Jacob Maentz is an American documentary photographer whose work explores the interplay of the natural world, human culture and identity. Currently based in the Philippines, Maentz has been working on a long-term project chronicling indigenous diversity and changing indigenous cultures within the archipelago.
Jacob is a project photographer with Blue Earth Alliance, a community of professionals that support visual storytelling on critical environmental and social issues.
In 2013, Jacob was awarded the Grand Prize for PhotoShelter’s Jumpstart your Photography Business initiative and was shortlisted for the American Photographic Artists (APA) / Lucie Foundation Scholarship. Jacob was awarded as the Second Place Finalist in the 2014/2015 Photocrati Fund and became a finalist in the 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards.
Jacob is a contributing photographer at Getty Images and works on photobook projects with recent titles including: World Heritage Sites and Living Cultures of the Philippines; Ifugao: People of the Earth; and Muslim Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago: A Current of Narratives.
Jacob graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude) with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and Interdisciplinary Study in Conservation Biology from Colorado State University, 1998-2002. In 2003, he joined the United States Peace Corps where he worked on the island of Palawan, Philippines, developing environmental education programs using photography.
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Clients (Selected): World Food Programme, UNESCO, World Wildlife Fund, Philippine Department of Tourism, Chrysler, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Sealed Air Corporation, Stars Foundation, Save the Children, NRS International, Caritas Austria, World Animal Protection, Fluor Corporation, Ink Global, MyShelter Foundation, Baptist World Aid Australia, Aboitiz Group
Publications (Selected): Geographical Magazine (UK), BBC Travel, Discovery Channel Magazine, GEO, Lonely Planet, DestinAsian, Get Lost Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, History Asia, Newsweek, Condé Nast, Asian Geographic, The Lancet, The Telegraph, VIA Magazine, The Guardian, Asian Journal, Smile Magazine, Mabuhay Magazine
“Jacob is a pleasure to work with and produced terrific photos and a video of our disaster response in Masbate, Philippines. I recommend him to anyone looking for high-quality work and professionalism. Thank you again Jacob!”
Scott Cantin Disaster Communications Manager, Asia Pacific at World Animal Protection
“You’ve once again opened my mind with your captivating stories and powerful images and continue to inspire and help me understand more about the country we are living in.”
Ernest Mak Group Creative Director, Leo Burnett
“Jacob has been able to create a series of images of our solar products that defined and shaped the visual brand language of Flexiway Solar Solutions. He thoroughly understood the cultural and humanitarian impact of our solar products and was able to capture these in a real-life scenario. He proved to be flexible, professional, hardworking and a very kind person to work with.”
“I am forever indebted to Jacob for offering his advice and support to me for nearly a year, while I prepared and conducted my fieldwork for my masters. Without his expertise, guidance and in country knowledge, it would have been extremely difficult for me to complete my visual ethnography.”
Kathryn Thompson Royal Roads University in British Columbia, Canada
“Jacob worked with us to produce images and a number of short videos for our key projects within the Philippines. His professionalism really came through and he thoroughly understood the sensitive nature of our work in the way he interacted with our beneficiaries. Jacob is a kind and fun person to work with and his output exceeded our expectations.”