Michael O. Snyder is a photographer, filmmaker, and environmental scientist who uses his combined knowledge of visual storytelling and conservation to create narratives that connect people to the other-than-human-world and drive social change.  As founder of Interdependent Pictures, he has directed films in the Arctic, the Amazon, the Himalaya, and East Africa.


His work has been featured by National Geographic, The Guardian, VOX, BBC, Roads & Kingdoms, The Washington Post, High Country News, Condé Nast, NPR, Political Science & Politics, and Social Documentary. His films have been selected to over 40 festivals and have taken home numerous awards.


Snyder grew up on 12 acres of woods in Appalachia and spent much of his early adulthood exploring the remote corners of this planet. These experiences set in motion an ongoing love affair with the wildness of this world and desire to re-connect people to it. Snyder’s projects are often built through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and harness the power of positive storytelling in order to shift the narrative about what it means to live well on this planet without destroying it.


He holds an MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, a Blue Earth Photographer, a Fearless Photographer, and the co-founder of two environmental organizations. An adventurer at heart, Mike has hiked the Appalachian and John Muir Trails, cycled across Europe, and ridden trains across Siberia. Originally from a small town in Appalachia, Snyder has lived around the world including long-term stints in Scotland, Japan, Hawaii, and New Zealand.  He currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife and son. 

insta:  @michaelosnyder /
phone:  +1-301-804-7710

Publications & Editorial Clients:

National Geographic, Understanding Climate Change, Mitigation and Adaptation, video series (2019)

National Geographic, Feature Photographic Story (2020)

VOX, THAW mini-series, Director of Photography (2018)

The Guardian, Photography Feature Story, The Roof Runner (2016)

Scientific American, Feature Story (2020)

Terrain Magazine, Haunted by the Future (2020)

BBC, Into the Dark (2020)

ZEKE Magazine, Rising Tides (2019)

The Daily Mail, Feature Story (2020)

Roads & Kingdoms, Social Media Feature, In The Sleeping Land (2016)

Ain't-Bad Magazine, Darksome (2020)

Nature (Communications Biology), Image in Journal Publication (2020)

Social Documentary Network, Feature Story, 24 Hours Underground (2018)

High Country News Magazine, Photo Essay, Against the Current (2017)

Yale SAGE Magazine, What is Lost and Found on the Fraser River (2018)

NPR, A Year of Photographs taken at the 'Sametime' (2008)

Condé Nast Traveler China, Feature Story (2017)

Float Magazine, Darksome (2020)

Street Photography Magazine, Cover Feature (2018)

Dodho Magazine, Darksome (2020)

Virginia Quarterly Review, Feature Story, We All Travel The Milky Way Together (2016)

Washingtonian Magazine, Photography Features (2016 & 2017)

Yale SAGE Magazine, The Mountain Traditions Project (2017)

Float Photo Magazine, Social Media Feature, The River, The Moon, and I (2017)

Dodho Magazine, Photography Feature Story, The River, The Moon, and I (2017)

CNN, Social media coverage, The Roof Runner (2016)

LensScratch, Favorite Photographs of 2015 (2015)

Beautiful Decay Magazine, Photography Feature, Roof Runners (2016)

Snap Magazine, Photography Feature, Brutalissima (2016)

Don't Take Pictures Magazine, Photo of the Day, The Roof Runner (2016)

The Wild Magazine, Featured Artist Story (2015)

Political Science & Politics Magazine, Cover (2015)

The Washington Post, Arts and Culture Section, The Bumper Jacksons (2015)

Huffington Post, Arts and Culture, The Bumper Jacksons (2015)

The Washingtonian, Featured Photographer (2016)

Backbone Mountain Review, Cover and interior art (2015)

Allegany Magazine, Featured Artist Story (2016)

Non-Profit Clients & Partners:

National Geographic

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Defenders of Wildlife

The Pachamama Alliance

350.org (Bill McKibben)

Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage

The Post Carbon Institute

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Blue Earth Alliance

Yale University


The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

The Water School

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts


The International Storytelling Center

The Arctic Institute

The Holistic Life Foundation

Frostburg State University

The Arctic University of Norway

Exhibitions and Speaking Events:

National Geographic MountainFilm Young Explorer Joint Exhibition (2017)

Photoville, New York City, Eroding Edges, joint exhibition (2018)

The Center for Fine Art Photography, This Changing Planet, Juried international joint exhibition (2020)

Griffin Museum of Photography, Climate Change, Portraits of a Changing Planet, online joint exhibition (2019)

Praxis Gallery, Abandoned Spaces, Juried international joint exhibition (2020)

