If I had to put a finger on it, I’d say the moment my childhood truly ended was the startling discovery that my Year 2 teacher continued to exist even during Summer Holidays.

In much the same way, although with substantially less dismay, you will be thrilled to know that we here at Head On are still busy bees promoting photography excellence across the globe.

So what have we been up to? Well to start with…world domination.

Head On conquers three continents

In another Head On first, this September we’re concurrently exhibiting our Portrait Prize across 3 continents with an anticipated audience of over 200, 000.

Given our track record of bringing international talent to Australia, we thought it was about time we paraded our national talent internationally. After all, exposing and celebrating Australian photography is what we love to do and what we do best…funny how that works.

Following on from the tremendously successful international debut of the Portrait Prize at the Auckland Festival of Photography in June 2014, Head On is embarking on an even more momentous journey even further afield to show off the very best of Australian portrait photography in China and New York.

First on our road trip?

Head On is heading to Shanxi, China from September 19 to 26 for the Pingyao International Photo FestivalPingyao, inaugurated in 2001 is now placed as one of the most important festivals in China with over 100, 000 visitors to the event annually.

At the same time, we’re also hopping over to the hip Hudson River. Our forty finalists will be shown at Photoville in Brooklyn, New York from September 18 to 28. Photoville, coinciding with Dumbo Arts festival, is a pop-up photo festival made up of 50 shipping containers on the banks of the Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s only in its 2nd year but is already the most attended photographic event in United States.

Finally, as part of Art & About here in Sydney, we’re presenting an encore exhibition at the Paddington Reservoir Gardens following its success in May during Head On Photo Festival 2014. So whether you missed the show last time or want to do it one more time, we’ve got your back.

When you think about it, the $30 competition entry fee ($25 for members) has bought our finalists a round-the-world ticket to 4 countries5 events6 monthsexposure both in Australia and overseas and audiences well in excess of one million people visiting the exhibitions and countless more online.

That’s a lot of bang for your buck!


Grab yourself a piece of the Head On pie

Go ahead, don’t be shy.

Keep an eye on  www.headon.org.au and follow us on Facebook  and Twitter because we will be doing a Call For Exhibition Submissions very soon. Plus we have some big announcements about Head On Photo Festival 2015 coming on the horizon. After that, it’s our Call For Competition Submissions. 


And that, ladies and gentleman, is what’s up with us! How are you?

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Head On Photo Awards 2024

Entries to the Head On Photo Awards 2024 open in May/June.

Image detail: Gary Ramage