Philip Hamilton, filmmaker, photographer and author, is best known for his passion and dedication to ocean conservation. He has over thirty years diving and sailing experience and has documented most marine animals on the planet, from the majestic Blue whale to the smallest underwater critters. Philip has a wide and much sought after collection of video footage and stills, which he regularly donates to conservation programmes, scientist work and NGO’s.
Before turning to ocean conservation, Philip had a 25 year successful career in finance, specialising primarily in Emerging Markets and High Yield. He has worked in Latin America, Europe and Asia and held prominent roles and ran multiple businesses at Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, ING-Barings and Dresdner among others.
Philip spent five years working on his first book, ‘Call of The Blue.’ A highly acclaimed ground breaking non-profit project which held its launch under Hope, the Blue Whale in Hintze Hall at London’s Natural History Museum.
Philip was a former private pilot and and keen aerial photographer, since the recent developments of drones, he has filmed most places he travels from the air. In 2021, and with the support of WCS Underwater Exploration he started using ROVs.
He has been featured on TV and in books as well as being quoted in several titles including The Times, GQ Magazine, The Economist and The Guardian. His conservation projects have also been presented on BBC Earth, at the United Nations as well as having generated multimillion views on social media.
His latest achievement is his debut and award winning film, Ocean Souls. An unprecedented collaboration of over 100 filmmakers, 25 scientists as well as several leading experts, Ocean Souls is an emotive cetaceans documentary, showcasing the largest diversity ever seen on film and highlighting new scientific discoveries. The film has already received a number of awards as well as being listed as a 2021 finalist in several prestigious film festivals around the world. Click here to watch the trailer.
Philip continues to work on new productions including feature film ‘RED’ which will focus on the IUCN red list. The film will highlight the efforts of scientists and conservationists in the Red Sea to save a variety of endangered species including the Dugong, Turtles and Sharks. In addition, Philip is working closely with other recognised scientists and filmmakers to produce an impactful documentary about whale collisions and what can be done to prevent the tragic fatalities caused by increased shipping traffic.
"I'm a firm believer that through Film & Photography, especially now with social media, we can still protect nature the way explorers and photographers helped to created parks like Yellowstone back in 1872. Most of my professional career, I was surrounded by well educated, maybe the best educated people on earth, PhD and MBAs everywhere. Unfortunately, one thing I noticed is that only very few knew anything about the ocean and the importance of it. Not to mention its beauty & magnificence. It is only through knowledge that humans can potentially care and eventually protect"
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"Teeming with images of spectacular underwater scenes from around the world, Call of the Blue is the culmination of a five-year project by the photographer and ocean conservationist Philip Hamilton. This groundbreaking book includes contributions from acclaimed scientists and ocean ‘guardians’, who reveal what drove them to answer the call of the blue"
Literary Review – photo extract (November 2018)
The Times – photo extract (26 October 2018)
Telegraph – Nov 17th 2018- Photo with extended caption
DIVE Magazine- 2018-2019 Autumn Winter issue
Daily Mail 2017
Travel & Leisure 2017
Revista Del Domingo , El Mercurio June 1st 2020
Tras haber recorrido varias veces los mares del planeta, Hamilton está con- vencido de que la producción y difusión de este tipo de documentales es una de las herramientas más eficaces para la conservación.
Encuentros EMOL / EL Mercurio 27 th Jan 2021
or via Instagram @philip.hamilton.photography
GQ Magazine, Dec 22nd, 2018
The underwater photographer who risks his life for the perfect shot. Philip Hamilton's new book 'Call Of The Blue' is a beautiful, otherworldly compendium of underwater photographs. Here, he describes the challenges – and life-threatening dangers – of getting those pictures
DECEMBER 6TH 2018, by Samantha Weinberg
It was, he admits, a calculated decision to mix beautiful pictures with harsh words: “I’m not trying to deceive myself [by] hiding the problems and pretending that everything is perfect out there.” Yet he realised that the book would go unnoticed without beautiful photographs. “A single photo can be the most powerful conservation tool,” he says. This magnificent book is his call to arms. Let’s hope it works.
Book contributions :
Pantera Magazine n2
Silent World , Dangerous Marine Animals, etc
Nov 19th 2018 Natural History Museum, London
@CalloftheBlue book launch and fine print exhibition.
Upcoming Event and exhibitions 2020:
London Octobre 2020
© 2020 PHILIP HAMILTON