The Portrait Conference is a new initiative developed to assist portrait photographers in Australia and New Zealand enhance their shooting talents.


Comprising  two competitions and a two-day conference, it provides an opportunity for enthusiasts at all levels to extend their portrait photography skills both in a competitive field as well as a conference environment where participants will have access to some of Australia’s most talented portrait photographers.

The Portrait Conference will be held in the Lighthouse Gallery at the Australian National Maritime museum, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour on the weekend of 13 & 14 October, 2018. Online entry details for The Portrait Conference are available at:

The weekend brings together eight of Australia’s most talented portrait artists and educators, including keynote speaker, Peter Adams, a world-renowned portrait photographer who has interviewed and captured portraits of 500 of the world’s great photographers ““ a collection will soon be showcased in his forthcoming book, A Few ofthe Legends.

Other renowned presenters include Tim Bauer, Vicky Papas Vergara, Natalie Howe, Robyn Campbell, Marcus Bell, Charmaine Heyer, Peter Rossi and Gary Grealy. Tickets for the two-day event range from AU$295 to AU$345, with one-day tickets priced at $195.

The Portrait Competition is split into three categories: Open, Amateur and Student, with category definitions and prizes shown in the table below. An entry fee applies for all three categories.


Entry Requirements


Open Category

Open to professionals who earn a full or part-time income from photography.

1st prize – $10,000 cash
 2nd prize – Nikon D850 Camera
 3rd prize – Eizo CG2420 Monitor

Amateur Category

For enthusiasts who earn under $1000 in income per year from photography. Income and prizes awarded for photography competitions not included.

1st prize – $10,000 cash
 2nd prize – Nikon D850 Camera
 3rd prize – Eizo CG2420 Monitor

Student Category

Open to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 only. Students who earn an income from photography are not entitled to enter this category.

1st prize – $2,000 cash
 2nd prize – $1,000 cash
 3rd prize – $500 cash


Details can be found at

The top 30 entrants from all three categories in the online Portrait Competition will automatically qualify for The Print Competition which offers an extra prize pool of $20,000, including an Epson Surecolor 9070 44-inch Inkjet Printer (First Prize), a Nikon D850 camera (Second Prize) and an Eizo CG2420 monitor (Third Prize).  

This competition will be judged and announced on the final night of The Portrait Conference on 14 October 2018 at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.