Head On Photo Festival Portfolio Reviews


Gain valuable feedback on your portfolio of work, get tips on how to break into the area of the industry you are working towards and connect with key industry figures.

Choose your preferred industry leaders, from a list including gallery directors, curators, photographers and picture editors! 

How it works

You will have 5 reviews, each lasting 20 min throughout the day. Please send us an email at mail@headon.com.au with your 5 preferred reviewers. We will do our best to match you with at least 3 of these reviewers.

We will be in contact before the day to give you details of venue and your schedule. 


Market Room, QT Hotel, 49 MArket St Sydney


Monday, 8 May 2017

What to bring:

  • Your portfolio(s) on a tablet or computer or as good quality prints. 
  • Note taking essentials (pen, notepad, recorder)
  • Business cards
  • Fully charged batteries for your equipment


Maggie Steber

Maggie Steber is a documentary photographer who has worked in 66 countries on stories concerning the human experience. Her honours include the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation First Prize in Spot News, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year for Best Documentary Photo and many more.

She has served as a judge for many photographic competitions in several genres including Head On Portrait Prize, World Press Photo, International Pictures of the Year, Getty-Instagram Grant, the Pulitzer Prize (US) and many others.
Steber's monograph was published by Aperture and National Geographic published her work as part of 11 Women of Vision. She served as Managing Editor of Photography and Features at The Miami Herald from 1999-2013, overseeing photo-driven projects that won a Pulitzer and were twice finalists for the honour.
Steber’s photographs are included in the Library of Congress and other public and private collections and have been exhibited internationally.

Main clients include National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The Guardian, Politico, People, and Geo Magazine.

Steber teaches workshops internationally including at the World Press Joop Swart Master Classes, the International Center for Photography in New York, the Foundry Workshops, Leica Akademie and others.


Robin Schwartz

Robin Schwartz is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in photography with photographs in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Bibliothéque Nationale, among others. In 2017, Robin was a judge for the Head On Student Prize. 

Schwartz’s fourth photography book is Amelia & the Animals, published by The Aperture Foundation in 2014. Her photographs have been published in the New York Times Magazine, Time Lightbox, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Telegraph and many others. Schwartz is an Associate Professor in Photography at the William Paterson University of New Jersey.


Natan Dvir

Natan Dvir is aNew York based Israeli photographer who focuses on the human aspects of political, social and cultural issues. He received his MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts (NY), after which he became an adjunct faculty member at the ICP. Based in New York he photographs around the world and is represented by Polaris Images agency and Anastasia Photo gallery. In 2017, NAtan was a judge for the Head On Mobile Prize. Natan's main projects were exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, South America, Australia and Israel. His work has been published by numerous international magazines and has received recognition winning prizes around the world.



Simon Harsent is an internationally renowned photographer, whose work has been recognized by numerous awards bodies, including Archive, American Photography, Graphis, Communication Arts, PDN, D&AD, Clio, One Show and Cannes. Born in England, he began his career in London before moving to Australia in 1987.

In 1997 he moved to New York, currently he divides his time between his studio in Williamsburg, NY and his recently opened studio in Marrickville, Sydney.

Co-founder of the successful POOL Collective, Simon was featured in Australian Creative: The Power 20. 

Harsent has received numerous national and international awards. He has also been included in over twenty group exhibitions and to date has had ten solo exhibitions. In 2017, Simon was a judge for the Head On Portrait Prize.

Harsent’s work is included in numerous private and public collections including Powerhouse Museum (Sydney, Australia) and Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane, Australia).

As well as bringing his fine-art sensibilities to arresting and award-winning commercial campaigns, 2009 saw the publication of Harsent’s first monograph, Melt: portrait of an Iceberg.


Sandy Edwards - BOOKED OUT

Documentary photographer, Curator and Creative Director of Arthere and Stills Gallery, Sandy Edwards is one of Australia's leading documentary photographers. Her images have been widely exhibited and published and her work focuses on the portrayal of women and Aboriginal issues.

Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald has been in the photography industry for over 15 years. As a photographer, his work has been exhibited in Australia and internationally. Paul is currently the Director of Contact Sheet Gallery (St Leonards). Previously he held senior roles at the Australian Centre for Photography. Paul has also provided consulting services in relation to a wide range of photography programs, competitions and events to diverse bodies including Canon Australia, Fairfax, Alliance Francaise, Sunstudios, North Sydney Council, National Centre for Indigenous Excellence, Life Without Barriers, and China New Service. 

Alasdair Foster

Dr Alasdair Foster is a writer, researcher and award-winning curator initiating intercultural photography and visual art projects around the world, especially in Asia and the Pacific Rim. He is Adjunct Professor in the School of Art of RMIT University, Melbourne and an associate member of the university’s Centre for Art, Society and Transformation. Dr Foster has 20 years’ experience heading national arts institutions and over 35 years of working in the public cultural sector. He was the founding director of Fotofeis festival, Europe’s largest photo event of the nineties (1991–1997) and director of the Australian Centre for Photography (1998–2011).


Sally Brownbill

A trained commercial photographer, Sally Brownbill is now one of Australia’s most highly respected creative intermediaries.

A much sought-after judge, lecturer and keynote speaker, Sally has developed a professional reputation in Australia and overseas as the authoritative voice on folio construction, career advice and editing images for exhibition and web.

Sally comes in with a fresh set of eyes and ears and looks at the work from a totally different perspective to the creator.

She helps to make sense of the images and has a very real talent for being able to create a folio that not only impresses but one that the creator can feel proud of and most importantly show their personality in.

For more than 15 years, Sally has been running individual sessions with photographers and other creatives to guide them through image selection, career questions along with being a great source of inspiration and helping them to reignite and realise their passion.

Paul Rovere

Picture Editor, Getty Images. Paul has spent 10 years as staff photographer at The Age, and then as a freelancer, covering a range of major sports and general news events - from AFL grand finals to local news. He has won multiple awards for his work, including AFL Photographer of the year, Cricket Victoria Photographer of the year, and Best Photo for Racing Victoria (4 times). For the last 2 years, Paul has been working at Getty Images with the Fairfax Media team coordinating their national coverage. 




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