Steve De Neef is a cinematographer, director, producer and photographer based in Maine. He specializes in ocean related stories and is equally at home filming below the surface, swimming in big surf or flying drones from boats to capture the beauty of our blue planet.
Steve often works with scientists, NGO’s and ocean communities in the hopes of inspiring positive change and getting research and conservation efforts seen by a broader audience.
He has extensive experience working for large TV productions and also working on solo projects from pre-production to post. He has worked with numerous magazines, NGO’s and production companies like National Geographic, BBC, Hakai Magazine, The Pew Charitable Trust, Discovery Channel, New York Times, TIME, BioGraphic, Asian Geographic, Ocean Geographic, Concern Worldwide, Red Cross and many more.
As a broadcast cinematographer, Steve has filmed for the BBC Natural History Unit series Shark, multiple shows for National Geographic including the 2017 documentary Sea of Hope and has worked extensively on the Disney+ and National Geographic series Secrets Of The Whales where he filmed multiple firsts including a sperm whale calf nursing from it’s mom.
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 photographer of the year, Oasis and more.
Steve is a regular speaker on photography and conservation and is a TEDx Alumni. He lives in coastal Maine with his wife and three kids and is currently working on multiple projects highlighting the beauty and people that rely on the Gulf Of Maine for their livelihood.
I have been in the industry since 2012.