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Bill Frakes is a Sports Illustrated Staff Photographer based in Florida. He has worked in more than 125 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients.

His advertising clients include Apple, Nike, Manfrotto, CocaCola, Champion, Isleworth, Stryker, IBM, Nikon, Canon, Kodak, and Reebok. Editorially his work has appeared in virtually every major general interest publication in the world. Additionally, he directs music videos and commercial television spots.

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. During the last five years he has lectured at more than 100 universities discussing multimedia and photojournalism.

Bill will be the 2013 World Press Photo contest Sports Jury Chair. Bill previously served as a jury member of World Press Photo contest in 2010 and has won four World Press Photo awards.

He is also the owner and operator of Straw Hat Visuals, a media production company which creates high quality Web and media content.