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Awards - Opening for entries soon

Image Credit: 
Elena Anosova

Head On Photo Awards

Entries for 2021 open in May
 

Explore past finalists

About Head On Photo Awards

We have been helping photographers to create, exhibit and inspire since 2004. Since then, we have awarded over $700,000 in cash and prizes to photographers all over the world.

The Head On Photo Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across three categories;

Portrait | Landscape | Student

The Head On Portrait and Landscape Awards are open INTERNATIONALLY to professional, emerging and enthusiast photographers from classical to contemporary styles, and the Head On Student Award is open to Australia’s young photographers (school years K-12).

Selection process

Work is judged anonymously; no identifying details of the photographer will be visible to the judges to ensure that the photographer's celebrity and/or the subject of the image does not affect the selection process.

Judging panel

The judging panel is comprised of leaders in the Australian and international photography communities. It represents all aspects of the photography world, including curators, picture editors, photographers, educators and other industry leaders.


 
Image Credit: 
John Swainston

Prizes and exposure

Over 2000 people attended the 2019 Head On Photo Festival launch, where the Head On Photo Award winners were announced.

The Head On Photo Awards exhibitions receive large visitation across two venues, Head On Photo Festival Hub and Paddington Reservoir Gardens.

In 2020 finalists shared $70,000 prize pool including $30,500 in cash.

Printed Finalists exhibition

Curators walkthrough 2019 Portrait Prize  Photo: Stephen Godfrey

The Head On Photo Awards Finalists’ exhibitions will be open to the public during Head On Photo Festival 2021 at the Festival Hub. The Festival Hub is at the heart of the Festival where talks, tours and school excursions take place; in 2019, the Hub attracted over 12,000 visits. Head On team curates, designs and produces the exhibitions and the Festival covers all associated costs (once you enter your image, we do the rest).

Head On Photo Awards catalog

 

Each year we produce a limited edition, 120-page printed catalogue of the Finalists’ work. The high quality 20x20cm hardback book contains a full page for each photograph. It is available for purchase at the Festival hub or in our online store.

Tips for entering Photo Contests

Having difficulty choosing the right images to enter into photo awards?

Listen to our presenters: Head On Photo Festival Creative Director, Moshe Rosenzveig OAM and past Head On Photo Award winners Chris Round and Lauren Horwood discuss tips for entering photo competitions and answer questions. This session was recorded on 12 February 2020

 

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Tips for entering photo contests


 
International Head On Photo Awards Categories

Portrait Award

Head On Portrait Award 2020 International runner upPhoto credit: Jouk Oosterhof

The image must feature or reflect the essence of a person or group of people and must be photographed by the Applicant. Group portraits, self-portraits and collages are accepted.

Landscape Award

Head On Landscape Award 2020 WinnerPhoto credit: Marcia Macmillan

Our approach to ‘landscape’ is very broad and encompasses ‘large vista’ images of the natural environment (land or sea), urban or industrial settings. It may include people, but these should be ‘incidental’ rather than the main subject matter.

2020 Head On Photo Awards announcement of winners