Mark Hatter - Bluewater Dive Travel

Mark Hatter



Mark Hatter is an accomplished photojournalist who has had nearly one hundred feature articles with many hundreds of images published in more than two dozen fly fishing and diving publications over the last two decades.  His most recent destination features have appeared in Alert Diver and Diver (UK) magazines. 

Mark has traveled the world in pursuit of new underwater photography challenges, including cold-water destinations such as British Columbia and even Antarctica in January 2018.  

“Of course, I love shooting in tropical locations but I think cold water diving is a great forcing function to hone one’s photography skills as the environment and equipment are much more demanding of a diver.  Good image capture in cold water is particularly rewarding.” Mark tells us. 

Mark has been shooting underwater since the early 1980s and has worked in both film and digital mediums in his photojournalism pursuits.  In 35 years of diving, Mark has logged over 2000 hours, much of it doing underwater photography.  Currently, he teaches underwater photography classes locally at Seminole Scuba in Lake Mary, Florida.    




  • Anilao
  • Anilao Underwater Photography Workshop 2023
  • Dec 3 - 10, 2023
  • FREE daily photography workshops, suitable for beginners and experienced photographers alike
  • Trip designed to shoot photos - We select resorts that provide photographer-friendly facilities. The dive guides are also there to enable you to get photos, not just show you the reef 
  • Up to 4 dives a day
  • 7N from $1,809
  • Read Our Trip Report from Anilao 2022!
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  • Galapagos Underwater Photography Workshop 2024
  • Apr 25 - May 5, 2024
  • Timed for the best hammerhead encounters, best visibility, and best water temps
  • FREE daily photo workshops and tutorials.
  • All inclusive accommodation aboard the Galapagos Master
  • 10N starting from $9,300
  • Read Our Trip Report from Galapagos 2022!
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  • Sea of Cortez Underwater Photography Workshop 2024
  • Aug 24 - 31, 2024
  • Dive in an area Jacques Cousteau called the Aquarium of the World
  • Big animal sightings like whale sharks, sea lions, dolphins, sperm whales and much more
  • The Rocio Del Mar is one of the most experienced liveaboards sailing in the Sea of Cortez
  • 7N from $2,995
  • Read Our Trip Report from Sea of Cortez 2022!
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  • Moorea 2022
  • Moorea Humpack Whale Photo Trip 2024
  • Sept 21 - 28, 2024 (other dates available)
  • Humpback whale season is from August 1st to November 1st. All trips are at the peak of the season.
  • We have selected a top-notch operator with a high level of expertise in finding whales and providing you the best chance of having a quality encounter in the water. Having an operator who knows how to get you a better whale experience is critical in Moorea.
  • 7N starting from $2,995
  • Read Our Trip Report from Moorea 2022!
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  • Fiji

  • Explore Baja Underwater Photography Workshop 2024
  • October 5 - 17, 2024
  • Unique itinerary sailing the entire length of the Sea of Cortez from south to north
  • FREE daily photography workshops by photo pro at no extra cost, suitable for beginners and experienced photographers alike 
  • See the unexpected in remote locations: dolphins, sea lions, whales, mantas etc
  • 12N starting from $4,695
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  • “I had the pleasure of taking a liveaboard dive trip to the Sea of Cortez with Bluewater photo workshops led by Mark Hatter. Even before the trip began, Mark reached out to understand my photo goals. Although I had been taking underwater photos for many years, I was ready to improve my skills and learn to shoot in the manual mode. Mark is a skilled underwater photographer and was eager to share his expertise with the group. As a result, Mark’s lectures were very enlightening and useful. He is an excellent instructor and can speak to all photographer levels from the novice to advanced underwater photographer. Most impressively, Mark was always accessible to help with camera setups, review photos, offer tips, and, of course, talk diving. I would recommend a Bluewater photo workshop trip led by Mark without hesitation. It was truly an amazing experience.” - Kathy Miscioscio
  • "Mark was amazing on our dive trip, he had a wealth of knowledge to share and was patient and always willing to help both in and out of the water." - Sweta Bhakta 
  • "I signed up for a Bluewater Photo workshop last summer - it was my first photo workshop so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was a great week of diving plus, we couldn’t have asked for a better trip leader. Mark Hatter is an incredible photographer but he’s also a patient and considerate teacher. Mark’s daily "class discussions" were informative and fun. He is extremely approachable and always ready to offer suggestions and photo tips when asked. I will definitely sign up for another photo workshop with Bluewater, especially if Mark is the trip leader." - Deedra Mansfield
  • "Mark was a great trip leader. Very organized, professional, low key and personal. Was there when you needed his help/advise, very good communication skills with both guests and crew. Would definitely travel with Mark again.” - Gray Pruitt
  • "We had a group of six divers on a Sea of Cortez liveaboard sponsored by Bluewater Travel in August of 2017 where Mark Hatter was the facilitator.  He's a fantastic teacher!  Besides leading great workshops where he shared tips and strategies, we all shared photos and he critiqued each image and gave valuable insight on how they could be enhanced. He also went above and beyond by spending one-on-one time with anyone that sought his assistance.  If we were given the chance to travel on another trip with Mark, we'd be there in a heartbeat!!" - Karen & Mark Emery



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