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Head On Photo Festival 2022 was a 17-day event across Sydney, Australia. Featuring over 100 exhibitions, 600 artists, and a variety of free talks and events, the festival was a huge success, with over 200,000 people attending.

Every year Head On Photo Festival is a fantastic opportunity to see the work of emerging and established photographers from Australia and worldwide. It’s also a chance to learn more about the art of photography and meet other photography enthusiasts.

One of the festival’s many highlights was the Festival launch and announcement of winners of the photo awards. Over 2000 guests enjoyed a stunning evening at the brand-new Bondi Pavilion with food, music and video messages from the winners.

Outstanding events included talks , – both in-person and online- presented by artists and experts. Panel discussions explored important themes such as the Narratives of Womanhood panel, which featured women photographers discussing their work, challenges and opportunities of being a woman in the arts industry and the importance of equal representation in the art world. Another highlight was the Portfolio Reviews, where emerging photographers presented their work for feedback from industry professionals.

The 2022 festival was supported by sponsors, including the Australian Federal Government, Create NSW, Waverley Council, international governments, local small businesses and the private sector.

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Head On Photo Awards 2022

This year’s Head On Photo Awards was intensely competitive, with our amazing panel of judges deliberating for hours on which talented photographers would take out the top spots. But luckily (for us) they did manage to pick the winners.  

Marika Lortkipanidze tuned in all the way from Georgia to accept her award as the overall winner of the Portrait Awards with her powerful image The invisible doorsAntoine Buttafoghi took out the top spot in the Landscape Awards with their beautiful photo A few metres from eternity. And the unbelievably talented young photographer Leila Middleton won the Student Awards with their photo Me. 

You can see the rest of the winners here. 

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