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BE THE CHAMP! - Behaviour

Appeared in DIVER January 2015
ALEX MUSTARD is a marine biologist, so you would assume he has a headstart when it comes to great behaviour photography. Not so, he says - academic knowledge is actually not that useful. So what is?
'Spotting a great behaviour is just our first step'
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BE THE CHAMP! - Shrimps

Appeared in DIVER December 2014
There's no such thing as a creepy-crawly under water, only a photo opportunity. ALEX MUSTARD turns to shrimps, but says they're not much use if they're the messy sort. Watch out for some spectacular name-dropping!
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BE THE CHAMP! - Nudibranchs

Appeared in DIVER October 2014
They're usually tinier than a thumbnail but, when well-captured by a photographer, the image of a nudibranch can look both seductively colourful and spectacularly alien. This month ALEX MUSTARD thinks small.
‘Dive slow, look close and appreciate the little things’
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BE THE CHAMP! - Moray Eels

Appeared in DIVER September 2014
They tend to stay in position and put on a bit of a show for divers, but sometimes the easier a photographic subject seems, the harder this makes it to excel. ALEX MUSTARD looks at a case in point – the moray eel
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BE THE CHAMP! - Dolphins

Appeared in DIVER July 2014
Any diver would relish having great underwater shots of wild dolphins to show off, but even if you manage to find any, they are notoriously tricky subjects. But allow ALEX MUSTARD to give you a headstart, and who knows?
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BE THE CHAMP! - Turtles

Appeared in DIVER June 2014
Different subaquatic animals bring very different challenges for the photographer in search of award-winning pictures. This month ALEX MUSTARD turns his attention to an endangered yet often encountered subject
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BE THE CHAMP! - Pygmy Seahorses

Appeared in DIVER April 2014
It's a tiny creature, but the subject of capturing the pygmy seahorse to best effect in photographs calls for a two-part approach from ALEX MUSTARD. This month he sets out the basics, one of which is that there is ‘More to a good shot than magnification’
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BE THE CHAMP! - Silhouettes

Appeared in DIVER March 2014
The underwater world can be a confusing riot of colour, shapes and movement, and sometimes the photographer just has to cut right through all that noise, says ALEX MUSTARD, as he continues his pursuit of perfection
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Just for starters

Appeared in DIVER April 2015
SUE GUESS was the winner of the latest BSoUP Beginners Portfolio Competition for the DIVER Trophy - these were her winning images
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50 Years behind the lens

Appeared in DIVER March 2015
The Underwater Photographer of the Year competition, reported in this issue, picks up a legacy that began in 1965 - but what challenges did competitive photographers face half a century ago? MIKE BUSUTTILI, who took part in that first UK competition, casts his mind back-
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UPY 2015 - CATEGORY 1: INTERNATIONAL WIDE ANGLE

Appeared in DIVER March 2015
For wide-angle underwater photos taken anywhere in the world
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UPY 2015 - CATEGORY 2: INTERNATIONAL MACRO

Appeared in DIVER March 2015
For macro and close-up underwater photos taken anywhere in the world.
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UPY 2015 - CATEGORY 3: INTERNATIONAL WRECKS

Appeared in DIVER March 2015
For wide-angle and macro photos taken on wrecks (which can be the main subject or the setting).
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UPY 2015 - CATEGORY 4: INTERNATIONAL BEHAVIOUR

Appeared in DIVER March 2015
For underwater photos of natural marine life behaviour, taken anywhere in the world.
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UPY 2015 - CATEGORY 5: UP AND COMING WORLDWIDE

Appeared in DIVER March 2015
For any type of underwater photos taken by unpublished photographers who have yet to win a major award for their images.
Photos can be taken anywhere in the world.
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UPY 2015 - CATEGORY 6: BRITISH WATERS WIDE ANGLE

Appeared in DIVER March 2014
For wide-angle photos taken in British seas and fresh water (not including pools, aquariums etc.).

UPY 2015 - CATEGORY 7: BRITISH WATERS MACRO

Appeared in DIVER March 2015
For macro and close-up photos taken in British seas and fresh water (not including pools, aquariums etc.).

UPY 2015 - CATEGORY 8: BRITISH WATERS COMPACT

Appeared in DIVER March 2015
For any underwater photos taken in British seas and fresh water (not including pools, aquariums etc.) with compact cameras.

So who is the Underwater Photographer of the Year

Appeared in DIVER March 2015
It was the big new British-based photo competition of the year - and here is the happy outcome

Could you be named Underwater Photographer of the Year

Appeared in DIVER December 2014
That is what this new contest is setting out to discover. Fifty years since the original Brighton Underwater Film Festival, a major underwater photography competition is returning to Brit...

WINNERS - 41st World Festival of Underwater Pictures

3 November 2014
Winners 2014 41st Festival of Underwater Images, Marseille.

Putting the seal on it

Appeared in DIVER September 2014
IS IT REALLY A YEAR since the last Lundy Splash In? As always, the Bristol Channel island's seal population could be relied on to co-operate with the photographers by putting on a camera...

Season of the splash

Appeared in DIVER September 2014
Midsummer saw two of the UKs annual on-the-day photographic events - the British Underwater Photography Competition at Portland and the Splash-In! on Lundy Island. Given a day in British...

Strait portraits

Appeared in DIVER April 2014
In the unusual submarine world of Lembeh Strait, exotic creatures with bizarre adaptations thrive. JUSTIN GILLIGAN turned it into an underwater studio to capture the results he wanted

Money shots

Appeared in DIVER March 2014
THEY RECKON IT HAS BECOME ONE OF THE WORLD'S most lucrative photographic competitions, with more than US$80,000-worth of prizes at stake, and this page shows just a handful of the categor...

The BIG portfolio

Appeared in DIVER March 2014
For 40 years a photo and film festival in the South of France has loomed large in the prestige stakes - the latest winning stills portfolio from Swiss photographer Claudio Gazzaroli says ...

BE THE CHAMP! - Split level

Appeared in DIVER February 2014
We see them, we marvel at them, but when we try to take split-level photographs the results can be disappointing. It isn't that difficult, says ALEX MUSTARD, but you need the right equipm...

Be the Champ! - Strong photos

Appeared in DIVER January 2014
2013 was a special year, even by ALEX MUSTARD's standards, as his photographs captivated the judges at one major contest after another. What was his secret? That's what the "Be The Champ!...

Embrace the Saeed Effects

Appeared in DIVER December 2013
An underwater photography god and his helper-elf go among the people dispensing advice in the Red Sea, and JOHN BANTIN is present to report on Saeed Rashid's Photo Workshop.

Best of the Best

Appeared in DIVER December 2013
THE PRESTIGIOUS Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, attracted almost 43,000 entries from 96 countries this year.