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We accept submission only via our website. If the image was shot using film , you will need to scan either the original negative/transparency or the print and upload the resulting file through our website.
There is no age limit and anyone may submit.
Judging will be done anonymously; no identifying detail will be visible by the judges in order to ensure that the selection is not affected by the celebrity of the photographer and or the subject of the photograph.
Portrait, landscape, and mobile categories are opened internationally. The student category is only open to Australian students (K-12).
Animals may feature as part of a shot, but may not be the defining subject. Please see Gallery for examples.
Yes, you may submit it as long as you have permission of the subject to be exhibited.
You may submit a description of your image such as who the sitter is or any other information that may be relevant during the submission process ('Description') . The instructions to how to submit are under ‘enter competitions’ menu at the top of the page. Please refer to 'Image Preparation' category in the FAQ for instructions on how to prepare images for submission using Photoshop.
You may submit images of any person whether known or not. The selection of images is based on the power of the photograph rather than the celebrity of the subject or photographer.. The judges select the images without the photographer's name.
You may use alias or first name only rather than a full name.
You can make changes after uploading your images however, once you pay for your submission it is locked and you can't make any changes.
Yes, you may submit a self-portrait.
Yes, you may add text anywhere you like (on the picture or next to it as long as the overall size remains according to the specifications).
You may submit any image whether it has been exhibited/published before or not.
No. The only information required is the photographer's name and the subject's name (or title). You will be able to add information about the image during the submission process in the 'Description' field.
The subject is not required to sign a release however the photographer needs to have the subject's permission to be exhibited.
You may submit images of an individual or of a group consisting of two or more people.
Final exhibition-prints will be printed by our printing partner. They will be exhibited unframed. The file should be prepared according to the instructions in the Terms & Conditions.
There is no category for ‘series’ however you may submit a composite made of more than one image which will be counted as one entry. The size of the submitted composite should still be 2400 pixels on the larger side (and if selected fit onto one A1 print). See examples in the 2006 Gallery – entries by Christopher Shain, Marco Bok and Tim Hixson and in 2004 Gallery, an entry by Murray Fredericks.
You may submit up to 5 images in each category.
You may submit images that were taken any time, although we encourage people to submit current images which have been produced in the past few years.
The submission fee is $30 per image ($25 for members) and you may submit up to 5 images in each category. Please check the Terms & Conditions for full details on submitting entries.
Unfortunately, we can display only images that are printed on paper. This is due to the hanging method which is intended to give all images equal amount of presentation space and look.
The finalists' images will be printed by our printing partner (at no cost to the photographer).
Finalists will be advised by phone and/or email during March 2016. Winners will not be made public until the official opening on April 29, 2016. Head On Photo Festival receives thousands of competition entries annually. Unfortunately we cannot respond to each artist concerning individual submissions.
If the people are part of a family, company or another social group, please title the image with the name of the group.
You need to submit an image and a title under under 'Add Description' (after uploading the image). There is no need for a statement although you can have a short one after the title. The instructions for how to submit are under ‘Submit’ menu at the top of the page. Please refer to 'Image Preparation' category in the FAQ for instructions on how to prepare images for submission using Photoshop.
Final exhibition-prints will be printed by our printing partner and will be exhibited un-framed. Finalists will not be charged for the printing.
You can change the title or replace images before you pay for your entry (entries). Once you have paid, the images are locked and no change can be made.
If your picture has a border which is part of the image (such as a Polaroid or 'full frame' look) please include it in the uploaded file.
Yes, you may include some extra information during the submission process using 'Description' field. You can add up to 100 words.
Yes. You need to log in using your name and password and then add up to a total of 3 images.
Submission name (title) has to be submitted when you upload your image. If you need to rename it, you have to delete the image (through the red link - 'submissions') before you proceed to the payment stage as you will not be able to rename the image once it's paid for.
Image file names (the one you create on your computer) will be replaced by the website so if you didn't rename it correctly, you are ok.
The phone number should include only numerical characters, no spaces, dashes etc.
You can pay only by credit card using Visa, Mastercard or American Express.