Image: Max Mason-Hubers


Head On is back for 2021, and we can’t wait to share our plans for this year with you!

In 2021, we will host a fantastic year-round program of photography events, both on and off-line, including artist talks, workshops, exhibitions and much more.

A big thank you to our generous sponsors, including Create NSW, Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative, and Sony for helping to make these projects possible. 

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2020 Vision

Our 2020 Vision project will record contemporary life in NSW throughout the challenges of 2020, and include your aspirations for the future. The exhibition will feature twenty photographers and be held in both regional NSW and Sydney, as a featured exhibition for Head On Photo Festival 2021. All NSW-based photographers and photo-artists are invited to submit work.

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Head On Spotlight

Image: Mark Rogers

Our engaging series of monthly, online, live discussions with acclaimed photographers and industry leaders will continue in 2021. Join us on the first Wednesday of every month.

Head On Spotlight sessions, and the archive of past sessions, are free for Head On members.


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See past sessions

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First Sight

Image: Michael Jalaru Torres

First Sight is a mentorship program designed to promote emerging First Nations photo-artists and develop their careers. Participants will undertake a  series of online sessions with industry-leading speakers and mentors to help take their photography to the next level. The program will culminate in an exhibition to be held as part of Head On Photo Festival 2021.

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Head On Photo Awards

Image: Fiona Wolf, Head On Portrait Award winner 2020 

Head On Photo Awards will return in 2021 with Portrait, Landscape and Student Awards and huge prizes to be won! Submissions have now closed – subscribe to our mailing list for updates.

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Head On Photo Festival

Head On Photo Festival will return with new dates in November 2021. Stay up-to-date by subscribing to our mailing list




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Head On Photo Awards 2024

Entries to the Head On Photo Awards 2024 are open now. $80,000 prize pool including finalists exhibition.

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