A native Nebraskan Bill Frakes is a visual storyteller and educator based in Florida who has worked in every US state and in more than 138 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients.
His advertising clients include Apple, Nike, CocaCola, Nikon, Mars, Manfrotto, and Reebok. He directs music videos and television ads.
Editorially, his work has appeared in virtually every major general interest publication in the world. His still photographs and short documentary films have been featured on hundreds of Websites as well as on most major television networks. He is currently on the masthead of Sports Illustrated. He is a frequent contributor to ESPN.
He won the coveted Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the prestigious Pictures of the Year competition. He was a member of the Miami Herald staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He was awarded the Gold Medal by World Press Photo. He has also been honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged and by the Overseas Press club for distinguished foreign reporting. He has received hundreds of national and international awards for his work.
He has taught at the University of Miami, the University of Florida and the University of Kansas as an adjunct professor and lecturer. He is currently the Souderlin Professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska. During the last five years, he has lectured at more than 100 universities discussing multimedia and photojournalism. Through his production company, Straw Hat Visuals, he prepares educational content that is disseminated in multi touch electronic books and platforms in 22 countries throughout North and South America.
In 2010 and 2013, he served on the jury of World Press Photo.
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