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 $15,000 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. 

About The Portrait Conference 

The 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 Jerry GhionisJoshua HolkoLauren McGillJason EdwardsMelissa Ghionis, George FettingRocco Ancora and the dynamic sister duo of Ashley Karakatsanis and Nikki Fox. 

The conference begins with a keynote presentation by Joshua Holko, a world collected photographer specialising in the Polar and sub-Polar regions of the globe, his work celebrates the extreme latitudes of the Polar environment and will show that portraits are not only the domain of people and that animals can make great subjects. Joshua 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 transform the event space into four shooting areas and a printing studio (this additional event will cost $45 to attend and will include limited drinks and finger food). Our aim is to build four unique shooting environments manned with one of our speakers and fully equipped by our sponsors. Bring a QXD Card or an SD card and capture images with the assistance of our speakers and take home and if time permits prints of your images from the night. 

To cap off this fabulous two-day conference, we will be announcing the winners of the print component of The Portrait Conference for 2019 on the Wednesday evening and you're welcome to stay, have a drink and view the 30 printed entries before the winners are announced. 


Schedule 2019

Tuesday 12th November

Trade Opens & Rego Opens 8.30am Trade Show and Registration Opens
Joshua Holko 9.30am Polar Wildlife Portraiture
Coffee Break 11.00am
Rocco Ancora 11.15am TBA ( Portraits )
Lunch Break 12.45pm
Forum 1.30pm
Lauren McGill 2.00pm TBA ( Family Portraits )
Coffee Break 3.30pm
Melissa Ghionis 3.45pm TBA
Drinks 5.15pm
Evening Hands on Shoots 6.30pm
End 9.30pm

Wednesday 13th November

Trade Opens & Rego Opens 8.30am Trade Show and Registration Opens
George FettingA25 9.30am What makes a Good Headshot
Coffee Break 11.00am
Jason Edwards 11.15am The Day in the Life of News Photog
Lunch Break 12.45pm
Forum 1.30pm
Ashley and Nicki 2.00pm TBA ( Weddings )
Coffee Break 3.30pm
Jerry Ghionis 3.45pm TBA
Drinks 5.15pm
Print Awards 6.15pm
End 7.30pm


The Peninsula

Peninsula - Waterfront Function Venues ​
Shed 14, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, VIC, 3008

Peninsula is Melbourne’s most glamorous and avant-garde waterfront event space. Located at Central Pier, Docklands, inside a heritage-listed shipping shed, Peninsula is inspired by London’s iconic Tate Modern Museum. Featuring nine-meter high ceilings, exposed trusses and huge floor to ceiling windows flanked by the original loading doors of the shed, the space is sure to impress.