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Awards

Image Credit: 
Marinka Masseus

2019
Head On Photo Awards

Over $60,000 in cash and prizes
Entries now closed

Entries closed

Entries to Head On Portrait, Landscape and Mobile Prize are now closed.

Entries to the Head On Student Prize are open till Sunday 10 Febuary.

Enter your best work into the Head On Photo Awards 2019

Open internationally 

$60,000 in cash and prizes

Finalists will be exhibited in Head On Photo Festival 2019 and beyond

 

Portrait | Landscape | Mobile

AUD$30 (USD$22)
 

Become a festival member and enter for AUD$25* (just over US$18) 
 

Student Prize*

Entry fee $1
*Australian K-12 students

2018 Portrait Prize Finalist Image Credit: Paul Mason

Head On Photo Awards 2018 Image Credit: Boy Surminski

About Head On Photo Awards

We have been helping photographers to create, exhibit and inspire since 2004. Since then we have awarded over $600,000 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 four categories; 

Portrait | Landscape | Mobile | Student

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

Our anonymous judging ensures each work is selected solely on its merit rather than the celebrity of the photographer.

Image Credit: 
John Swainston

Over 2000 people attended the 2018 Head On Photo Festival launch and announcement of Head On Photo Awards winners.

The Head On Photo Awards exhibitions receive visitation of over 30,000 across three venues, Head On Photo Festival Hub, NSW Parliament House and Paddington Reservoir Gardens.

All Finalists receive:

  • - A fully produced exhibition - all costs covered
  • - Promotion of winners and finalists
  • - Inclusion in the Head On Photo Awards catalogue (see the 2018 Photo Awards catalogue)
  • - Inclusion in an online gallery (post-festival)
  • - Photo Review 12 month digital subscription

AND

  • - The exhibitions tour to major international festivals. Past festivals include Photoville (New York), Indian Photo Festival, Auckland Festival of Photography (NZ), and Pingyao International Photography Festival (China)
  • - Head On seeks further opportunities for retrospective exhibitions

Prizes

Three winners per category will win prizes from a total pool worth over $60,000 including $22,500 in cash

We would like to thank all our prize partners over the years for their generous support of the photographic community.

