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BSoUP Open Portfolio Competition 2006

For the DIVE Magazine Trophy

Fourth - Alex Mustard

Alex Mustard

© Alex Mustard

1st - Steve Jones
2nd - Sam Bean
4th - Alex Mustard

My Portfolio

by Alex Mustard

Photo by Eleo Manca

I guess I really can't argue with the results of this year's competition as I voted for Steve, Sam and Alex's portfolios! Congratulations to them. All the images in my portfolio were taken since June with my Nikon D2X in a Subal Housing.

[Alex Mustard is BSoUP's Digital Officer. You can see more of his images at]

© Alex Mustard

1) Group of ghostpipefish. I think that this image doesn't work so well in a portfolio as the subjects are too small in the frame. I like this image very much, especially when it is big and couldn't resist sticking it in my portfolio. Taken with a Nikon D2X and Nikon 10.5mm FE and a 1.5x teleconverter (to get the magnification of this small subject), in the very rarely (if ever) dived Pisang Islands in West Papua in November 2006. F10 @ 1/15th.

© Alex Mustard

2) I used a very long lens to frame this juvenile Emperor Angelfish against this red sponge. In 35mm terms this lens has an equivalent focal length of 225mm. Taken with a Nikon D2X + Sigma 150mm macro + Canon 500D lens, in Tulamben area of Bali, August 2006. F11 @ 1/250th.

© Alex Mustard

3) This shot of a lionfish is another that I really like, but also probably a bit too detailed for a portfolio. Taken with a Nikon D2X + 10.5mm FE, in Ras Mohammed, Egypt in June 2006. F13 @ 1/125th.

© Alex Mustard

4) This picture was taken for the cover of Simon Rogerson's new book Dive Red Sea, with the intention of showing a classic Egyptian reef scene. Taken with a Nikon D2X + 10.5mm FE, in Strait of Tiran, in June 2006. Model - BSoUP member Denis Antippa. F9 @ 1/80th.

© Alex Mustard

5) Another picture for the same book, the Carnatic with BSoUP life member Peter Rowlands modelling (it is important to balance the number of images or Denis and Peter in ones portfolio or much jealousy ensues). Taken with a Nikon D2X + 10.5mm FE, in Abu Nuhas, in June 2006. F7.1 @ 1/30th.

© Alex Mustard

6) Whip coral and a school of fish (which again are a bit too small to see in the portfolio). This image was taken at the most beautiful and rich coral reef I have ever dived. Taken with a Nikon D2X + 10.5mm FE at Fiabacet, Misool, West Papua in November 2006. F8 @ 1/80th.

BSoUP Open Portfolio Competition

BSoUP's Open Portfolio Competition Winners 1984-

2017 Mark Drayton

2016 Taner Altigan

2015 Cathy Lewis

2014 Mark Drayton

2013 Jackie Campbell

2012 Mark Pickford

2011 Dray van Beeck

2010 Giordano Cipriani

2009 Trevor Rees

2008 JP Trenque

2007 Shannon Conway

2006 Steve Jones

2005 Jane Morgan

2004 Alex Mustard

2003 Charles Hood

2002 Linda Dunk

2001 Tony White

2000 Gary Clark

1999 Guy Middleton

1998 Hilary Driscoll

1997 Malcolm Hey

1996 Linda Dunk

1995 Linda Dunk

1994 Linda Dunk

1993 Linda Pitkin

1992 Charles Hood

1991 Georgette Douwma

1990 Mike Wong

1989 Mike Wong

1988 Mike Wong

1987 Georgette Douwma

1986 Georgette Douwma

1985 Warren Williams

1984 Georgette Douwma

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