Sean Gallagher - Photographer & Filmmaker, Beijing, China


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My name is Sean Gallagher, a British photographer and filmmaker. I have lived and worked across Asia for over 15 years and am currently in Beijing, China.

From chasing timber poachers with armed policemen through the jungles of Cambodia, to photographing undercover in secretive North Korea, I produce diverse stories for some of the world’s leading news outlets.

I specifically focus on creating photography and documentary film projects that highlight stories from the front line of the climate crisis and other important and under-reported global environmental issues.

I am an 8-time recipient of Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting travel grants, my images are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection and I am a Fellow of the UK Royal Geographical Society.

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What I Do


I use photojournalism to produce long-form photography 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 (The United Nations, DHL, BMW) hire me for 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.


A selection of my work is available as fine art in the form of limited edition prints, open edition prints and limited edition magazines. My collectors value having my work in the homes, offices and personal photography collections. The support of my collectors allows me to continue working on creating stories about critical global environmental issues, through my photography and filmmaking.


25 June

Cambodia Burning to be screened at Hong Kong Climate Change Museum

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Events, News
Cambodia Burning to be screened at Hong Kong Climate Change Museum

My film ‘Cambodia Burning’ will be screened in an exhibition to be held at the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The exhibition runs from 10 June – 30 September 2021. “Jointly organized by the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, […]

29 April

Cambodia Burning Wins British Journal of Photography Award

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Contests, News
Cambodia Burning Wins British Journal of Photography Award

I’m very pleased to share the news that Cambodia Burning has won the ‘Moving Image’ category in the British Journal of Photography’s ‘Decade of Change’ Awards. “Around the world, governments are repeatedly failing to act on climate change. But photography can serve as a mirror. A warning sound. A vehicle for truth. From 1854 and […]

Featured Video

This unique short film tells the story of the impacts and consequences of deforestation and forest fires in Cambodia.

Produced with the Pulitzer Center, the story is told through drone cinematography and poetry, exploring both the physical transformations taking place and also the emotional effects they are having on Cambodian people.

Winner of the 2020 Earth Photo Award for Short Films. Special Jury Mention in the Social Impact Media Awards, 2021.

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