Esther Bunning

Award-winning photographer Esther Bunning has a style that is both instantly recognisable and difficult to pin down. Her work very much calms any corner of the gallery here in Napier. Drawn to quiet beauty and resplendent light, she weaves elements in a dreamy pastiche that tends to provide the viewer with a glimpse of the subject. Her creative vision, coupled with a gleeful willingness to play with idiosyncratic gear has evolved to include the intricacies, depth, and layers of details both photographing people, and landscapes - details otherwise perhaps unseen.

Esther produces images that transcend photography. She is recognised as one of New Zealand’s finest portrait photographers. She is a Nikon Ambassador for New Zealand, an Asukabook Ambassador for Australasia, and a Lensbaby Ambassador.

Esther Bunning | Contributing artist and photographer

Esther is proud to be an accredited member of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP). She’s a double Grand Master of the NZIPP, and an Honorary Fellow.

Wherever possible, she loves the challenge of create her photographic magic ‘in-camera’, and crafting in the moment - using creative lens’, multiple exposures and an array of interesting tools to shoot through.

FINALIST: Parkin Drawing Prize 2021

WINNER: NZIPP Creative Photographer of the Year 2020 + 2021


WINNER: Highest Scoring print award 2021 with 100/100 for The Secret Keeper book

HONOURABLE MENTION and ‘TOP 5’ Jurors choice at the IPA International Photography Awards

WINNER: NZIPP Portrait Open Photographer of the Year 2020

FINALIST: HeadOn International Portrait Award May 2020

NZ Pacific Studio 2020/2021 ANZAC Bridge Fellow