About Stavros Markopoulos


I was born in 1972 and since the age of 10 I've been living on the island of Crete, in Greece. I studied Computer Science at the University of Crete and ever since I graduated I've been working as a Software Developer, in the Telecom sector. I'm married and a proud father of two sons.

My interest in photography started developing in September 2003, when I bought my first compact digital camera. In August 2006, I discovered flickr, where I made a lot of contacts and found people sharing the same interests with me, listened to their opinions and learned by watching their own work. This way I soon recognized my shortcomings, both in know-how and equipment. Later that same year, I started attending seminars on photography, organized by local adult education programs. Soon after learning the basics in photography, I decided to buy my first digital SLR camera in 2007.

Slowly my interest grew into passion and I haven't stopped snapping pics ever since. My favorite subject is Wildlife Macros: I'm fascinated to discover through my photos a whole world of detail, abundant around us, but often ignored. I still research to find as much information as I can on the species I photograph and I've had a lot of help in this field by many reputable experts I've come to know through this endeavor. My current equipment lineup includes a full-frame camera body, a few good general-purpose lenses and a lot of specialized equipment for macrophotography.

I'm constantly honing my skills, I still have much to learn, after all it hasn't been long since I got intensively engaged in the genre. Some of my photos have been distinguished in competitions worldwide and some have been published in print. I've also been a contributor to Getty Images since 2009.