About Me - Kip Evans
Gentoo Penguin in Antarctica

About Kip Evans 

Award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and explorer Kip Evans has led or participated in more than sixty expeditions throughout the world, including recent assignments in Antarctica, Costa Rica, Chile, Mexico, and the Galapagos Islands. In 2008 Kip joined Mission Blue as the Director of Photography and Expeditions, documenting “hope spots,” critical areas around the world’s ocean that need protection. As a photographer, he has worked on dozens of National Geographic Society projects since 1998, including the five-year Sustainable Seas project where he spent over 300 hours diving submersibles at depths down to 1,800 feet.

Kip’s images have been featured in hundreds of books, exhibits, travel guides, advertisements, and magazines worldwide including, Alert Diver, Huffington Post, National Geographic Magazine, Patagonia, Outside, Rolex and Coastal Living to name a few. He has been a photo expert with National Geographic’s expeditions program since 2006. As a cinematographer, Kip’s films have been featured at film festivals around the world and he has shot for several natural history networks including National Geographic, PBS and Discovery Channel. His Mission Blue documentary, “Isla Holbox – Whale Shark Island,” won best non-broadcast documentary at the 2010 BLUE Film Festival. In addition to his photography experience, Kip has worked as a naturalist 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,) and Scientific Research Diver. Kip has also logged nearly 4000 hours underwater, mostly during research and photographic expeditions, including a 17 - day assignment where he saturated at the Aquarius Habitat as part of Mission 31. From 1996 – 2008, he served as a volunteer rescue swimmer and diver with the Pacific Grove Ocean Rescue Team. In 2002 he received a commendation for saving the life of a young teen that had been swept out to sea.

Kip was recently honored as the 2017 Ocean Champion by the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival for his work in ocean conservation.

Kip graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1990, with a degree in Environmental/Marine Studies.

Mission Blue - Director of Expeditions and Photography

National Geographic Photo Expert

Presentations and Spotlight Links

Kip Evans - The Oceans 20 years from Now - Presented at The Annenberg Space for Photography

Life in Salt - Mission Blue Photographer and Expedition Leader Kip Evans on Life in Exploration Through Photography

CNN - 31 Days Under the Ocean

CNet - Mission 31: Meet the Team

QUEST - Kip Evans

IMDb - Kip Evans Film Work

Recent Publications

Discover Point Lobos- available on Apple iTunes and Google

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Kelp Forest Explorer - Apple iTunes

Mission Blue - Sylvia Earle's Quest to Save the Ocean

The GYRE Project - Creating Art from Plastic

Mission 31: an Aquanaut's Journey

Huffington Post: Coiba, Panama

Huffington Post: Conception Island


National Geographic Expeditions, CNN, Time Magazine, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Rolex, Patagonia,

USGA, Ford, Point Lobos Foundation, Mission Blue, Time for Kids, Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal Magazine, Pebble Beach Company, Discovery Channel, BBC,

PBS, National Geographic Books, Sunset Magazine, USA Today, Easton, Aquarium on the Bay, Stanford, Plastic Ocean Coalition, MarViva, Henry Cookson Adventures, Carmel Valley Ranch,

Light and Motion, ScubaPro, Aquarium of the Pacific, Seattle Aquarium, University of California, NOAA, National Marine Sanctuaries,

Oceanic, California State parks, Ansel Adams Gallery


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