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David Doubilet

National Geographic Photographer & Founding Member of the International League of Conservation Photographers

National Geographic Photographer & Founding Member of the International League of Conservation Photographers

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Clayton, NY, USA
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David Doubilet Biography

David Doubilet has been called the Audubon of the sea, a master craftsman who combines technology and art to create extravagantly beautiful photographs of coral reefs, shipwrecks, or sharks to make us see the oceans in a new way. Born in New York in 1946, Doubilet first put his Brownie Hawkeye camera in a rubber anesthesiologist’s bag at the age of 12. He has spent over 26,000 hours in the sea creating a window into the hidden world beneath the surface. Today, with over 75 features under his belt, he is the most published photographer working for National Geographic.

Doubilet enters the sea as a journalist, artist, and explorer to document both the beauty and the devastation in our oceans. He believes that photography has the power to educate, honor, humiliate, illuminate, and influence change.

Exploring the world's waters, Doubilet has photographed in the depths of such places as the southwest Pacific, New Zealand, and Scotland, as well as freshwater ecosystems like Botswana's Okavango Delta and Canada's St. Lawrence River. He has photographed stingrays, sponges, and sleeping sharks in the Caribbean, as well as shipwrecks at Pearl Harbor. He is currently documenting the state of coral and climate change, including science and solutions.

He frequently works for National Geographic with his wife and fellow underwater photographer Jennifer Hayes, sharing the highs and lows of the job, from exploding batteries and malaria to luminous coral reefs.

Doubilet is a featured speaker for the National Geographic Live! series, a columnist, contributing editor and author of 12 books, including Light in the Sea, The Kingdom of Coral, and Fish Face. His many prestigious awards include The Academy of Achievement Award and The Lennart Nilsson Award in Scientific Photography. One of his photographs of coral reefs was even sent into space with the Voyager Mission. He was named a Contributing Photographer-in-Residence at the National Geographic and a NOGI Fellow. Doubilet is a member of both the Royal Photographic Society and International Diving Hall of Fame, and is a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Doubilet and Jennifer live in Clayton, New York.

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 05/30/2024.

David Doubilet Speaking Topics

  • Seduced by the Sea

    Doubilet presents a visual retrospective of a life spent in the sea, focusing on the absolute beauty of the world below.

  • A Shark’s Story… or Sharks, the Reality

    Join Doubilet as he introduces the secret worlds of sharks around the globe, and shares the triumphs and tragedies of these great creatures that dominate our seas. Sea Monsters, Real and Imagined Meet the deadly box jellyfish, the poisonous blue-ringed octopus, and other dangerous creatures in the sea. Doubilet invites audiences to spend a day in his office—with top predators such as crocodiles, sharks, and toothy leopard seals. Discover the unique survival strategies of many animals that look scary, but are not. Appropriate for student or family audiences.

  • Vanishing Seas: Too Big to Fail?

    After 70 National Geographic stories and 40 years in the sea, Doubilet has served as a witness to the changes taking place there. He has spent thousands of hours on coral reefs, has photographed the great migrations of sea life such as sea turtles, freshwater eels, and the the South African sardine run, and has explored the rich temperate and cold seas. Experience a time line in the sea—the great pulses of life and how they are now at risk.

  • Secret Underwater Edens

    Water is the single most valuable commodity on Earth—and Doubilet’s greatest passion. Take a visual journey into seldom-visited secret edens that exist on this planet. Submerge into the beating heart of the Pacific coral triangle, temperate kelp forests attended by dragons, kingdoms of ice with penguins and leopard seals, and the secret freshwater eden of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a delicate and dangerous world of lily gardens filled with Nile crocodiles and unhappy hippos.

  • Australia: Under Down Under

    Australia is surrounded by an unseen continent of marine life. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest structure on Earth created by a living creature, and is home to rich remote reefs, mysterious shipwrecks, and the largest green sea turtle nesting grounds in the world. Saltwater crocs and the deadly box jellyfish patrol the northern waters of Cape York Peninsula. Her southern coasts are the great white’s proving grounds. And further southward, Tasmania’s waters teem with creatures that defy imagination.

  • Coral Kingdoms

    The ocean covers 70 percent of our planet and yet remains an unknown and fragile frontier. The coral triangle includes tropical marine waters of Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and Indonesia, and explodes with insane diversity. The Great Barrier Reef, the largest living reef on Earth, stretches 1800 miles. And Cuba’s reefs thrive due to political isolation. Artificial reefs are constructed where there are none. All around the world, reefs are teeming cities of biodiversity with layers of life that range from the tiniest coral polyp to apex predators that are now under threat due to global climate change and overfishing.

David Doubilet Videos

  • Oceans Through The Lens Of Time | David Doubilet
    As a National Geographic photographer, David Doubilet has been granted the perspective of time in the sea. Join him as he journeys back to the Great...
  • PACIFIC! with David Doubilet & Jennifer Hayes | OPTIC 2021
    Take a dive into the Pacific with National Geographic photographers Jennifer Hayes and David Doubilet.
  • David Doubilet & Jen Hayes Underwater Photography
    Our choices have an impact on our Earth. National Geographic photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes remind us of the beauty and resiliency...

David Doubilet Books

  • Face to Face With Sharks (Face to Face with Animals)
    Face to Face With Sharks (Face to Face with Animals)
  • Water Light Time
    Water Light Time
  • Fish Face
    Fish Face
  • Great Barrier Reef (National Geographic insight)
    Great Barrier Reef (National Geographic insight)
  • Pacific: An Undersea Journey
    Pacific: An Undersea Journey
  • Light in the sea / David Doubilet
    Light in the sea / David Doubilet

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David Doubilet is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Seduced by the Sea, A Shark’s Story… or Sharks, the Reality, Vanishing Seas: Too Big to Fail?, Secret Underwater Edens, Australia: Under Down Under and Coral Kingdoms. The estimated speaking fee range to book David Doubilet for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. David Doubilet generally travels from Clayton, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ed Begley Jr., Sylvia Earle, Rick Ridgeway, Alexandra Cousteau and Tensie Whelan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David Doubilet for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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