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David Doubilet

David Doubilet has a long and intimate view of the sea.  As a National Geographic Photographer he has spent five decades exploring and documenting the far corners of the world from beneath interior Africa, remote tropical coral reefs, rich temperate seas, and recent projects beneath the polar ice. His challenge is to create a visual voice for the world’s oceans and to connect people to the incredible beauty and silent devastation happening within the invisible world below.

I have spent 6 decades in the sea and I am still humbled by the magnificence and richness of coral reef ecosystems. They are the true crown jewels of our planet.

David is a contributing editor for several publications and an author of 12 titles including the award-winning Water Light Time. His numerous photographic awards include Picture of the Year, BBC Wildlife, Communication Arts, and World Press. David is a member of the Academy of Achievement, Royal Photographic Society, International League of Conservation Photographers, and International Diving Hall of Fame. David was named a National Geographic Contributing Photographer-in-Residence in 2001.

He is the recipient of the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award and Lennart Nilsson Award for Scientific Photography. David is honored to be a Rolex Testimonee since 1994. 

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Jennifer Hayes

Jennifer Hayes is a contributing photographer and speaker for National Geographic  Partners.  Jennifer is an aquatic biologist who has directed her focus to photojournalism specializing in natural history, conservation, and the documentation of freshwater and marine environments. She and her partner, David Doubilet, collaborate on assignments from the equator to the polar ice. She has descended beneath Botswana’s Okavango Delta, explored the world beneath oil and gas rigs, documented remote and wild Cuba, and submerged into Greenland’s fjords choked with icebergs.


Jennifer’s academic passions lead to graduate degrees in marine ecology and zoology. Her research focused on shark finning and commercial landing in the western Atlantic and the population dynamics and movements of an ancient fish called sturgeon. Jennifer has translated her love of science into storytelling, working with scientists around the globe to share their stories.  Jennifer is an award-winning photographer, contributor to numerous global publications, and author/ contributor to books on marine environments. She is a trustee of the Shark Research Institute, Explorer Club fellow, editorial board advisor for Ocean Geographic, and recipient of the President’s Medal for contributions to the natural world.

David and  Jennifer live in Clayton, NY, a small river town in the Thousand Island region of the St. Lawrence River, well known for antique wooden boats and beloved dogs.

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