About Douglas J Hoffman

My goal is to create compelling images of nature that reflect beauty and drama in order to evoke an emotional response.

I feel very fortunate to live my dream of being a professional photographer and want to give something back. That’s how Art for Conservation and Education was created. This program uses the sale of fine art to support worthwhile NPO’s like the Humane Society International and Whale Dolphin Conservation Society, who fund programs which study and preserve cetaceans, increase scientists knowledge base, help train future educators and increase public awareness.  Beside creating art for these NPO’s image libraries are donated and used in campaigns to end international whaling, end the demand for shark fin’s, & raise the public’s awareness on environmental and marine concerns.

About Me

In 1985 , I moved to Maui, Hawaii to work in the hotel industry. Three years later, I dived into a career as a scuba instructor. As a hobby I took up underwater photography.  Back then I had no idea my hobby would turn into my profession.

In 1994, my u/w photographs were frequently published in dive magazines, and for years I was able to travel and work in Indonesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Yap, and many other world class destinations.  After a few cases of Malaria, I returned to Maui, and opened Maui Photography LLC and specialized in family portraits on location. Running my own business allowed me time to work in Maui and time to lead international dive trips dedicated to photography.

In 2005, I had a Humpback Whale encounter while diving in Hawaii, and that started my interest in whales. I researched locations where it was permitted to swim with whales and have been leading groups to Tonga ever since.   This coming season will my 11th season.

In January 2012, I received the Master of Photography Degree from the Professional Photographers of America.   This association of professional photographers is over 140 years old.   I am if not the first, among the first to receive the degree based upon print scores of underwater photographs.


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