Kip Evans is a professional photographer, award winning film-maker, ocean explorer and marine conservationist. Logging thousands of hours underwater, Kip uses his unique talents to highlight the beauty of the ocean and bring awareness to the many threats it faces. As a diver and submersible operator, Kip has seen first-hand both the deterioration and recovery of the marine environment. As a filmmaker he seeks to highlight the significant positive steps that are being taken to ensure future generations will enjoy a healthy ocean for years to come.
For more than two decades Kip has been exploring the ocean and guiding conservation efforts through education. He has led or participated in over fifty ocean exploration expeditions throughout the world including recent expeditions to Cuba, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Bahamas and Panama. He has worked on a number of National Geographic Society projects including the Sustainable Seas Expeditions, where he served as the chief photographer for noted marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle. In 2008, Kip joined Dr. Earle’s SEAlliance, as the Director of Photography and Expeditions, documenting “hope spots”, special areas around the world that need critical marine life protection.
As a cinematographer, Kip’s films have been featured at film festivals around the world and have also been finalists at both the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and San Francisco Ocean Film Festival for the past four years. He has contributed video work to all the major television networks including NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, and has worked on a number of underwater documentaries, including “Pearl Harbor – Legacy of Attack” with Dr. Robert Ballard, the discoverer of the Titanic. Kip’s recent films include two award winning documentaries: Isla Holbox – Whale Shark Island and A Wave of Change California’s Marine Protected Areas, as well as films on the California Redwoods, California’s Marine Protected Areas, the Ross Sea, and Cuba’s Garden of the Queens.
As a still photographer, Kip have been featured in numerous books, exhibits, travel guides, advertisements, and magazines worldwide including California Travel and Tourism magazine, Alert Diver, Huffington Post, National Geographic Magazine, Patagonia, Outside, and Sea and Coastal Living to name a few. While on contract with National Geographic, Kip provided photographic support to the California Education and the Environment Initiative, a California state mandated program designed for California’s K-12 education system. Kip is also a Goggle Ocean partner and his photography was featured on the NBC Nightly news with Brian Williams in 2009 as part of this initiative. Recently Kip has shot aerial images of the entire California coast from Mexico to Oregon as part of an education and outreach initiative for California’s new network of marine protected areas. Kip owned and operated a gallery in Carmel, California for over 6 years and his fine-art photography hangs in homes throughout the world.
Combining both his photography and cinematography with his conservation work, Kip recently co-founded Wild Blue Studios, a unique e-book company specializing in creating interactive, multimedia books and apps about the natural world. WildBooks are interactive nature and park guides that include photo essays with embedded video, stories told in word and sound, interactive maps, and lists of species.
Kip frequently speaks at schools, film festivals, board-meetings and gives interviews for various projects relating to the ocean. With his stunning photographs and award-winning films, Kip’s presentations bring to life the beauty of our delicate ocean.
In addition to his photography experience, Kip has worked as a marine biologist, expedition leader, and an educator for the National Marine Sanctuary Program. As a diver and submersible pilot, Kip holds a number of certifications including PADI Scuba Instructor, Diver Medical Technician (DMT), Scientific Research Diver and he is currently rated to dive the Deep Worker and Deep Rover Submersibles to their full operating depths of 2,000 and 3,000 feet respectively. Kip has also logged over 1,200 scuba dives, mostly during research and photographic expeditions
Kip currently resides in the Monterey Bay area with his wife and two children.