Dr Alexander Mustard has been taking underwater photographs since he was 9 years old and has worked full time as an underwater photographer since 2004. His photographs have won many awards including five in BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. In 2016 he has released two new books Underwater Photography Masterclass and Secrets Of The Seas. His previous books include The Art Of Diving, which has been described by David Doubilet as “the best book about diving since Jacques Cousteau’s The Silent World”, and Reefs Revealed, which won the International Grand Prize for the best book of underwater photographs. His photographs have been displayed in exhibitions around the world and a particular highlight was presenting his work to Queen Elizabeth II. In 2013, Alex was named GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his image Night Moves - the first time an underwater photograph has won this prestigious award. Alex is a regular contributor to many publications in the marine, wildlife, diving and photographic media, and to date has published more than 500 articles. Alex was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2018 for services to underwater photography.
Alex Mustard / California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) uses a Panamic cushion star (Pentaceraster cumingi) as a toy. The sealions pick up the starfish and then drop them and chase after them as they sink. Los I...
Alex Mustard / Maldive anemonefish (Amphiprion nigripes) shoal swimming in the current flowing over a Magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica). Baa Atoll, Maldives. Indian Ocean.
Alex Mustard / Leafy seadragon (Phycodurus eques). Wool Bay Jetty, Edithburgh, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia.
Alex Mustard / Group of young California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) playing in the sun in the early morning. Santa Barbara Island, Channel Islands. Los Angeles, California, USA. North East Pacific Ocean.
Alex Mustard / Split level photo of an American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) floating at the surface over a shallow seagrass meadow, close to mangroves. Jardines de la Reina, Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cub...
Alex Mustard / Detail of rhinopores and the colour pattern of a toxic Nudibranch (Goniobranchus coi) on a coral reef. Ambon Bay, Ambon, Maluku Archipelago, Indonesia. Banda Sea, tropical west Pacific Ocean.
Alex Mustard / Reticulate stargazer (Uranoscopus sp.) emerging from the sand. Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea.
Alex Mustard / A long exposure renders Bar jacks (Carangoides ruber) as ghostly trails as they swim around a sponge, on a coral reef, at night. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Overall winner of GDT competiti...
Alex Mustard / RF - Pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) swimming over a shallow, sandy seabed. North Bihmini, Bahamas. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Alex Mustard / Snorkeller rubbing the belly of a baby Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris). Three Sisters Spring, Crystal River, Florida, USA
Alex Mustard / Portrait of Red Sea anemonefish (Amphiprion bicinctus) against open water. Nuweiba, Sinai, Egypt.
Alex Mustard / RF- Pair of Red Sea anemonefish (Amphiprion bicinctus) in Magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica), which has closed up in the late afternoon revealing its red skirt. St Johns Reef. Egypt. Red S...
Alex Mustard / Yellow tube sponge (Aplysina fistularis) on a coral reef, with the camera rotated during the long exposure. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. British West Indies. Caribbean Sea.
Alex Mustard / Tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) portrait, Swanage Pier, Swanage, Dorset, UK, English Channel, August
Alex Mustard / Warty / Clown frogfish (Antennarius maculatus) male portrait, Anilao, Batangas, Luzon, Philippines, March
Alex Mustard / Close up portrait of the face of a Nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) resting on the sand in shallow water. Its barbels are clearly visible on its top lip. South Bimini, Bahamas. The Bahamas Nationa...
Alex Mustard / Diver exploring a freshwater cenote (or limestone sinkhole) swimming through beams of light filtered through the forest above. Garden Of Eden Cenote, Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mexico.
Alex Mustard / RF - Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) beneath clouds. Sipadan Island, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Celebes Sea. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Alex Mustard / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) young seal silhouetted against the sun as it dives after breathing, Lundy Island, Devon, UK, Bristol Channel, August
Alex Mustard / Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) female on a coral reef. Rock Islands, Palau, Micronesia. Tropical west Pacific Ocean.
Alex Mustard / Southern stingray (Dasyatis americana) female swimming over a shallow sand bank with ripples. Stingray City Sandbar, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbean Sea.
Alex Mustard / California Sea lion (Zalophus californianus) swimming in open water. La Paz, Baja California Mexico. Sea of Cortez, East Pacific Ocean. October
Alex Mustard / Lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris) at the surface, split level. Little Bahama Bank, Bahamas. West Atlantic Ocean.
