Yalda Moaiery

@yaldamoaiery @yaldamoayeri

Currently on bail in Tehran, Yalda Moaiery (یلدا معیری) is an Iranian photojournalist who has covered conflict, war and natural disasters for the past 20 years. Her assignments have taken her to Georgia, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Somalia. Moaiery’s most recent work covered life in Afghanistan following the resurgence of the Taliban as well as mass protests in Iran surrounding rising fuel prices. Moaiery is a member of the Iranian Photojournalists Association (IPJA), and her photojournalism has appeared in Time, Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle, Le Monde, The Mail on Sunday, Le Figaro and El Pais, among other international news outlets. One of Moaiery’s most poignant pieces of work is her photo essay on women serving in the Iranian military and the legacy of Iran’s Supreme Leader Khomeini. On September 19, 2022, Moaiery was arrested by security agents of the morality police in downtown Tehran while covering protests surrounding the death of Mahsa Amini. During the arrest, Moaiery sustained physical injuries and was taken with other women protestors to the Qarchak prison, a women-only detention facility south of Tehran. Moaiery was released on bail on December 20, 2022, and continues to work while awaiting her court date and potential trial. Moaiery’s family commented, “Our family is thrilled to see Yalda receiving such a notable recognition. Since she was 18, Yalda’s courageously put herself on the frontline in many dangerous situations due to her commitment to photojournalism. Yalda deeply deserves this award, and we thank the International Women’s Media Foundation for recognizing Yalda.”

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