Photo by Tim D.

Photo by Tim D.


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. 


Jasmax, Callaghan Innovation, 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, Gisborne District Council, Toyota, Ngati Whatua Orakei, DJI Skypixel, DJI, Auckland Airport / Public Journal, Denizen, Bauer Media, Virgin Australia, Australian Photography Magazine, The GoodLife Italia, Conde Naste Traveler China, Richard’s Partners.


Metro, Denizen, Lufthansa Air, The Guardian, D-Photo Magazine, 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.


Masters of Drone Photography. Ammonite Press


How Women See The World. Riva 



Webstar Magazine Media Awards 2019 - Best Photographer


IPA International Photo Awards 2019 - Honourable Mention


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


SkyPixel  DJI 2018 Competition - Nominated Entry 


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


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


SkyPixel  DJI 2017 Competition - Professional Portrait Category Winner


Media / Press

The Guardian - Bird's Eye! A portrait of aerial photographer Petra Leary


The Guardian - High times: Petra Leary's bird's eye view of basketball courts


The Guardian - Shooting Hoops


DJI Global - DJI Creator Profile


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


ADHD Association New Zealand - Ambassador


SkyPixel - 3 Tips to Make your Photography FUN


Burger Fuel - Creative Sweet



2019 - Zero Gravity, The Flight Series by Petra Leary. Flying Fish Studio, Ponsonby rd, Auckland NZ. Solo Exhibition

2019 - Meet you at Mercs. The Carwash Group Photo show. Allpress Gallery, Auckland, NZ. Group Exhibition

2019 - Mags Art Show. Mags College - Group Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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