We’re super proud of our ever growing dive community as members of the Paralenz World – so much so, we’ve decided to create a spotlight on some of the awesome people that really show their passion and dedication for diving and the underwater world. 

We’ll lead off our series with a real superstar of the underwater photography world, Kip Evans. You may not have seen him before, but if you’re passionate about diving – you’ve certainly seen his work.

Kip has been exploring the ocean and guiding conservation efforts through his award-winning documentary photography projects for more than two decades. He has led or participated in more than fifty expeditions throughout the world, including assignments in Alaska, the Indian Ocean, South and Middle America, and South Africa.

As a photographer, he has worked on dozens of National Geographic Society projects since 1998, including the five-year Sustainable Seas project to explore and document the U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries, where he served as the chief photographer for noted marine biologist Dr Sylvia Earle.

Kip’s images have been featured in books, exhibits, calendars, advertisements, and magazines worldwide, including National Geographic magazine, Patagonia, Apple Computer, The Wall Street JournalOutside, Rolex, and Alert Diver. In 2014, Kip lived underwater for 17 days in the Aquarius underwater laboratory as an aquanaut with Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31. His photographs from the expedition were featured in hundreds of publications throughout the world, including the front cover of TIME for Kids and a double-page spread in TIME magazine.

Kip frequently speaks at schools, film festivals, special events, and gives interviews for various projects relating to the environment. With his stunning photographs and award-winning films, Kip’s presentations bring to life the beauty of our planet.

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.

So next time you gape in awe with the stunning underwater footage you’ve just seen, take a moment of thought of the person behind that lens – it could be you!

Check out one of his projects below