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.

Video & Multimedia

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.

Education Outreach

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.


1 February

Smithsonian Magazine Instagram Takeover

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News, published work

This week I will be taking over the Smithsonian Magazine Instagram feed this week, sharing images from my recent travels to Sri Lanka to document the rise in human-elephant conflict in the south asian island nation. Followers of my work will know that this work was created late last year and is part of my […]

15 January

The Other Hundred – Submissions Now Open

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Contests, News

I’m pleased to share the news that I have been asked to be a nominator for this year’s ‘The Other Hundred’ project. The initiative aims to highlight the work of people who are doing extraordinary things for their communities through, since time through education. If you are a photographer who has taken images of people […]

9 December

10 Images of Air Pollution in China

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Stock Photography

China has been in the headlines again this week for its infamous air pollution hitting hazardous levels again. According to an article in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, “China, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, is suffering from serious air pollution, largely attributed to smog from coal-fired power plants.” It adds that 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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