My name is Sean Gallagher, a British photographer and filmmaker who has been based in Asia for almost a decade.

From the Tibetan Plateau to the Indonesian archipelago, I often spend months in the field travelling across the continent documenting its most important environmental, social and cultural issues.

My work often appears with some of the world’s leading news outlets including National Geographic News, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal and the Guardian.

I am a 6-time recipient of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting travel grant and am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). I am represented by National Geographic Creative.

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What I Do


I use photojournalism to produce long-form photo-essays about critical environmental and social issues across Asia. My work appears in major news outlets including The Pulitzer Center, National Geographic News, BBC News and CNN. My corporate clients (Boeing, BMW, UN) hire me to use my story-telling skills to communicate their aims and ethos to their customers through vivid and impactful photography.


My video and multimedia projects incorporate the power of both the moving and still image. Using my background in photographic story-telling, I aim to communicate stories and conceptualize ideas that utilize the strength of combining photographic stills, video and audio. In our changing media landscape, this approach offers new and exciting ways in which we present and tell stories to our audiences.


I lead workshops and presentations that use photography to communicate the importance of global environmental issues. I have visited over 50 institutions in the US and Asia, presenting to groups from high school students to government think-tanks. My aim is to help my audience understand the importance of Asia’s most pressing environmental issues and the implications on societies across the world.


21 October

Photographic Museum of Humanity Feature

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News, published work

Bearing the Cost of Environmental Degradation The past decade has witnessed an exponential increase of environmental damages; public awareness has grown at a slower pace but has finally reached the point of dialogue and action. And this, thanks to the contribution of early voices such as photographer Sean Gallagher. I spoke with the Photographic Museum […]

5 September

Giant Panda – National Geographic Creative Collection

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Editorial Photography, Stock Photography

It’s a good week to be a Giant Panda. News has just broke that the species has been upgraded from ‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable’ by the IUCN (the International Union for the Conservation of Nature), the organisation responsible for assessing and monitoring the status of the world’s animal and plant species. In 2011 I did a […]

20 June

Environmental Photographer of the Year Shortlist

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Contests, News

Very pleased to share the news that I have been shortlisted for Environmental Photographer of the Year, for an image in my series ‘Beijing: The Masked City’ taken early last year. Thanks to Atkins CIWEM – The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management who also selected my film ‘The Toxic Price of Leather’ as […]

In the Media

In this unique video piece produced by the Asia Society, I discuss my long-term work documenting China’s changing environment in the early 21st century and the subsequent impacts on the country’s people and ecosystems.

From increasing desertification in the north of the country, to climate change on the Tibetan Plateau in the west, on to disappearing wetlands in the south, I outline the implications of a changing environment on the world’s most populous nation.

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