A SoCal native, Donald Miralle has a BA in Fine Arts at UCLA and has worked as a professional photographer for nearly two decades for clients like New York Times, Golf Digest, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal, Nike, Ironman, Outside, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Dicks Sporting Goods, Getty Images, Outside, and NFL Players Association. He has received over 50 international awards for his work including five World Press Photo Awards and has been named the Sports Photojournalist of the Year by both the National Press Photographers Association and Pictures of the Year International multiple times. He has also served on the contest jury for the Best of Photojournalism, Swedish Pictures of the Year, and the Wisconsin and Utah Press Photographers Associations Contests. Donald’s work has been featured in magazines including Photo District News, British Journal of Photography, The Holland Times, Top Magazine in Brazil and on TV shows including ESPN, NBC News and the ‘Today Show’. Donald has served as a keynote speaker at many events including the PDN PhotoPlus Expo, Great White North Workshop, and is active with the education of photojournalism at colleges and workshops including Brooks Institute, Art Center College of Design, and Sportsshooter Academies. In 2013, Italian Publisher Dueeotto, Nikon Italy, La Stampa Newspaper, and Major Co. sponsored the Donald Miralle 2.8 Workshop, the first hands-on sports photography workshop of it’s kind in the country.
A competitive swimmer through college, Miralle loves to surf and is an elite paddleboarder competing in the 32-Mile Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race (3rd Place Overall), The Molokai World Championships (2nd Place 2x), The Jay Moriarty Race (1st Overall 2x) and the Waterman Challenge (1st Overall 2x and Course Record Holder). He lives in the San Diego beach community of Leucadia with his wife Lauren, his two sons Luke and Micah, and their dogs, Kaya and Stewie, and overweight cat Rigby.