Steve De Neef is a cinematographer, director and photographer based in Maine. He specializes in ocean related stories and is equally at home filming deep underneath the surface, swimming in big surf or flying drones from boats to capture the beauty of our blue planet.

Steve often works with scientists, NGO’s and ocean communities in the hopes of inspiring positive change and getting research and conservation efforts seen by a broader audience. Steve feels equally at home in large TV productions or working on solo projects from pre-production to post.

He has worked with numerous magazines, NGO’s and production companies like National Geographic, BBC, Hakai Magazine, The Pew Charitable Trust, Discovery Channel, New York Times, TIME, BioGraphic, Asian Geographic, Ocean Geographic, Concern Worldwide, Red Cross and many more. 

As a broadcast cinematographer, Steve has filmed for the BBC Natural History Unit series Shark, multiple shows for National Geographic including the  2017 documentary Sea of Hope and has worked extensively on an upcoming (2021) four part series on whales. Steve’s images and films have been shown and won awards in numerous competitions and film festivals like Nature’s Best Photography, Outdoor Photographer of the Year, Beneath the Sea, Beneath the Waves film festival, Wildlife Conservation and Film Festival, San Fransisco Ocean Film Festival, Ocean Art, ADEX photographer of the year, Oasis and more.

Steve is a regular speaker on photography and conservation and is a TEDx Alumni. He lives in coastal Maine with his wife and three children.

He is represented by The National Geographic Image Collection.

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