Meet Karim Iliya

Karim Iliya is a professional underwater photographer, drone pilot filmmaker, and whale swimming guide based in Hawaii and Colorado

Karim grew up in the Middle East and Asia and developed a curiosity for the natural world which has taken him into the midsts of battling whales, exploding volcanoes, ice worlds of the arctic, and many of the fascinating places that humans and animals make their home. Karim aims to use photography and video to show a unique perspective and uncover new worlds underwater that few have the opportunity to see, and to tell stories about people, places, and animals in order to better our world. His passion is in documenting whales, big cats, and other threatened animals in an effort to protect our delicate ecosystems on Earth. Karim has been published in National Geographic Magazine for his humpback whale photography. .

Karim travels internationally and on the US mainland working a variety of photo & video projects. He spends 1/4 of his year documenting whales. He splits his free time between the Hawaiian islands and Colorado freediving, windsurfing, flying drones, camping photographing the world around him. He also spends much of his free time pursuing personal projects to document underwater marine life and ecosystems.

Karim has been published in National Geographic magazine for his humpback whale and aerial photography.


Karim Iliya Studio

Karim Iliya studio is a full production house that creates photo and video content on land, from the air (using drones) and underwater.

Karim Iliya began as a photographer and has since expanded his team to create full production photoshoots and videos.  We have Experience in extreme sports, wildlife, commercial, architecture, and documentary  and specialize in capturing content in complex and difficult environments,from the air, underwater, in the arctic or deserts.

We are based part time in Maui, Hawaii, and California where we have a large variety of ecosystems and the resources to execute large or small productions

We shoot Photo / video:

Aerial (drone)
Slow motion
Virtual Reality 360 - Land, Underwater, Aerial

Please see "Our Services" page for more info and feel free to contact us for inquiries and questions.  

For large scale projects occurring across multiple countries simultaneously, Karim is part of a
15 person international film team of women and men called What Took You So Long