Cengiz (b. 1986) is a documentary photographer and photo editor currently based in El Paso, Texas. He is the photo editor for the tech publication Rest of World
, overseeing all visuals, including photography and illustration. His documentary photography focuses on mass displacement, religious and ethnic minorities, and the repercussions of the Islamic State. He has photographed war and its effects in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan and has a long-term commitment to documenting civilian casualties as a result of conflict.
He is the inaugural recipient of the James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting
from the Online News Association in 2015, was a member of the Associated Press team listed as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize
for coverage of the battle for Mosul in 2016, and was listed on the Getty Images Reportage Emerging Talent
roster. He won a National Magazine Award
as the managing editor of Roads & Kingdoms
in 2019, served for three years as a board member for the Frontline Freelance Register
, advocating for better training and protections for conflict freelancers, and was named a 2019 Dart Center Ochberg Fellow
in Journalism and Trauma.
Cengiz’s clients include Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, WIRED, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Instagram, Google, UNHCR, and The New York Times among others.
He is HEFAT
and FAA drone pilot certified.