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IMAGINE MESSI teaching you to play football

Appeared in DIVER May 2018
Not all 'pro' photo workshops are the same - on some you just pay and hope. But what's it like learning to get the best from your camera under water from a recognised master? HENLEY SPIERS studies at the school of Mustard
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BE THE CHAMP! - THE SPREAD / ALEXMUSTARD

Appeared in DIVER May 2018
Strobeless manatees
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And the winners are...

Appeared in DIVER April 2018
A PANORAMIC PHOTOGRAPH of British World War II military vehicles deep inside the Thistlegorm wreck has seen German photographer Tobias Friedrich named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018.
Friedrich's photograph triumphed over 5000 other underwater images entered into the UK-based contest by photographers from all over the world.
Underwater Photographer of the Year is an annual competition that has been revived in recent years. British photographer Phil Smith was the first UPY, named in 1965.
Today's competition has 11 categories, testing photographers with themes such as Macro, Wide Angle, Behaviour and Wreck photography, as well as three categories for photos taken specifically in British waters.
The judges, experienced underwater photographers Peter Rowlands, Martin Edge and Alex Mustard, named a top three along with a number of highly commended photographers in each category, and also named the British, Up & Coming and Most Promising British UPYs.
The pictures here are the winning shots (and one Highly Commended) in each category.
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BE THE CHAMP! - Manatees

Appeared in DIVER April 2018
Those who have yet to meet a manatee in person may fail to see the attraction, but few who have had that experience have failed to be impressed. Great photos? It's all about the timing, says ALEX MUSTARD
'When the mood takes them, manatees can be very interactive and will gently bump you for attention'
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Shoot-out in ANILAO

Appeared in DIVER April 2018
What is it like to have more than 300 muck-divers bothering the critters for several days during a prestigious underwater photographic competition? WILL APPLEYARD tags along to get an overview
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BE THE CHAMP! - Cenotes formations

Appeared in DIVER March 2018
The Spread - Alex Mustard
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In search of perfection

Appeared in DIVER February 2018
Underwater photographers continue their unending quest for the perfect shot - so how close did the BSoUP Prints competitors get?
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BE THE CHAMP! - Cenotes and Caverns

Appeared in DIVER February 2018
Whether you're a qualified cave-diver or simply enjoy caverns, getting good photos in a dark environment such as the cenotes of Mexico and elsewhere is a distinct skill. But ALEX MUSTARD is on hand to light the way
The main challenge of the darkness is with exposure... settings are way beyond what we normally use
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BE THE CHAMP - The Spread

Appeared in DIVER January 2018
Big-beam Backlight
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THE ICE MONSTER and other big winners

Appeared in DIVER December 2017
WE BROUGHT YOU FOUR of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 diving-related finalist images in last month's issue, and now the winners in the various categories have been revealed.
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BE THE CHAMP! - vehicles

Appeared in DIVER December 2017
With his 2014 DIVER article I-SPY the Thistlegorm, in a Whole New Light, ALEX MUSTARD transformed the way in which divers viewed the iconic WW2 Red Sea wreck. But how best to photograph that vehicle cargo?
'The vehicles are what differentiates this wreck, so this is where we should focus our attention and our lenses'
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BE THE CHAMP! - Kelp Forest

Appeared in DIVER November 2017
It's an experience unlike any other in scuba-diving, and needs to be reflected in your photography in all its vertical glory - ALEX MUSTARD takes as his subject this month the giant-kelp forest.
'The biggest surprise when you first raise your camera in the kelp forest is the light level'
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Sewage Surfer sets sustainability tone

Appeared in DIVER November 2017
THE FIRST Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 finalist images were revealed in September ahead of the announcement of the overall winners on 17 October and the opening on the 20th of the exhibition at the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London.
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NIGELS WAY