2018 Landscape Prize Finalist​ Image Credit: Tom Putt

Portrait Prize
 

Supported by FujiFilm

First Place

Fuji XH1 + 16mm f1.4 lens + Battery Grip

$5,000 cash

12 months Adobe creative cloud - All Apps

$100 Photo Book Australia credit

Better Photography 12 month digital subscription

Photo Review 12 month digital subscription

Second Place

Fuji XT3 + 23mm f2 lens

12 months Adobe creative cloud - All Apps

$100 Photo Book Australia credit

Better Photography 12 month digital subscription

Photo Review 12 month digital subscription

Third Place

X100 F Brown

12 months Adobe creative cloud - All Apps

$100 Photo Book Australia credit

Better Photography 12 month digital subscription

Photo Review 12 month digital subscription

 
Landscape Prize
 

First Place

$5,000 cash

12 months Adobe creative cloud - All Apps

$100 Photo Book Australia credit

Better Photography 12 month digital subscription

Photo Review 12 month digital subscription

Second Place

12 months Adobe creative cloud - All Apps

$100 Photo Book Australia credit

Better Photography 12 month digital subscription

Photo Review 12 month digital subscription

Third Place

12 months Adobe creative cloud - All Apps

$100 Photo Book Australia credit

Better Photography 12 month digital subscription

Photo Review 12 month digital subscription

Extra Landscape Prizes
 

NSW Landscape Prize

$5,000 cash

Presidents Prize

$1,000 cash

Speakers Prize

$1,000 cash

Mobile Prize
 

First Place

$5,000 cash

12 months Adobe creative cloud - All Apps

$100 Photo Book Australia credit

Better Photography 12 month digital subscription

Photo Review 12 month digital subscription

Second Place

12 months Adobe creative cloud - All Apps

$100 Photo Book Australia credit

Better Photography 12 month digital subscription

Photo Review 12 month digital subscription

Third Place

12 months Adobe creative cloud - All Apps

$100 Photo Book Australia credit

Better Photography 12 month digital subscription

Photo Review 12 month digital subscription

 
Student Prize
 

Supported by Sony

First Place

Sony A7iii with 28-70mm lens

$500 cash

12 months Adobe creative cloud - All Apps

$100 Photo Book Australia credit

Better Photography 12 month digital subscription

Photo Review 12 month digital subscription

Second Place

Sony A 6300 + 15-50mm lens

12 months Adobe creative cloud - All Apps

$100 Photo Book Australia credit

Better Photography 12 month digital subscription

Photo Review 12 month digital subscription

Third Place

Sony RX100 Mark 3

12 months Adobe creative cloud - All Apps

$100 Photo Book Australia credit

Better Photography 12 month digital subscription

Photo Review 12 month digital subscription

 

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Selection Process

Work is judged anonymously; no identifying details of the photographer will be visible to the judges to ensure that the celebrity of the photographer 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 and represents all aspects of the photography world including curators, picture editors, photographers, educators and other industry leaders.

2019 Head On Photo Awards Judges

Genevieve Fussell is a Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker. She commissions and produces a range of photography for the magazine, as well as contributing to the curation of Photo Booth, The New Yorker's photography blog. Before joining The New Yorker, Genevieve worked as the archivist for VII Photo, an international collective of photojournalists based in New York and Paris.

Genevieve Fussell (USA)
Picture Editor, The New Yorker

Cai (Tsai) Meng (Ph.D.) is the assistant director at CAFA Art Museum’s research department. He is also the associate editor of Universities & Art Museums, where he works as an assistant researcher and curator. Cai has curated several exhibitions, including the 3rd Guangzhou Photo Biennial and the Beijing Photo Biennial. He is the founder of the Linci Photography Research Grant, the first grant for scholars of photographic theories in China, and serves as its academic chair.

Cai Meng (China)
Curator, CAFA

As Photography Director, Lucy has helped establish WeTransfer as a leading content platform with a strong commitment to the wider photography community. Collaborating with names like Ryan McGinley, Ami Vitale, and World Press Photo, Lucy has commissioned and curated a number of impressive photographic projects and speaks frequently about the role of photography in digital media today.

Lucy Pike (UK)
Picture Editor, WeTransfer

Enrico Stefanelli is a photographer, journalist, curator and educator. He is the hfounder and artistic director of Photolux Festival in Lucca, Italy and has curated several exhibitions, including Cadets by Paolo Verzone for Les Rencontres d’Arles in France. He has reviewed portfolios for Les Rencontres d'Arles, Santa Fe Photo Festival, Kaunas Festival, Eyes in Progress, Fotofestiwal, 16th China International Photographic Art Festival, Fotografia Euopea, Backlight Photo Festival, and more. Enrico is also a member of the nominating committee for the Joop Swart Masterclass and “6 x 6” at World Press Photo Foundation.

Enrico Stefanelli (Italy)
Festival Director, PhotoLux

Shane Hulbert is an Australian artist, curator and academic.  His work has been shown nationally and internationally, most notably in Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Centre for Contemporary Photography and Monash Gallery of Art. Recent curatorial projects include a 130-year survey show of RMIT Photography, in addition to exhibiting at RMIT Gallery and Pingyao International Photography Festival. His writing focuses on art and photographic education. Shane is currently the Associate Dean, Photography, in the School of Art at RMIT University.

Shane Hulbert (Aus)
Associate Dean, Photography RMIT

Lydia Dorner is the Assistant Curator at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne. Having graduated with degrees in Art History and French Literature, her early years at the museum were spent assisting the curatorial team on several major exhibitions. She currently focuses on curating exhibitions on contemporary photography and her research interests include the relationship between text and image, family photography and the re-appropriation of historical art icons.

Lydia Dorner (Swiss)
Assistant Curator, Musée de l’Elysée

Arianna Rinaldo is a freelance professional working in photography in various capacities. She is currently the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, an international photo festival in Italy. Previously, she was the director of OjodePez, the only quarterly documentary photography magazine in Spain, and also worked as the Archive Director at Magnum Photos. Arianna is a regular participant in portfolio reviews and jury panels worldwide, as well as a lecturer and educator. She was part of the World Press Photo jury in 2009, Fotopres in Spain in 2012, and has been a Photolucida Critical Mass juror since 2009.

