Jekaterina Saveljeva was born in Narva, Soviet Estonia, grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and was based in Ireland for 10 years. She is currently living in Gdynia, Poland. She has been travelling from a young age, her camera being her companion, but she also likes turning her camera on the daily life, wherever is currently home.
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 to work on a story in Tanzania.
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 is presently working as a photo editor at the Reuters Global Picture Desk.
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, an organisation focusing on providing documentary photography workshops to women from disadvantaged communities. In 2016, she spoke about femLENS at TEDxLasnamäe in Estonia.
Jekaterina works on documentary projects using the web, printed books and multimedia.