Dr Alexander MUSTARD, 41, from the UK, has been taking underwater photographs for 30 years and has worked as a full time underwater photographer for the last 10 years.
His photographs have attracted many awards including being category winners in both the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and British Wildlife Photography Awards. In 2013, he was named European Wildlife Photographer of the Year as overall winner of the GDT contest. The first time an underwater photograph has won this prestigious award.
In 2016 he published two books: Underwater Photography Masterclass, considered required reading by all underwater shooters and the critically acclaimed Secrets of the Seas in collaboration of Professor of Marine Conservation Callum Roberts. His previous book, Reefs Revealed, won the International Grand Prize for the best book of underwater photographs.
In 2015 he founded the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition, and has acted as a judge for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the CMAS World Championship of Underwater Photography and most major underwater photography contests.
Alex is a regular contributor to many publications in the marine, wildlife, diving and photographic media, and to date has published more than 400 articles. In addition to various features, he currently writes two monthly columns on underwater photography: IMAGES Column for Sport Diver (USA) and Be The Champ for DIVER Magazine (UK).
He was one of team for the 2020VISION conservation photography project in the UK. He also runs highly popular underwater photography workshops at top diving destinations around the world.
A native of the Minahasa Highlands, the ocean was one of the last places i had thought of having a career in
Learning to swim first , progressing to snorkeling and then finally becoming a diver in less than a month, I finally got my break to start my career as a dive guide back in 2004. Through the years, after logging hundreds of dives a year guiding i became a certified Dive Master in 2009.
Without a doubt, 2011 will be the most memorable year for me. In April, I won the Asian Diver Magazine's "Best-In-Class" Individual Award and 5 months later successfully completed the PADI Instructor Exams to become a Scuba Instructor!.
"From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free."
- Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910-1997)
In his childhood Tobias Friedrich loved to watch the adventures of the Calypso with Jacques-Yves Cousteau as its captain and the beauty of the world that is below the ocean's surface. It's still an overwhelming feeling for him when he has the chance to dive. He loves the elegancy and calmness of the world under water standing in contrast to the hectic atmosphere above.
Tobias Friedrich lives in Germany and started taking pictures with a DSLR underwater in the year 2007. Since then his images have been published in prestigious scuba diving magazines such as US Sport Diver, Unterwasser, Tauchen, Scuba Diver Through The Lens and many others. Several underwater photographic competitions, including Smithsonian’s Ocean Views, Ocean Art, Epson Red Sea, Beneath the Sea, and Celebrate the Sea also have honoured his work as well. He is always passionate for new challenges and up for new, creative ways in underwater photography. He is using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II in an SEACAM housing.