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