"He definitely sees things in a different way. He thinks differently. And I think a lot can be learned by other photographers. They’re all at the same event but nobody else saw the same thing.” – James Colton, Photo Editor Sports Illustrated from PDN Cover Article 2007.

Donald is great at any challenge set before him. He is a true visionary and problem solver. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him on several occasions and the outcome has always been stellar. He’s an absolute Team Player and linchpin on any project.” – Jason Murphy, Art Director Nike.

With more than 50 international awards to his credit including six World Press Awards, Donald Miralle has been recognized as one of the most innovative photographers in the industry for the past two decades. Born and raised in Southern California, Donald graduated from Loyola H.S. and University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Fine Arts. His artistic and creative approach to his editorial and commercial photography and has been sought after by some of the largest agencies, publications, and brands to shoot the world’s greatest athletes, biggest events and most remote locations. Miralle’s work has been profiled in publications including Photo District News, British Journal of Photography, The Holland Times, The San Diego Union Tribune, and Top Magazine in Brazil; as well as on TV shows like ESPN, Entertainment TV, and the Today Show. Donald has served as a keynote speaker at many international events including the PDN PhotoPlus Expo, Great White North Workshop, UAPP, Danish Photographers Union Convention, and is active in the education of photojournalism at colleges and workshops including Brooks College, Art Center Design, BYU, Sportsshooter Academies, and the 2.8 Dueeotto/Donald Miralle Sports Photography Workshop in Italy. In addition he has served as a jury member for the Best of Photojournalism, Swedish Pictures of the Year, and the Wisconsin and Utah Press Photographers Associations. Donald is also the founder and owner of Leucadia Photoworks, the only full service studio and photographer collective in North County San Diego. His wife Lauren and their two sons Luke and Micah make their home in the beach community of Leucadia, California and enjoy surfing, paddling and drinking craft beer in their spare time.


  • World Press Photo Contest, Amsterdam Netherlands 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014 (Children's Award in 2001)
  • Pictures of the Year International: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
  • NPPA Best of Photojournalism Contest: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • CLIO Award 2014 Advertising Work, MLB Branding
  • NFL Hall of Fame Photo Contest: 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008
  • The PGB Photo Award 2010 Stockholm Sweden
  • PDN Photo Annual, 2012 NYC
  • PDN "The Shot", 2013 NYC
  • International Photography Awards, Multiple Award Winner 2009
  • Graphis Photo Annual, Gold Award 2009
  • PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris, Multiple Award Winner 2009
  • Sasakawa World Sports Photography Contest, 2002 Adidas Award
  • Mobius Awards, 2008 Ad Campaign for the NFLPA
  • Pele Awards, Silver Award2018 for Hana Hou / Hawaiian Airlines
  • National Headliner Award, Sports Illustrated 2000
  • California Press Photographers Association: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Sportsshooter Photographer of the Year: 2004, 2005


  • Who Shot Sports, A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present. Gail Buckland, Knopf. Worldwide traveling exhibition 2017-2018
  • Wide Angle View Exhibit, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 2011
  • World Press Photo Traveling Exhibition, 100 events in 100 cities, 1999-2014
  • POYi The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles 2011-2014
  • Behind the Lens (Arnold Newman, Brent Stirton & Donald Miralle) 2005 New York.
  • Arets Bild, 2007 & 2008 Sweden.
  • Union of Danish Photojournalist Conference, Keynote Speaker, 2011 Copenhagen DEN.
  • 50th Anniversary National Convention of the University Photographers Association of America (UPAA) Keynote Speaker, 2011 Salt Lake City UT.
  • PDN PhotoPlus Expo, Keynote Speaker, 2006 New York.
  • Great White North Workshop, Keynote Speaker, 2006 Vancouver Canada.
  • Brooks College, Guest Speaker, 2006-2009 Ventura
  • Art Center of Design, Guest Speaker, 2007 Pasadena
  • Minnesota Press Photographer Association, Guest Speaker, 2007 Minneapolis Central Library
  • Sportsshooter Academies, Instructor, 2005-2008 Los Angeles, CA.
  • 2.8 Dueeotto/Donald Miralle Sports Photography Workshop, 2013 Torino Italy.
  • Leucadia PhotoWorks, The Workshop. 2016 Encinitas , CA.
  • The GeekFest, Keynote Speaker, 2017 Pasadena, CA.


  • Who Shot Sports, A photographic History 1843 to Present. Gail Buckland, Knopf USA 2017
  • Edge of the World: A Visual Adventure to the Most Extraordinary Places on Earth. Outside Magazine, USA 2017
  • The Art of Donald Miralle, 2.8 Dueeotto, Italy 2012
  • American Photography 26, USA 2012
  • The Fall, Lance Armstrong, with Juliet Macur. Italy 2013
  • Faces, Outside USA 2005
  • A Day in the World, Sweden 2012
  • Hotshots, Sports Illustrated USA 2004
  • The GM, with Tom Callahan (New York Times Bestselling Author) USA 2006
  • Cover-Up, with John Feinstein (New York Times Bestselling Author) USA 2005
  • The PGB Book , Stockholm Sweden 2010
  • World Press Photo Book, Amsterdam 1999-2014