About - Microworlds Photography
Daniel Stoupin

I am a PhD student in the University of Queensland and my research is in the field of marine biology. Coincidentally, I am also a nature photographer and cinematographer, and I don't like writing about myself in third person.

My interest in photography, especially in photomicrography, came from the scientific background. Working with microscopic protists during my first research years and later swimming countless nights with glowing plankton in the ocean opened my eyes on the diversity and complexity of life that we can't see without tools. Our perception is too limited to be able to appreciate the universe we are part of. That is why I use my research skills and knowledge in optics to push the limits and disclose the beauty of nature invisible to our eyes.

Although I am obsessed with marine life, particularly microscopic one and whatever glows in the dark, my photography interests are growing and making my work more diverse and complex over time. Most of my images are not single shots, but sophisticated photography-based digital art that cannot be achieved with automatic processes and requires significant time investments in manual retouching.

Ultimately, I want people to see the surrounding world in a more complex way and realize that we are just a small part of it.


You can either write directly to my email or use the contact form:

Update: I am currently receiving a lot of messages and might be slow at replying. Apologies if I left something out and do send me reminders if it happens.


My production company routinely deals with high-end documentary projects, TV/Cinema commercials, displays, low-budget and corporate films. Do contact me about your projects, about my rates, or simply to say hi.

Take into account that I am extremely busy having careers in science, photography, and cinematography and you need to approach me well in advance with time-consuming projects.

Information about licensing and still image use can be found here. Video licensing/stock footage info on this page. My stock footage is available in Full HD, 4k, 5k+, and will soon be done in 4k stereoscopic 3d.

Ocean Art and High-End Prints

For those interested in purchasing a print: click here and find out more. You can only fully appreciate my effort that I put over years of hard work on large museum-quality pieces of artwork. Most of my photographs were initially designed to make large prints and excite viewers from both long distance and upon close inspection where innumerate hidden details pop up. These details are invisible on tiny website previews.

Ocean lovers should also visit our Ocean Ark Alliance store that features top ocean artists and some of their exclusive works. The site is currently under construction.

Please care about the dying reefs!

The oceans are in very bad state, suffer from overfishing, global warning, oil and mining industry greed, and poor management in most countries, including, surprisingly Australia whose government approved large-scale industrialization of the Great Barrier Reef. Even without this additional pressure, the reef will not last another 3 decades.

Please visit Australian Marine Conservation Society and support their activity.

Lastly, don't blame China and South-East Asian counties for pollution, lack of recycling, and poor environmental management. These countries might have the worst environmental problems in the world. But you want your smartphones, cameras, computers, and screens, you want them in better quality, and you want them cheap. Not to mention cheap travel. That is part of the world where your desires are made and that is the price we all pay for the cheap technology.

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