Grantee Sean Gallagher’s short documentary film, Cambodia Burning, received a Special Jury Mention at the 2021 Social Impact Media Awards.
Cambodia Burning, part of the Pulitzer Center-supported reporting project of the same name, investigates how deforestation and forest fires are altering Cambodia's landscape. The film fuses drone photography and poetry to explore the physical and emotional effects of environmental destruction. Logging and clearing land for agriculture have been accelerating deforestation across Cambodia. In 2018, fires burned in record numbers, more than in any other country in Southeast Asia.
Gallagher is an award-winning British photojournalist and longtime Pulitzer Center grantee. Based in Beijing, he specializes in covering global environmental issues.
The awards are presented by SIMA Studios, a U.S. nonprofit that seeks to highlight documentaries that address the most important social issues facing the world today. A full list of the 2021 winners can be found here.