MAP 2017
photography contest

As part of this years Mangrove Action Day we are raising awareness of the connections people have with mangrove forests by creating a global photography exhibition. Throughout the month of July, we have asked for and received incredible photos from around the world.

We would like to thank each and every person who contributed to this project. We received submissions from 22 different countries, demonstrating the multi-functional benefits of these amazing forests, as well as the people who care about them.

Enjoy the all photos below!


health health

As an important ecosystem linking land and sea, coastal protection becomes a function of mangrove forests, serving as a natural barrier against tropical storms, and tsunamis. Mangroves also stabilize coastal soils preventing erosion, and help to purify runoff from the landwater.
Photo : Eitan Haddock food

Mangroves are fish factories for the 210 million people who live near them and depend on them for food. 70-80% of all tropical fish and crustaceans spend their lives in mangrove swamps as juveniles which helps to feed not just humans but many other animals. Mangrove forests form the basis of a food chain, where the fallen leaves provide coastal waters with much of their productivity.
Photo : Grant Johnson biodiversity

Mangrove forests provide homes and shelter for both diverse marine life and terrestrial fauna and flora including some iconic but endangered species such as the Bengal tiger, manatees, the proboscis monkey and fishing cats. Mangroves are represented on all continents with tropical and subtropical coasts.
economy economy

Mangroves are one of the most productive ecosystems providing food, medicines, tannins, fuel wood, charcoal and construction materials for local communities – sometimes for hundreds of years. For visitors, mangroves are becoming a popular eco-tourism destination with boat tours, boardwalks and kayak trips.
Photo : Felipe Jacome sustainability

Mangrove forests are vital for healthy coastal ecosystems which means it’s essential for the health of our whole planet. Mangroves purify the air we breathe can help mitigate climate change by storing huge amounts of carbon in the soil, and in most cases more than inland rainforests.

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