About BPE

BioPhoto Experience Tours offer unique adventures to unspoiled wilderness areas. Stay at biological stations in tropical conservation areas and experience amazing natural biodiversity first-hand, with two world-class naturalists and a professional photographer as your personal guides. Naturalists and photographers of any skill level will have the unique opportunity to work with our experts. Participants will hone their photographic skills capturing stunning images of wildlife and wilderness landscapes, while learning the story behind their subjects. With a maximum client-host ratio of 3:1, you will have all your questions answered. All lodging, meals, gratuities, and transportation, including pick up and return to the airport, is included in one fee. We always work with bi-lingual colleagues wherever we go so our clients can obtain local knowledge from the host countries.

About your BPE guides

Daniel Brooks, PhD


Dan Brooks is an internationally recognized tropical biodiversity specialist. He has been awarded numerous honors, including being elected a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Sciences), and receiving honorary degrees from Stockholm University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has done fieldwork extensively throughout Latin America, and has taught in more than 20 countries on 5 continents. He is committed to communicating his love of natural history and biodiversity, and his desire to record it photographically, to clients of BPE. His photography draws on two inspirations – his more than 30 years as a field biologist, and his experience growing up with two blind brothers.

His homage to his brothers’ legacy is My Brothers’ Eyes: How My Blind Brothers Taught Me To See. His most recent book, More Than Meets The Eye: A Poetic and Photographic Exploration of the Biologists World, combines his photographs with the poetry of another biologist. To see more examples of Dan's photography go to www.danbrooksphotography.com/

W. Stephen Cooper


Steve Cooper has been a professional photographer for over 30 years, and works regularly in both digital and traditional film formats. He enjoys teaching, and will work with you to create compelling and unique images of unspoiled landscapes and wildlife, in remote areas that until now have only been familiar to experienced field biologists. Whether you are interested in expanding your portfolio of natural history and landscape images, or are just starting out, you will be able to work closely with Steve and the biologists individually and in small, personalized groups to ensure that your technical, artistic, and biological questions are answered. Steve is experienced at capturing the essence of remote wilderness areas of the world. Many sites will be visited at times that coincide with the most favorable lighting conditions for dramatic landscape images, or the best opportunities to view and capture wildlife photographs.

Steve is an award-winning photographer based in Toronto, Canada. In addition to corporate assignments, his images have been used in many major newspapers, magazines, books and scientific journals. He is the photographer and principal author of the book “Watermills of Ontario, Quebec and Maritime Canada”. In addition, his work has been featured in many galleries, exhibitions and restaurants, and in private collections internationally. He has instructed biologists in Canada, U.S.A. and Central America. Steve was recently feature in PhotoZoom Magazine and in the Humber College Newspaper. For examples of his work, please visit: www.wstephencooper.com.

Ashley Dowling, PhD


Ashley Dowling is an entomology professor at the University of Arkansas specializing in biodiversity of micro-arthropods. He has done research in numerous tropical countries including Madagascar, South Africa, Philippines, Mexico, and Costa Rica. As a result of working on these tiny organisms, macro photography has grown from a hobby to a passion. Ashley will help you bring your pictures to life by developing your macro techniques, including how to find the organisms, set up the shot, settle on the perfect depth-of-field and flash arrangement. For the night explorers in the group, Ashley will lead night hikes to observe and photograph nocturnal diversity, a realm often overlooked by most people. Working with Ashley, you will learn simple techniques to capture those nighttime photographs as well as learn a ton of natural history.