Troy Mayne has been photographing the underworld realm for over 20 years. Born in Bunbury, Western Australia he grew up with the ocean and very soon after joining the Australian Army when he was 19 he completed his open water dive qualification. He fell in love with the marine life he first saw on the Great Barrier Reef and soon completed his Dive Instructor qualifications.
He desperately wished to record and share his amazing aquatic experiences and purchased his first underwater camera system. Six months after taking his first underwater pictures, he had his first article published in an international dive publication.
Troy served in the Australian Army for ten years. He served as a soldier and an officer in the Infantry and the Military Police. He served all around Australia and the World, and saw active service with the first contingent that entered East Timor in 1999 and in Iraq in 2004/2005.
Troy has worked in various capacities within the dive and tourism industry, including Trip Director/Marine Biologist on a cruise ship, reef guide, education officer + dive officer for the GBR Marine Park Authority, dive instructor, commercial diver and underwater photojournalist. He is a qualified SCUBA Diver Instructor and attended the Level 3 commercial dive course.
Troy has travelled and dived many various locations around the world. He has won many international photography competitions and has had numerous photographs published in many books, magazines and advertisements world wide. Troy has published a series of children's books based on underwater creatures called the Wally series of books.
The book website is www.wally.mx for more details.