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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-in-Chief

Brent Durand is a weekend wanderer, story teller and image maker from California. He runs the Underwater Photography Guide and shoots underwater anytime he can get his hands on a camera and housing. 

Brent also leads several small group photo trips and photo workshops for Bluewater Photo each year.  He can be emailed at

View Brent's work:     |     Facebook     |     Instagram



Chino Mendoza, Editor

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at

View Chino's work:  Facebook     |     Instagram




Erik Lukas, Editor-at-Large & UWPG Instagram Curator

Erik Lukas is an active diver and photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He is a volunteer scuba diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. You can expect to find Erik diving many of the amazing Pacific Ocean sites of Southern California, camera in hand, at any chance he can get.

See more of his underwater photography on Instagram or visit his website at





Regular Contributors

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


Kelli Dickinson, Contributing Writer/Photographer

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/Photographer

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/Photographer

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



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