Appeared in DIVER October 2017
NIGEL WADE was DIVER's Technical Editor and equipment tester until his tragic death from a heart attack earlier this year. He was a popular figure in the scuba world, and at this time of year would look forward to meeting readers as he presented the Digital Clinic at the NEC Dive Show, alongside Saeed Rashid. Nigel will be particularly remembered as an outstanding photographer, so in his memory we present a selection of some of his most special images, with appreciations from fellow-photographers Saeed and Alex Mustard
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The Technical Genius of Peter Scoones

Appeared in DIVER October 2017
Peter Scoones, who died three years ago, was a celebrated wildlife cameraman, but many feel that the extent of his influence on image-making through his technical innovations has been under-appreciated. STEVE WARREN is among them.
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Be the Champ - Fisheye

Appeared in DIVER October 2017
As ALEX MUSTARD points out, you don't see the sort of images that appear on this spread too often in magazines such as DIVER, as they don't suit the format that easily. Yet the circular f...

Be the champ! Anthias

Appeared in DIVER September 2017
In last month''s column on producing photos of contest-winning standard, ALEX MUSTARD looked at schools of fish. Tiny anthias can form less well-disciplined groups, but there are ways of ...

UNDER EXPOSED

Appeared in DIVER August 2017
IT'S THE SIXTH YEAR of the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition but only the second in which there has been a specific underwater category. According to the organisers, whose ambi...

BE THE CHAMP! - Shooting schools

Appeared in DIVER August 2017
It's drummed into us to get close to our subjects, but all that goes out of the window when it comes to photographing schools of fish, says ALEX MUSTARD. In fact he has found success by l...

Northern Six

Appeared in DIVER July 2017
THE NORTHERN UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP held its second annual Print Competition at the Great Northern Dive Show in Manchester in early April, with entries in four categories judged by ...

BE THE CHAMP! - Fear Of Missing Out

Appeared in DIVER July 2017
This month marks a significant landmark, as ALEX MUSTARD presents the 60th in this series on taking potentially prize-winning underwater photos. His subject? Leaving your strobes behind -...

Hottest of the Hotshots

Appeared in DIVER June 2017
They are the sort of underwater photographs that will make many of us feel like giving up, and they keep coming because they're all part of an international contest that's been rolling ou...

Be the Champ! - Double exposure

Appeared in DIVER June 2017
The double-exposure was a sensation when it burst into underwater photo contests back in the 1980s, but had gone out of style by the digital era. But why miss out on such a valuable techn...

BE THE CHAMP! - Cleaners

Appeared in DIVER May 2017
It's clean-up time - continuing his long-running series on finding ways to take prize-winning photos, this month ALEX MUSTARD considers an approach based on observation and patience.
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An octopus dances and a French diver lands the BIG prize

Appeared in DIVER April 2017
Now in its third year, the UK-based Underwater Photographer of the Year competition has additional categories and attracted more entries from more countries than ever. We have all the top...

Black Backgrounds & Happy Buddies

Appeared in DIVER April 2017
How can you take memorable photos and be a good dive-buddy? The fashionable art of snoot-shooting has led HENLEY SPIERS along a path he believes solves this conundrum - by sharing a camer...

Images in the limelight

Appeared in DIVER March 2017
Finding out how competitive photographers go about their work, and how judges go about rating their efforts can be very helpful for other underwater photographers:
BRIAN PITKIN reports...

BE THE CHAMP! - black and white conversion

Appeared in DIVER March 2017
Last month ALEX MUSTARD looked at how and when to use a monochrome approach while shooting under water, but when might it be a good idea to turn your colour photos to black and white on y...

Knocking down walls for a better view

Appeared in DIVER February 2017
The British Society of Underwater Photographers, better known as BSoUP, was one of the first underwater photographic societies in the world. Now in its 50th year, co-founder COLIN DOEG gu...

Getting COMPETITIVE after 30 years!

Appeared in DIVER February 2017
This month we look back at 50 years of the British Society of Underwater Photographers, but where does the society go from here? BRIAN PITKIN reports on the latest BSoUP Beginners Portfol...