Alex Mustard

Escorted Photography Holidays

Scuba travel has been running photography workshops with Alex Mustard since 2009.  In that time hundreds of divers have travelled the globe, visiting the world’s top diving destinations with this master photographer.  We work carefully to build each trip around the timing for the best possible encounters.  Alex’ workshops are always popular, aimed at enthusiastic underwater photographers.  They are not competitive - it’s as important to have fun as it is to improve your skills and learn new techniques.

Dr Alex Mustard

Dr Alexander Mustard trained and worked as a marine biologist, but since 2004 has worked full time as a professional underwater photographer and author. He took his first pictures underwater at the age of nine. They were not very good, but over the years they improved and he is widely regarded as one of the most creative underwater photographers, whose works is admired and respected around the world. You can see a portfolio of his work here. He Alex was born in 1975 and has been a certified diver for more than half his life.

His images are known for their distinctive style that makes them instantly recognisable, often with bright, strong colours and simple, yet memorable compositions. They have won many awards and have been widely published. Alex was an early adopter of digital and has pioneered many of the specialist techniques of digital underwater photography, such as the use of filters in available light photography leading to the invention of the Magic Filter, the fisheye-teleconver technique for wide angle macro photography, the use of strobe filters for adjusting water colour, and using telephoto lenses underwater. Moreover, Alex has not kept these techniques trade secrets, but has shared his ideas through numerous magazine articles and columns.


Alex runs the workshops in a friendly and non-competitive manner. This allows all photographers to give and receive constructive and open feedback in a safe environment. I enjoy getting out of my comfort zone because I know I will learn so much - Josef

Dates: 20 Mar 2017 - 28 Mar 2017

Bimini Big Game Club and Epic Diving | Great Hammerheads with Mustard

Alex Says...After a stunning trip in January 2016, I have agreed to run the Bimini Hammerheads trip again in 2017. Each year in the winter months, large great hammerhead sharks gather on the shallow sand banks off Bimini Island in the Bahamas. They are without a doubt one of the world's most exciting shark species. MORE

Dates: 24 Jun 2017 - 01 Jul 2017

Whirlwind | Red Sea Photography Workshop

Alex Says...Although I have been doing Northern Red Sea photographic liveaboard trips every summer since 1998, I love the diving so much I can never wait for the next one. And I am not the only one, my workshops tend to book up quickly because experiencing it once is never enough.
My workshops are not aimed at absolute beginners and most people have SLRs, but cameras snobs are not allowed! All I ask is that you are enthusiastic. MORE

Dates: 01 Jul 2017 - 08 Jul 2017

Whirlwind | Red Sea Photography Workshop

Alex Says...Although I have been doing Northern Red Sea photographic liveaboard trips every summer since 1998, I love the diving so much I can never wait for the next one. And I am not the only one, my workshops tend to book up quickly because experiencing it once is never enough.
My workshops are not aimed at absolute beginners and most people have SLRs, but cameras snobs are not allowed! All I ask is that you are enthusiastic. MORE

Dates: 10 Aug 2017 - 19 Aug 2017

Jardines Aggressor 1 | Gardens of the Queen

Alex Says...I have long been excited about running a workshop in Cuba. Now with the launch of the Jardines Aggressor in summer 2016 there is an international quality liveaboard experience to match the diving. MORE

Great Hammerheads with Mustard

Great hammerheads are typically shy, elusive sharks. And there are relatively few places you can go in the world where you can guarantee an opportunity to dive and photograph them. Luckily for us, each Jan - Mar they congregate in the shallows of B... MORE

Red Sea Photography Workshop

On Alex' workshops, the sole aim of the diving is photography. We will be going to the sites that are most productive for images and will be repeating sites, sometimes several times, to give you the opportunity to work on shots, change lenses, wait f... MORE

Gardens of the Queen

Gardens of the Queen itinerary dives Cuba's spectacular national park. 60 miles off the Cuban coastline, this is the jewel in Cuba's diving crown. More than 600 cays make up the gardens. It is famous for the pristine corals and vast clouds of schoo... MORE