David Valencia

I started diving some twenty years ago while I was at the University of California Los Angeles in an attempt to learn more about the marine environment.

Diving over the years has provided for me much more than I bargained for. Not only did I find another way to connect and enjoy the ocean, I learned that the ocean needed me. It didn’t take long to realize the ocean needs all of us. Sharing what we see below the surface, via photography, is a meaningful way to educate others in what is there and what current conservation issues are. Our photos share beauty and information with divers and non-divers alike.

My interest in underwater photography came from my ability to find interesting things and my interest in sharing that. I thought that if people could only see what I see, they might reconsider how they treat the ocean.  So now I strive to find things in my local waters that appeal to all people and try to influence current attitudes about the ocean. I truly believe that photography can be used to build interest about the ocean, educate, and to inspire people to action. 

Whale Shark Copyright David Valencia

Awards + Achievements

  • Contributor to Sport Diver Magazine, Scuba Diving Magazine, ScubaDiver, Fit For Fun (Germany)
  • 2017 PADI Blue Water Series of Certification Cards
  • 2015 Big Picture Finalist-Category Human/Nature
  • 2015 National Geographic Your Shot Photographer Finalist

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