Head On Photo Awards Terms & Conditions

Last Updated: 10-01-17 

Introduction

Entry fee

  • AUD$25 (approx. US$18) per image - members - Become a member now - see benefits
  • AUD$30 (approx. US$22) per image - non-members
Images must be produced by a photographic device which captures images (experimental processes welcome), in colour and/or black & white. You may enhance the image and apply filters.
 
The artists’ names are removed during judging so the selection of images is made based on the power of the photograph rather than the celebrity of the subject or photographer. 
 
A selection of images per category will be selected for printed exhibitions (finalists) and prizes will be awarded for the best 3 images in each category.

Prizes and Exhibitions

Prizes will be awarded for the best 3 images in each category and the exhibition prints of these will be retained by Head On Foundation and added to the “Head On Collection” which contains the winners of Head On Photo Awards.
 
Winners will share a prize pool worth $50,000 - a complete list of prizes will be announced shortly.
 
The allocation of prizes will be as determined by the judges and no correspondence will be entered into.
 
The finalists of the Head On Photo Awards will be exhibited during Head On Photo Festival, May 2017 (exact dates TBC) at the Museum of Sydney (Portrait, Mobile, Student), NSW Parliament (Landscape) and may tour Australia and internationally.
 
Exhibition and promotion costs will be covered by Head On Photo Festival.

Portrait

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 will be accepted.
The judges will be looking for portraits of high technical quality which demonstrate a high level of engagement with the subject/s and invoke a high level of engagement with the viewer.

Landscape

Head On’s 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. This is an acquisitive prize and the print of the winning image will be retained by NSW Parliament to use and display for the current and future benefit of the people of New South Wales.

Mobile

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

This prize is only open to K-12 Australian School students. For the terms and conditions for the student prize click here.
 

Terms and Conditions

This is an Agreement between the Applicant and Head On Foundation Ltd (ABN 46 127 619 149) (Head On). All Applicants agree to the following Terms and Conditions:
  1. The Head On Photo Awards 2017 (Portrait, Landscape, Mobile) are open to Applicants residing anywhere (not restricted to Australia)
  2. Each Applicant may submit unlimited number of images in each category.
  3. Images can only be submitted online via Head On Photo Festival website.
  4. Images submitted must comply with the following:
    • Taken using a device which captures an image
    • Entries to the mobile prize must have been captured on a mobile device
    • Resized to 2400 pixels on the widest side (72dpi)
    • Saved in the native colour space produced by the device (there is no need to convert to a specific colour space)
    • Saved in Jpg format compression level 8
    • Image title must be added during the submission process
    • A short description (up to 100 words) can be added during the submission process
  5. Payment (in Australian dollars) can only be made online via Head On’s secure payment gateway. Please retain your payment receipt details.
  6. Entry fee of AU$30 (approximately US$22) per image, discounted to AU$25 (approximately US$18) per image for members is non-refundable. Any entry not accompanied by payment will not be eligible for the competition and/or exhibition. Please print a copy of the receipt as no other tax invoice will be issued. Note: the discount is applied at the end of the check out process.
  7. Deadline for submission 11PM (AEDT, Australia time), Sunday 26 February 2017.
  8. All images submitted will be available to the category judges for consideration, however the artist's name will be removed.
  9. Copyright in the images remains the property of the photographer.
  10. The Applicants consent to Head On reproducing the Applicant’s image(s) at no charge in all publicity and promotion of the exhibition and Head On Photo Festival inclusive of all electronic or print media at the discretion of the organisers, to be included in the exhibition catalogue(s) and to be posted on Head On Photo Festival website. Head On will use its best endeavour to maintain the integrity of the work and credit the photographer whenever their work is used.
  11. Non finalists may be included in a slide show to be screened during the show electronically.
  12. Finalists work will be selected by category judges and Head On Photo Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig. Head On reserves the right to substitute judges.
  13. The finalists will be advised by phone and/or email by Sunday 12 March 2017. If Head On has not received a response to any email or phone message by Friday 17 March 2017 (Australia time), an alternative finalist may be selected.
  14. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  15. Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.
  16. Personal information collected in the process of submission will be used by Head On for the purpose of contacting applicants and will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Act. 
  17. Each applicant acknowledges and agrees that as part of the application process he or she will provide personal information (such as names, address, telephone numbers, email addresses).
  18. Head On reserves the right to add the Applicant’s email address to its e-newsletter database in order to maintain contact with the Applicants. An Applicant may opt out of receiving the e-newsletter at any time.
  19. By entering the competition you confirm that you are the creator and owner of the work, that you have the permission of the subject or where appropriate the subject's parent or guardian, that the work does not infringe copyright, the image was not taken in circumstances of trespass or invading anyone's legal right of privacy, breach of industrial law or applicable industry code and does not to the best of your knowledge defame anyone nor was your conduct in taking the image likely to be misleading or deceptive and that you agree with the above Terms & Conditions.
  20. The Applicant agrees to indemnify Head On for any expenses, costs, loss or damages suffered by Head On in case the Applicant breached the above clause.
  21. Head On shall be entitled to exclude from the exhibition and the 2017 Festival any Applicant who has submitted false information or does not comply with these terms and conditions.

