The inaugural competition offered a total of $60,000 worth of prizes over three entry categories, including $25,000 in cash and products from Nikon and Eizo. Additionally, the top 30 entrants have automatically qualified for The Print Competition which will be judged and announced on the last night of the conference.

The Open category was won by Bruce Moyle who collects $10,000 in cash, with Steve Wise taking the second prize and Jo Howell achieving third place. The Amateur category was won by Michelle Kennedy, second prize went to Robin Yong and third to Jillian Merlot. The Student category was won by Meg Godfrey, second was Zac Kalivas and in third place was Jemma Smith.

The triple-billed initiative has been created by Kayell Australia and will be an annual event for all levels of portrait photography enthusiasts who will have the opportunity to have their work appraised in a competitive field. It will also provide the potential for participants to gain increased exposure for their images.

Kayell Australia’s managing director, Rob Gatto, reports that more than 1500 entries were received as part of the inaugural event, and the standard of photography was exceptional.

While the majority of tickets have been sold for the inaugural Portrait Conference, there are some final tickets still available starting from $195 for one-day standard seating. Presenters include award-winning photographers Vicky Papas Vergara, Charmaine Heyer, Peter Rossi, Marcus Bell and Gary Grealy. For more information or to book a place go to http://www.theportraitco.com.au