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.


11 January

National Geographic “What We Liked”

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News, published work

A quick post today to show you a recent image feature on the National Geographic Creative website in the “What We Liked” section. Each week, editors from National Geographic pick their favourite images from those published by the agency on social media, mostly from the agency’s photographer’s Instagram accounts. As a contributing photographer to the […]

24 November

Mongolia’s Wild Horses, for Smithsonian Magazine

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Editorial Photography, News, on assignment

Very pleased to share this recent publication with you all from an assignment I did late last year in Mongolia for Smithsonian Magazine. The story focuses on the revival of the Przewalski Horse, Mongolia’s wild equine which is experiencing a resurgence after being successfully reintroduced in the wild. It’s a rare good-news story from the […]

11 November

Images on Display at C40 Cities 2016 Mayor’s Summit, in Mexico City

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Events, News

I’m delighted to share the news that six of my images will be on display in a public exhibtion at the upcoming C40 Cities 2016 Mayor’s Summit, in Mexico City. “The C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City will bring together the largest group of local leaders fighting climate change since COP21. C40 cities around the […]

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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