Finalists

  1. The finalists will be advised by phone and/or email by Sunday 12 March 2017. If Head On has not received a response to any email or phone message by Friday 17 March 2017 (AEDT), an alternative finalist may be selected.
  2. Finalists will be required to upload a high resolution file and final text as specified below to our server by Friday 17 March 2017 (AEDT). Failure to do so may result in forfeiting the finalist’s inclusion in the exhibition.
  3. Specifications for uploading the high resolution file are as follows:
The image should be:
  1. The largest original size. Do NOT use upsize through Photoshop.
  2. WITHOUT borders (no surrounding black or white)
  3. In Adobe RGB 1998 colour space
  4. Saved in 8 bit (not 16 bit)
  5. Saved as JPG compression level 12
  6. Named with your First_Name_Surname_Catagory_ImageTitle.jpg (eg. John_Smith_Portrait_MonaLisa.jpg)
Please upload your image using www.wetransfer.com
  1. Use the address lauran@headon.com.au in the ‘To’ field
  2. Have your First Name, Last Name and Category in the ‘Subject’ field
  3. Put the image title in the ‘Enter Message’ field (and any other info you wish to include
  1. Finalists will not be announced before the opening of the exhibition.
  2. Finalists must not promote the image selected for the Head On Photo Awards before the opening of Head On Photo Awards exhibition. Finalists may however, promote themselves as being finalists when their inclusion is confirmed by Head On.
  3. The photos selected will be exhibited at the Museum of Sydney (Portrait, Mobile, Student) or NSW Parliament (Landscape) during Head On Photo Festival, in May 2017
  4. Finalists’ works may also be exhibited elsewhere in Australia and internationally.
  5. Head On will exercise all reasonable care with the works submitted but will not be responsible for any loss or damage while in its custody or in transit or being transferred or reproduced by any means including digital copying and on-line transmission.
  6. Finalists’ prints will be kept by Head On for a period of 5 years and may be exhibited in retrospective shows during that time. At the end of this period the prints will be destroyed.
  7. The three winning photographic prints of catagory will be retained by Head On Foundation and added to “Head On Collection”.
  8. The winning photographic print of the “NSW Parliament Prize” will be retained by NSW Parliament to use and display for the current and future benefit of the people of New South Wales.
  9. Winners will be announced on 6 May 2017 (TBC) at the opening of the festival and will be notified as soon as possible after the announcement.
  10. The first prize winner in each category and the winner of the NSW Parliament Prize are responsible for providing an invoice and details of their bank account so that Head On can make payment to them. In the event that the first prize winner fails to provide an invoice and this information within three months of receiving a request by Head On to provide this information they forfeit their entitlement to the prize money.
  11. The second and third prize winners in each catagory are responsible for providing Head On a mailing address for the goods to be sent to. In the event this information is not provided within three months of receiving a request by Head On to provide this information they forfeit their entitlement to the prize.
  12. Head On will cover the cost of shipping of prizes but will not be liable for import duty or other costs associated with goods importation.