Donald Miralle is a freelance photographer based in Southern California with over 40 international awards to his credit. His editorial and commercial clients include NEWSWEEK, ESPN the Magazine, Golf Digest, Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal, Nike, Gatorade, Adidas, Taylormade, NFL Players Association, the Washington Nationals Baseball Club and the Discovery Channel. Miralle has documented everything from big wave surfing in Hawaii, to wildlife in Tanzania, to Sumo Wrestling in Japan. He has covered nearly every major sporting event world-wide including seven Winter and Summer Olympic Games, ten Super Bowls, four Pan-American Games, The World Series, every golf major and the Indianapolis 500 to name a few. His work has been awarded by World Press Photo in 2005, 2006, 2010, & 2012, Pictures of the Year International 2005-2010, POYi Sports Photojournalist of the Year 2012, NPPA Best of Photojournalism Sports Photojournalist of the Year 2006-2008 & 2012, Sasakawa World Sports Photography Contest  2002, National Headliner Awards, Mobius Awards for his Ad Campaigns, NFL Hall of Fame 2001-2008, American Photography and many other accolades. Donald’s work has been profiled in magazines including Photo District News, American Photo, GQ, British Journal of Photography, Better Photography India, The Holland Times, Top Magazine as well as on TV on the Today Show, ESPN, NBC and Vitrine Entertainment Television. In addition, Donald has served on the jury for the NPPA Best of Photojournalism 2009 and 2010, Swedish Pictures of the Year (Arets Bild 2007, Stockholm), the Wisconsin Press Photographers Association and the Utah Press Photographers Association. A collegiate swimmer at UCLA under legendary coach Ron Ballatore, Donald loves to surf, swim and paddleboard in his spare time, and has completed the grueling 32-mile Catalina and Molokai Channel Crossings. Donald lives in the funky beach town of Leucadia with his wife Lauren, two sons Luke and Micah, and dogs Odie and Frank. He is available for assignments worldwide.


  1. Hey Donald – It’s been about 20 years or so since our last conversation, most probably at St. Bede’s. I hope you remember me. My name is Mark Reynado, and like you, I was one of the only Filipinos in La Canada. Kevin Guerrero (Norm’s younger bro) was actually the one who referred me to you. However, when I couldn’t find you on Facebook, I messaged Dawn and she told me to contact you through your blog

    Like you, I’m a photographer. However, unlike me, your work is killer. Like it or not, you are my new inspiration. HAHAHAHA…. I think it great to know / or somewhat know someone in the business, who is actually the REAL DEAL. Congrats on all your awards. Your photographs are amazing. I just started shooting about 2 years ago, and trying to learn as much as I can not just only about photography, but also the business of this industry.

    So I notice you’re in San Diego. I’m married living in Orange and during the day, I’m a Sales Manager for Paramount Farms (the largest grower / processor of Pistachios). It’s great and I love what I do. However, I know I would love to shoot for a living.

    Anyway, I don’t want to take much of your time. I just wanted to find out when you’ll be in town again. I’d like to meet you for coffee and just chat / take notes on improving my work.

    Please text me at 818/425-7792. Hope you had a great time in Augusta. I was pulling for Tiger!

    Thanks Donald and I hope to hear from you…- Mark Reynado

  2. Don… just got a chance to check your website and blog — pretty classy. Also enjoyed the video of your talk on your photos from the Ironman.

    I just want you to know that I enjoyed thoroughly the chance to meet, talk, and shoot with you. Your photos are simply incredible, and I can see why you’ve won so many awards (but, a surf boarding race??). I’ve subscribed to your blog, so I’m going to be anxious to see what you’re up to next. As for me, I’m about to commit to a year’s preparation for a Kilimanjaro climb (possibly followed by a tent safari like yours) next year. I just have to count up my return-deposit bottles and my big jar of pennies first.

    Again, I really enjoyed meeting you and hope to stay in touch.


    • Great to meet you too Dennis! Hope you arrived back home ok, it was a great trip to Tanzania…I would love to join you for next year’s Kilimanjaro climb, but at this point I only have enough schillings saved up for a Kilimanjaro beer not the actual mountain! Keep in touch and we’ll speak to you soon! Best-DM

  3. Donald,

    By chance did you leave Dar on KLM on July 10? I remember speaking to someone from Southern California who was a photographer for a team that was in Tanzania for a medical mission. The person I met was with a few med students who had some issues checking in. If that was you, this is a small world. If not, I just want to say that I very much enjoy your photography. How would I go about getting a print of one of your photos?

    Warm Regards,

  4. Hey Donald!!! Great images,Great Work…Saludos desde Venezuela.

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