Steve De Neef is a cinematographer, filmmaker and photographer based in Maine who specializes in documentary, underwater, aerial and conservation photography. He often works with scientists and NGO’s in the hopes of inspiring positive change and getting research and conservation efforts seen by a broader audience. Steve feels equally at home at large TV productions or working on solo projects from pre-production to post.
He has worked with numerous magazines, newspapers, NGO’s and production companies like National Geographic, BBC, Hakai Magazine, The Pew Charitable Trust, Discovery Channel, New York Times, TIME, BioGraphic, National Geographic Traveler, BBC Wildlife, Asian Geographic, Ocean Geographic, Oceana, Nature’s Best Photography, Habitat for Humanity, Concern Worldwide, Red Cross and many more.
As a broadcast cinematographer, Steve has filmed for the BBC Natural History Unit series Shark and National Geographic's 2017 documentary Sea of Hope.
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 (Asian Dive Expo) photographer of the year, Oasis and more.
Steve is a regular speaker on photography, videography, marine life and conservation. Since 2013 he’s been a member of the prestigious Ocean Artists Society. He lives in coastal Maine with his wife and three children.
Steve is represented by The National Geographic Image Collection.
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