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Head On Photo Festival - Deadline for submissions.

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Don't forget the deadline for the Head On Photo Festival is fast approaching. Make sure you have your entries in by 11pm Sunday 25th February.



Exhibition submissions open

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Head On Photo Festival, Australia's leading annual contemporary photography event returns in May 2018.

Head On creates opportunities for photographers at all career stages to have their work exhibited in Sydney and seen around the world.

With place-making in galleries and pop up exhibition spaces, Head On brings artists, audiences and industry together at exhibitions and events, creating the place to be for anyone who loves photography.

Don’t miss your place in an extraordinary event.

Submit today!

Deadline: 17 September

Head On Photo Festival 2018

5 - 20 May 2018

Sydney, Australia

Create | Exhibit | Inspire


A clip from my time at Head On 17

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Register for the Head On Launch

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You’re running out of time to enter!

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You’re running out of time to enter! Open internationally, with a prize pool of $50,000 in cash, equipment and software across Portrait, Landscape and Mobile categories -

All finalists will be exhibited in Head On Photo Festival,
Australia’s premier event of its kind and one of the world’s leading photo festivals #headon17 #HeadOnPhotoAwards


Call for entries for Head On Photo Festival 2017

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It's time for the 2017 Head On Photo Festival and I encourage all photograghers to get you images in - NOW!


Head On Photo Festival is calling for exhibition submissions for 2017

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Head On Awards 2016

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The Head On Awards are open internationally in prizes across Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student categories. The awards includes equipment and software from a variety of industry leaders. All finalists will be exhibited as part of Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading photography festival.


Head On Photo Festival 2016

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Head On is calling for photographers/photo-artists/curators/exhibition spaces/galleries to submit work for inclusion in Head On Photo Festival 2016, Australia’s leading photography festival and highlight on the global arts calendar.

More details here:


Head On 2015 Folio Reviewers

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Head On Photographic festival commences in Sydney on Friday 1st May.

I will be up there for a week of the month long programme.

On the Monday 4th May there are are a group of creative professionals, including myself, giving portfolio reviews. Click here to see array of reviewers and book in.

It's a hugely worthwhile excise to have some of the countries best photographers and intermediaries looking at and critiquing your work.



AddOn 2015 - Call for Submissions

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Head On Photo Festival is pleased to advise AddOn, a non-competitive, anonymous, photographic exhibition with an open brief, is back for another year.

In 2011 AddOn featured 90+ photographers...
In 2012 AddOn featured 110+ photographers...
In 2013 AddOn featured 125+ photographers...
In 2014 AddOn featured 153 photographs...

I invite you to help make 2015 the best AddOn ever.

Photos can be of any subject taken with any camera including mobile phones, holgas, etc.
Images must be square and submitted online. This exhibition is by invitation only.

Your picture will be printed and exhibited at the Depot Gallery in Dank Street, Waterloo
between 29 April to 9 May 2015.

The official opening will be on Saturday 2nd May.

At the end of the exhibition another photographer’s photo will be returned to you.
(A kind-of lucky dip for adults.)

The submission fee includes all printing, hanging and exhibition costs, and your return surprise photograph. All funds raised go wholly to the Head On Photo Festival, a not-for-profit organisation.

Images must be in by 11pm, Sunday April 12

To enter...
1. Go to
2. Click the AddOn link at the top of the page.
3. Upload your image and save.
3. Go to the Shopping Cart (also at the top of the page) a make your payment.

Please email me at if you'd like any other information.

Charles McKean BSc  MPhotog I  APP.L  AAPS
AddOn Curator


The Head On Awards are now open for entries

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In addition to the Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Moving Image categories, there is a new Student category: Open only to primary and secondary Australian school children, the Student Prize has an open theme. All other categories are now open to international entrants.

With over $50 000 in prizes across 5 categories, submit now to take part in Australia’s leading photography festival.

Click here to enter, and be a part of Head On 15


Photobook Melbourne 12-22 Feb 2015

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A contemporary photobook festival is the product of observation, conversation and collaboration.

With a deep passion for photography, typography and the printed book, Heidi Romano (Unless you will) and her team have curated a festival to engage, challenge and educate a photographic audience. A festival to exchange views on experimentation, curation and collaboration. Research through process and practice.

Photobook Melbourne is an artist-run, not for profit organization dedicated to creating a platform for experimental and innovative artistic photography and book making practices. A platform for local and international artists, bookmakers and book lovers to discuss, examine and appreciate marvellous imagery and outstanding storytelling.

Photobook Melbourne will bring together expertise and insight directly from the world’s greatest photographers, graphic designers, curators, publishers & printers. Their aim is to share knowledge with professional photographers, passionate amateurs and the inquisitive book lover. Initiating conversations about the nature of self publishing, form and function, practice and process.

Over the course of 10 days (12-22 Feb 2015), Photobook Melbourne's program includes talks, exhibitions (prints and photobooks), workshops, studio visits and of course loads of events on photobooks including Photobook Melbourne Fair, Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards exhibition and a workshop with Ron Jude; ‘A Handful of Sand: Wrestling with Narrative Structure in the Photobook’.

