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Did you know that mangroves are among the most undervalued ecosystems on the planet? They help to reduce rising global temperatures, prevent food shortages and protect the world’s biodiversity. They are still considered by many as unimportant wastelands, but your images have the power to tell a very different story. The Mangrove Action Project Photography Contest celebrates World Mangrove Day on July 26, 2020. It was an idea that took shape when Leo, our Creative Director, was living in Asia, and became fascinated with mangroves.

The first photography contest was born back in 2015, aiming to break down language barriers and to give our global community the platform to showcase their stunning and intimate mangrove imagery, capturing the diversity of flora, fauna and people across the planet. Mangroves can be found in over 118 countries and each place reveals a unique relationship between the communities, the wildlife, and their mangroves: behind each image is a compelling story.

Meet the Team

Leo Thom

Leo Thom

Founder

Leo ran a visual communication studio, Room60, in London before getting more involved with conservation whilst building up his knowledge of mangrove forests. He now works as a Creative Director for the Mangrove Action Project creating multi-platform content to improve visibility of the organisation and bring to life stories of their work and programs, as well as mangroves. Leo is currently completing a Masters in Wildlife Filmmaking, in partnership with the BBC Natural History Unit, and is passionate about producing films that reach a wide audience whilst shining a light on the intimate relationships people have with nature, especially mangroves.

Leo Thom

Leo Thom

Founder

Leo ran a visual communication studio, Room60, in London before getting more involved with conservation whilst building up his knowledge of mangrove forests. He now works as a Creative Director for the Mangrove Action Project creating multi-platform content to improve visibility of the organisation and bring to life stories of their work and programs, as well as mangroves. Leo is currently completing a Masters in Wildlife Filmmaking, in partnership with the BBC Natural History Unit, and is passionate about producing films that reach a wide audience whilst shining a light on the intimate relationships people have with nature, especially mangroves.

Laura Michie

Communications

Laura is a marine biologist and science communicator who joined Mangrove Action Project as a communications specialist earlier this year. She has over 10 years’ experience working in mangroves and coastal wetlands, specializing in ecosystem services, plant/animal interactions and invertebrate ecology. Laura has a PhD from the University of Portsmouth on the role of fiddler crabs in mangrove ecosystems, and is a contributor for ECO Magazine, a leading international marine science publication. Laura is passionate about scientific outreach and has experience as a scientific advisor on natural history documentaries, working with Terra Mater films and National Geographic Channel.

Laura Michie
Laura Michie

Laura Michie

Communications

Laura is a marine biologist and science communicator who joined Mangrove Action Project as a communications specialist earlier this year. She has over 10 years’ experience working in mangroves and coastal wetlands, specializing in ecosystem services, plant/animal interactions and invertebrate ecology. Laura has a PhD from the University of Portsmouth on the role of fiddler crabs in mangrove ecosystems, and is a contributor for ECO Magazine, a leading international marine science publication. Laura is passionate about scientific outreach and has experience as a scientific advisor on natural history documentaries, working with Terra Mater films and National Geographic Channel.

Meet the Ambassadors

Miguel Anton

Miguel Anton

India

Nadia Aswani

Nadia Aswani

Pakistan

Mattia Cialoni

Mattia Cialoni

Kenya

Kate Colley

Kate Colley

Indonesia

Charlie Dean

Charlie Dean

Malaysia

Roxy Furman

Roxy Furman

Australia

Pedro Furtado

Pedro Furtado

Brazil

Henry Lin

Henry Lin

Taiwan

Jason Mohamed

Jason Mohamed

Trinidad and Tobago

Jack Mortimer

Jack Mortimer

Costa Rica

Nick Riley

Nick Riley

Madagascar

Nick Riley

Felipe Rosa

Brazil

Maia Sherwood-Rogers

Maia Sherwood-Rogers

Indonesia

Amanda Sosnowski

Amanda Sosnowski

USA

Elizabeth Streeter

Elizabeth Streeter

Peru

Ceci Vargas

Ceci Vargas

Mexico

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