Last but not least, and in no particular order, comes our final Main Stage speaker – Dr Alex Mustard MBE.
Alex is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading underwater photographers, and has been taking photographs underwater since he was just nine years old!
His photographs have won many awards, including regularly in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year – appearing in ten different books of winning pictures. He is a four-time category winner in the British Wildlife Photography Awards among many others. His 2007 book Reefs Revealed won the International Grand Prize for the best book of underwater photographs, while his 2016 instructional book Underwater Photography Masterclass has rapidly become the most-sought-after title on the subject and was reprinted just two weeks after its launch.
His photographs have been displayed in exhibitions around the world and a particular highlight was personally presenting his work to Queen Elizabeth II. In 2003, he received the Visions In the Sea Award for Outstanding Contributions to Underwater Photography and recently was given the ADEX 2016 Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Underwater Photography. In 2013, Alex was named GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his image Night Moves – it remains the only time an underwater photograph has won this prestigious award. In 2018 he was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his achievements as an underwater photographer.
He is a founder of the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition (and will be presenting the winners of this prestigious competition live on the Main Stage on Saturday afternoon) and has acted as a judge for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the CMAS World Championship of Underwater Photography, the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the British Wildlife Photography Awards and many other contests.
Book your tickets now to catch Alex and his fellow Main Stage speakers, as well as a whole host of other interactive activities, dedicated niche stages, not to mention 80+ stands from manufacturers, training agencies, travel agents, tour operators, resorts, liveaboards and tourist boards. Click here to get your tickets for this awesome event.