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David Doubilet

Underwater Photographer

Photographer David Doubilet estimates he has spent nearly half of his life in the sea since he took his first underwater photograph at the age of 12 with a Brownie Hawkeye camera sealed in a bag.


Considered the world’s leading underwater photographer, Doubilet has introduced a generation to the mystery and wonder of the deep. He has photographed more than 70 stories for National Geographic reporting on coral reefs, historic shipwrecks, ocean predators, and exotic marine creatures.


Doubilet has produced several books, including Light in the Sea, Water Light Time, The Kingdom of Coral: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and Fish Face. He is also the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Sara Prize, the Lowell Thomas Award, and the Lennart Nilsson Award in Photography.


His images are prized for both their scientific value and their aesthetic beauty. Endowed with a keen sense of humor and the ability to speak poetically about his subjects, Doubilet is an audience favorite.

Highlights & Accomplishments
Doubilet has published more than 70 stories for National Geographic in nearly 5 decades.
Explorer’s Club Lowell Thomas Award winner
Rolex Ambassador
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Coral King Video Poster


Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice
National Geographic photographer David Doubilet teams up with his wife and photographic partner, Jennifer Hayes, to explore the colorful underwater paradise of the East Indies and the icy underwater world of the Arctic.
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Diving the World's Epicenter of Coral
Explore the glittering world hidden beneath the waves of Kimbe Bay. 
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ABC Interview
David Doubilet first fell in love with the water as an eight year old at a summer camp and his love of photography happened soon after. 

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