Wellington-based Shaun Barnett has been photographing New Zealand’s wild places for 25 years, and his work has featured in numerous publications including New Zealand Geographic, Wilderness, Action Asia, Geo Australasia and dozens of books. Shaun is one of New Zealand’s most experienced trampers, and has also spent time in the mountains of South America, Australia, Canada, Nepal, the UK, Italy and the USA.

He has written several guidebooks, as well as Shelter from the Storm, the Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts, and Tramping, A New Zealand History. He also edits the Federated Mountain Club’s Bulletin, and with photographer Richard Young, judges the annual FMC National Photo Competition.


Blog Posts

Devil in the Detail – Shaun Barnett

Shaun Barnett gives advice for the aspiring macro nature photographer. While taking my children on nature walks when they were small, I was often surprised by what interested them. Big, impressive mountain vistas? Zero enthusiasm. A small leaf on the track? Appealing. Some...
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‘What’s in My Bag?’ with Shaun Barnett

Shaun Barnett – Professional landscape photographer and NZPW tutor. Location: Tunnel Point, Dunedin, Otago Richard Young and I spent a great afternoon here before one of our Otago Wildlife Master Classes in 2019. I’d seen pictures of Tunnel Beach before but never been...
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Shaun Barnett Interview with NZ Photographer Magazine

Evening light over Mt Fishtail and Pelorus valley from The Lookout, Bryant Range, Mt Richmond FP, Nelson Photo Shaun Barnett. NZPhotographer Magazine’s Interview with Shaun Barnett – issue 17, March 2019   Shaun, would you care to introduce yourself? I live in a...
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Tongariro – Our World Heritage Landscape

New Zealand Photography Workshops tutor Shaun Barnett is an avid tramper, with a strong interest in the history of our wild areas. Growing up nearby, Shaun has spent many weeks at Tongariro National Park and learnt a lot about our first national park. He shares some of his...
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