Sean Gallagher is a British photographer and filmmaker who has been in Asia for over 15 years.
Based in Beijing, China, he specializes in covering issues surrounding the climate crisis and other global environmental problems for some of the world’s leading news outlets. He creates innovative photographic, video, and multimedia projects that highlight people's stories from communities that are affected by issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, desertification, and deforestation.
He is an eight-time recipient of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting travel grant; his images are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection and he is a fellow of the UK Royal Geographical Society.
He received a degree in zoology in the United Kingdom. It is his background in science that has led to much of his work being focused on communicating environmental issues through visual storytelling.
His awards include: Pictures of the Year Award of Excellence in Daily Life Documentary (2020); Environmental Photographer of the Year — Changing Environments Prize (2019); Resilience Science Journalism Fellow — Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism (2019); Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Science Journalism Fellow (2017); and Environmental Film of the Year — winner, for film The Toxic Price of Leather (2014). He also published Meltdown, a multimedia eBook documenting China’s environmental crises in the early 21st century (2013).