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email: [email protected]
call/whatsapp: +63 918.661.8390

skype: jacobmaentz
Jacob is currently in Cebu City

Jacob Maentz is an American documentary photographer whose work explores the interplay of the natural world, culture, and identity. For more than a decade, he has been working on a long-term project chronicling indigenous diversity and changing indigenous cultures within the Philippines. His work draws on both the vast distinctiveness of indigenous communities and on the many parallels between their worldviews and his – one of interconnectedness, holistic knowledge, relationships, and a strong connection with the land.

Jacob is a project photographer with Blue Earth Alliance, a community of professionals that supports visual storytelling on critical environmental and social issues. He has a background in conservation biology. 

His publications and clients include (selected): Geographical Magazine (UK), BBC Travel, Discovery Channel Magazine, GEO, Lonely Planet, The Guardian, DestinAsian, National Geographic Traveler, World Food Programme, UNESCO, World Wildlife Fund, Philippine Department of Tourism, Chrysler, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), World Animal Protection, and Save the Children.

Jacob is currently expanding his work to look at the intersection of traditional ecological knowledge, conservation, and climate change. He is available for assignments globally.

email: [email protected]
call/whatsapp: +63 918.661.8390

skype: jacobmaentz
Jacob is currently in Cebu City

Jacob Maentz is an American documentary photographer whose work explores the interplay of the natural world, culture, and identity. For more than a decade, he has been working on a long-term project chronicling indigenous diversity and changing indigenous cultures within the Philippines. His work draws on both the vast distinctiveness of indigenous communities and on the many parallels between their worldviews and his – one of interconnectedness, holistic knowledge, relationships, and a strong connection with the land.

Jacob is a project photographer with Blue Earth Alliance, a community of professionals that supports visual storytelling on critical environmental and social issues. He has a background in conservation biology. 

His publications and clients include (selected): Geographical Magazine (UK), BBC Travel, Discovery Channel Magazine, GEO, Lonely Planet, The Guardian, DestinAsian, National Geographic Traveler, World Food Programme, UNESCO, World Wildlife Fund, Philippine Department of Tourism, Chrysler, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), World Animal Protection, and Save the Children.

Jacob is currently expanding his work to look at the intersection of traditional ecological knowledge, conservation, and climate change. He is available for assignments globally.

Exhibitions, Awards, Grants

2019: Recipient of the Tadhana Family Fund
2018: University of San Carlos Museum, Cebu, Permanent Exhibition
2018: Blue Earth Alliance, Project Photographer
2017: Rice Gods and Saints, Cebu, Permanent Exhibition
2016: Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY), Finalist
2015: Photocrati Fund (Imagely Fund), 2nd Prize 
2014: The Forgotten Ten, Water Dragon Gallery, Manila
2013: American Photographic Artists (APA) / Lucie Foundation Scholarship, Shortlisted
2013: PhotoShelter’s Jumpstart your Photography Business initiative, Grand Prize
2012: Kickstarter Campaign, Funded

Press, Interviews