The Shootout 2018: Meet the Team Captains


Team Lembeh

Alex Mustard

Dr Alexander MUSTARD, 42, from the UK, has been taking underwater photographs for 30 years and has worked as a full-time underwater photographer for the last decade. His photographs have attracted many awards including being category winners in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the Oasis International Wildlife Photo Contest and British Wildlife Photography Awards. In 2013, he was named European Wildlife Photographer of the Year as the overall winner of the GDT contest. This remains the only time an underwater photograph has won this prestigious award.

Radiant sea urchins (long spined sea urchin: long-spined sea urchin: Astropyga radiata) are home to zebra urchin crab (Adams’ urchin crab: Zebrida adamsii) and banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kaudemi) with schooling silversides behind, in shallow water. Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea.

 

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.

 

A long exposure of a veined octopus (coconut octopus: Amphioctopus marginatus) sheltering in an old clam shell, with plankton swirling around it at night (captured as trails in the long exposure). Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea.

Alex is a regular contributor to many publications in the marine, wildlife, diving and photographic media, and to date has published more than 450 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 the team for the 2020VISION conservation photography project in the UK, he is Associate Editor of Wetpixel and a committee member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers. He also runs highly popular underwater photography workshops at top diving destinations around the world, including both Lembeh Resort and Gulen Dive Resort.

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Alex was awarded an MBE in the recent Queen’s birthday honors list

Team Gulen

 

Keri Wilk

At age 33, Keri Wilk has accumulated over 25 years of underwater photography experience. Formally educated as a mechanical engineer, he currently co-owns and develops products for ReefNet, and regularly publishes images/articles in popular dive magazines/websites.

 

He began his underwater photo career shooting clinical ID-style images to be used primarily in ReefNet’s electronic marine life field guides. After discovering a new species of fish, capturing first-ever live photos of almost a dozen cryptic fish, and co-authoring several scientific papers, he eventually wanted to expand his photographic horizons, so he set his sights on creating more visually impactful images of the underwater world. His success was immediate – in the span of 6 years, he won over 100 awards in international photography competitions and had hundreds of his images published in magazines, scientific journals, field guides, books, ad campaigns, and even put on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

 

Combining his engineering knowledge with his love for photography, Keri has designed several creative underwater photography tools which are used by thousands of people around the world.