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


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Title: Fiddler Crabs in an Indonesian Mangrove // Laura Michie // Indonesia
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Description: Some beautiful red fiddler crabs (Paraleptuca crassipes) in the Wakatobi National Park, Indonesia. I studied these crabs as part of my PhD project and spent a lot of time sitting in the mangrove waiting for them to emerge from their burrows. Fiddler crabs are important to mangroves’ sustainability because by burrowing into the ground they help to get oxygen to the roots of the trees and they eat the decaying plant material.