Image: Head On Photo Festival, Stephen Godfrey

The times they are a-changing for Head On Photo Festival 

The Head On team thought long and hard about the timeline that we had been working to and decided to move it forward. This will allow everyone more time to organise exhibitions and to source the necessary resources.

We began with exhibition submissions for Head On Photo Festival 2019; you will have noticed that the submissions period ran across July (brought forward from September).

We received hundreds of fantastic submissions and we’ll start sharing the results with the submitters by the end of August.


Head On Photo Awards – new entry dates

The entry period for the Head On Photo Awards will also open earlier – November 2018 until late January 2019.

We anticipate that the terms and conditions and the prize pool of $65,000 will be similar to past years.

We can’t wait to see your amazing work – start planning now!


Head On Photo Festival 2019 dates

Next year’s dates are 4-19 May 2019 kicking off with the Head On Photo Festival Launch & Announcement of Winners on Friday 3 May 2019.


Timeline (more details available closer to the dates)

Exhibition submissions: closed July 2018

Notifications begin: August 2018

Head On Photo Awards entries: open November 2018 – January 2019

Program closes: February 2019

Head On Photo Festival 2019: 4-19 May (launching Friday 3 May with opening weekend events Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 May)


If you have any questions please get in touch and stay tuned in for news and updates.




bg-ctap-mobile bg-ctap-desktop

Head On Photo Awards 2024

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

Image detail: Gary Ramage