Moe Zoyari is a two time winner of Picture of The Year International Award. 
He began his work as a photographer at the age of 14. After focusing his work around human rights issues and political turmoil in Iran, he expanded his reach, covering events in Middle East, Europe and the Unites States. His photos have been published in national, and international journals including NewsweekTime, and Der Spiegel , among others.

Being a voice for the voiceless has always been one of his top priorities; and because of that he has traveled the world to document people’s lives. He has visited more than 52 countries in the past years, working on projects documenting the impact of wars, the lives of refugees, and the threats to LGBT people. Moe was invited to The White House by President Obama, and The First Lady in 2015 to attend the global Instameet. 

He worked for United Press International and British Broadcasting Corporation from 2003 to 2015, and is now an independent photographer based in Chicago, IL, represented by Redux Pictures. The Pulitzer Prize winner John H. White has been a mentor of Moe.  

Photo: M.Akbarpour

Photo: M.Akbarpour


Notable Awards & Honors


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Lectures & Exhibitions:

  • Fourth Edition of Eyes on Main Street photo exhibit, Downtown Wilson, North Carolina, April 21, 2018

  • "Artists for Peace" photo exhibition at UC Berkeley, California, December 2017

  • Guest lecturer at Columbia College Chicago - Ethics in Journalism 2017

  • Guest lecturer at College of San Mateo – California 2011

  • Photo Exhibition of Forgotten Colors – Sunnyvale Library, California 2010
  • Photo Exhibition at University of Putra – Malaysia 2009
  • Photo Exhibition of 30 Years of Iranian Photography, Monnaie de Paris, 2009
  • Guest lecturer – Faculty of Social Sciences, Tehran University, Iran 2009
  • Manager of a week long workshop for Iranian photographers, Tehran 2008
  • Photo Exhibition of Difficulties of Being a Woman in Iran, Germany 2007
  • Photo Exhibition of Just For Foreign Policy, New York, NY 2005
Moe on a photo assignement in south of Mosul, Iraq 2016. Photo by Go Nakamura

Moe on a photo assignement in south of Mosul, Iraq 2016. Photo by Go Nakamura



  • Exile: A photo book featuring Iran, India, Afghanistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, 
    France, Italy, Germany, and the U.S. (2012) ISBN: 978-0-9857770-1-2
  • Forgetfulness: A photo book of a 14 months journey throughout 45 countries around the world. ISBN: 978-0-9857770-0-5
  • Influential Persians: A photo portrait book of influential Iranians around the world.
    This book is a work in progress and would be published by the end of 2017.

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Wilderness First Aid Training:

  • Moe has successfully achieved the Wilderness Medical Associates certification, which includes epinephrine administration to treat anaphylaxis, and single person adult CPR, including relief of foreign body airway obstruction and AED use.
    This program was supported by RISC Training