Doug Steakley is a widely recognized photographer from Carmel Valley, California. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University and his interest in adventure travel led him to pursue photography full time. His distinct images range from the Monterey Peninsula in California where he lives, to many international destinations where he travels frequently.
Two large format books of his photography have been published: Pacific Light, Images of The MontereyPeninsula, in 2000, and Big Sur and Beyond, The Legacy of The Big Sur Land Trust, in 2001. Two later books have been published by Countryman Press: A Photographer’s Guide To The California Coast, in 2005, and Photographing Big Sur in 2011.
Photographs by Doug Steakley have received awards in many photography contests including those sponsored by National Geographic, Nature’s Best, North America Nature Photography Association, (NANPA) and National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Doug supports and works closely with several land preservation groups and a variety of his images have been published in annual reports and in many other related publications. In 2003, he received the Ansel Adams Award from The Sierra Club for his conservation photography.
Doug is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Center For Photographic Art in Carmel, California. He also leads a wide variety of photographic tours and expeditions, both in the United States and abroad, including destinations such as Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana, Mexico, Nepal, Burma and Iceland.
His images have been widely published in many local, national and international magazines including National Geographic, Architectural Digest, Backpacker, Outside, Better Homes and Gardens, Art and Antiques, Private Pilot, Luxury Living, The Robb Report, and Town and Country among others.
Stock photography by Doug Steakley is represented world-wide by Getty Images and Interfoto.
For many years I saw myself as a landscape photographer–then I went to Africa. Africa changes you; it changed me. The wide-open infinite savannahs and intimate jungle settings provide perfect backdrops for the always unexpected wildlife, surviving as they have for millennia. Africa offers a feeling of déjà vu, of returning to an untamed, wild environment that was once home. A small element of unspoken fear is always present. Taking a quiet, early morning game drive just as the sky turn a hazy red and encountering a pride of lions or a herd of elephants is an experience that takes your breath away and embeds itself in your memory.
Photography is a silent form of communication. I look for images that also embed themselves in your memory. If you can visualize an image hours or days after seeing it, then it is successful because it has had both an emotional and visual impact.