Elkhan Ganiyev

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Elkhan Ganiyev
Native name Elxan Qəniyev
Born 1994/11/12
Ismayilli, Azerbaijan
Residence Baku, Azerbaijan
Nationality Azerbaijani
Occupation documentary photographer, digital artist
Years active 2011 – currently
Height 173

Elkhan Ganiyev is an Azerbaijani documentary photographer,[1] and digital artist. He started his professional photography career in 2011 and has participated and won many local and international trainings, exhibitions and competitions. He has been a member of the Azerbaijan Photographers Union since 2017. For a long time, he was a direct executor of photo and video projects ("Go to Ismayilli" - 6 months) held with the support of the Ismayilli Region Executive Power aimed at promoting Ismayilli, its ancient cultural heritage and nature in the international arena.

He has been a photographer for international competitions such as Formula 1, the Islamic Solidarity Games, and the European Games, and his photographs have been exhibited to the public.

He worked as a photographer, designer and art director in companies and government agencies as "ISTECHH LLC", "Hajizade Group", "Intro Dev", Gamigaya Holding, "ABAD" public legal entity under the State Agency for Citizen Services and Social Innovations (ARSACSSI) under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. He currently works for the Ministry of Agriculture. He shoots in the genres of "Life style" and "Portrait". He travels and takes pictures in 4 seasons. These photographs have been widely covered in the Azerbaijani media.[2][3][4][5]


Elkhan Ehsan oghlu Ganiyev was born on November 12,[6] 1994 in Ismayilli District.

In 2000-2011 he completed his secondary education at the Ismayilli village secondary school named after Natig Behdiyev. Since his school years, he has been interested in design and photography.

In 2012–13, he received additional education in computer courses held at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Ismayilli District and graduated with honors.

In 2012, he studied dental engineering at the Mingachevir Staff Training and Vocational School.

He was a student of the “KJM Conflict Journalism School” organized by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

He has been a member of the Azerbaijan Photographers Union since February 17, 2017.

In 2017, he was a trainer of the “PhotoMe” photography course organized by the "Herald of Culture" project of the "ASAN Volunteers" Organization, in partnership with YARAT Contemporary Art Space and with the media support of ASAN Radio.[7]

In 2021, a photo-sharing of a homeless person living at the exit of the Sahil metro station in Baku caused an extensive media coverage in the Azerbaijani media.[8][9][10][11][12]

He is married.

Work activity

He started working as a designer at “Gamigaya Holding” on January 7, 2016, and worked at ABAD under ARSACSSI, on September 21, 2017. On June 1, 2018, he was appointed Chief Specialist-Senior Inspector of the Public Relations and Information Support Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan. On July 29, 2020, he was awarded the civil service Referent of the 1st rank.


He successfully completed the “Human Rights Video Training Course” (April 2014) organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and several selected photos of him were exhibited at the Exhibition of Young Photographers on "The Islamic world and the values of multiculturalism in Azerbaijan".[13]

He photographed the working conditions of the employees of Azerbaijan Airlines.

He was a photographer for the “Solidarity Camp” organized by ASAN Volunteers and the Azerbaijan Photographers Union, and his photos were exhibited at the ASAN Service Center.


On October 30, 2016, he won a number of competitions such as "Minimalism", "We did not forget - We will not forget” photo projects held by the Azerbaijan Photographers Union.

On December 26, 2016, he was awarded the second place in the "Fotolimp" exhibition-competition held with the support of the Youth Foundation under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

He participated in the "Congress of History and Folklore of Turkish Arts / Exhibition of Art Activities", Italian Cultural Heritage Preservation Association, Selçuk University, Konya Metropolitan Municipality in Turkey. His photos exhibited there were among the most appreciated exhibits.

His 20 photographs won in the project "Environmental Protection" of the GIZ organization of Germany, and he was awarded a fee for these photos.


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