Head On Photo Festival

Head On Photo Festival


About the competition:

One of the world’s most prestigious photo festivals, Head On is calling for photographers to compete for prizes across four categories: Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Moving Image. Professional and emerging photographers, photo journalists and artists are encouraged to submit to the Head On Photo Awards from 15 January (deadline closes 1 March) 2015. Across 4 categories, 16 judges, 120 finalists and $50 000 in prizes, the Head On Awards represent a global selection of the best emerging and established photography. Our anonymous judging ensures each work is selected solely on its merit rather than the celebrity of the photographer.

Closing date for submissions: 1 March 2015

About the festival:

A highlight on the international calender, Head On turns the city of Sydney into a living cross-section of cutting edge photography and video media across all genres and levels of experience. The month long festival is a platform for the passion of photographers, appreciation of audiences, the beauty of the artform and the issues photography addresses. Through world-renowned exhibitors and speakers, innovative workshops and compelling exhibitions,  Head On Photo Festival is the Australian hub for photographic enthusiasts, professionals and collectors alike.

Head On is a bridge between Australian and International photographic markets. In 2014 alone, Head On exhibited 54 artists from 18 countries. Festival tours to America, China and New Zealand introduced the international photographic elite and audiences in excess of 500, 000 to the wealth of photographic talent Australia possesses with great acclaim.

2015 judges include:

Bronwyn Rennex (Still Gallery). James Estrin (New York Times) Lauren Wendle (PDN), Michael Chavez (LA Times)

Previous Judges have included:

Ben Lowy (Reportage), Olivier Laurent (Time), Chris Rainier (National Geographic), Sam Barzilay (Photoville co-founder)

2014 Winners:


Adrian Rohnfelder, ‘Tenggar massif in Indonesia’, third prize winner in the Head On Landscape PrizeAdrian Rohnfelder_3LP Clare Bardsley-Smith, ‘Boy vs Wild’. Winner of the Head On Mobile competition 2014Clare_BardsleySmith_1MP Joe Wigdahl, ‘Family Loss’. First Prize in the 2014 Head On Portrait PrizeHeadOn_JoeWigdahl_1PP Laki Sedaris, ‘Somewhere near Codrington’, third prize in the 2014 Head On Mobile competitionlaki_sideris_3MP Nick Hannes, ‘Cairo, Egypt’. First prize in the Head On Landscape PrizeThe Continuity of Man Peter Solness, ‘Waterscape #2, Reservoir No.2, Centennial ParkWaterscape #2, Reservoir No.2, Centennial Park, Sydney 2013 Richard Wainwright, ‘Life and a suitcase’, second prize winner in the 2014 Head On Portrait PrizeSyrian Refugees in Jordan Victor Stepanow, ‘Burnet Forest’, second prize winner in the Head On Landscape Prize.Burnt Forest