About the author
Dr Alexander Mustard took his first underwater photos when he was nine years old. They were disappointing. But since then he’s been working hard to improve them. And now more than 30 years later he’s put all he’s learned into Underwater Photography Masterclass.
Alex trained as a marine biologist, but has worked as a full time underwater photographer for the last 12 years. He is well known throughout the underwater photography community not only for his ground-breaking images, but also his willingness to share the exact techniques behind them. His photos have attracted many awards, including being category winners in both the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and British Wildlife Photography Awards. His last book, Reefs Revealed, won the International Grand Prize for the best book of underwater photographs. In 2013, Alex was named European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, which is the only time an underwater photographer has won this prestigious award.
Alex’s knowledge of underwater photography techniques, his experience in a wide range of diving conditions and his understanding of marine life makes him a highly sought-after competition judge. In 2015, he chaired the jury for the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition and also acted as a judge for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the CMAS World Championship of Underwater Photography and others.
He has published over 500 articles on underwater photography, writing for all the world’s major scuba-diving magazines. He currently writes monthly columns on underwater photography for Sport Diver magazine (USA) and Diver magazine (UK). He has been invited to make major contributions to nine previous books on underwater photography, but Underwater Photography Masterclass is his first book on the subject.
Alex was part of the photo team for 2020VISION – a British conservation photography project. He has been a committee member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers for the past 12 years and is Associate Editor of Wetpixel. Nissan designed its NV200 concept car, which was built for the Tokyo Motor Show, specifically around his needs as an underwater photographer. He is the inventor of the Magic Filters, filters designed specifically for available light underwater photography with digital cameras.