Wayne Lovell



wayne lovell came to timor-leste in 2000 to open the first dive center in the country.  A native of London, United Kingdom, he was a TV and photo journalist for 20 years, covering a range of stories including the siege of Sarajevo, the fall of the Berlin wall, and conflicts in Somalia, Bosnia, Iraq, Congo, Kurdistan and Kosovo.  His photographs have been published in many international newspapers, Time and Newsweek, whilst his video has been aired on major networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, ITN and Channel 7 Australia.  He was a Senior News Producer for Reuters Television and was part of the SBS team that won a Walkley Award for their coverage of the Timor-Leste 2007 Presidential Elections. He is an enthusiastic supporter of marine conservation and worked with the scientific mission from Charles Darwin University on their marine survey of the coastal areas of the Nino Konis Santana National Park.  He pioneered many of the dive sites featured in the Underwater Photo Competition and has done more that 7,000 dives in Timor-Leste.  A keen underwater photographer, he has a particular love for the rare and unusual critters to be found in these waters, especially nudibranchs.  He is also dedicated to promoting the active involvement of Timorese youth in the development of the country’s dive tourism industry.