Member Talk: Revealing Reefs with Dr Alex Mustard

A photograph of fish

Image © Alex Mustard

Event information

Member & Patron Virtual Event

Free, online event - no ticket required

Monday 18 October 2021, 19.00-20.00

Dive in deep with award-winning photographer and WPY57 Natural Artistry winner, Dr Alex Mustard, as he guides you through the ups and downs of underwater photography.

Discover what lies amongst the ocean floor and learn more about the technical skill needed to photograph the underwater world.

While he’s back on dry land, Alex will discuss the importance of marine photography and what it tells us about the health of the reefs and their inhabitants. Joined by Senior Curator of Fish at the Museum, Oliver Crimmen, and accompanied by Alex's critically acclaimed images, the talk will capture the importance of ocean creatures and how their habitats are changing.

  • Speaker biographies

    Alex Mustard

    Dr Alexander Mustard MBE is widely regarded as one of the world's leading underwater photographers. He has been taking photographs underwater since he was 9 years old and has worked as a full-time underwater photographer since 2004.

    He dives and photographs all around the world. His photographs have won many awards including regularly in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year – appearing in 14 different books of winning pictures in the last 20 years. He is a six-time category winner in the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

    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.

    Oliver Crimmen

    Senior Curator of Fish, Oliver Crimmen joined the Museum in 1973 at age 19. He is responsible for the preservation of one of the most important fish collections in the world.

    Preserving shark specimens has been a routine part of Oliver's first job at the Museum. In his earlier career he collaborated with Damien Hirst on preserving the artist's iconic tiger shark. Oliver has also collaborated with Speedo on a hydrodynamic swimsuit, using sharkskin to reduce drag while in the water.

How to watch

This talk is free to attend and will be available to view via a private web link accessible to all our supporters on The Hive.

Members and Patrons will also receive an email with the private web link on the day of the talk.

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Got a burning question?  

You can ask questions in real-time while the talk is happening. Head to the video on YouTube and type your question into the chat box.  

Images © Alex Mustard

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