World Mangrove Day Photography Awards

The 2020 photo contest is now open, featuring some stellar judges and prizes – click through to submit your best shots!


View the winning images and all entries from our World Mangrove Day Photography Awards 2019

This collection celebrates the work of all our mangrove photographers. These unique and inspiring images capture the true beauty of mangroves and we are proud to share their work.

For World Mangrove Day 2019, our fifth annual global photography exhibition, our mission was to raise awareness of the important connections people have with mangrove forests. Throughout the month of July, we asked for and received 250 stunning photos from 30 countries around the world that highlighted mangrove ecosystems and their important contributions to communities and the environment. The theme for 2019 was #MangrovesMatter.

July 26th 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of World Mangrove 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. For the last 26 years, the Mangrove Action Project has celebrated this day with a commitment to action in defense of the mangroves and the communities that rely on them.

Winning Photo 2019 Contest
‘Mangrove Crab Fisherman’
Enrico Marone, Brazil
2nd Place 2019 Contest
‘Mangrove Fairies’
Janos Leo G. Andanar, Philippines
3rd Place 2019 Contest
‘Vital Support’
Stephanie Sargis, USA



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 Saturday August 31, 2019 (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 06, 2019.


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.
    2020 Children’s Art Calendar
  • One (1) Second place winner will receive:
    A signed hard copy of the Mangrove Action Day Photography Book
    2020 Children’s Art Calendar
  • One (1) Third place winner will receive:
    A signed 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.
    2020 Children’s Art Calendar
  • People’s Choice Award winner will receive:
    A newly designed Mangrove Action Project T Shirt
    A signed hard copy of the Mangrove Action Day Photography Book

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.