WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Alex says “I am pleased to have been featured in eight books from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, hopefully there will be more in the future”. For more than 50 years, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has championed honest and ethical wildlife photography, while pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom, technical skill, and narrative excellence. These powerful collections of pictures feature all the winning photographs from each year of the competition, representing the work of many international photographers, both professionals and amateurs.

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UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Alex says “This time my contribution is not photographic, but as the chair of the judging panel for the contest, which has quickly become arguably the most prestigious in underwater photography.” The UPY Yearbooks celebrate the amazing underwater imagery from the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition, which in 2016 attracted entries from 54 different countries.

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BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

Alex says “I am happy to be featured in the four portfolios so far produced from the British Wildlife Photography Awards”. These superb collections showcase the very best of the British Wildlife Photography Awards, an annual competition celebrating the breathtaking diversity of the natural history of the British Isles. The photographs within the books demonstrate an extraordinary range of viewpoints and differing approaches. Every picture is accompanied by the photographer’s personal account of the inspiration behind the image: wonderfully varied, amusing and illuminating stories that help bring us closer to the fascinating and often unseen world of nature.

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WINNING IMAGES WITH ANY UNDERWATER CAMERA (2014)

Alex says “I was very pleased to write the foreword to Paul Colley’s original take on successful underwater photography.” Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera focuses on composition and techniques rather than the all consuming camera technology that people tend to chase first. This makes it a supremely cost-effective tool for improving images; and there is no discrimination between users of different camera systems - this truly is a book for all.

 

50 YEARS OF THE WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR (2014)

Alex says “I am very proud to have two images in this landmark collection charting the history of nature photography.” This special collection is a celebration of 50 years of the world-famous Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and of wildlife photography itself. Featuring many of the greatest nature photographs of all time, it charts the development of nature photography, from the first hand-held cameras and the colour film revolution of the 1960s, to the increasingly sophisticated photographs of wild animals and unexplored places that are taken today. An incredible variety of styles, skills and approaches are on show, reflecting the great advances in technology and the many and varied ways of viewing and interpreting the natural world. The prize-winning images include ground-breaking portraits, breathtaking aerial shots, underwater photography, close-up imagery and much more. The images are accompanied by captions that put the photographs in context, explaining their importance and revealing the vision, talent, passion and technique of the world’s leading wildlife photographers. All those who are passionate about photography and who have viewed this compelling exhibition since its inception 50 years ago, will treasure this astounding volume.

 

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY (2014)

Alex says “I contributed a portfolio of cold water, low visibility images to this book by Tobias Friedrich.” Underwater photography is a fascinating pursuit for those who aspire to capture the magical world found within our oceans and bring it to the surface. In this book, award-winning photographer Tobias Friedrich teaches us how to create stunning underwater images, covering everything from the equipment needed, to creating powerful compositions, to processing the final image.

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THE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER – FOURTH EDITION (2010)

Alex says “I am excited to announce that the latest edition of Martin Edge’s The Underwater Photographer has been published and I have contributed a chapter on Developing A Photographic Style. Martin specifically asked me to write this chapter because he said that many of his students ask him about my images and how I manage to be different, when so many people say that everything underwater has been photographed before. The chapter is about developing a photographic vision, a way you want to show the underwater world, and figuring out the technical solutions to make it happen. In many ways it is about making your image more personal and hopefully more rewarding. It is a very different chapter.”

 

DIVING ALMANAC (2009)

Alex says “I am pleased to have contributed the chapter on Photography and Video to the Diving Almanac & Book of Records, which is the only almanac, yearbook, book of records, and who’s who of the international diving community.” Updated and revised every year, it provides the most up-to-date information on diving demographics, 500 diving records and aquatic superlatives, 600 personalities, history, training, medicine, federations and associations per country, equipment, marine biology, oceanography, world news, magazines, new books and DVDs, dive destinations for over 150 countries and territories. The Diving Almanac 2009 contains over 750 pages of facts, figures, charts and illustrations, including 56 pages in full color, provide readers with a unique international view of diving activities, the diving community, and underwater sciences.

 

DIVE: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE (2008)

Alex says “my most noticeable contribution to this book is that I took the cover photograph of this book by Monty Halls!” Completely updated for 2008, this carefully researched and fully illustrated guide is packed with all the practical travel information needed to plan any great underwater adventure. According to the publishers it is the world’s best selling world scuba diving guide by far. DIVE is illustrated with stunning photography, informative maps and graphics and offers first-hand accounts of 70 of the greatest dive locations on earth (there are actually 71 locations).

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POCKET GUIDE FUR TAUCHEN ROTES MEER (2008)

Alex says “I was a major photographic contributor to this German language guide book to the Red Sea. I took the cover image and many of the pictures inside this guide.

 

SMITHSONIAN OCEAN: OUR WATER WORLD (2008)

Alex says “I made a relatively small photographic contribution to this excellent book by Deborah Cramer and published by Smithsonian Books/Collins. In ways most of us have never imagined, and science is only beginning to describe, almost all life, including ours, depends on the sea. In this book, the poetic and breathtakingly beautiful companion to the Smithsonian’s new Ocean Hall, gifted science writer Deborah Cramer reveals how. Whether you seek information or inspiration, this volume is a must.

