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.

Based in Beijing, China.

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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.


23 April

Best Instagram accounts to follow this Earth Day – iMore

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News, published work
Best Instagram accounts to follow this Earth Day – iMore

Looking for some Instagram accounts to follow to get you in the Earth Day spirit? Here are the best accounts that’ll have you falling in love with beautiful mother Earth! –iMore Follow Sean on Instagram an learn insights about his work and gain insights into his latest environmental projects. A man bathes in the Ganges, […]

12 April

Interview with Photo District News – Pulitzer Center

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News, published work
Interview with Photo District News – Pulitzer Center

I was recently interviewed by PDN (Photo District News) about my collaborations with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting with whom I have worked closely with on many of my environmental stories over the past decade. The article discusses how potential applicants can best tailor their applications to increase their chances of receiving grants from […]

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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