Photobook Melbourne's Grand Opening
12th of February from 6pm at Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP)
Exhibiting artists on the opening night: Robert Zhau, Wouter van der Voorde and announcement of Photobook Winner.

Also look out for:
Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Opening and Photo Prize announcement
13th of February 6-8pm - At The Baron Said.

Photobook Melbourne Fair
14th & 15th of February at CCP

Check out the full program for Photobook Melbourne here.

Image credits: Volume V of SPBH Book Club - Esther Teichmann, Jackson Eaton - Better Half, Ron Jude, Olivia Mroz, Angel Luis Gonzalez of Photo Ireland, Yaakov Israel - The Quest for the Man on The White Donkey


Q&A with New York based photojournalist Ben Lowy

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For the last 2 years, I have been lucky enough to meet and work alongside Ben Lowy at the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney. Boy, I though I had a lot of energy!

Ben began his career covering the Iraq War in 2003. He has received numerous awards from World Press Photo, POYi, PDN, Communication Arts and American Photography. His work from Iraq, Darfur, Afghanistan and Libya have been collected into several gallery and museum shows including the Tate Modern, SF MOMA and the Houston Center for Photography.

In 2011 Lowy's Iraq | Perspectives work was selected by William Eggleston to win the Duke University First Book Prize in Photography. In 2012, Lowy was awarded the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund to continue his work in Libya, as well as the ICP Infinity Award for Photojournalism.

Give us a current description of what you do Ben.
I am a globe trotting photojournalist. Or used to be before the editorial industry tanked. Now I have my fingers in every pot - documentary, commercial, social media, teaching and starving artistry.

What inspired you to become a professional photographer?
I came across Jim Nachtwey's book Inferno while studying illustration in University. It changed my entire perspective about art and representation and educating people.

How did you get your first break?
Another photographer was denied a visa to Kuwait for the build up to the Iraq war in 2003. I walked into this photo agency's office at just the right moment and raised my hand.

What paths have you taken to get to where you are today?
Sacrifice, hard work and frankly tunnel vision with a single goal in mind.

What advice about the do's and don'ts would you give to an aspiring photojournalist/ photographer?
Don’t show work or shoot something that you think the community or editors want to see. Shoot something, show something that you want them to see. And inherit a lot of money. Because that will always help pay the rent better than photography.

Tell us about what you're currently working on and what sets you and your work apart from other photographers?
I am constantly innovating. That is where I see media and technology going. The only way to stay afloat is to constantly change my tools, my aesthetic and my presentation. I am constantly letting each project I work on guide me into a new way to visually articulate. That creativity is an important feature that can help anyone stay relevant in today's world.

Ben Lowy

Head On Photo Festival


The Genesis Project. Head On Photo Festival

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19 prominent photographers have delved into their archives to find the image that first made them think, “that’s it!” Each photographer will exhibit their seminal image together with an image for which they are renowned.

The exhibition aims to explore at what point photographers become photographers. What were the catalysts that transformed a child, teen or young adult into a pro photographer? What was the moment when through creating an image the child, teen or young adult realised "this is what I want to do - to make photographs, become a photographer and…to capture life’s moments”?

"In every artist's genesis there is a point - an image - that we can look back on with the realisation that the photograph taken was a defining moment of internal creative clarity. My first image that lay at the gateway of this perception was discovered on a journey through the ancient desert of South West America - in the windswept stones of Utah. A storm had laid a few tumbleweeds to rest in a hole in a ravine - a sacred place-  a burial site for Native American elders. When I took that image some thirty years ago - I knew I had creatively passed through a door of perception. I knew then the path I needed to follow internally and creatively as an artist. Photography has become for me a passport to understand the world around me. I am drawn to the edges - where light and dark, black and white, good and bad meet. They say every photograph taken eventually becomes a self portrait - regardless of where the camera is pointed. The most recent image of a traditional Cultural Mask Dance ritual in West Africa is a continued genesis of that early image. The journey continues ever deeper -  more refined as an image maker - into personal discovery, clarity of vision - and personal passion." Chris Rainier

The Genesis Project.

Exhibiting photographer(s):
Ben Lowy, Roger Ballen, Murray Fredericks, Chris Rainier, Brian Cassey, David Dare Parker, Fiona Wolf, Jackie Ranken, Katrin Koenning, Martine Perret, Sam Harris, Glenn Campbell, Jon Lewis, Peter Eastway, Craig Golding, John Donegan, Peter Solness, Phil Hillyard, Moshe Rosenzveig.

Click here to read the stories behind the seminal images of 2 of the exhibiting photographers, Chris Rainier and Murray Fredericks.

Official Opening:
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Dates of Exhibition:
Tue, 20/05/2014 to Sun, 8/06/2014
Artist Talk:
Wednesday, 9 April 2014 - 11:45am
Gallery opening hours:
Tues – Sat 10am to 5pm, Sun-Mon 11am to 4pm
M Contemporary
37 Ocean Street
2025 Woollahra,

Head On Photo Festival

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