Judith Büthe completed her apprenticeship as a photographer until 2011 with Horst Wackerbarth in Düsseldorf. This is followed by a scholarship from the Foundation for Gifted Students in Bonn. She studies parallel to her work
as a freelance photojournalist at the Free Journalism School Berlin until 2016.
She works as a photojournalist for media, companies, and NGOs. The focus of her work is on people and their stories and she showcases these through portrait and reportage photography. Those who commission her appreciate her high degree of empathy, her particular eye for details and her ability to reduce her motifs to their essence.
Judith Büthe portrays people of very different origins all over the world. Over the past years - in connection with her voluntary work aboard civilian rescue ships in the central Mediterranean and the Balkan route between Greece and Austria - she has conducted interviews with several hundred people on the theme of their origins, culture, their reasons for fleeing and migration.
Her works have been published on, among others, stern.de, jetzt.de, zeitonline.de, fluter.de and in numerous magazines such as Nitro Magazin, SPEX, ART Aurea Magazin, Bundesmagazin für politische Bildung (BPB) [Magazine of the Federal Agency for Civic Education], and AK (Analyse & Kritik).
In 2013, together with Help, Büthe opened the exhibition titled ‘The forgotten refugees of South Eastern Europe’ at the Paul-Löbe-Haus at the Bundestag [German parliament]. In summer 2015 she was nominated for the GoSee Award in the reportage category and, in 2016, she was presented with the “SOS Photo of the Year” award by SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit. In 2014, Judith Büthe received an award from the NRW.Bank for the art calendar on the theme of “I’m in the right place here. (”Hier bin ich richtig!) Children and Youths in NRW”. Currently, her works
are represented in the photography book "Blickfang. Germany's best photographers.", Issue 2019 / 2020.