Justin Mott

Justin Mott (born 1978) is an American photographer living in Vietnam.[1] Mott specializes in wildlife photojournalism and conservation photography and is currently working on a long-term, self-funded project, Kindred Guardians, documenting people all over the world who dedicate their lives to helping animals.[2] He was the resident professional photographer on Photo Face-Off, a reality TV show on History Channel for 5 seasons in which Mott competes against and judges amateur photographers throughout Southeast Asia.[3]

Justin Mott
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Justin Mott
EducationSan Francisco State University
OccupationWildlife Photojournalist and Conservation Photographer
Years active2004–present
TelevisionPhoto Face-Off

Early life and educationEdit

Mott was born in Rhode Island in 1978. He moved to San Francisco in 1999 and studied photojournalism at San Francisco State University from 2002 to 2006. He was selected to the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2007.[4] In 2007 he moved to Vietnam full-time.


Mott was heavily influenced by Magnum photographer Philip Jones Griffiths' book Agent Orange: Collateral Damage in Viet Nam. In 2005 Mott traveled to Vietnam to work on his own documentary project about Agent Orange victims. His project, titled "Legacy of Horror", was later published in Newsweek,[5] awarded the Marty Forscher Fellowship for humanistic photography by the Parsons School of Design in New York, and published in the PDN Annual Photography Awards Issue.

In 2007 Mott moved to Hanoi to work as a photojournalist. He has been working as a contributing photographer for The New York Times in Southeast Asia since 2007.[6] Mott has photographed over 100 diverse assignments for the Times covering a wide spectrum of topics throughout the region.[7]

In 2009, Mott founded Mott Visuals, a commercial photography and video production business.[8]

In 2013 Mott's work "Changing Face of Vietnam" was featured on the BBC.[9]

Mott is currently working on a long term personal project titled "Kindred Guardians" dedicated to photographing the stories of people around the world who dedicate their lives to animal welfare and animal conservation.[10]

  • Awards
  • 2019: IPA International Photography Awards. Kindred Guardians series documenting the plight of the last two remaining northern white rhinos. [11]


Year Channel Title Role Other
2014 History Photo Face-Off Resident photographer trailers
2015 History Photo Face-Off, season 2 Resident photographer and co-host 6 episodes, trailers
2016 History Photo Face-Off Season 3 Resident photographer, co-host, and consulting producer 5 episodes, trailers, and promotion
2017 History Photo Face-Off Season 4 Resident photographer, co-host, and consulting producer 6 episodes, trailers, and promotion


  1. ^ "Justin Mott: An ex-bartender mixing emotions and photography". Hans David Tampubolon, The Jakarta Post, October 23, 2014
  2. ^ Nurnberg, Annaliese (June 8, 2019). "No Mans Land : The Plight of the northern white rhino". Washington Post.
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  4. ^ "Students". The Eddie Adams Workshop. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "A Personal Project: Third-Generation Victims of Agent Orange". niemanreports.org. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  6. ^ "On Assignment in Bagan, Myanmar - Slide Show - NYTimes.com". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  7. ^ "I'm the Resident Photographer on the First Ever Photo Reality TV Show". PetaPixel. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  8. ^ PCL., Post Publishing. "Facing off with Mr Mott". www.bangkokpost.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  9. ^ "In pictures: Changing face of Vietnam – BBC News". BBC News. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  10. ^ "Photographing the Last Two Northern White Rhinos on Earth". petapixel.com. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  11. ^ "IPA 2019 Winner / To Serve and Protect / Justin Mott". www.photoawards.com. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  12. ^ "Travel Photographer of the Year 2013 – in pictures", The Guardian, 17 December 2013
  13. ^ "2013 Winners' Gallery"The Photographer of the Year website
  14. ^ "An Interview with Justin Mott | Winner of One Shot, Extraordinary | cazenove+loyd Luxury Travel Blog". blog.cazloyd.com. Retrieved March 31, 2016.

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