About

Photo by Tim D.

Photo by Tim D.

About


Petra Leary is an award winning New Zealand born aerial photographer. Her ability to capture her subjects from unique perspectives is striking and groundbreaking. 

She has an innate design sensibility, reflected in her unique process all the way from conception to post-production. An intrepid world traveller she hunts out unusual landscapes, captures them from unforeseen angles such as her signature bird’s eye angle from above, and manipulates and accentuates colours in post-production to create her final work. 

Her work is simple yet bold in arrangement and composition. Belying this effortlessness are deeply honed technical skills, and a knowing iconoclastic eye for pop culture. 


Clients: 

T - Mobile, Ford AU, Ford NZ, Osborne Shiwan, Love Taupo, SuperDry, Jose Gutierrez Ltd, Cheapskates Khyber, Terrace Kitchens, Avantdale Bowling Club, Resene Colour / Places and Graces, TuTu Films, Toyota.


Publications: 

Metro, Denizen, Lufthansa Air, The Guardian, Virgin Australia, D'Marge, Australian Photography Magazine, The GoodLife Italia, Conde Naste Traveler China, Paperboy AKL, Manual Magazine, No Cure Magazine, New Zealand Geographic, NZPhotographer, OurAKL Magazine.


Books:

Masters of Drone Photography. Ammonite Press

https://www.ammonitepress.com/photography/photography-techniques/masters-of-drone-photography/

How Women See The World. Riva 

https://www.m-vg.de/riva/shop/article/15865-wie-frauen-die-welt-sehen-how-women-see-the-world/


Awards

Sony / Zeiss World Photo Organisation Award 2019, Top 7 Shortlist

https://www.worldphoto.org/sony-world-photography-awards/winners-galleries/2019/zeiss/daily-geometry-petra-leary

SkyPixel  DJI 2018 Competition - Nominated Entry 

https://www.skypixel.com/contests/2018

New Zealand Photographer of the Year 2018 - Highly Commended, Peak Design Aerial Catagory

https://www.nzgeo.com/photography/photographer-of-the-year-2018-winners/

Auckland Camera Center 2018 Photo Competition - 2nd Place Abstract / Contemporary Catagory

http://www.aucklandcamera.co.nz/afawcs0154454/CATID=656/2018-Photo-Competition.html

SkyPixel  DJI 2017 Competition - Professional Portrait Category Winner

https://www.skypixel.com/events/photocontest2017/winners


Media / Press

The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/apr/27/shooting-hoops-aerial-views-of-basketball-courts-in-pictures

DJI Global - DJI Creator Profile

https://www.dji.com/nz/altitude/dji-creator-profle-petra-leary

2018 Photographer of the Year: Judge - Aerial and Junior Category

http://www.australianphotography.com/news/2018-photographer-of-the-year-the-judges

ADHD Association New Zealand - Ambassador

https://www.adhd.org.nz/ambassadors.html

SkyPixel - 3 Tips to Make your Photography FUN

https://www.skypixel.com/tips/3-tips-to-make-your-aerial-photos-fun?from=PCWeb-banner_2018contest_EN_20190202

Burger Fuel - Creative Sweet

https://www.burgerfuel.com/nz/world-of-burgerfuel/articles/petra-leary-x-burgerfuel


Exhibitions:

2010 ~ Dirty, Filthy, Paradise. The Gallery With No Name. Auckland, NZ. Solo Exhibition

2012 ~ Darklight Western Park, Ponsonby. Auckland, NZ. Public Art Show

2013 ~ Darklight 2 Western Park, Ponsonby. Auckland, NZ. Public Art Show

2017 ~ To The Sky. Studio 40. Auckland, NZ. Solo Exhibition

2018 ~ Post Graffiti Pacific, 3rd Edition. Wallace Arts Centre. Auckland, NZ. Group Exhibition

2018 - 149, Sydney Non Objective, Sydney Australia. Group Exhibiton

2018 - Mags Art Show. Mags College - Group Exhibition

2018 - Kings College Art Sale. Kings College - Group Exhibiton

2019 - Sony World Photo Awards Exhibition 2019. Somerset House. London, UK. - Group Exhibition