United Nations International Maritime Organization, London, The Arctic, On Our Watch, joint exhibition (2019)

Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit, Eroding Edges, Solo Exhibition (2017) 

The Wall Gallery, Venice, The Roof Runner (2020)

National Environmental Research Council, Changing Arctic Ocean Annual Science Conference (2020)

Documentary Matters (Lecture Series), Social Documentary Network, Boston: Stories from the Eroding Edge (2018)

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Deploying Culture in Conflict Resolution (2014)

Patagonia Vancouver, Against the Current, Solo Exhibition, (2017)

University of Virginia, We The People, joint exhibition (2017)

Global Peace Film Festival, Featured Speaker, Making Films that Matter; the Power of Positive Storytelling (2015)

Art Takes Miami International Exhibition (2014)

Allegany National Photography Exhibition, Finalist (2017)

Rotary National Assembly, UK, Featured Speaker (2008)

University of Edinburgh, Institute for Education, Guest Lecturer, Globalization, Climate Change, Peak Oil and the Role of Youth (2010)

University of Edinburgh, School of Biological Sciences Seminar Series, Guest Lecturer: Tackling Peak Oil and Climate Change with Community-Based                 Solutions and Resilience: The Transition Towns Model (2010)

University of Edinburgh, Centre for the Study of Environmental Change and Sustainability, Guest Lecturer: Tackling Peak Oil and Climate Change with                  Community-Based Solutions and Resilience: The Transition Towns Model (2010)

University of Edinburgh, School of Business, Guest Lecturer, Designing Community-Based Marketing and Social Engagement Strategies (2011)

Awards and Grants:

Fearless Award, Finalist (2019)

National Science Foundation Grant (Collaborator), Migration in Harmony (2020)

Community Trust Fund, Major Grant (2019)

Scottish Climate Challenge Fund (2009)

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, University of Edinburgh (2006)

Outex Ambassador (2019)

GoPro & Sony Sponsorship (2018)

The Wall Gallery (Venice) Photography Awards, Photographer of the Day (2020)

Banff Centre for the Arts, Mountain Photo Residency (2017)

Blue Earth Alliance Photographer (2017)

Imagely Award, Honorable Mention (2017)

LensCulture Street Photography Awards, Editor's Pick (2015)

LensCulture Portraiture Awards, Editor's Pick (2020)

Washington, D.C., Our City Festival Artist Grant (2015)

Maryland Humanities Council, Major Grant (2013)

Scottish Green Awards, Best Green PR Campaign, Runner- Up (2011)

Selected Film Festivals and Awards:

Winner - Best Environmental Film, Canada International Film Festival (2016)

Winner - Best Environmental Film, The World's Independent Film Festival (2017)

Winner - Best Environmental Film, Colorado International Film Festival (2017)

Winner - Audience Choice Award, ARFF Paris (2019)

Winner - Sir Edmund Hillary Award, Best Environmental Film, Mountain Film Festival (2016)

Winner - Best Documentary Feature, Blackbird Film Festival (2016)

Winner - Best Documentary - Love Your Shorts Film Festival (2018)

Winner - Audience Choice Award, G2 Green Earth Film Festival (2015)

Winner - Audience Impact Award, Docs Without Borders Film Festival (2017)

Winner - Audience Choice Award, Wild and Green Shorts (2016)

Winner - Best Short Documentary, Our City Film Festival (2015)

Winner - Best Soundtrack - The Africa Film Festival (2018)

Winner - Third Place Overall, Adventure Shorts Film Festival (2016)

Nominated - Best Director, Blackbird Film Festival (2016)

Nominated - Best Short Documentary, Cayman International Film Festival (2015)

Nominated - Music Video of the Year, The Wammies (2015)

Official Selection - MountainFilm (2017)

Official Selection - Tromsø International Film Festival (2020)

Official Selection - Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (2020)

Official Selection - Global Peace Film Festival (2015)

Official Selection - Justice Film Festival NYC (2017)

Official Selection - The Earth Day Film Festival (2018)

Official Selection - Frozen River Film Festival (2018)

Official Selection - Show Me Justice Film Festival (2018)

Official Selection - Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (2015)

Official Selection - Los Angeles Cinefest (2015)

Official Selection - Marda Loop Justice Film Festival (2015)

Official Selection - Tassie Eco Film Festival (2015)

Memberships and Associations:

Blue Earth Alliance of Photographers, 2017 - Present

McGuffey Art Center, Member Artist, 2020- Present

Fearless Photographers, 2014 - Present

Citizen Shale, Board of Directors, 2015 - 2018

Canon Professional Services, 2018 - Present

Transition Edinburgh South, Co-Founder and Vice Chair, 2008



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