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David Doubilet

Born: August 28, 1946

New York City, NY

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An underwater photographer by the time he was a teen-ager, he began having his work appear in National Geographic Magazine in 1972.

Over his long career with National Geographic, he has produced over fifty stories for the magazine, plus several books and many magazine articles.

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David Doubilet was born on August 28, 1946, in New York City. He began snorkeling at the age of eight in the cold, green seas off the northern New Jersey coast. By the age of thirteen, he was taking black and white pictures above and below the sea with his first camera - a pre-war Leica. Parts of summer and winter vacations were spent at Small Hope Bay Lodge on Andros Island in the Bahamas. He worked as a diving guide and on days off would take his camera. Doubilet later spent several summers working as a diver and photographer for the Sandy Hook Marine Laboratories in New Jersey.

He is presently a Contract Freelance Photographer for the National Geographic Society where he has been steadily working for twenty-seven years.

In 1965 Doubilet began studying film and journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication. He majored in still photography and graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1988 he received their Distinguished Alumni of the Year award. Doubilet’s first work for National Geographic Magazine was published in 1972. Since then, as a Contract Photographer for NGM, he has produced over fifty stories for the magazine, in recent years adding author to his credit line of photographer. His work has taken him all over the globe. The Red Sea, his favorite “underwater studio”, has produced at least ten different stories for the magazine.

In 1975, he was named “Diver of the Year” by the Boston Sea Rovers, one of the diving world’s most honorable organizations. He has also received several honorable mentions by the National Press Photographer’s Association over the last decade. In 1993 he was honored in France by winning first place trophy in the Professional Category of an international contest sponsored by C.M.A.S. (World Underwater Federation); and by appearing as Guest of Honor at the 20th World Festival of Underwater Photography in Cap D’Antibes.

Doubilet’s first book, Light in the Sea, was published in 1989 followed by Pacific: an undersea journey in 1992, Under the Sea from A to Z written by Anne L. Doubilet with photographs by David Doubilet was published in 1991and his most recently published book, Pacific: An Undersea Journey, a compilation of 25 years of underwater photography. From 1994 through 1996 he was the author of a popular monthly feature entitled “Magnificent Moments”, including text and photography, in Japan’s SINRA Magazine.