Doug spent seven years in Antarctica as a research diver, marine biologist, photographer and base commander for the British Antarctic Survey. In 1984 he changed direction to full time freelance filming. Since then he has become one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen. He specialises in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries in some of the wildest and most remote places on our planet, working for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and many others, filming for series like The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants and Operation Iceberg.
In the last couple of years, he’s covered the issue of overfishing around the globe through the documentary The Missing Fish, filmed with the US based Living Oceans Foundation.
His photographic awards include eight Emmys and four BAFTAs. He has twice won the underwater category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and has three Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his camerawork, as well as two Polar Medals. In 2012 he published his book Freeze Frame - A Wildlife Cameraman’s Adventures on Ice. Between filming shoots he gives presentations about his work, science and the environment to schools and institutions worldwide.
“MCS plays a vital role in reconnecting humans – young and old - with the natural marine world. It’s a crucial catalyst to persuade people and governments to adopt new ways of living more sensibly, more sustainably and with more understanding and gratitude for the planet’s oceans. The sea was my inspiration and I’d like to help it be a revelation to others. MCS has the message, I want to be one of the messengers”. Doug Allen
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