© D. Brittian

© D. Brittain

Ralph Clevenger grew up on the coast of North Africa and began diving in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea at the age of 7 with his father.  He eventually went on to study zoology and worked as a diver/biologist for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, before attending Brooks Institute of Photography.  He holds a BS degree in zoology and a BA degree in photography.

Based in Santa Barbara, California, Ralph pursues his passion for the natural world by specializing in location photography and video projects of eco-travel, environmental portraiture, wildlife and undersea subjects.  He is the author of the book “Photographing Nature”, published by Peachpit Press New Riders.

He is also a senior faculty member at Brooks Institute with over 30 years of teaching experience.  Ralph teaches courses in Natural History Photography, Location Lighting, Video Production, and Undersea Photography.

Ralph has traveled throughout the world on assignment including Australia, Chile, the Caribbean, Ireland, New Zealand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Antarctica and Africa. His publication credits include; Audubon, Afar, Islands, Oceans, Outside, Orion Nature Quarterly, National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Traveler, c’t Digital Photography, Nature’s Best, National Geographic Books, Smithsonian Books, Sierra Club Books, and many other national and international publications.

Ralph’s stock images are represented worldwide by:


Please contact Ralph’s business manager, Mary Jane Headlee, to inquire about assignment work, speaking engagements or workshops.

Contact Ralph at: (805) 963‑4069 or e-mail: Ralph Clevenger



His clients include:

  • Fox Sports Network
  • MacGillivray-Freeman Films
  • California State Parks
  • Denali National Park Wilderness Center.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • National Park Service
  • National Marine Sanctuary
His publication credits include:

  • Afar
  • Audubon
  • c’t Digital Photography
  • Islands
  • Oceans
  • Outside
  • Orion Nature Quarterly
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Kids
  • National Geographic Traveler
  • Nature’s Best
  • Terre Sauvage
  • National Geographic Books
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Sierra Club Books
  • and other national and international publications.