Dr Alexander MUSTARD from the UK is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading underwater photographers. He has been taking underwater photographs for over 30 years and has worked as a full time underwater photographer for the last 12 years.
His photographs have won many awards including, on seven occasions, in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is a four-time category winner in the British Wildlife Photography Awards. His 2007 book Reefs Revealed, won the International Grand Prize for the best book of underwater photographs, while his 2016 instructional book Underwater Photography Masterclass has rapidly become the most sought after title on the subject and was reprinted just two weeks after its launch.
His photographs have been displayed in exhibitions around the world and a particular highlight was personally presenting his work to Queen Elizabeth II. In 2003 he received the Visions In the Sea Award for Outstanding Contributions to Underwater Photography and recently was given the ADEX 2016 Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Underwater Photography. In 2013, Alex was named GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his image Night Moves. The only time an underwater photograph has won this prestigious award.
He is the founder of the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition and has acted as a judge for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the CMAS World Championship of Underwater Photography, the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the British Wildlife Photography Awards and many other contests. He has been a committee member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers for the last 12 years and is Associate Editor of Wetpixel.com. Alex’s Agent is Nature Picture Library.
Alex is a regular contributor to many publications in the marine, wildlife, diving and photographic media, and to date has published more than 450 articles. In particular, he is a sought after writer on all aspects of underwater photography, especially equipment reviews and technique articles. In addition to various features, he currently writes two monthly columns on underwater photography: IMAGES Column for Sport Diver and Be The Champ for DIVER Magazine.
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