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SHORTS & BRIEFS: August 30

A concise round-up of new product updates, international snippets and other interesting stuff from the wonderful world of photography: Blonde Robot gets gnarly with Gnarbox… Melbourne Portrait Conference in November…BIFB update…

Blonde Robot gets gnarly with Gnarbox


Blonde Robot has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for Gnarbox SSD-based portable backup devices, designed for photographers who prefer travelling without a laptop.

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The Gnarbox 2.0 SSD comes in capacities from 256GB up to 1 TB.

Gnarbox 2.0 SSD is a rugged backup device for professional photographers who are chasing a reliable way to back up their files on-location. Gnarbox has a ‘compact design and powerful on-board backup features make it effortless to manage files without a laptop’.

With up to 1TB internal SSD, SD slot, two USB-C ports, and a mobile workflow app, Gnarbox promises to save users time.

The new mobile app enables photographers to control essential workflow steps while on the move. Features include file management, a Photo Mechanic imaging engine, and professional video codec support without using data or storage on your smartphone or tablet.

Portrait Conference sitting in Melbourne


Scheduled to be held on November 12 and 13 in Melbourne’s Docklands, will provide a two days of education by nine leading photographers.

Shorts - Portrait ConferenceThe Conference will feature presentations by Jerry Ghionis, Joshua Holko, Lauren McGill, Jason Edwards, Melissa Ghionis, George Fetting, Rocco Ancora, and Ashley Karakatsanis and Nikki Fox.

Open Forums will be held both days and Tuesday evening, with four shooting areas and a printing studio.

A photo contest is being held in conjunction with the Portrait Conference, with a prize pool totalling $40,000. The top 30 finalists will be automatically entered (for free!) into a grande finale print competition, with a further prize pool of $20,000.

There are Open and Amateur categories and Portrait, Wedding and Newborn sections (Open) and Portrait, Animal Portraits and Travel/Street Portraits (Amateur). Each entry costs $25, or five for $100.

Click here for more information.

The Portrait Conference will be held at The Peninsula,  Waterfront Function Venues, Shed 14, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, Victoria.

Martin Kantor Portrait Prize finds focus


Melbourne photographer, Penelope Hunt, has won the $15,000 Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize for a photo of artist, Alan Constable.

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Finding Focus. Portrait of Alan Constable. Photo: Penelope Hunt.

The BIFB Martin Kantor Portrait Prize criteria is that the winning image will be an exceptional portrait of a significant Australian who is well-known in the arts, science, politics, or sport.

Appointed to judge the contest were Pippa Milne, senior curator at MGA, Max Delaney, artistic director at ACCA, and representing photography, Susan Van Wyk, senior curator of photography at NGV.

In the kind of academic gobbledegook for which BIFB is distinguishing itself, this is what they had to say:
‘Alan Constable is a distinguished artist whose work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Penelope Hunt’s portrait gives a strong feeling for the very tactile nature of his ceramics sculptures and drawings. The portrait is an intimate, complex representation of the subject, and its unorthodox framing and composition aligns strongly with Alan Constable’s work.

‘The relationship between viewing devices (cameras and binoculars) and sight is a recurrent theme in Alan Constable’s work and life experience. The return of the photographer’s (and by extension the viewer’s) gaze is also important, as is the awareness, participation (and possibly resistance) of the subject in this process.
‘We were also pleased to learn Penelope Hunt has worked with Alan Constable for over a decade, and this relationship, intimacy and understanding is apparent in the work.’

Still with us? Well done!

The 28 Martin Kantor Portrait Prize finalists are currently being exhibited at BIFB until October 20.


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