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Alex Mustard photography

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: 12 May 2023 - 19 May 2023

Solitude One - Philippines | Tubbataha

Alex Says...1 MALE SHARE SPACE This is one of the best places I have been to photograph classic coral reef scenery in with clear water and sunny conditions. There are loads of mighty schools, turtles galore and the place has a reputation for providing encounters with whale sharks and plenty of other big stuff. This is one a few locations in the Philippines where you can reliably dive with the big stuff and typically in 30m+ visibility, ocean water. Mantas, mobulas, reef sharks, eagle rays, tuna and dolphins all pitch up in this oasis of life in the middle of the Sulu Sea. Equally attractive are the thriving corals, especially hard coral and soft coral gardens and attractive sea fans. MORE

Dates: 19 Jun 2023 - 26 Jun 2023

Ghazala Explorer | Wrecks and Reefs

Alex Says...NOW FULL Focused on the stunning reefs, fascinating wrecks and amazing schools that combine to make this such a classic underwater photography experience with Alex Mustard MORE

Dates: 26 Jun 2023 - 03 Jul 2023

Ghazala Explorer | Wrecks and Reefs

Alex Says...NOW FULL Focused on the stunning reefs, fascinating wrecks and amazing schools that combine to make this such a classic underwater photography experience with Alex Mustard MORE

Dates: 23 Oct 2023 - 04 Nov 2023

Oceania | Signature Itinerary

Alex Says...NOW FULL PNG has always had the most incredible reef diving, but the liveaboards working have not boasted the same standards of accommodation that divers enjoy elsewhere. MV Oceania totally changes that and this trip was planned back in 2018 when the boat was still being built, allowing us to reserve an October trip, right at the peak of the best diving season. The workshop will be based on MV Oceania, taking in their Signature Itinerary covering their three most popular diving areas of Kimbe Bay, Witu Islands and Fathers Reefs. The trip will start and finish directly at Walindi resort, the cruise preceded by a two night official pre-trip warm up MORE

Dates: 21 Jan 2024 - 30 Jan 2024

Emperor Harmoni | Raja Ampat Discovery

Alex Says...NOW FULL ALEX MUSTARD ESCORTED WORKSHOP: This package is on a SORONG - SORONG basis. Along with the photo workshops it includes 16 guests on a 24 guest liveaboard. Workshop, 8 Days Diving with Guide, Full Board, Nitrox, Land Excusion, Cocktail Party, Transfers to and from airport, including Waisai ferry on arrival. Marine Park & Port Fees. Per person, based on shared twin lower deck cabin for 9 nights. MORE

Dates: 15 Mar 2024 - 28 Mar 2024

Misool Eco Resort | Misool Photography Workshop

Alex Says...NOW FULL The one, the only Alex Mustard & Erin Quigley Misool workshop MORE

Wrecks and Reefs

Wrecks and Reefs is our number 1 Egyptian liveaboard itinerary for a reason. Dive the best of the Northern Red Sea and discover the world class wrecks and breath taking reefs every day and night. The warm, clear waters are packed with rich coral gard... MORE

Raja Ampat Discovery

Raja Ampat may be difficult to find on a map but it is a scuba diving experience quite unlike any other and one of the all time great Indonesian dive destinations. This is a vast expanse of sea, peppered with literally hundreds of tiny islands and c... MORE

Signature Itinerary

Fancy diving a veritable wilderness for your next liveaboard holiday where corals grow in abundance? Papua New Guinea really is one of the last frontiers for diving holidays. The northern coast of New Britain island is no exception. Here you will ... MORE


Do you want to escape from it all on your next scuba diving holiday? Then try Tubbataha on our stunning Philippines liveaboard. Tubbataha is a remote national park in the middle of the Sulu Sea with diving that is off the charts. This is a scuba d... MORE