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My name is Sean Gallagher, a British photographer and filmmaker based in Beijing, China.

I have lived and worked in Asia for over a decade, often spending 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 7-time recipient of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting travel grant and am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. My archive is represented by the National Geographic Image Collection.

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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 and The Guardian. 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 film projects focus on character-driven narratives that communicate and highlight important social and environmental issues through the moving image, utilising creative cinematography and narrative-driven stories. This approach allows my editorial and commercial clients to utilise my storytelling skills in communicating their message to their targeted audiences through engaging and emotional stories on film.


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.


5 December

British Photography Awards – Shortlist

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News
British Photography Awards – Shortlist

I am really pleased to share the news that one of my images from my recent project Tuvalu: Beneath the Rising Tide has been shortlisted for the British Photography Awards. Followers of my work will be familiar with this particular image which has been one of the more popular images from the series. For those […]

17 October

Mentorship Program 2019 – Jessica Suarez

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Education, News
Mentorship Program 2019 – Jessica Suarez

Jessica Suarez is the recipient of my 2019 Mentorship, a free tutorship which aims to give early career photographers and multimedia journalists an opportunity for feedback, critiques and advice on their work. Jessica is a documentary photographer and filmmaker who specializes in non-profit, environmental and editorial storytelling in Latin America and the United States. I’m […]

Featured Video

In this unique documentary produced with The Guardian newspaper, Sean Gallagher explores the world of illegal bird poaching in China.

He follows Gu Xuan, a young Chinese conservationist, as he single-handedly tracks down and confronts poachers as they trap and sell birds, risking his own safety along the way.

Official Selection for the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York.

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