Alex Mustard / California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) looking down from the surface. Los Islotes, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Sea of Cortez, Gulf of California, East Pacific Ocean.
Alex Mustard / Pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) over a shallow sand bank accompanied by a larger Bottlenosed dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), whose beak is furthest on the right. Sandy Ridge, Littl...
Alex Mustard / Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) cruises over a coral reef. Near Grand Bahama, Bahamas. Tropical West Atlantic Ocean.
Alex Mustard / Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) at the surface at dusk. Grand Bahama, Bahamas.
Alex Mustard / A group of adult female California sealions (Zalophus californianus) bask in the sun at the surface. Los Isotes, La Paz, Mexico. Sea of Cortez, East Pacific Ocean.
Alex Mustard / Atlantic grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) swimming beneath the surface, Lundy Island, Devon, England, UK. July 2010. Highly commended, Coast and Marine category, British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWP...
Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) close-up underwater amongst kelp, Lundy Island, Bristol Channel, England, UK, May. Did you know? Seals can dive up 70 metres when feeding.
Alex Mustard / Roughhead blenny (Acanthemblemaria aspera) male portrait. This species is very small, just 20mm long and 1-2mm deep, East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies, Caribbean Sea.
Alex Mustard / Black rockfish (Sebastes melanops) in bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana), Browning Pass, Port Hardy, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Alex Mustard / Red Irish lord (Hemilepidotus hemilepidotus) hides on the seabed, with Quillback rockfish (Sebastes maliger) and copper rockfish (Sebastes caurinus) behind in the bull kelp forest. Browning Pass, Vanc...
Alex Mustard / Nudibranch (Flabellina nobilis) feeding on a solitary hydroid (Tubularia indivisa) and laying eggs. Gulen, Bergen, Norway. North East Atlantic Ocean.
Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Detail of the filter feeding apendange of Peacock worm (Sabella pavonina) Loch Carron, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, UK, April
Alex Mustard / RF- Secretary blenny (Acanthemblemaria maria) peering from hole in massive Starlet coral (Siderastrea siderea). East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies, Caribbean Sea. (This image...
Alex Mustard / A large colony of Mountainous star coral (Montastraea faveolata) spawning at night on a coral reef, showing the synchronous release of bundles of eggs and sperm, East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands...
Alex Mustard / A Mountainous star coral (Montastraea faveolata) spawning at night, with gamete bundle being released from a coral polyp, East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies, Caribbean Sea.
Alex Mustard / Two Denise's Pygmy Seahorses (Hippocampus denise) on a seafan (Muricella sp.). Digital composite. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November.
Alex Mustard / Suwanee freshwater turtle (Pseudemys concinna suwanniensis) swimming beneath trees in a freshwater spring. Devil Spring, Ginnie Springs, High Springs, Florida, USA
Alex Mustard / Pair of Coleman shrimps (Periclimenes colemani) make their home in a fire urchin (Asthenosoma varium). The female is larger. Fire urchins are one of the largest and most venomous urchins, their bright...
Alex Mustard / Pair of Rock beauty angelfish (Holacanthus tricolor) spawning at dusk. The larger male rubs against the flank of the female during the spawning rise. George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British...
Alex Mustard / A digital composite of a Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) swimming over a seafan (Muricella sp.). Pygmy seahorses are small, most less than 15mm in total length. Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indone...
Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Light-bulb sea squirts (Clavelina lepadiformis), a colonial filter feeding invertebrate, fluoresce green when photographed under deep blue light. Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK, June. Did you know? Se...
Alex Mustard / Schools of Pacific creolefish (Cephalopholis colonus) and Panamic sergeant major (Abudefduf troschelii) swimming through sun beams inside an underwater cavern. Los Islotes, La Paz, Baja California Sur...
Alex Mustard / Nudibranch (Flabellina lineata) photographed in the field aquarium, Gulen, Norway. North East Atlantic Ocean.
Alex Mustard / School of Blackfin barracuda (Sphyraena qenie) forming circle in open water off the wall at Shark Reef, Ras Mohammed Marine Park, Sinai, Egypt. Red Sea.
Alex Mustard / British World War II BSA M20 motorbike inside Hold 2 of wreck of HMS Thistlegorm, home to pair of Red Sea soldierfish (Myripristis murdjan) and nudibranch (Nembrotha megalocera) in the centre of front...