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, East Africa, and his home in rural Appalachia.  


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

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.  Mike has hiked the Appalachian and John Muir Trails, cycled across Europe and ridden trains across Siberia.  He currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife and son. 

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

Selected Publications:

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

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

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

ZEKE Magazine, Rising Tides (2019)

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

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)

Street Photography Magazine, Cover Feature (2018)

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)

Selected Exhibitions and Speaking Events

National Geographic MountainFilm Young Explorer Grant, joint exhibition (2017)

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

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

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

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

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)

Community Trust Fund, Major Grant (2019)

Outex Ambassador (2019)

GoPro & Sony Sponsorship (2018)

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)

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)

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, University of Edinburgh (2006)

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 - 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

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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