 

AN ADVANCED GUIDE TO DIGITAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY (2007)

Alex says “I contributed a chapter on Available Light Photography with Filters photographs to this volume Michael Aw and Matthieu Meiur. My chapter discusses the various techniques both for shooting underwater and for processing filter images on the computer. An interesting and original feature in this book is a special section that features images and secrets from some of the world’s top underwater photographers. My images are featured here along with those of David Doubilet, Doug Perrine and Stephen Frink.” Whether you are a novice or a serious shooter, this state-of-the-art guide will take your digital imaging proficiency to the next level.

 

THE ART OF UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY (2007)

Alex says “I was one of a number of photographers who have contributed images to this book by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari, published by Nautilus Press. This is a large format book with more than 400 photos spread through 360 pages. This work features eight highly readable and innovative chapters about motivation, equipment, technique, mindframe, philosophy, artistic and media influences, camera models and brands, underwater housings, strobes, macrophotography, wide-angle images, portraits, topside dive interval photography and many, many other subjects.

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DIVE RED SEA (2007)

Alex says “I contributed 150 photographs, including the cover to this Red Sea Epic by Simon Rogerson and John McIntyre.” Dive Red Sea offers fresh new insights into the classic Egyptian dives, and also delves far beyond the shores of package tourism, unlocking the secrets waiting to be enjoyed in the Red Sea’s new frontiers, destinations such as Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti. While other guidebooks have been published on this subject, intervening years have seen the discovery of new shipwrecks, reefs and animal gatherings. Now, and for the first time, they are gathered together in Dive Red Sea, complimented by the best modern photography, high quality graphic illustrations and full colour mapping. The authors take the reader on a guided tour of classic dives and new discoveries, encompassing the areas of mass tourism and offering a tantalising glimpse of the underwater scene in the regions more obscure corners.

 

THE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER – THIRD EDITION (2006)

Alex says “I wrote a chapter on filter photography and provided photographs for this excellent book by Martin Edge.” This book won best publication in the prestigious Diver Awards 2007. A superb hands-on manual containing a wealth of underwater tips, hints and advice – all beautifully illustrated with brand new, full colour images. Martin Edge, a leading authority on underwater photography, will help you capture stunning effects using his popular “think and consider” system. Practical examples take you step-by-step through the basic techniques from photographing shipwrecks, divers, marine life and abstract images to taking photographs at night and dual lighting.

 

OCEAN (2006)

Alex says “I was a photographic contributor to Ocean from the Dorling Kindersley Reference Library Series. One of my images was also used on much of the publicity material for the book.” From mangrove swamp to ocean floor, mollusc to manatee, Atlantic Conveyer to Hurricane Katrina, unravel the mysteries of the sea. Marvel at the oceans’ power and importance to our planet – as the birthplace of life on Earth, a crucial element of our climate, and as a vital but increasingly fragile resource for humans. You will discover every aspect – from the geology of the sea floor and the interaction between the ocean’s and atmosphere – to the extraordinary diversity of marine life. Dive in for an awe-inspiring view of a world few of us have experienced.

 

BENEATH THE SEVEN SEAS (2005)

Alex says “I contributed photographs for a chapter on a shipwreck, that I took for the National Museum of the Cayman Islands, to this book by George Bass.” This book contains accounts of some of the greatest shipwreck and sunken-city projects ever undertaken, from the Pacific to the Mediterranean, from the Caribbean to the Red Sea, and from northern Europe and the United States to the Indian Ocean and the Far East. These are first-hand accounts written by the discoverers themselves, and traces the evolution of underwater archaeological excavation, from the early diving gear of the 1960s to the incredible deep-water remotely operated vehicles of the 21st century. The book also includes shipwrecks from the oldest and deepest ever excavated, through the Greek, Roman and Medieval eras, to the craft and vehicles sunk in World War II.

 

CHANGING SEA LEVELS (2004)

Alex says “I contributed some underwater images to this book by my colleague at the National Oceanography Centre, David Pugh.” Flooding of coastal communities is one of the major causes of environmental disasters world-wide. This textbook explains at a basic level, how sea levels are affected by astronomical tides, by weather effects that generate extreme flooding events, and over the longer term by ocean circulation and climate trends. It also indicates how sea level changes are related to changing risks, coastal dynamics, geology and biology; and outlines some of the economic and legal implications. Changing Sea Levels will also interest and inform professionals in many fields including hydrography, coastal engineering, geology, biology and also coastal planning and economics.

 

EARTH (2004)

Alex says “I was a photographic contributor to Earth from the Dorling Kindersley Reference Library Series.” This book is a visually spectacular, standout guide to our planet. Divided into five major sections-Planet Earth, Land, Ocean, Atmosphere and Tectonic Earth-the book explores the planet’s environment, weather systems and general physical makeup. The large-format volume begins with the Earth’s history and anatomy, featuring pages of stunning photos (one image shows a river of red-hot lava running into the sea), comprehensive layouts and excellent diagrams (e.g., a cut-out of the Earth’s structure, from inner core to the chemical composition of its atmosphere).

 

 

DPM: DISRUPTIVE PATTERN MATERIAL (2004)

Alex says “DPM is an all-time classic and I was so happy that this was the first major book I contributed too. The book is now a collectors piece, regularly selling for four figure sums. My images were of camouflaged underwater creatures.” DPM is an encyclopedic art book charting the history of camouflage from its inspiration in nature, through its adoption by the military, to its current uses in design and popular culture. Divided into two books totaling 944 pages, no other title offers such a comprehensive coverage of this multifaceted and highly engaging subject. DPM contains more than 5,000 images by the world’s leading nature, military and fashion photographers.

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