Entries for Head On Photo Awards 2022 have now closed.

The Head On Portrait and Landscape Awards are open INTERNATIONALLY to photographers of all levels. The Head On Student Award is open to Australia’s young photographers (school years K-12). 


The Head On Photo Awards winners will share a massive prize pool, previously reaching $70,000, including $30,500 cash and 100 finalists will have their work exhibited in Head On Photo Festival 2022! 

Over 2,000 people attended the Head On Photo Festival launch in past years, a celebratory event centred around the announcement of the Head On Photo Award winners. 

Prizes are awarded to three winners per category:

  • 1st place winners for portrait, landscape and student 
  • One international runner up each for portrait and landscape
  • One Australian runner up each for portrait, landscape and two runners up for student

Plus, another 100 shortlisted images will be presented on a rolling slideshow! 

Awards exhibitions receive significant visitation, recording over 10,000 visitors across stunning Festival venues and have toured globally. The Awards also have dedicated exhibition web pages with high traffic. 

The Head On Photo Award puts your photos on the world stage! 


Since 2004 we have been helping photographers all over the world to create, exhibit and inspire, awarding over $750,000 in cash and prizes.

The Head On Photo Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across three categories:

Portrait | Landscape | Student

“Being a finalist and exhibitor in the Head On Photo Festival, I got to connect with photographers whom I still stay in contact with. Also being a finalist gets major street cred.”

Krystle Ricci – Portrait Award Finalist 2018

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