About us

Image Quest Marine is the UK's leading stock library specialising in photography of aquatic wildlife and environments. We offer over 100,000 stunning images, taken above and below sea-level by our specialist photographers. Our content is available to license editorially or commercially across all forms of media.

Are you looking for a beautifully shot image of marine wildlife or a colourful coral reef? Or maybe you’re hoping to track down photographs of a rarely-seen deep sea species or just a cuttlefish with a smile? Our team will be happy to help you.

Our key areas include:

  • Marine wildlife
  • Plankton
  • Deep sea & bioluminescence
  • Waves & water
  • Coral reefs & seascapes
  • Polar wildlife
  • Freshwater environments
  • Plastic pollution and environmental issues
  • Diving and fishing

Can’t find what you’re looking for on our website? Please contact us to take advantage of our free research service.

The library is run by a friendly, knowledgeable and experienced team. We are known for our strong scientific approach, using taxonomic key-wording to identify specific species, and providing the expertise of an in-house marine biologist. We will be happy to run offline searches for hard-to-find images or put together curated galleries to help you save time on your project. Please get in touch to discuss your needs.

Set up on an online account with us

Our website offers a comprehensive online service, enabling you to search, order and download images. If you would like to set up a client account with instant access to high res files and special rates for regular use of our images, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our Photographers

Our content is supplied by an international network of award-winning, professional photographers, covering marine subjects around the globe. Meet our amazing specialist contributors.

Our unique history and the founders of Image Quest Marine

Image Quest Marine was originally set up by father and son, Peter and Chris Parks, over 30 years ago. The library was initially based on their own archive of marine micro-photography and deep sea imagery, before expanding to represent the work of other underwater photographers.

Famous for his unique plankton photography and cinematography, Peter Parks was one of the original founders of Oxford Scientific Films and created footage for David Attenborough's iconic series, Life on Earth. Through his micro-photography, Peter developed unique film equipment and techniques, working on special effects for films including The Fountain, Superman and The Tree of Life and winning an Oscar and two technical Oscars for his work in cinema.

Chris Parks' experience in 3D photography led him to found Vision3, the world-leading content creators for 3D, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Some of Vision3's highly acclaimed projects include the Academy Award winning film, Gravity, and JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

We were thrilled when Vision3 recently utilised the archive of Image Quest Marine to create Drop in the Ocean, an amazing, immersive virtual reality experience, inspired by and built using our underwater photography.


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