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Petionville Club Camp: Claire Martin

Petionville Club Camp: Claire Martin

In 2010, Claire Martin collected the Inge Morath Award for a female photographer under 30 from the Magnum Photo Cooperative and was invited into documentary collective Oculi. In December she headed to Haiti to witness one of its IDP camps first hand.

The best photography we looked at last month

Head On Photo Awards 2015 Finalist George Byrne

Exhibition submissions are closed! Our wonderful selction committee are now hard at work reviewing a record 400+ submissions - so much high quality work. The Head On team will be starting to notify all applicants very soon. Looking forward to another bumper festival in May 2018!  

Kickstarter: Words In Sight by Gillian Hyland

Image: The Hearts Shadow by Gillian Hyland (Head On Portrait Prize Finalist 2017)

We love to see our finalists go on and do great things with their photographic works!

Gillian Hyland, a 2017 Head On Portrait Prize Finalist, launched a Kickstarter campaign on Monday 18 September 2017 to fund her first published book, entitled Words In Sight. The campaign will run until Monday 30 October and offers donors rewards for different levels of support.

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Image: Jarrad Seng Finalist Head On Photo Awards 2014

Exciting times at the Head On office! We are at the halfway point and have already seen some amazing exhibition proposals for Head On Photo Festival 2018. Don't leave it to the last minute to submit your proposal.

The best photography we looked at last month

Photo: Morganna Magee

Oh what a Festival! We hope you enjoyed it and saw some amazing work by our local and international artists. For us, things have calmed down, we’re getting a full night’s sleep and have some time to wander through the wide world of photography.

The Best photography we looked at last Month

Image Credit: Matt Abbott Finalist 2015 Head On Portrait Prize

With Christmas just around the corner, planning for Head On Photo Festival 2017 is in full swing - 5 months to go and plenty to do! Right now we are programming our Featured exhibitions and working on a few special projects which we will announce in the new year. We're also getting ready to launch entries for the Head On Photo Awards 2017! Make sure you're subscribed to our newsletter for the latest news and updates.


With the 2016 Rio Olympics hotting up we've taken a look back at Magnum photographer, David Alan Harvey's exhibition in Head On Photo Festival 2012.

"(based on a true story)" was shot in Rio before the city began developing its Olympic venues. It captures the soul of Rio and it's passion for life in a fictional narrative.

Keep up with David Alan Harvey on Instagram

Wildfire: Strikingly Beautiful and Horrifically Tragic

As a child I remember waking up in the dead of night, my mother hovering over the corner of my bed, "We have to leave honey, don't worry we will come back," she said. Over the decades, my small mountain town in Northern California has been threatened by several wildfires. Miles of dry land and days of high-speed winds are the simple recipe for disaster. Having been evacuated once as a child the terrifying memories rushed back as I got a call from my father this past September.