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Alex Mustard

Dr Alex Mustard has been widely regarded as one of the world’s leading underwater photographers for the last 20 years. He has a PhD in marine ecology and has received national recognition in the UK being made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for ‘services to underwater photography' in 2018.
His photographs have won many awards including regularly in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year - being awarded in 9 different categories and appearing in 15 different books of winning pictures in the last 20 years. He is a founder and chair of the jury for UPY, the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition, and has been a committee member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers for the last 21 years.

What Underwater Photographers Need to Know About the Galapagos

Cold, currents and low visibility make the Galapagos a challenging bucket list location for scuba shooters.

How to Photograph Cenotes

Balance your lights, focus and flash to get a great photo of the cenotes in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

How to Take Beautiful Seahorse Photos

Use these tips to capture stunning underwater pictures of seahorses, one of the ocean's most iconic creatures.

How to Take Abstract Underwater Images

Play with the ocean's diversity and photographic technique and you will create one-of-a-kind images.

How to Take Great Photos of Coral Reefs

Practice and lighting are two integral components to capturing sweeping reef images.

10 Tips for Winning Underwater Photo Contests

Scuba divers entering underwater photo contests should keep color, lighting and more in mind.

How to Use the Forgotten Power of Black and White Underwater Photography

Color is lost as you descend in the water column. Here's how to get it back.

Tips for Capturing Photos of Marine Animal Behavior

Move slowly to your nearest cleaning station and settle in — great shots are on their way.

How to Take Great Kelp Photos

Crank up that ISO, leverage a sunny day and think of kelp as a backdrop to capture stunning shots underwater.