Mangrove Action Day Photography Gallery

Vote for your favourite Photo for the People’s Choice Award

July 26th marks the 20th anniversary of Mangrove Action Day, now recognized by UNESCO as the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystems. This historic day commemorated Greenpeace activist Hayhow Daniel Nanoto, who died during a massive protest to re-establish the mangrove wetlands in Ecuador. Each year, for the last 26 years, the Mangrove Action Project has renewed a commitment to action in defense of the mangroves and the communities that rely on them.

For Mangrove Action Day 2018 we are raising awareness of the connections people have with mangrove forests with our fourth annual global photography exhibition. Throughout the month of July, we asked for and received stunning photos from around the world.

We would like to thank each and every person who contributed to this project! Winners will be announced early September and there is also a People’s Choice Award that is given out to the photo with most votes.

Enjoy the photos below!

Action day photography contest voting


Judging will be conducted by a panel to be selected by the Mangrove Action Project at its sole discretion (the “Panel”). Photos will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and subject matter relevance to humans and mangroves. The People’s Choice award will be determined by online voting by the public.

  • The Public vote for People’s Choice has begun and ends at 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time on August 31, 2018 (the “Voting Period”). Votes submitted after the Voting Period will not be eligible.
  • To vote for your favourite photo, you must first register using menu above the gallery, confirm registration via email (check spam folder if you don’t see a confirmation email) and login.
  • Winners will be announced on by 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time on September 03, 2018.


The Mangrove Action Project will award the following prizes.

  • One (1) Overall grand prize winner will receive:
    A limited edition mangrove screen print art piece.
    2019 Children’s Art Calendar
  • One (1) Second place winner will receive:
    A hard copy of the book Marvellous Mangroves: Myths and Legends, a compilation of stories from “Mangrove Peoples”—those who live on shorelines where mangroves thrive.
    2019 Children’s Art Calendar
  • One (1) Third place winner will receive:
    A Mangrove Action Project T Shirt
    2019 Children’s Art Calendar
  • People’s Choice Award winner will receive:
    A hard copy of The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and Its Ecosystems
    By Rachel Ignotofsky

Your photographs help the Mangrove Action Project protect mangrove’s amazing diversity of wildlife, people, plants and habitat. Thank you for helping to further our mission through your photography.