Exhibit and Inspire in 2019

Head On Photo Festival 2018 Launch, Image: John Swianston


Head On Foundation is calling for photographers/photo-artists/curators/exhibition spaces/galleries to submit work for inclusion in Head On Photo Festival 2019, Australia’s leading photography festival and a highlight on the global arts calendar.

We are looking for work in any genre across still photography, multi-media and short video. There is no time limit on when the work was produced.

Head On Photo Festival believes all photo artists need a fair chance to show their work. This is why work submitted through the submission process is judged without the artists’ names or pedigrees so the proposals stand on their merit.

The 2019 festival will take place in Sydney 4 May – 19 May and the program will include outstanding international and Australian artists both emerging and well known.

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Deadline 29 July 2018

Successful applicants will be invited to exhibit during Head On Photo Festival 2019. Some artists may be invited to exhibit as part of a Head On Curated exhibition program.

Submission Check List

  • – 10 images with specs 1200px on the longest side (72 dpi, JPG format, less than 500Kb)
  • – For multi-media/video projects please provide 1 still frame and a link to the full video in the exhibition description.
  • – Exhibition Statement
  • – Artist Bio
  • – Submission fee AUD$15 per project (non-refundable)
  • – Read the Terms and Conditions
  • – The submission process has been optimised for Chrome, Safari and Firefox

This Call for Submissions does NOT apply to the Head On Photo Awards– Portrait, Landscape, Mobile or Student Prizes.

Head On Photo Awards will open later this year


Why should I exhibit at Head On Photo Festival?


The Head On team works full time all year creating opportunities for photo-artists to be seen by building and maintaining the profile, platform and network necessary to present Head On Photo Festival each year.

Festival exhibitors have the opportunity to join the Head On community and showcase photography, sharing the platform with artists at all career stages from around the world.

All exhibitors receive the following benefits

  • – Inclusion in the 2019 Festival, an internationally recognised festival that puts the spotlight on photography, attracting extensive publicity through a variety of promotional channels
  • – Access to Head On’s infrastructure built over 15 years
  • – Dedicated webpage on www.headon.org.au created by Head On for each exhibition with proofing.
  • – Inclusion in a printed program produced and distributed by Head On
  • – Follow up on media enquiries by a PR team contracted by Head On
  • – List of service providers providing a discount to Head On Photo Festival exhibitors e.g. printers, framers
  • – Invitation to join Head On Photo Festival exhibitors on-line community
  • – Help desk maintained by Head On

Featured/Head On Curated exhibitions gain additional benefits.

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Deadline 29 July 2018

Image Top: Steve Marshall

Frequently Asked Questions

What genres of photography do you accept?

We accept ALL genres of photography.

Can I exhibit more than 10 images?

YES! We ask for your 10 best images to show the panel. If accepted you can exhibit more images from the same body of work or project.

How much does it cost to apply?

  • – $15 (non-refundable) for each submission
  • – Applicants can submit more than one proposal

What is the selection process? 

Head On Photo Festival believes all photo artists need a fair chance to show their work. This is why all exhibition submissions are selected without the artists’ names so the proposals stand on their merit.

  • – All submissions will be reviewed
  • – Blind selection performed by a selection panel of industry professionals (Photographers, Curators, Picture Editors etc.)
  • – The selection panel will decide if the exhibition fits into the program
  • – All applicants will be notified of the panel decision

The selection panel will be; Belinda Mason, David Dare Parker, Hugh Hamilton, Mags Kings, Megan Dick, Moshe Rosenzveig OAM, Louisa Kirby, Simon Harsent.

What types of exhibition spaces do you use?

Each year the festival uses a mixture of exhibition spaces. Head On Photo Festival exhibitions appear in Festival hubs, traditional white wall galleries, and popular outdoor installations.

Wagner Gallery, Paddington.

Image: Rob Johnston

Paddington Reservoir Gardens
Image: Joseph Cuzzocrea

Festival Hub Paddington Town Hall

Image: Stephen Godfrey


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