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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: 31 Oct 2021 - 12 Nov 2021

Six Senses Laamu | Maldives Go Diving

Alex Says...NOW FULL Quite simply it is the finest hotel or resort that I have visited, says Alex. I could go on and on about it (and regularly do), but will just say here, that it is remote, yet surprisingly easily reached and their description of sumptuous meets sustainable hits the nail on the head. The Laamu Atoll is a vital refuge for marine life from sea grass to mantas, and Six Senses Laamu is the atolls only resort. The diving is classic Maldives, with giris, thilas, channels and walls, all packed lots of fish, sharks, mantas and turtles. This is pretty virgin diving territory MORE

Dates: 25 Nov 2021 - 02 Dec 2021

Hurricane | Red Sea Photography Workshop

Alex Says...1 MALE SHARE & 1 TWIN CABIN AVAILABLE: The Red Sea is one of my favourite places to take photos and I am so excited to have the chance to get back there this year. This time we will be heading to the classic coral reefs on the sheltered Sinai coast including the many sites in the Ras Mohammed National Park and the famous sites around Sharm El Sheikh. Few would argue that the coral reefs in this area are amongst the most photogenic in the world, famed for clear water, beautiful light, friendly fish, lush soft corals and thick clouds of anthias. MORE

Dates: 23 May 2022 - 01 Jun 2022

Socorro Vortex | Giant Mantas of Socorro

Alex Says...NOW FULL Manta diving in Socorro is special, first, because the rays seem as keen on encounters as us. These giant oceanic mantas come right up to you and stare you in the eyes. You make a connection and this makes for an incredibly rewarding experience. Add to this the remoteness of the place, the size and black colour of the mantas and the vibrant orange Clarion angelfish cleaners and you have an intoxicating mix. I am excited to be going back, especially with just a small group of photographers on the fabulous new liveaboard the Socorro Vortex. MORE

Dates: 19 Jun 2022 - 26 Jun 2022

Whirlwind | Red Sea Photography Workshop

Alex Says...NOW FULL - 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: 26 Jun 2022 - 03 Jul 2022

Whirlwind | Red Sea Photography Workshop

Alex Says...NOW FULL - 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: 22 Aug 2022 - 27 Aug 2022

Socorro Vortex | Great Whites in Guadalupe

Alex Says...JUNIOR SUITE DOUBLE & MALE SHARE ONLY Quite simply great whites are the most famous fish in the sea, a subject that deserves to be in any portfolio. The aim of this special workshop is to give you the best chance of fantastic photos of great white sharks. The small number of guests on the luxurious, fast, and new Vortex liveaboard greatly enhances the experience and productivity of this trip, both above and below the surface. MORE

Dates: 01 Dec 2022 - 12 Dec 2022

Misool Eco Resort | Misool Photography Workshop

Alex Says...NOW FULL - Alex says at the start of 2019 Martin Edge and I jointly ran a workshop at Misool Eco Resort that is remembered so fondly by all lucky enough to be there. I am very excited to announce we are going back! The big change this time is my co-host. From an underwater photography perspective Martin is irreplaceable, so to serve up something rather different, but hopefully equally enticing, I have persuaded author, teacher, coral reef expert and Professor of Marine Conservation, Callum Roberts to come and share his knowledge and perspective. Callum has huge coral reef knowledge and I feel he will be a perfect fit with the ethos of Misool and his wise words will encourage us to photograph these richest of reefs with a really fresh perspective. MORE

Dates: 12 May 2023 - 19 May 2023

Solitude One - Philippines | Tubbataha

Alex Says...FULL 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: 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

Best of the Maldives

The Best of the Maldives does just what it says on the tin - you dive the best and most famous dive sites of the Maldives in a single week of sublime liveaboard diving across Male and Ari atolls. This is a dive holiday in the Maldives to remember tha... 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

Great Whites in Guadalupe

Great white sharks are one of nature's most impressive and most awe inspiring creations. And the chance to be in the water with great whites must rank on most adventurer's wish list. If you have are brave of heart, then make a bee line for the Grea... MORE

Giant Mantas of Socorro

The Revillagigedo islands are one of Mexico's most impressive treasures. This marine park is home to droves of pelagics, making it well deserving of the nickname Mexico's Little Galapagos. It's best known residents are the giant Pacific manta, who ... 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

Tubbataha

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