The 2020 BFOP Festival

Probably the best photography festival in the world...

10-13th SEPT 2020 17-20th SEPT 2020

*See info further down for date change information

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With COVID being a total dick this year we’ve decided to end the speculation, uncertainty and rumours once and for all! BFOP 2020 is going digital and that’s amazing news for many of you. Everyone, from every state, with every camera, with every interest can join our all-star cast of instructors for 4 days of incredible photography workshops, demonstrations, talks and banter!

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Listen to the BFOP 2020 Update!

HOW WILL IT WORK?

“For dramatic effect please read the following in a kind of ‘Braveheart’ voice… think BFOP groupie Lisa T after a couple of ciders”

This year BFOP is going full digital just to stick it to COVID! This year we take back the power and show the world that our photography community is big, we will show the world that we are strong, we will show the world that when times are tough WE ALL PULL TOGETHERRRRRRRR!!!!! 

“ok, back to Morgan Freeman narration voice now”

BFOP has a growing history of keeping things fun, light and of course full of completely avoidable errors and this year will be no different. We’ve made the hard decision to can the in-person event for the safety and wellbeing of not only our event attendees but also the Bright community. The fun part is even though that the event itself will be kind of similar to regular BFOP,  the entire weekend can be done in you’re undies and no-one ever has to know! With an Allstar line-up of instructors wracking their brains to turn what is usually a Zoom (read zzzzzzzzz) fest into an online extravaganza you’re going to have an absolute freaking ball! This is obviously a work in progress and we will continue to update this page as details become available but in the meantime here are some of the ideas floating around the group!

Remember the story-behind-the-shot drinking game of 2019? Or the Never-Have-I-Ever podcast? Yep, we will have a few evening panel discussions aimed at totally embarrassing our pros and who knows… we might even get some of our audience to jump up for some stories! This is the session best done with a beer in hand.

Grab your equipment list prior to the workshop and prepared to be dazzled by our instructors as they guide you step-by-step to creating incredible images with our Workshops-from-Home sessions in the break-out zoom-rooms!

Cam Blake loves to show off… especially his state of Tassie! Cam is dedicating his 4 days to traveling around Tassie on the ultimate adventure broadcasting shoots with tips and tricks from coast to coast! Good luck Cam lol.

Love a good challenge? Then love to hear it torn apart by a pro? This might just be for you! (kidding!!!). Our instructor team will be setting up mini-challenges throughout the weekend allowing you to load your results into the Facebook Group for a dedicated feedback and critique session!

Our instructors are bat-sh*t-crazy and have the most incredible stories about climbing mountains, swimming with the sharks, forgetting memory cards at weddings and that one time when … well I guess you’ll have to tune in to find out!

What would a photography festival be without some hard-core-photography talks! Our presenters cover of almost every genre under the sun and will be in the ‘Main Marquee Zoom-Room’ running presentations to tickle anyone’s fancy! This will be interactive, entertain and irreverent.

Kayell have kindly handed over the keys to the studio in Collingwood giving us the ability to live-broadcast some studio sessions across the Saturday. Better still, we might even coax our instructors to run a studio food/still-life/product photography session so you can play-along at home!

Yep… coming soon.

WHY THE DATE CHANGE?

We’d all be aware that restrictions have been clamped down in Melbourne and are scheduled to be lifted (all things going well) on the 13th September…. Which means we are asking you to spend your first days of freedom sitting in on a digital festival… That seemed kind of crazy to us because I don’t know about you but when that date comes I’ll be out frolicking in the fresh air and cuddling kittens (not people… I’m still scared of them). So we’ve made the choice to move BFOP a week earlier. This means we can use BFOP to celebrate the end of lockdowns and we can more wisely use people time in captivity. 

NEW DATES 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th SEPT (same times)

Purchased a ticket before the date change?
We appreciate that this may no longer work with your schedules and so we ask that if you need to cancel your ticket that you reply to this email WITH YOUR ORDER NUMBER (on your confirmation) or forward your order to matt@BFOPaustralia.com with a request for a refund. We will process refunds same or next day. 

Thanks for your understanding team and for the majority of us, I hope that this works even better than the original date! 

Get your party hats on, BFOP is a week closer!!!

TICKETING INFO

One of the bonuses of running BFOP Digital this year is that we no longer have to restrict tickets! I know, freaking awesome!!!  No more crashed website, no more tears on the phone, no more dramatic bomb-threats just pure-smooth-sailing-ticketing-bliss.

This year our pro photography community has worked tirelessly to bring you tons of free content through webinars, downloads, zoom sessions and so much more, whilst at the same time seeing their business decimated by COVID (just like many people reading this right now). All of that ‘free’ content has actual value and it’s important that we don’t lose sight of that and  we continue to support those photographers so that in turn they can continue to support you.

It’s been an incredibly hard year for all of us and BFOP’s job is to support both parts of our community, our amazing groupies as well as our instructor team. So this year we are trying to strike a balance with a suggested ticket price but a ‘pay-what-you-can’ checkout. This means that if you are in a position to afford to pay for your full price ticket you will be doing a huge service to our industry and community and you will rock! But if you have fallen on tougher times this year we simply encourage you with absolutely no judgement to pay what you can.

BFOP was created to bring people together and festival ticket pricing has always tried to reflect the need to include everyone, not just those who are well-to-do. We will have tickets on sale as of the 1st August with suggested ticket prices available at that time. 

EVER GROWING INSTRUCTOR LINE-UP

Nick Fletcher

Matt Kumins

Louise Sedgman

Denis Smith

Tom Putt

Cam Blake

Craig Wetjen

Mieke Boynton

Adam Dyson

Karl Ludik

J-P Imagewriter

Charlie Brown

Monash Gallery of Art