Jekaterina Saveljeva was born in Estonia, grew up in South Africa and was based in Ireland for 10 years. She is currently based in Spain. Jekaterina began her career in Ireland working with local newspapers. In 2012 she began doing freelance work for the New York Times. In the same year, she was awarded the Simon Cumbers Media Fund.
Jekaterina’s work has also been published in the Irish Times, Fairplanet, Metro Eireann, Folk er Folk (Norway), Vision Magazine (China), Photojournale, and has been used by AP and Reuters.
Finalist of PhotoPhilanthroy Photography awards in the Student Category 2014. She exhibited in Estonia, Ireland and Poland, and has worked as a photo editor in Reuters Pictures.
In 2014 Jekaterina graduated from Dublin City University in Media Production Management (B.A., Hons), and has a diploma in print journalism. She speaks Russian, English and basic French and Spanish.
She is the founder of femLENS, a non-profit association. Through femLENS, she envisions a world in which more women from diverse backgrounds are included into the visual storytelling of the world. femLENS’ mission is to empower women and their communities, to challenge stereotypes and discrimination in the media, through education, support, exhibitions and contacts with the media. In 2016, she spoke about femLENS at TEDxLasnamäe in Estonia.
Jekaterina works on documentary projects using the web, printed books and multimedia.