Petr Hlavacek Photography
Petr Hlavacek is a West Coast based professional landscape photographer.
He specialises in photographing glacier and ice imagery, and the fascinating landscapes of the West Coast of the Southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand.
In 2001 Petr began photographing his favourite subject - the glaciers and their ice. Since then Petr has been compiling a large, comprehensive and unique collection of glacier and ice images depicting and showcasing this stunning icy environment in every season and weather condition.
His interest in icy subjects has brought Petr together with New Zealand’s leading glaciologists whom he often collaborates with on various projects.
- Professional Glacier photography
- An extensive range of icy images along with a comprehensive library of landscape images from throughout New Zealand
- Petr is also available for various assignments
Most of the non business listing images of this site are Petr's. Check out the photo gallery to get a real feel for his work and passion. Keep an eye out for his high impact ice posters and fantastic post card books. You can purchase immages directly from Petr on his web site.
Petr Hlavacek grew up during the 1970’s in communist Czechoslovakia. Back then, travelling was generally not permitted, and the ‘outside world’ seemed like a dreamland beyond reality. A relative was a professional photographer, and she sparked the photographic bug in Petr. He got his first camera, aged eighteen and began to shoot his first landscapes. In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, and the door to the world opened. By this time, Petr had graduated as a fast track locomotive engineer and completed two years of military service as a dog handler on border patrol between Germany. After several years of working for Czech Railways and then a role in hospitality management, he travelled to England to study English language, and continued to develop his photography skills. A 100% Pure New Zealand ad in the Guardian newspaper was the catalyst for his first trip to New Zealand in 2001. He had his first exhibition in Prague as a professional photographer in 2002. All of Europe was in love with the ‘Lord of the Rings’
films, and his pictures of the ‘Real New Zealand’ drew the crowds. On his third trip to New Zealand in 2004, he discovered he could gain residency as a professional photographer and finally fulfill his dream of living in Godzone. Petr became a photographer and glacier guide on the Franz Josef Glacier in 2005, and within a year, together with his partner Kristina, he started NZICESCAPES IMAGES. Today, he specialises in stock imagery from the West Coast, with a focus on glaciers and ice. He also has a number of product lines and works on assignments for both corporate clients and
journalists. Selections of his best images are sold as museum quality Fine Art Prints, and he has started running photography tours and workshops. For Petr photography is not just his business, it is a vehicle for education, and he uses his photographs to inspire people to conserve the
environment. By capturing the intensity of New Zealand and the West Coast’s wild landscapes, many of his pictures are now archival records of landscapes that have been irrevocably altered. To see his inspiring photographs and learn more about his work go