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 at San Diego State Uni­ver­sity and worked as a diver/biologist for the Scripps Insti­tu­tion of Oceanog­ra­phy in La Jolla, Cal­i­for­nia before attend­ing Brooks Insti­tute of Pho­tog­ra­phy.   He holds a BS degree in zool­ogy and a BA degree in pho­tog­ra­phy. Ralph is the author of Pho­tograph­ing Nature, pub­lished by New Riders.

Ralph has fol­lowed his pas­sion for the nat­ural world by spe­cial­iz­ing in loca­tion pho­tog­ra­phy and video projects of eco-travel, envi­ron­men­tal por­traits, nat­ural land­scapes, wildlife and under­sea sub­jects.   Please contact Ralph’s business manager, Mary Jane Headlee to inquire about assignment work.

Ralph has trav­eled through­out the world on assign­ment includ­ing Aus­tralia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Cen­tral Amer­i­ca, Brasil, Antarc­tica, Alaska, Mex­ico, Kenya, Tan­za­nia, Zim­babwe, Zam­bia, Botswana and South Africa.

Ralph’s stock images are represented worldwide by Corbis Images.

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:

  • Audubon
  • Aqua
  • Islands
  • Oceans
  • Outside
  • Orion Nature Quarterly
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Kids
  • National Geographic Traveler
  • Popular Photography
  • Nature’s Best
  • Terre Sauvage
  • National Geographic Books
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Sierra Club Books
  • and other national and international publications.