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, economic, physical and emotional aspects of daily life, especially in rural areas and for minority groups. Esther is driven to bring to light issues in society that are too often overlooked.
She is a 2018-2020 VII Photo Agency Mentee and recently became a National Geographic Explorer, a programme that supports the work of storytellers who are committed to a better understanding of our planet. She is a 2017 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. In 2015 she won third place at the Uganda Press Photo award for her story on rural education in Uganda.
Esther’s works have been published in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Slate, World Press Photo, The Observer, El Pais, and her work has been commissioned by a variety of NGOs and international organizations.