A series of online talks by photographers from home and abroad.

These meetings are held via Zoom on the first Monday of each month for Dunedin Photographic Society members. If you are not a member and are interested in participating, please contact

Previous talks from 2020

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1st February – Petra Leary: Aerial Photography

Petra Leary

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. 

1st Mar – Georgina Steytler: The Art of Bird Photography

Georgina Steytler

3rd May – Tim Flach: How to Evoke Empathy Through Animal Portraiture

Tim Flach

5th Jul – Lizzie Shepherd: Mood versus Composition

Lizzie Shepherd

2nd Aug – Paul Hughson: Real estate photography in Norway

Paul Hughson

6th Sept – Esther Bunning: For the love of the personal project – a story-teller artist who uses the camera as a creative tool

Esther Bunning 

Esther Bunning is a story-teller artist who uses a camera as a creative tool. She is recognised as a portrait photographer with a style that is both instantly recognizable and difficult to pin down. Drawn to quiet beauty and resplendent light, the photographer weaves elements in a dreamy pastiche that tends to provide the viewer with a glimpse of the subject that cuts breezily below the surface.

She loves to combine the magic of blur, movement, abstraction and light to tell stories with layers and depth, about the people and places she photographs. Personal projects have contributed significantly to the development of her style and her continued passion for photography.

Her signature style is recognisable for using creative in-camera techniques. She is a Nikon Ambassador for New Zealand, an Asukabook Ambassador for Australasia, a global Lensbaby ambassador, and an Honorary Fellow of the NZIPP (NZ Institute of Professional Photography).

Esther was awarded the NZ Professional Photographer of the Year title in September 2020, at the NZIPP IRIS awards.

4th Oct – Sarah Caldwell: The Magic of Architecture – A creative look at photographing buildings

Sarah Caldwell

1st Nov – Tony Carter: Another World, portraits from Ōhura

Tony Carter

6th Dec – Judy Stokes: The art of painting with your camera

Judy Stokes