David Doublet and Jennifer Hayes - Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice

Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice

  • David Doubilet, Underwater Photographer
  • Jennifer Hayes, Aquatic Biologist

“Kimbe Bay is a world more alien than the edges of space.”—David Doubilet

Explore a hidden universe through the eyes of the photographic team of David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes. David Doubilet is one of the most prolific living photographers at National Geographic magazine, and a legend for his groundbreaking work. Jennifer Hayes, an aquatic biologist and a globally published photojournalist, is his wife and underwater partner. Doubilet has joked—we think he’s joking—that he’s spent more of his waking hours underwater than on dry land. The two will lead you on a visual journey from their most recent National Geographic assignments, from the tropics to the polar ice.

Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea is a corner of the coral triangle that also includes the Philippines and Indonesia, and is the center of the world in terms of marine biodiversity. Discover an unspoiled wilderness of water crowded with layers of life: from fingernail-size pygmy seahorses to 60-foot-tall towers of barracudas.

Then, journey south to the cold ice-filled waters of Antarctica, where the team moves through and under the ice to capture images of the hidden world of the leopard seal, penguins, shipwrecks, and Doubilet’s newest work on the sculptural beauty of icebergs. Finally, follow the team north to Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence, an extraordinary world of whales, wolfish, salmon⎯and the harp seal, a remarkable creature fighting to survive in a world of shrinking sea ice.

Go beyond the published story with Doubilet and Hayes, as they share never before seen images from their assignments.  Discover the reality of life behind the camera—from parasites to harp seal bites—as they share their adventures working to get the best shot.

About the speakers

David Doubilet

Underwater Photographer

David Doubilet
Underwater Photographer
Speaker hightlights
  • Doubilet has published more than 70 stories for National Geographic in nearly 5 decades.
  • Explorer’s Club Lowell Thomas Award winner
  • Rolex Ambassador
Jennifer Hayes

Aquatic Biologist & Photojournalist

Jennifer Hayes
Aquatic Biologist
Speaker hightlights
  • She is co-author / photographer for Face to Face with Sharks by National Geographic Books and an honorary editor for Ocean Geographic magazine.
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