Monday, March 23, 2015

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 opening night...


Reception counter at the National Portrait Gallery with a crop of my finalist image 'Odysseus' promoting the exhibition.

We just got back from 'Canberra' yesterday from what seemed like a surreal couple of days where we were at the opening of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 hosted and run by the 'National Portrait Gallery' in Canberra.
I was informed in November that my image 'Odysseus' was shortlisted as one of the 44 finalist images from a pool of over 2500 entries from Australian photographers.

'Odysseus' NPPP 2015 finalist image by Bill Gekas

Although i've been following this exhibition for a few years now it seems like the entries are getting stronger every year and i'd hate to be any of the judges trying to select the shortlist and ultimately the winning image from such a field of talent.
I spent quite some time viewing each of the 44 selected images on exhibit and there weren't any that I didn't like, they all had a certain strength and story about them that reflects where photographic portraiture in Australia currently lies.
Other than the champagne flowing that night, the other highlight was 'David Stratton' and 'Margaret Pomeranz' announcing the overall winner of the prize which was awarded to Iranian born Melbourne based photographer Hoda Afshar with her image 'Portrait of Ali'.

Overall it was a great opening night and an awesome after party where I got to meet and socialize with most of the other finalists and gallery crew, but due to the pace of the evening and huge crowd I did miss a few people which was unfortunate. It was great that Athena and my wife Nikoleta also accompanied me on the short trip and the number of people that recognized Athena from my body of work was also something that we didn't quite expect but was very welcome by her.

A huge honour my image was shortlisted and is now hanging at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra between the 21st March - 8th June 2015 before travelling on a touring exhibition to 'Mackay', 'Cairns', 'Bundaberg' & 'Rockhampton' until April 2016.

Congratulations to all other finalists and a huge thank you to the gallery and staff for creating such a memorable experience.

Below are some quick iPhone snaps from the last few days.


On the way to Canberra.

Opening night. The crowd kept getting bigger.

David Stratton & Margaret Pomeranz announcing the winner.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 exhibition (following day).

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 exhibition (following day).

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 exhibition (following day).

Winning image by Hoda Afshar 'Portrait Of Ali'.

All good things come to an end. On the way back to Melbourne.



Friday, November 21, 2014

Finalist - National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015...

Finalist - 'National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015'

Extremely honored I was recently informed that from a competitive field of over 2500 entries i'm one of the 44 finalists in the 'National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015' run by the 'National Portrait Gallery'.
My finalist photograph which I cannot disclose till the opening night will be on exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra between 21 March - 8 June 2015.

Congratulations to all the other finalists, looking forward to seeing the works on the opening night 20th March.


Monday, July 07, 2014

KL Int'l Photoawards 2014...

'Australian Punjabi' by Bill Gekas

'Kulwant came to Australia from India in 2009 seeking a better quality of life and the opportunities Australia is known for. Currently he is in the process of becoming an Australian citizen and has embraced the Australian acceptance of multiculturalism and way of life whilst like the many immigrants that shaped Australia before him, still maintaining the respect and connection to his rich cultural traditions and heritage.'

Happy to announce that for the fourth year in a row i'm one of the finalists in the open category of the 'Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2014'.
My finalist image and other finalists works will be exhibited and on display at White Box Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia between 11th August - 24th August 2014.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

GOLD! PX3 Paris 2014...

'Laundrette' Gold award at PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris 2014

Some great news this week! Judging has just been completed in the internationally acclaimed awards 'PX3 - Prix De La Photographie Paris 2014' and the images I submitted in the professional section of the portrait category came away with gold and silver awards. My recent image 'Laundrette' scoring the gold award.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Laundrette... the idea, the space, the light.

'Laundrette' by Bill Gekas

I've had many requests for the breakdown of this image since putting it up and it was about time I did another one of these image breakdowns anyway, so here it is, besides... sharing is caring, right? ;)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Gran Toula...

Gran Toula by Bill Gekas

On the 26th of January here in Australia we celebrated Australia Day public holiday! Although i've had quite a few projects up my sleeve to shoot with Athena I decided it was time to shoot a portrait of my 87 year old grandmother, Athena's great grandmother.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Ivy... a breakdown.

Ivy by Bill Gekas

I'm guilty! I've slacked off in updating my blog! Yep, it's been a while since my last blog post and all has been well on this front but things in life just seem to get in the way and i'm sure we all want those extra eight hours in the day, but unfortunately some things in life must take priority over others and sadly it's this page that was left a bit behind. I'll try not let the gap between posts stretch out like this last one! ;)

Friday, June 07, 2013

KL Int'l Photoawards 2013...

My image 'Pleiadian' on exhibit at Galeri Petronas Towers KL Malaysia.   Photo: Brian Cassey
For the third year in a row i'm proud to announce i'm a finalist in the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2013. The exhibition of the finalists works will be on display at Galeri Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur Malaysia from 23rd May - 23rd June 2013. Photo taken above by award winning photographer and finalist Brian Cassey.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Shooting with the Pentax 645D...

Pentax 645D

A few months ago in late December I was liaising with Pentax Australia and the good people at the company wanted me to shoot some of my work with a medium format digital camera, their flagship camera the Pentax 645D.
Now just to set the record straight i'm in no way endorsed by any company to write favourable write-ups of any sorts.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Interviewed, featured, published etc...

A few of the publications

It's been a mad couple of months! Throughout February and March I was contacted by various international media outlets requesting written/telephone interviews, images and permission to publish and print my work etc. At the start I didn't think much of it but it didn't take me long to realize my work went viral!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

PUBLISHED - 'Algemeen Dagblad' newspaper Holland 20th Feb. 2013...

'Algemeen Dagblad' 20 Feb. 2013

Last week I had quite a bit of publicity regarding my work and was on the receiving end of many interviews by journalists. I don't know where it all started from but I should have picked up that something was brewing when I was contacted by Associated Press asking

Thursday, December 13, 2012

PUBLISHED - 'The Age' newspaper Melbourne 13th Dec. 2012

'The Age' newspaper 13th December 2012 -Sites to really open your eyes

A few days ago I was contacted by Fairfax media column writer and well known broadcaster Terry Lane for an article to be published in Thursday's imaging column in Melbourne's 'The Age' newspaper and Sydney's 'Sydney Morning Herald'.
Today (13th December 2012) the newspaper came out with a brilliantly written article regarding my favourite online photography galleries 1x.com and 500px along with a mention of my work. Thank you Terry, it was an absolute pleasure liaising with you!