Into the deep blue yonder

20,000 leagues under the sea with photographer David Doubillet
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David Doubilet, Waco aeroplane above reefs (1997), Key West, Florida

2 / 18 David Doubilet, Waco aeroplane above reefs (1997), Key West, Florida

David Doubilet, Circle of barracuda (1987), New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

3 / 18 David Doubilet, Circle of barracuda (1987), New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

David Doubilet, Courtship of loggerhead turtles (1997), Florida Keys

4 / 18 David Doubilet, Courtship of loggerhead turtles (1997), Florida Keys

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David Doubilet, Stingray in the late afternoon (1990), North Sound, Grand Cayman, West Indies

6 / 18 David Doubilet, Stingray in the late afternoon (1990), North Sound, Grand Cayman, West Indies

David Doubilet, Mother weans adolescent Galapagos sea lion (1997), Cousin's Rock, Galapagos, Equador

7 / 18 David Doubilet, Mother weans adolescent Galapagos sea lion (1997), Cousin's Rock, Galapagos, Equador

David Doubilet, Galapagos sea lion feed on striped salemas (1997), Cousin's Rock, Galapagos, Equador

8 / 18 David Doubilet, Galapagos sea lion feed on striped salemas (1997), Cousin's Rock, Galapagos, Equador

David Doubilet, Galapagos grey grunts (1996), Devil's Crown, Galapagos, Equador

9 / 18 David Doubilet, Galapagos grey grunts (1996), Devil's Crown, Galapagos, Equador

David Doubilet, Ginnie Springs (1992), Florida

10 / 18 David Doubilet, Ginnie Springs (1992), Florida

David Doubilet, Orange anthias and coral (1974), The 'Temple', Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

11 / 18 David Doubilet, Orange anthias and coral (1974), The 'Temple', Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

David Doubilet, Cerianthid anemone (1989), Suruga Bay, Japan

12 / 18 David Doubilet, Cerianthid anemone (1989), Suruga Bay, Japan

David Doubilet, Grey and reef sharks (1996), Rangiroa Atoll, Polynesia

13 / 18 David Doubilet, Grey and reef sharks (1996), Rangiroa Atoll, Polynesia

David Doubilet, Double-headed wrasse (1996), Lord Howe Island, Australia

14 / 18 David Doubilet, Double-headed wrasse (1996), Lord Howe Island, Australia

David Doubilet, Carpet anemone and clown fish (1991), North Red Sea, Sudan

15 / 18 David Doubilet, Carpet anemone and clown fish (1991), North Red Sea, Sudan

David Doubilet, Elephant-ear coral fluoresces under ultra-violet light (1996), Eilat, Israel

16 / 18 David Doubilet, Elephant-ear coral fluoresces under ultra-violet light (1996), Eilat, Israel

David Doubilet, Corals, which fluoresce under ultra-violet light (1996), Eilat, Israel

17 / 18 David Doubilet, Corals, which fluoresce under ultra-violet light (1996), Eilat, Israel

David Doubilet, Middleton Reef (1986), Australia

18 / 18 David Doubilet, Middleton Reef (1986), Australia


Born in America in 1946, David Doubilet began snorkelling at the age of eight; by the age of 13 he was taking his first underwater photographs with a pre-war Leica in the sea off the New Jersey coast - little wonder he's now acclaimed as the world's leading underwater photographer.

Having studied photography at Boston University, he published his first pictures in National Geographic in 1972 and has continued to do so regularly since then, bringing stunning images back from beneath the oceans of the world.

We've put together our favourite Doubilet images in the gallery above. Flick through the photographs and plunge into a richly colourful and awe-inspiring land of seldom seen species and vegetation. 

 


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