Mert was born in Ankara-Turkey, 1978. Bachelors from METU Engineering Department, studied in MSc. Miami University (Marine Sciences), and completed Msc. in Ankara University Biotechneology Department. He is currently continuing his PhD. in the Wageningen University of Netherlands, in the field of Marine Biology in Fisheries & Aquaculture Department . He worked in 2 European Union Projects (Sponges & Special) on the subject of sustainable use of marine resources. He also worked in various advertisement projects globally as script writer, photographer, DOP and UW cameraman.

In 2011 he published a guidebook for marine species of Turkish waters from Inkilap Publishing and produced a Marine Nature Guide (Doga Rehberi- 550 marine species) a smart phone application for marine species of Mediterranean Sea. He has 4 individual 1 combined photography exhibitions. As a freelance photographer/videographer and documentary maker, he is currently working on series of underwater feature length documentaries; Bluefish-Prince of Bosphorus (migrational route of a pelagic species) and Dusky Grouper (Te story of a Grouper fish and Kas-Kekova Marine Protected Area). He currently works as a field photographer & writer for Nature & Geography Magazine MAGMA.

Some examples of his filmography;

  • The Dusky Grouper Documentary (In production)
  • Bluefish Prince of Bosphorus (In production)
  • Yemekteydik ve Karar verdim (DOP UW), Featured Film
  • Anatolian Tales (DOP UW) Featured Documentary
  • IRME – Short Movie, BODRUM – Turkey September 2014
  • Journey of Caretta caretta sea turtle, TV Documentary, IZ TV – TURKEY 2014
  • Underwater Cultural Heritage Scientific Documentary, KAS –Turkey 2013
  • Het Klokhuis’ TV Documentary Episode-Coral Spawning (DOP UW), NTR, Curacao-Netherlands 2013
  • ‘Labyrinth’ Scientific TV Documentary, Episode-Sponges, (DOP UW) VPRO, Curacao-Netherlands 2013
  • ‘Het Klokhuis’ TV Documentary Episode-Sponges, (DOP UW) NTR, Curacao-Netherlands 2013

IRME screened in the following festivals and received awards in some of those;

* 51th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Final Selection 10-18 October 2014 Antalya, Turkey

* 41th Addition Festival Mondial deI’Image Sous-Marine Final Selection – October 30-November 2, Marseille France

* Viewers Choice Award 2nd International Bosporus Short Film Festival Final selection – November 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

* 2nd Best Film 2nd Seattle Turkish Film Festival 2nd Best Film 23 November 2014, Seattle, USA

* Best Film 16th Belgrade Underwater Film Festival December 2014

* 2015 Selection Beneath the waves Film Festival, 2015

* ANZAC 100 Years celebration film festival – Melbourne, Australia ACMI- April 2015

* Roma Turkish Film Festival September, 2015

* JIFFEST – Indonesian Film Festival November 2015

* International Ankara Film Festival 25 April – 3 May 2015

* Special Screening Selection Holy Shorts LA – USA, Short Film Festival August 2015

* Special Jury Award Dogaka Short Film Festival Hatay-Turkey, July 2105