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10 Years Celebrating Mangroves Now open for entries!

Mangrove Action Project – a global charity dedicated to promoting science-based training to conserve and protect mangroves – has launched their 10th Mangrove Photography Awards. The competition invites photographers of all ages and levels to submit images that showcase the beauty, diversity and fragility of mangrove forests worldwide. 

Mangroves are one of the world’s most critical ecosystems – and one of the most threatened. Their ability to store up to five times more carbon in soil compared to tropical inland forests makes them among our most powerful nature-based solutions to the climate crisis. Yet today, less than half the world’s original mangrove forest cover remains.

In an effort to highlight the importance of mangrove forests and the threats they and coastal communities relying on them face, the annual Awards aims to catalyse conservation and restoration efforts for these complex ecosystems. By drawing on the power of visual storytelling, we can deepen peoples’ understanding of the importance of mangroves and ways we can continue to protect them.

There are 5 single image categories that appeal to a range of interests and approaches – Wildlife, People, Landscape, Threats and Underwater – as well as Conservation Stories, a multiple image category allowing photographers to tell powerful narratives related to mangrove habitats. 

As in previous years, we’re proud to bring together some of the world’s most celebrated conservationists, wildlife photographers and videographers. This year’s judging panel includes one of India’s most accomplished nature and wildlife photographers, Dhritiman Mukherjee; National Geographic Explorer and International League of Conservation Photographers senior fellow Morgan Heim; and Christian Ziegler, a renowned photojournalist specialising in natural history, conservation and science stories. 

Photographers of all backgrounds, ages, and levels are invited to submit their images in any of the categories. A winner will be chosen for each category, with an overall winner being crowned Mangrove Photographer of the Year. Meanwhile, photographers under the age of 23 will vie for the Young Mangrove Photographer of the Year prize. All winners will be announced on 26th July to celebrate World Mangrove Day. The competition is free to enter with cash prizes for each category. 


Enter the contest: Entries for all categories close on May 19th, 2024. To enter, visit

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About Mangrove Action Project: The Mangrove Action Project (MAP) is a US-registered 501 c (3), which has advocated for the conservation and restoration of global mangrove forests since 1992. MAP personnel, now based on several continents, have conducted mangrove workshops in more than 20 countries, teaching best practices for mangrove conservation, restoration, and education. 

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Leo Thom

Pink Mangrove Lagoon ©Felipe Santander