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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.

An Intro to Rays—and How to Photograph Them

An encounter with rays is a magical experience, but the key to making the most of it—and finning away with some stellar photos—is patience. Here's what you need to know.

How to Photograph Eels

With long slithering bodies that tend to stick to the shadows, eels can be tricky subjects to successfully capture on camera. Here's how to improve your chances of landing a winning shot.

Mastering the Art of Cephalopod Photography

Few creatures are more fascinating than cephalopods, with their unparalleled (and truly unique) methods for deceiving both predators and prey. It's these methods, in part, that make them the ideal subjects for your underwater photos.

Slug Spotter: A Guide to Photographing Nudibranchs

Expert Alex Mustard guides readers on the best places to see nudibranchs and how to find and photograph the slugs on a dive.

How to Take Flawless Photos of Sweetlips

Bright colors, large eyes and pouty mouths make sweetlips particularly photogenic fish. Learn these tricks to help guarantee picture-perfect results every time.

Photographing Blennies With Personality

Taking good and interesting pictures of fish isn’t easy—you really need their personalities to shine for the average person to take notice. Here’s how to coax blennies into putting on a show for your camera.

Expert Alex Mustard Shares His Secrets on How to Photograph Dolphins in the Wild

Dolphin encounters can be tough to photograph because they are unpredictable and highly variable, but few subjects will be so warmly appreciated by your friends. Learn from expert Alex Mustard the best tips and tricks for photographing dolphins.

Shrimp in the Spotlight: Making Crustacean Photo Magic

Tips and tricks on how to photograph shrimp.

Winged Wonders: Making the Most of Magical Manta Encounters

Photo expert Alex Mustard shares his tips and tricks on how to photograph stunning images of manta rays.