My name is Sean Gallagher, a British environmental photojournalist and videographer based in Beijing, China.

From the Tibetan Plateau to the Indonesian archipelago, I spend months in the field travelling throughout Asia documenting the most pressing conflicts between nature and humanity.

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 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.


22 March

Speaking at George Mason University in Washington DC – March 27

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News

Are you in Washington DC on Thursday March 27? If yes, please join me and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for a talk and presentation about my work in China and India, taking place at George Mason University from 12-1 p.m. Here is more information from the Pulitzer Center website: Gallagher’s starting point in […]

20 March

Urban Legacies, Rural Traditions: Pulitzer Center at DC Environmental Film Festival – March 25

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News

Please join me and the Pulitzer Center on Tuesday March 25 for Urban Legacies, Rural Traditions, a series of Pulitzer Center funded short documentaries. This event at the Carnegie Institution for Science will be part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Here’s some more information from the Pulitzer Center website: Join us […]

19 March

Presentation at the University of Michigan – March 24

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News

If you are in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area next week on the evening of Monday March 24, please stop by the University of Michigan where I will be giving a public talk from 7:30 p.m. The talk is hosted with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and will focus on my work covering environmental issues […]

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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