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Underwater Photography Guide


Scott Gietler, Publisher

Scott GietlerScott is the founder of the Underwater Photography Guide. What started out as a small project has grown to a point where it is starting to interfere with Scott's sleep. When it interferes with his diving, then it will be a problem.

Scott lives in Marina Del Rey with his lovely wife Penny. They have traveled together throughout the world on diving and non-diving trips together.

If possible he tries to get out diving each week with some of the other members of the Underwater Photography Guide staff.

An avid marine naturalist, Scott is the author of the Field Guide to Southern California Marine Life. He was the LAUPS photographer of the year for 2009, and his photos have appeared in magazines, coffee table & marine life books, museums, galleries and aquariums throughout California. He enjoys teaching underwater photography locally on a regular basis.  Scott can be reached at 



Brent Durand, Editor

Brent Durand is a weekend wanderer, story teller and image maker from California. Brent manages the UWPG website day-to-day, content and social media. You can join him on any of several small group photo trips he hosts for Bluewater Photo.

Brent can be emailed at




Regular Contributors

The Underwater Photography Guide publishes articles and photos from many photographers. Our regular contributors include:


Kelli Dickinson, Contributing Writer

Kelli Dickinson

Kelli Dickinson is an avid diver and underwater photographer who shoots primarily on mirrorless cameras. Familiar with a variety of cameras and housings she tries to shoot on as many different options as possible to improve her overall knowledge of underwater camera systems. In addition she is Manager of Bluewater Photo. In her spare time she can be found running, hiking or underwater. 

Connect with her on instagram @kelnkelp or at

She can be reached via email at


Mike Bartick, Contributing Writer

Mike BartikMike Bartick is an avid and experienced scuba diver and Marine Wildlife Photographer. He has an insatiable love for nudibranchs, frogfish and other underwater critters, and it official critter expert for the Underwater Photography Guide. He's also trained as a chef.

"My love of photography comes from my father. As long as I can remember he always had his camera ready in hand. Given to me by my parents when I was in the eight grade, my first camera was a brownie box camera. Things have changed alot since then. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to shoot photos. Sharing them with the world is just another layer of excitement.

My photos have now been featured in many magazines, magazine covers, columns and articles, text books and more. The center of traveling exhibits and art auctions...
Who would have thought..."


Ron Watkins, Contributing Writer

Ron Watkins is an international award winning photographer, frequent contributor to the Underwater Photography Guide and Bluewater Trip Leader. He has been passionate about underwater photography and marine conservation since the 90’s and his photography has appeared in magazines, websites, juried art displays, national aquariums, libraries and private collections. More of Ron’s photography may be viewed at



Other Regular Contributors:

VIjay Raman, Jeff Milisen, Christian Skauge, Ken Kiefer, Shane Gross, Victor Tang.  More bios coming soon!



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