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Iyana Esters is a visual storyteller from the United States. She received her B.S. in Community Health Sciences from the University of Nevada, Reno and her M.P.H. in Behavioral, Social, and Community Health from Indiana University.  

Iyana combines art with her background in folk herbalism and environmental health, using photography as a lens of storytelling to capture human’s connection with nature. She experiments with a multitude of photographic processes including documentary, natural plant materials, and historical photo mural projects, with an emphasis on highlighting stories about gender, sexuality, and ancestry in the Black/ Afrodiaspora.



2021 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Semi-Finalist

2020 Jackson Wild Fellow

2020 Diversify Photo, Up Next Candidate


2023 Birthed from the soil, Front Door Gallery at the Lilley Museum of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno, NV

2022 Las Olas Del Mar, Metro City Gallery at Reno City Hall, Reno, NV


2023 Lilley Co-Lab, Lilley Museum of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno, NV

2021 From Tulsa to Minneapolis: Photographing The Long Road To Justice, Social Documentary Network, Boston, MA

2020 Every One Of Us, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

2020 Open Studio Art Exhibition, Artemesia Studios, Reno, NV

2019 Wing Young Huie: What Do You See?, Landmark Center, St. Paul, MN



2023 Holland Project Gallery, Reno, NV

2023 Wedekind Road Art Project, Reno, NV


2023, 2022, 2021 National Geographic Storytellers Summit


2022  Intensive Editing Workshop, Natalie Keyssar + Daniella Zalcman

2020 International Women Media Foundation, HEFAT Trainee


2022 Masterpeace Studio: F☮cus - Iyana Esters

2021 Photo House South: Get To Know - Iyana Esters


2023 Double Scoop: Ancestral knowledge

2022 Revista ViveAfro: Las olas entre Nuquí y Reno, repasamos la obra de Iyana Esters​

2022 KOLO 8: Art exhibit of teen Colombian surfers at Reno City Hall gallery​

2022 Revista ViveAfro: Sanar la pérdida en el terreno fértil de la hermandad​

Revista ViveAfro: Afritofusión de la cantautora Marsh Waris


2021 ZEKE Magazine: Contributors From Tulsa To Minneapolis Photographing the Long Road to Justice 


2019 Memorable in motion: Our 10 favorite videos of 2019

2019 Photographers work with noted St. Paul artist Wing Young Huie for exhibit at Landmark

2019 Broadening the circle of competitive swimming

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