contributor to Everyday Africa. She is one of six talents for the 2020 cycle of World Press Photo 6x6 Africa. Her work has received support with grants from the Pulitzer Center, National Geographic, Magnum Foundation and the IWMF.
Esther’s works have been published in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, El Pais, and her work has been commissioned by a variety of NGOs and International Organisations.