Ali Sooteh is an Iranian photojournalist, based in Rasht, Iran. Since 2002, he has worked with various local news agencies and dailies such as Tasnim and Hamshahri. From 2013, he has gradually shifted his focus from news to documentary photography and started to work on more in-depth projects. Aside from receiving over 45 local awards and recognition, Sooteh's photographs have been published in many media outlets, flourished galleries' walls, and became part of 40 books. In 2017, he won the NVP Images Developing Grant for his climate change project with a focus on deforestation and subsequently became their fellow for a duration of 16 months.
In early 2019, he had a major car accident while working on a project and was hospitalized for 3 months and spent another 6 months of recovery at home. In March 2020, he joined NVP Images as an Associate Photographer.