Head On Awards 2016

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  • Competitions

    One of the world’s most prestigious photo festivals, Head On Photo Festival is calling for photographers to submit work across four categories: Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Students.

    The competition is open INTERNATIONALLY to Professional and emerging photographers, photo journalists and artists.

    Across 4 categories, 13 judges and 150 finalists, Head On Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers.


    DEADLINE: 6 March 2016, 11pm (Sydney time)

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

  • Prizes

    2016 Prize Packages value over $50,000!

    Over the years, Head On Photo Festival has awarded $500,000 in cash and equipment to the winning photographers.

    See more about the prize packages at

  • Judges

    -Alison Zavos, Publisher/Managing Editor, Feature Shoot
    -Alyx Gorman, Editor, Time Out Sydney
    -Dimitri Beck, Editor in Chief, Polka Magazine
    -Doug Spowart, Master of Photography and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP)
    -Louise Whelan, Award winning Sydney-based photorapher and educator
    -Matt Black, Magnum Photos nominee, Time Magazine’s Instagram photographer of the year in 2014
    -Michael Grecco, Award winning Los Angeles based Photographer
    -Michael Reid, Director, Michael Reid Gallery
    -Moshe Rosenzveig, Head On Photo Festival Director
    -Myles Little, Award-winning Photo Editor, TIME Magazine
    -Olly Lang, Award winning mobile photographer and social media consultant for photo based projects
    -Sally Brownbill, leading consultant for the creative industries
    -Susan Dooley, Emeritus professor, Nassau Community College (New York)
    -Ron Haviv, Award winning photographer and founder, VII Photo Agency

    See more about our judges at

  • Benefits

    Finalists will be exhibited in Sydney at the Museum of Sydney (Portrait, Mobile, Student) or the the NSW Parliament (Landscape) as part of the Head On Photo Festival 2016, one of the world’s leading photo festivals which attracts extensive publicity through a variety of promotional channels.

    -Exhibition listed in 2016 Printed Program and associated marketing materials
    -Promotion through Head On Photo Festival mailing list, website and social media
    -Pitch to appropriate media
    -Follow up on any press enquiries (if applicable)
    -All costs associated with production and marketing are covered by Head On Photo Festival
    -Prize pool in cash and product value over $50,000
    -All entries reviewed by Getty Images creative team who will invite selected photographers to contribute to Getty Images or iStock by Getty Images
    -exhibition may tour to major festivals internationally including:

    -Indian Photo Festival
    -Auckland Festival of Photography

  • Exhibition Venues

    Portrait Prize- Museum of Sydney
    Landscape Prize- NSW Parliament House
    Mobile Prize- Museum of Sydney
    Student Prize- Museum of Sydney

  • Terms & Conditions

    The prizes are open internationally in all categories (except Students) and entrants can enter up to 5 works into each category. Submitted works do NOT have to have been taken in the past 12 months. Copyright in the images remains the property of the photographer.
    3 winners per category will be awarded prizes. Total prize pool TBA

    Portrait prize terms conditions 2016
    Landscape prize terms conditions 2016
    Mobile prize terms conditions 2016
    Student prize terms conditions 2016

Enter Site

"Idiya #2" by Cathy Carter (2015 Portrait Prize Finalist)
"Yokzakura" by Alex Fung (2015 Mobile Prize Finalist)
"Via Nowhere. Eyre Peninsula, South Australia" by Trent Mitchell (2015 Landscape Prize Finalist)
"John" by Glyn Patrick (2015 Portrait Prize Finalist)