About The Portrait Conference

The Australian Portrait Conference is hosted by Robert Gatto and Peter Eastway and will include two full days of instruction on all things portraiture by eight of Australia’s most talented portrait artists and educators, including Aries Tao, Vicky Papas Vergara, Natalie Howe, Robyn Campbell, Marcus Bell, Charmaine Heyer, Peter Rossi and Gary Grealy.
The conference begins with a keynote presentation by Peter Adams, a world collected portrait photographer who has interviewed and made portraits of 500 of the world's great photographers - a collection soon to be published in his forthcoming book ‘A Few of the Legends’. Peter will be followed by the seven other industry leaders presenting over two days. Open Forums will be held both days over the weekend with a mix of conference
speakers available to answer your questions.
Celebrate with us on the Saturday night after the presentations have finished as we prepare the studio space for a "Flash Off" sponsored by Nikon where two professional portrait photographers will have 15 minutes each to shoot a portrait with one light and one modifier.
We will then ask the audience to appoint the winner of the Nikon Flash Off and all the bragging rights that it brings.
To cap off this fabulous two day conference, we will be announcing the winners of the print component of the Australian Portrait Competition for 2018 on the Sunday evening and you're welcome to stay, have a drink and view the 30 printed entries before the winners are announced. 

Who Are We?

The Portrait Conference is made up of three events. The first being an online portrait competition, followed by a two-day conference and finishing with the judging of the print competition which involves the top 30 entrants in the competition. It is an annual, national photography competition for amateur, enthusiast & professional photographers alike.

If you’re passionate about photography, we can help you gain greater exposure and even achieve international recognition.

With one of Australia's largest prize pool of $60,000 including $25,000 in cash on offer, The Portrait Conference gives enthusiast and professional photographers the opportunity to comb through some past portraits or to go out and shoot some new ones.



Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Registration / Trade 8.45am

Peter Adams 9.30am

Peter Rossi and Charmaine Heyer 11.00am

Lunch 12.30pm

Open Panel Discussion with Speakers 1.00pm

Aries Tao 2.00pm

Afternoon Tea / Trade 3.30pm

Robyn Cambell 3.50pm

Nikon Flash Off Drinks 5.20pm

Nikon Flash Off 6.00pm

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Registration / Trade 8.45am

Marcus Bell 9.30am

Vicky Papas Vergara 11.00am

Lunch 12.30pm

Open Panel Discussion with Speakers 1.00pm

Natalie Howe 2.00pm

Afternoon Tea / Trade 3.30pm

Gary Grealy 3.50pm

Kayell Australia Drinks 5.00pm

Print Competition Winners Announced 6.00pm


The Lighthouse Gallery
Australian National Maritime Museum

2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000