Capturing New Zealand's Majesty

The Artistic Journey of Award Winning New Zealand Fine Art Landscape Photographer Stephen Milner

The Artistic Journey of Award Winning New Zealand Fine Art Landscape Photographer Stephen Milner

Stephen Milner, a fine art landscape photographer, embarks on a visual odyssey within the ethereal landscapes of New Zealand, capturing the timeless beauty of Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.

Rooted in Connection:
Milner's artistic journey is deeply intertwined with a profound connection to the landscapes he explores. His quest leads him to locations that resonate with the human spirit, where history, nature, and culture converge. Through his lens, he strives to evoke emotions that transcend the visual, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the essence of each place.

The Dance of Light and Nature:
Nature is Milner's collaborator, and light is his brush. Whether capturing the warm hues of a sunrise over Central Otago's historic farmsteads or the golden glow bathing Mount Aspiring's majestic peaks at dusk, Milner aims to capture the enchanting dance between light and the natural world. Each photograph is a carefully composed symphony of colours, textures, and atmospheres.

Stories in Every Frame:
Behind each image lies a story - an adventure, a challenge, a moment frozen in time. Navigating treacherous terrains, enduring harsh weather, or stumbling upon hidden gems during his photographic expeditions adds layers to the narrative. Milner wants viewers to not only see but feel the journey embedded in each frame.

Elevating Spaces:
For Milner, photography is not just about capturing moments; it's about creating an emotional connection. He endeavours to transcend gallery walls, bringing the spirit of New Zealand into the lives of those who appreciate the beauty of our planet, from homes to galleries.

Awards as Milestones:
Awards, though appreciated, are not the destination but rather milestones in Milner's artistic journey. They validate the pursuit of a dream sparked by a bronze award in 2017. The recent recognition as the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2022 is a humbling reminder of the incredible journey and the dreams fulfilled.

Cultural Threads:
New Zealand's rich cultural tapestry, woven by European settlers from the early 1800s, adds depth to Milner's work. Historical echoes are etched into the landscapes, and he strives to integrate these cultural threads, creating photographs that bridge the past and present.

Collector's Testimonials:
The greatest joy for Milner is knowing that his art finds homes in the hearts of collectors. Testimonials of how his work brings the awe of nature into daily life fuel his passion. Each piece, whether hanging proudly in a living space or gracing the walls of a gallery, becomes a shared experience, a connection between artist and audience.

In every photograph, Stephen Milner invites you to join him on a journey, a journey through the timeless beauty of New Zealand. Let the landscapes speak, and may his art be a window to the soul of a land where nature and humanity coexist in harmonious splendour.



Fine Art Photography Awards Landscape Third Place 2024

Fine Art Photography Awards Architecture Nominee 2024

Minimalist Photography Awards 2023 Honourable Mention Winner in the Landscape Category, Long Exposure Category, and Aerial Category.

New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2022 second place Build Environment category.

Epson International Pano Awards 2022 Bronze Award

Capture Magazine Australia's Top 10 Emerging Landscape Photographer 2022

Fine Art Photography Awards Landscape Nominee 2022

Fine Art Photography Awards Landscape Nominee 2020

Capture Magazine Australia's Emerging Landscape Photographer 2019 Commended

Auckland Camera Centre Competition 2018 Landscape Winner

D-Photo Magazine Aug-Sep 2018 Landscape Third Place Winner

Epson International Pano Awards 2017 Bronze Award

Projects, Publications and Exhibitions


Timeless New Zealand at Return to Eden Gallery, Blenheim. Ongoing.

Timeless New Zealand Chartable Exhibition at Sustainable Coastline February 2024

Timeless New Zealand at Welcome Swallow Gallery, Hamilton. February 2023.

Winter Collection at Welcome Swallow Gallery, Hamilton. June 2023.


The Timeless Collection New Zealand Book and Prints


The Art Of Seeing - Excio Captivating Photography Journal May/June 2023

New Zealand Geographic Magazine Nov/Dec 2022

Volcanic Aotearoa New Zealand Book

NZ Photographer Magazine - Stephen Milner and the Volcanic Aotearoa New Zealand Book Project

Capture Magazine - Volcanic Aotearoa by Stephen Milner

National Geographic - Nugget Point Lighthouse

D-Photo Magazine Aug-Sep 2018 


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