Internationally awarded creative photographer Dean Zillwood creates original and timeless work. He is a visual storyteller who approaches his work with passion and dedication.
Internationally awarded creative Advertising Photographer Dean Zillwood is blessed with a creative originality that is unique. This New Zealander’s skill at conveying a clear and strong message via a simple visual story, personifies Dean’s photographic style.
Working between Australia, New Zealand and Asia, Dean combines this abundant creativity with an uncanny ability to comprehend and impressively deliver a brief above the expectations of the Creative teams that he collaborates with.
A master of creative problem-solving for complicated brief’s, Dean is often able to work through technical solutions in an effective and exciting way. He loves the challenge of working collaboratively to capture as much as possible of the image concept in-camera, however he also loves the opportunity to bring a unique grade to his work if the brief allows.
This makes him a favorite with Creatives for his final outcomes, and Account Service love him for his strong commitment to budget containment.
Dean is known internationally for his creative conceptual advertising, however he also successfully utilises his exceptional clear-message skills to creative lifestyle imagery for various corporate, car, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, banking, retail and rural clients.
Dean’s photography always nails a brief and is full of humor, passion, empathy and interest.
Dean's imagery has won an impressive number of international creative advertising awards, of which a Silver Lion at Cannes and a Gold medal at Adfest Asia are highlights.
Across Australia, New Zealand and Asia, some of Dean's client include CoPlavix, Viva, Lego, Olympus, Panasonic, Bose, Foxtel, St George Bank, Ministry for the Environment, Ministry of Justice, Indo Pacific, La Traviata, Pura, Footnate Dance Company, Bank of NZ, Telecom NZ, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, All Blacks Rugby, Air New Zealand, Plunket Wineries NZ and various premium development companies.
Lego, Foxtel, Bose, ACC - Accident Compensation Corporation, Ministry of Justice NZ, Ministry of Health NZ, Minstry of the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and fisheries, All Blacks, Rodd and Gunn, Deaf Aotearoa, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Olympus, Auckland Rugby union, Wellington Rugby union, Sky Sport, Footnote international Dance, Telecom NZ, Telecom International, Chorus, Panasonic, St George, Foxtel, Willis Bond & Co, BNZ, Plunket NZ, Child Youth and Family, Astrolabe winery, FMG - Farmer Mutual Group, Meridian, Land Transport Authority, Housing NZ, Kiwi Bank, National Library, NZ Post, Victoria University, Canon, New Zealand on Air, New Zealand Film School, NZSO - Symphony Orchestra, state insurance, Open Polytechnic of NZ, PowerrCo, National Bank, New World supermarket, Women's Refuge.
"Dean is a highly professional and creative photographer, his flexibility to fit around changing schedules/briefs and weather and still keep a good sense of humour is an essential skill.
We have consistently achieved great results for clients with Dean, and for some often challenging assignments.Top Qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative."
Kim Honiss, Cato Design, New Zealand
"Fortunately I tend to read most things from back to front, so Zillwood was the first photographer I found in the directory. I say fortunately because Dean turned out to be one of the finest photographers I have ever worked with. Technically sound, great sense of composition, well organised, totally professional, and always a head full of good ideas. A pleasure to work with and highly recommended."
Alan Galbraith, Freelance Creative Director, New Zealand
"Working with Dean is an absolute pleasure. As an Art Director you need photographer's that are on the same wavelength. Dean will be making the setup tweaks you were thinking before you get to tell him yourself! This demonstrates his appreciation for the design as opposed to just shooting a gorgeous pic (which with Dean, is a given). I can't recommend him highly enough."
Dillon McKenna – Art Director @ AJF Partnerhip Melbourne
"Dean's a man. And he's THE man! He's got a great eye (metaphorically and physically), totally gets ideas, is a breeze to work with, not precious at all, and he shoots the s@#$% out of everything. So you're never never left stranded wondering, "do we have a shot where the donkey's back left hoof catches a glint from the sun while being reflected in the left, not the right, side view mirror?". And all that even though he's Kiwi."
Mark Scholler, Writer at Leo Burnett, Sydney
"Dean is a rare talent I've had the pleasure of knowing for 20 years. An exceptionally professional photographer, he has never failed to deliver an outstanding result for my clients. In a time of rapidly improving camera kit, he is a master craftsman that proves the best tech still needs a gifted human eye to create real magic.
He has a natural instinct for finding 'the shot' and the rhythm of a session musician when it comes to catching just the right expression. Best of all he's a diamond geezer, fun to be around, and always knows the right joke to catch that twinkle in the eyes that lights up a portrait."
Turi Park - Creative Director at Native Brand Agency
ONE SHOW - Gold 2007; LEGO Press "Train station"
ONE SHOW - silver 2007; LEGO Poster "Build it, Hanger & Fire station"
CLIO - silver 2007; LEGO Outdoor and Press Campaign "Build it"
CLIO - 3X Bronze 2007; LEGO Outdoor individuals "Build it"
D&AD In the book 2007; LEGO Press & Poster "Build it"
COMMUNICATION ARTS 2006; LEGO "Build it, Train station & Fire station"
CANNES - Silver 2006; LEGO Press "Build it"
CANNES - Bronze 2006; LEGO Outdoor "Build it"
Gold ADFEST (Asia Pacific) 2007; LEGO Press "Build it"
Bronze ADFEST (Asia Pacific) 2007; LEGO Press "Fire station"
Bronze AWARD (Australia) 2006; LEGO Outdoor and Press "Build it"
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