Bill Frakes

Bill Frakes is an American visual storyteller and educator based in Florida.

Bill Frakes
Birth nameWilliam Frakes
BornNebraska, United States
Occupation(s)Photographer, Director, Author
Years active1979–present,

Work and careerEdit

Frakes is from Nebraska. He started his photography career at the Miami Herald where he worked from 1979 to 1992, covering a wide range of subjects from local stories to politics in Cuba.[1] He began shooting for Sports Illustrated in 1983.[2] He has worked in more than 125 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients.

He directs music videos and commercial television spots.

He has taught at the University of Miami, the University of Florida, the University of Kansas, and the University of Nebraska. Between 2005 and 2010, he lectured at more than 100 universities discussing multimedia and photojournalism.

He is a instructor with courses available on Environmental Sports Portraiture: Action Sports Photography.

In 2013 and 2010, he was on the Jury of World Press Photo.[3][4][5]

Currently, Frakes works with DSLR video,[6] integrating stills, audio and video to create stories which can be viewed in multiple ways.

Frakes' work has been included in online photojournalism journal Burn Magazine, the British Journal of Photography,[7] and Photo District News (PDN).[8][9]

Correlating with the 150th anniversary of Nebraska's statehood,[10] Frakes' most recent project has focused on returning to his roots documenting his home of Nebraska in various multimedia mediums showcased on About the project, he says, "Nebraska. It’s one of my homes. My first, and most likely my last. That big sky. The rugged beauty of the badlands. The fertile topography of the corn belt. The wonder that is the Platte River, water that feeds the corn and wheat fields, and is home to the Crane Migration. It’s the middle of nowhere, and the center of everywhere."[11][12][13]

Awards and honorsEdit

Frakes won the Newspaper Photographer of the Year award from in the Pictures of the Year International competition.[14] He was a member of the Miami Herald staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew.[15] In 2004, he won the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Best of Photojournalism Award for his sports portfolio.[16] He has also been honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards[17] for reporting on the disadvantaged and by the Overseas Press Club[18] for distinguished foreign reporting.[19] He was awarded the Gold Medal by World Press Photo.[20][21][22]


The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) found that Frakes engaged in sexual misconduct and sexual harassment while he was a visiting professor. Frakes was found to have made unwanted comments about women students’ bodies and clothing according to a document obtained by The Omaha World-Herald.[23] The allegation by a female UNL student was corroborated by multiple other students. The National Press Photographers' Association noted: "The university’s office of institutional equity and compliance told the student that it found by a preponderance of the evidence that the respondent had sexually harassed the student by making unwanted sexual comments about her, and in doing so created a hostile environment for the student." Frakes appealed the claim and lost that appeal.[24][25]


  1. ^ "From stills to motion - British Journal of Photography". British Journal of Photography. Archived from the original on 2011-04-24. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  2. ^ Driver, Dustin (1999-03-26). "Pro - Profiles - Bill Frakes". Apple. Archived from the original on 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
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  4. ^ "World Press Photo". World Press Photo. 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  5. ^ "53rd Annual World Press Photo Contest | Rangefinder". Rangefinder. 2010-12-01. Archived from the original on 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  6. ^ "The iPad Interview « Joe McNally's Blog". Joe McNally. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  7. ^ "World Press Photo: Should Olympic Games photos dominate the sports categories?". British Journal of Photography.
  8. ^ "ESPN's Tim Rasmussen on the Story Pitches that Land Assignments". Photo District News.
  9. ^ "Sangosti, Weatherwax Win BOP Photojournalist of the Year Honors | PDNPulse". Photo District News. 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  10. ^ "Nebraska Tourism Commission teams up with photographer, videographer to capture the spirit of Nebraska". Kearney Hub. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  11. ^ "Bill Frakes Launches "The Nebraska Project"". National Press Photographers Association. 2014-12-09. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  12. ^ "Rediscovering a home on the range through Nebraska landscapes". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  13. ^ Star, Peter Salter | Lincoln Journal. "Putting his love of Nebraska into photos, films". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
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  15. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes | Public Service". 1985-08-02. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
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  17. ^ "Robert F Kennedy Memorial". Archived from the original on 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  18. ^ "OPC Awards Past Recipients | Overseas Press Club of America". Archived from the original on 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  19. ^ "Speaker Biographies | The Power of Narrative: The Rebirth of Storytelling | April 29 & 30, 2011, at Boston University". Archived from the original on 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  20. ^ Castleberry, Kim (2010-04-06). "Bill Frakes: Constant Motion - Digital Photo Pro". Archived from the original on 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  21. ^ "1998 Bill Frakes SP2". World Press Photo. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  22. ^ "1995 Bill Frakes SP2". World Press Photo. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  23. ^ writer, Rick Ruggles / World-Herald staff. "Visiting professor won't teach at UNL this fall after report of sexual harassment". Retrieved 2017-08-09.
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  25. ^ "Photojournalism Lecturer at Nebraska Accused of Harassment". NPPA. 2017-08-08. Retrieved 2017-08-09.

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