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.