My name is Sean Gallagher, a British photographer and filmmaker who has been based in Asia for over 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 7-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 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 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.


16 March

Exotic Pets in China Film – 250K Views on National Geographic YouTube Channel

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Editorial Photography, News, published work
Exotic Pets in China Film – 250K Views on National Geographic YouTube Channel

Last summer (2017) I produced this short film for National Geographic, with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, about the rise in exotic pet ownership in China. It’s a subject that is little covered but is crucial to understand, as the industry plays a significant role in the global trade in wildlife. Lear more about […]

19 February

Everyday Extinction Featured on The Guardian

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News, published work
Everyday Extinction Featured on The Guardian

Everyday Extinction is a new Instagram feed that aims to highlight the causes, effects and solutions to the 6th global biodiversity extinction crisis. I founded this feed in late 2017 and am excited to see the feed grow and attention being drawn to this issue in the mainstream media. The latest publication to feature the […]

Featured Video

In this unique video piece produced with National Geographic and the Pulitzer Center, the rise of China’s exotic pet trade is revealed. Filmed in Beijing, it highlights the industry’s role in the global wildlife trade.

Due to the scale of exotic pet ownership in China, it is a significant environmental issue as more affluent consumers turn to these types of animals as pets, fuelling the destruction and damage to ecosystems across the world.

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