Rapidly changing mobile phone technology enables everyone with a smartphone to spontaneously capture moments using the skills of a classically trained photo-artist. In the age of social media, mobile photography has become one of the most significant and most consumed genres of photography.
While this genre is the newcomer, it can hold its own against the more traditional photographic techniques.
The Head On Mobile Prize was launched in 2014 to reflect the changing nature of photography and celebrate the huge diversity of images produced.
The works are anonymous through the judging process and as a result, the merit of the work is the focus, bringing together both newly unearthed and established Australian and international talent.
The judging panel changes each year resulting in exhibitions that are unpredictable and diverse from year to year.
Judges of the Head On Photo Awards 2018 were picture editor, The Guardian, Jonny Weeks; award-winning photographer David Dare Parker; Director of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing), Nataline Colonnello; award- winning leading photojournalist Paula Bronstein; picture editor New York Times, Mikko Takkunen; award-winning photographer Nancy Borowick; documentary storyteller James Whitlow Delano; artist and Somerset House board member Marcus Lyon; Director, Australian Centre for Photography, Cherie McNair; independent curator Alasdair Foster; award-winning photographer Katrin Koenning; visual arts educator Louise Heilpern and Head On Photo Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig.
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