Lela Ahmadzai is freelance visual Journalist. She publishes for 2470media, Der Spiegel, Spiegel Online, LA Times, Courrier International, Stern Online, Chrismon…
Lela Ahmadzai was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. At the age of 17 she emigrated to Germany.
In 2004 she received Bachelor of Design in Media, Information and Design, Hannover. In 2009 she received her Master’s Degree (Photojournalism) in the department of Media,
Information and Design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Her thesis was titled, "Multimedia Storytelling: Realization of a photographic series and its accompanying exhibition with video-photo & audio composition about women in Afghanistan".
This was followed by a fellowship from the “VG-BildKunst” for a photography project in Kabul. In 2010 she created the project “Strangers at Home” and documented the women’s soccer team in Kabul (Web-Documentry "A Woman’s Goal").
In 2011 and 2012 Lela Ahmadzai had several exhibitions with the recurring theme “Women in Afghanistan” across various cities in Germany.
On March 11, 2012, sixteen Afghan civilians were killed by a US Army Sergeant who later pleaded guilty — this World Press Photo Award-winning multimedia tells the story of the surviving victims whose voices, so far, have remained publicly unheard.