Michael G. Seamans is an award-winning photojournalist based in Central Maine. He is currently on staff with MaineToday Media. Seamans has received three reporting grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to report on topics from maternal and infant mortality rates and the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone to the harvesting and export of megadam hydropower in Labrador, Canada. Seamans’ last grant brought him to the front lines of the war in Ukraine. He has done assignments for USA Today, The Weather Channel, the Boston Globe, Foreign Policy and others.
Seamans is a 2002 graduate of Sterling College in Craftsbury, VT where he received a B.A. in Experiential Education and focused on working with at-risk youths. He continued his education in 2004 in photojournalism at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He previously worked as a wildland firefighter on an initial attack crew in southwest Colorado.
His work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International (POYi) as a finalist for Photographer of the Year in 2023 and the National Press Photographers Association, earning New England Region Photographer of the Year in five straight years from 2018-2022. Seamans was also recognized by the Best of Photojournalism competition with second place honors for Photographer of the Year in the small market category.
Seamans has covered a wide range of stories in his 16 years working as a photojournalist. His camera has brought him to the Ruth Gorge in the Alaska Range where he documented two climbers, both right leg amputees, attempt to climb the Moose’s Tooth. His work has also delved into healthcare and end-of-life issues and projects on energy and climate change.