Kyle McBurnie is a cameraman, filmmaker, and award-winning underwater photographer best known for his California work. He has also shot motion picture for a number of natural history and presenter-based productions including the BBC and the Discovery Channel.
With a career starting in 2011, Kyle worked as a divemaster aboard Horizon Charters, learning to dive the California channel islands and spending over 100 days cage diving with the Guadalupe’s great white sharks. While on the Horizon, Kyle met and worked alongside Nick LeBeouf - a seasoned divemaster and white shark expedition leader.
In 2013, Kyle and Nick co-founded the ocean expedition company SD Expeditions. SDE is now San Diego’s premiere scuba and shark diving ocean company, and Kyle and Nick have spent countless hours in the coastal and offshore waters of Southern California.
In 2014, Kyle gained international recognition when his photo of a harbor seal was published in National Geographic’s May issue, and has since been published in Scuba Diving, Alert Diver, and others.
In 2016, Kyle and a team of five others successfully crowd-funded The Manu Project, and embarked into the Amazon for 30 days to produce a short documentary film on the indigenous communities and their cultures.
Kyle became a National Geographic Young Explorer in 2017, receiving a grant to photograph bioluminescence underwater utilizing long-exposures and high sensitivity cameras.