Our Story | Head On Photo Festival

Our Story

  • "Head On [Photo Festival] is simply too big and too popular to be ignored ... [it] confirms Sydney’s status as the event capital of Australia"

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    Steve Marshall
  • "[Head On Photo Festival] has raised Australia’s – and in particular, Sydney’s – profile as a centre of excellence in photography and highlighted the talent that abounds in our community"

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    Ron Haviv
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  • The breadth of photography at the festival as well as the important artists and professionals that attended it undoubtedly mark it as one of the leading photography festivals worldwide.

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  • 4 - 19 May 2019

    89 venues

    157 exhibitions + events

    900 exhibiting artists

     

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    Moshe Rosenzveig
  • “It has raised Australia’s, and in particular Sydney’s, profile as a centre of excellence in photography highlighting the talent that abounds in our community.” Clover Moore, Honourable Lord Mayor of Sydney

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    Joe Cuzzocrea
  • Ron Haviv, VII agency in conversation with Daniel Milnor about the Lost Rolls project

    Head On Photo Festival 2016

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    Stephen Godfrey
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  • “The Head On Photo Festival is an essential part of the Sydney cultural landscape and I am amazed at the vast scope of the project and its many components. The Festival emphasises the popularity of photography as an art form, and I look forward to it each year.” Nashen Moodley, Director Sydney Film Festival 

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  • See the winners                    

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    Steve Marshall
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  • Humble beginnings - Head On Portrait Prize 2004

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    Moshe Rosenzveig
  • “You have a GREAT and one of the most important Photo Festivals in existence today...” Chris Rainier, National Geographic photographer

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    Stephen Godfrey
  • Pop Up photo studio, Pitt Street Mall, Sydney

    Head On Photo Festival 2014

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    Moshe Rosenzveig
  • Pop up Installation, George Street, Sydney

    Head On Photo Festival 2016

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    Moshe Rosenzveig
  • We are leaders in engaging the public by getting the work out of the gallery and onto the streets.

    Head On Photo Festival 2015 

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    Moshe Rosenzveig
  • Head On Photo Festival is one of the leaders in placemaking in Sydney.

    Head On Photo Festival 2014 featured artist, Erika Diettes, St Canice Church​

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  • Head On Photo Festival exhibitions tour internationally to major festivals

    Photoville, NYC 2015

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  • Annual photogtraphy seminars

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    Moshe Rosenzveig
  • Magnum on Set: iconic Hollywood stars

    Head On Photo Festival 2013

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The Head On Foundation believes that all photo-artists need a fair chance to show their work. This is why work submitted to the festival is judged without the artists’ names or pedigrees so the proposals stand on their merit. Head On has earned a reputation of operating with integrity and providing all photo-artists invaluable opportunities to exhibit in Sydney and internationally.

Head On Foundation (est. 2008) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the work of photographers at all stages of career, encouraging excellence and innovation, making photography accessible to all and raising awareness of important issues through photography. The main activities of the Foundation are Head On Photo Festival and Head On Awards (Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student photographic prizes) and collaborative projects.

Head On Photo Festival is a bridge between Australian and international photographic markets. The festival has toured in America, China, India, Europe and New Zealand. This has introduced the international photographic elite to the wealth of photographic talent Australia possesses.

Head On is proudly inclusive. We work with people from indigenous backgrounds, young people, older people, disabled people and people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Over the years, Head On Photo Festival has put $500,000 in cash and products back into the industry through the Head On Awards.

Why Head On Photo Festival? Because every picture has a story to tell.