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Once again the final weekend of the Head On Photo Festival is upon us, so here are some events we think you should see….after all it’s all online and it’s all free – and this is your last opportunity!

Image credit: Bob Newman


What’s online today Friday 15 May 

PLEASE NOTE: Sydney time

Photo credit: Stephen Godfrey

06:00 PM Improve your writing for the creative industries with Carla Erdmann, Megan Bentley & Chris Round

An informative session to help you develop your skills and improve your writing in order to better communicate your photography. Learn to effectively communicate about yourself and your work in artist statements, magazines, and more. The panel includes Carla Erdmann who works as a freelance writer, specialising in the field of photography and is a freelance editor of Leica Fotografie International; Megan Bentley who works at Articulate, Australia’s leading communications agency for the arts and cultural sectors and Chris Round who is a landscape photographer, experienced in advertising.


What’s online Saturday 16 May 

PLEASE NOTE: Sydney time

Image credit: Jay Evans

12pm – Workshop; Astrophotography with Jay Evans

In this in-depth presentation, Sony Digital Imaging Advocate Jay will take you through how to make a great nightscape image, as well as how to plan, prepare and shoot astrophotography. He will cover how to locate the Milky Way in the night sky, how to plan for star trails, the equipment he has, the compositions to find, the settings to use. At the end of this session you will be armed with the tools you need to get out and capture your own astro and nightscapes with your camera. Unmissable!

Supported by Sony Australia


Image credit: Peter Solness

6pm – Workshop; Light painting indoors with Peter Solness

A fantastic introductory workshop for people who would love to explore the magic of light painting. Peter Solness, whose innovative and passionate approach has seen his work receive multiple photography awards, has taught light painting skills to well over 1,000 people and is regarded as a pioneer in the art of light painting,  He will teach you how to apply light in ways that will help you to create some remarkable images.  

If you’re a photobook lover, Peter Solness’s beautiful self-published book “Lamplight” is available for purchase in our online bookstore on our website. 


What’s online Sunday 17 May 

PLEASE NOTE: Sydney time

Photo credit: Commissar

12pm – Alternative facts; falsifying the image in the era of Deep Fakes

If you attended our fascinating session on Wednesday by John Penn II an Adobe software engineer who works with law enforcement using technology and images to solve crimes, you’ll know that this is going to be an extremely topical and interesting discussion.  John joins the panel as they discuss the importance of truth and the falsification of image in the digital era where technology has made it easier to doctor and alter images. Issues such as belief in imagery and Deep Fakes will be explored.

On the panel are Helen Vatsikopoulos (moderator), with David Dare Parker, Anne Kruger, John Penn II, and Dr Gregory Ferris


Image credit: Mark Galer

6pm – Photographic inspiration and passion with Mark Galer

A second session of the popular workshop by Sony Imaging Ambassador Mark Galer. Once again will discuss the importance of capturing photographic narratives and will give you lots of ideas about how you can reinvigorate your photographic interests.  He’ll inspire you with new ideas of previously unconsidered subjects. His talk will be peppered with examples of his work as well as invaluable tips and techniques to help you master the craft of photography.

Supported by Sony Australia


We hope you have loved the 2020 Head On(line) Photo Festival as much as we have.  If you have enjoyed it, please consider giving us even a small donation as we operate on very narrow margins.  For this reason amongst others, we are most grateful to our major sponsors Sony for all the support they have given in helping us to deliver a fantastic new online exhibition and events program to our audiences all around the world.