Bill Frakes is a Sports Illustrated staff photographer, based in Florida. He has worked across the USA, and in more than 135 countries worldwide, for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients. He also directs music videos and television ads. Advertising clients include Apple, Nike, Manfrotto, Coca Cola, Champion, Isleworth, Stryker, IBM, Nikon, Canon, Kodak, and Reebok. Frakes’ editorial work has appeared in major general-interest publications throughout the world. His still photos and short documentary films have been featured on hundreds of websites, as well as on major television networks.
Frakes has received numerous national and international awards for his work. He holds a Newspaper Photographer of the Year award from POYi, and was a member of the Miami Herald staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He has won four World Press Photo awards, and 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.
Frakes has taught at the University of Miami, the University of Florida, and the University of Kansas, as an adjunct professor and lecturer. During the past five years he has lectured at more than 100 universities, discussing multimedia and photojournalism. He previously served on the World Press Photo contest jury in 2010.