David at work, suspended on a wall next to a barrel sponge. One of the biggest challenges facing underwater photographers is how to get the shot without damaging the reef. You have to have perfect buoyancy control, so that you dont accidentally break coral by kicking it with your fin. Coral is very fragile, and just touching it with your fingers can remove the protective mucous membrane and kill it.
David Doubilet is a participant in the Contributing Photographers-in-Residence
program of the National Geographic Society.
Contributing Photographers-in-Residence have produced extraordinary images during their decades of assignments for the National Geographic Society, images that capture the wonders of our planet, in addition to documenting critical issues that we confront in our daily lives. Their work is representative of the outstanding body of photography that has become the trademark of the National Geographic Society.
In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, a multidisciplinary team of conservationists, photojournalists, and new media specialists documented and explored the Belizean Barrier Reef Reserve System. Representatives from EarthWild International
, University of California (Berkeley)
, Belize Audubon
, and the Wildlife Conservation Society
examined universal challenges to conservation and sustainable development and celebrated successes in the preservation of our common natural heritage. Back to news story >>
Photograph copyright Douglas C. Hebenthal