Seattle, Washington
© Dougal Brownlie 2017


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“As a storyteller, it is intrinsic to feel the need to capture the raw emotion of the human life through various visual platforms. Therefore, often the commercial gain or monetary profit is dissolved and rather what is illuminated is the human condition and evoking the unseen feelings, allowing them to be brought to the surface. That is the ultimate goal- to convey an entire story within a single frame.”

  -Dougal Brownlie


Dougal Brownlie is an award winning visual journalist from a small college town of Bellingham, Washington, an hour's drive north of Seattle. From a young age, the passion for photography and capturing everyday moments had always captivated Dougal's interest and he could always be seen capturing photos and a camera swinging from his neck as he ran to capture that next frame. In the fall of 2012 Dougal took the opportunity to pursue his love for visual storytelling and move to Ventura, California to attend Brooks Institute and pursue a Bachelor of Science in Visual Journalism.

A Washington state native Dougal began his professional career working freelancing for smaller papers in and around the Ventura country area including the Ventura Country Star and Ojai Valley News while pursuing his bachelor's degree in Visual Journalism from Brooks Institute graduating in April 2015. He accepted a job at the St. Joseph News-Press as a full time staff photojournalist in October 2015 and spent his time in the heartland of America on assignment in the greater portion of Northwest Missouri while exploring the surrounding states including Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Arkansas. In January 2017, he started his career in the freelance market, returning home to be based out of the Pacific Northwest. 

Dougal was a grateful attendee of the Eddie Adams Workshop in Jeffersonville, New York in October of 2015 as part of the class of XXVIII working under the guidance of the sports industry's best of Al Bello (head sports photographer of Getty North America) and Brad Smith (former DOP of Sports Illustrated) as well as Robert Caplin founder of Photo Brigade in New York City. Dougal was the recipient of a gold medal by the College Photographer of the Year’s judging in sports feature in November of 2015. In 2016 he was honored with a full ride scholarship through the Missouri Press Association to attend the 68th edition of Missouri Photo Workshop held in the small town of 3,500 people; Cuba, Missouri. In the fall of 2016, Dougal returned to the Eddie Adams Workshop, this time as an appreciative alumnus serving as a member on the Black Team that helps to run the workshop for the incoming class of XXIX. The National Press Photographer's Association (NPPA) has recognized and awarded Dougal's work in the Central Region where he placed in the monthly clip competition.

His work has been published in national and local publications, including Sports Illustrated, USA Today, ESPN, The Associated Press, Yahoo News & Sports, The Players Tribune, Business Insider, The Seattle Times, The Image Deconstructed, Palm Beach Post, Omaha World-Herald, Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Ventura County Star among others. 

When he is not on assignment, Dougal can be found exploring and looking for a new story, stopping in small towns or big cities, driving through the many rural roads of the America, listening to good music, enjoying some new restaurant, or discovering a new documentary or visual story-teller. He is always open for a new assignment, conversation, or chat about life, so feel free to drop him a line or phone call at brownliedougal@gmail.com  or 360-220-6588.

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