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      Sirachai (Shin) Arunrugstichai is a Thai photojournalist, based in Bangkok, Thailand.

      Originally trained as a marine biologist, Shin studied coral reefs restoration and shark fisheries. But after witnessing detrimental changes in the marine environment that he loves, he shifted his career toward conservation photojournalism. It becomes his goal to tell the stories of our intertwining relationships with the oceans, so as the natural wonders that remain and need protection.


      Shin regularly contributes conservation stories to National Geographic Thailand and photographs news for Getty Images. Shin often works with conservation organizations, including IUCN, Save Our Seas Foundation, WildAid, Ocean Conservancy. His images have been published by National Geographic, the Smithsonian, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Guardian, Al Jazeera, CNN, BBC, amongst others.


      Shin is a National Geographic Explorer, an Associated Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, one of the 6x6 Global Talent Program by World Press Photo, and listed among the PDN’s 30 2019. He gave TEDx talks on marine conservation photography for Bangkok in 2017, and Hong Kong in 2021. And his work is also awarded in multiple international competitions.

       Although his focus is now on conservation photojournalism, he is still semi-active within the scientific community, working on the conservation biology of sharks in Thailand, where he regularly collaborates on sharks and rays research in the Southeast Asia region.



Master of Science: Ecology: Prince of Songkla University

Bachelor of Science: Environment (Ecology): Mahidol University International College




International League of Conservation Photographers


2021 : Nature's Best Photography International Awards 2020: Highly Honored / Conservation Story

2021 : Underwater Photographer of the Year: Commended / Marine Conservationn

2020 : Oceans Photography Awards: Finalist / Exploration Photographer of the Year

2020 : United Nation World Oceans Day: Winner / Clean Our Ocean

2020 : United Nation World Oceans Day: 3rd Place / Human Interaction


2020 : Pictures of the Year International: Award of Excellence / Science & Natural Histories (Single)

2019 : Fourth IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest: Finalist (Single)

2019 : Fourth IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest: Finalist (Photo Series)

2019 : MontPhoto International Nature Photography Contest: Honour / Environmental Report

2019 : Dive Photo Guide SharkCon Photo Competition: Bronze / Shark Behaviour


2019 : Dive Photo Guide SharkCon Photo Competition: Finalist / Shark Portrait

2019 : Sustainable Ocean and Forest Photo Competition: First Runner Up / Seascape, Forest, Conservation

2019 : Thailand Dive Expo Photo Photography Competition: Winner / Marine Conservation

2019 : Underwater Photographers of the Year: Highly Commended / Marine Conservation

2018 : United Nation World Oceans Day: Third Prize Winner / Above Water Landscape

2018 : National Geographic (Thailand): 2018 Thai Explorer Award

2018 : Thailand Dive Expo Photo Competition: Second Runner Up / Open Wide Angle


2017 : Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition: Finalist / Human/Nature

2017 : Thailand Dive Expo Photo Competition: Second Runner Up / Open Wide Angle

2016 : International Union for Conservation of Nature Ocean Photographer of the Year : Special Mention


2016 : Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition: Finalist / Human/Nature


2016 : Save Our Seas Foundation: Marine Conservation Photography Grant Winner 

2015 : Thailand Dive Expo Photo Competition: Commendatory Award / DSLR

2014 : 4th Marine Science Conference: Grand Prize / Behaviour & Biodiversity

2014 : 4th Marine Science Conference: Popular Vote / Behaviour & Biodiversity

2014 : 4th Marine Science Conference: 1st Runner Up / Macro

2014 : 4th Marine Science Conference: Popular Vote / Macro

2014 : United Nation World Oceans Day: Finalist / Underwater Life

2013 : National Geographic Thailand: Finalist / 10 Photos Storytelling

2013 : OCEANS 2013: Finalist / Resources Harvest

2013 : OCEANS 2013: Finalist / Fauna and Flora

2013 : La Mer Love the Sea Competition: Grand Prize Winner

2013 : Koh Tao Photo Contest: Grand Prize Winner / Landscape

2013 : Thailand Dive Expo Photo Competition  Grand Prize Winner / Compact Camera

2013 : iThink Wildlife Photo Competition: First Runner Up

2012 : Department of National Park Wildlife and Plant Conservation National Photo Competition: Honourable Mention / Open Competition

2012 : Love Wildlife Photography Competition: Honourable Mention / Marine Life

2012 : Koh Tao Photo Competition: Grand Prize Winner / Underwater


2022 : "Tangled" with Love Wildlife Foundation and Environmental Justice Foundation at Bangkok Art and Cultural Center, Bangkok, Thailand


2021 : "Deep VI Photo Exhibition" with Deep VI at Woofpack, Bangkok, Thailand


2020 : "The Truth from Two Seas" at Alliance Française, Bangkok, Thailand

2017 : "Sights of the Seas" with ORIS at Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand

2017 : "Yum Talay" with Love Wildlife Foundation at Sirikit National Convention Hall, Bangkok, Thailand

2017 : "Arts for the Oceans" with Greenpeace at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

2015 : "Save Koh Tao Festival" with Save Koh Tao Community Group, Suratthani, Thailand

2014 : "Marine Conference Photo Exhibition" at Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla, Thailand

2012 : "Love Wildlife Photography Exhibition" at Foreign Correspondents Club Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand.

2012 : "The Elephant" with Taejai at the SYNC, Bangkok, Thailand

Scientific Publications

Magson, K., Monacella, E., Scott, C., Buffat, N., Arunrugstichai, S., Chuangcharoendee, M., Pierce, J., Holmberg, J. & Araujo, G. (2022). Citizen science reveals the population structure and seasonal presence of whale sharks in the Gulf of Thailand. Journal of Fish Biology.


Lim, K. C., White, W. T., Then, A. Y., Naylor, G. J., Arunrugstichai, S., & Loh, K. H. (2022). Integrated Taxonomy Revealed Genetic Differences in Morphologically Similar and Non-Sympatric Scoliodon macrorhynchos and S. laticaudus. Animals, 12(6), 681.

Klangnurak, W., Arunrugstichai, S., Manopawitr, P., & Krajangdara, T. (2022). DNA-Based Species Identification of Shark Fins Traded in Thai Markets.


White, W. T., Arunrugstichai, S., & Naylor, G. J. (2021). Revision of the genus Mustelus (Carcharhiniformes: Triakidae) in the northern Indian Ocean, with description of a new species and a discussion on the validity of M. walkeri and M. ravidus. Marine Biodiversity, 51(3), 1-24.


Arunrugstichai, S., True, J. D., & White, W. T. (2018). Catch composition and aspects of the biology of sharks caught by Thai commercial fisheries in the Andaman Sea. Journal of Fish Biology 92, 1487-1504.

Scott, C. M., Mehrotra, R., Cabral, M., & Arunrugstichai, S. (2017). Changes in hard coral abundance and composition on Koh Tao, Thailand, 2006-2014. Coastal Ecosystems 4, 26-38.

Chen, X., Shen, X. J., Arunrugstichai, S., Ai, W., & Xiang, D. (2014). Complete mitochondrial genome of the blacktip reef shark Carcharhinus melanopterus (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae). Mitochondrial DNA 27, 873-874.

Chen, X., Xiang, D., Arunrugstichai, S., Cai, L., & Xu, Y. (2014). Complete mitochondrial genome of the mangrove whipray Himantura granulata (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae). Mitochondrial DNA 27, 1-2.



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