Arianna Rinaldo (Italy)
Artistic Director, Cortona On The Move

Mags King is the managing photo editor at Fairfax Media responsible for leading a successful team of photojournalists. With twenty years of experience, she has overseen and directed coverage of major news events locally and internationally. She has curated and produced high profile annual photo exhibitions and has been photographic judge for the Walkley Awards, Amnesty International, Indian Photographic Festival, Clique and is a member of the Walkley advisory board.

Mags King (Aus)
Managing Photo Editor at Fairfax Media

Grzegorz Kosmala is based in Warsaw, Poland, and holds degrees in Media Management (BA) and International Relations and Diplomacy (MA) from the Nowy Sącz School of Business. He is the founder and head of BLOW UP PRESS, a boutique publishing house with a focus on contemporary photography. Kosmala is also the editor-in-chief of doc! photo magazine, a quarterly publication that highlights documentary photography projects. He is the creator of DEBUTS, an annual competition for emerging photographers, and has served as a juror for various international photography competitions.

Grzegorz Kosmala (Poland)
Founder of BLOW UP PRESS

Following a 20-year career in commercial photography, in 2009, Australian artist Michael Cook made the transition to working as an artist. Drawing inspiration from his indigenous heritage, Michael creates suites of images to construct and enigmatic narrative. His first solo exhibition, 'Through My Eyes’, took place in 2010 and over the last 8 years, Cook’s artwork has been collected by various public institutions in Australia, in addition to major private collections.

Michael Cook (Aus)
Acclaimed photographer

For 25 years, Michele Aboud has evolved and refined her photography resulting in an extensive and remarkable portfolio of work. Her editorial work has been featured in several notable publications, including Vogue, Interview, Harpers Bazaar, Rolling Stone Oyster and Noise. Her commercial achievements are balanced by a robust and personal practice in portraiture and, more recently, motion picture. In 2014, she was awarded the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize by the National Portrait Gallery in London, and in 2017, the National Photographic Portrait Prize by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally, most notably in Sydney, Toronto, London, and New York.

Michele Aboud (Aus)
Acclaimed photographer

In 1978, David Alan Harvey was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association and went on to shoot over forty essays for National Geographic magazine. He has published several major books, among them, Cuba and Divided Soul, which are based on his extensive work on the Spanish cultural migration into the Americas. His work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Nikon Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Harvey joined Magnum as a nominee in 1993 and became a full member in 1997.

David Alan Harvey (USA)
Photographer - Magnum Photos

Moshe Rosenzveig OAM is the founder and Creative Director of Head On Photo Festival.

Moshe has over 40 years’ experience in the media as a photojournalist, award-winning television producer/director (SBS TV) and commercial photographer. He has held lecturing positions at the University of Technology (UTS), the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and others. He has also sat on judging panels for various competitions including The Walkleys, Tokyo Photography Prize, Sydney’s Art & About and is the lead judge for Head On Photo Awards. In 2018, Moshe received an Order of Australia Medal for services to the arts.

Moshe Rosenzveig (Aus)
Creative Director - Head On Photo Festival
Head On Photo Awards Categories

Portrait Prize

2018 Head On Portrait Prize Finalist Photo Credit: CoCo Amardeil

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 Prize

2018 Head On Landscape Prize Finalist Photo Credit: Ignacio Palacios

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.

An additional prize, the ‘NSW Parliament Prize’ will be awarded for the best image depicting scenes from New South Wales plus two more: ‘Speaker’s Prize’ and ‘President’s Prize’.

Mobile Prize

2018 Head On Mobile Prize Winner Image Credit: Zay Yar Lin

Images submitted can be of any subject matter and any style as long as they were captured on a mobile device. The judges will be looking for photographs that invoke a high level of engagement with the viewer.

Student Prize

2018 Head On Student Prize Winner Image Credit: Hi Yin Chan (Image detail)

This prize is open to years K-12 Australian school students. Photographs submitted can be of any subject matter and any style as long as they were captured on a mobile device For the terms and conditions for the Head On Student Prize click here.

2018 Head On Photo Festival Trailer