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It’s that time of year again!

At Head On Photo Festival, we’re after the wild and the wonderful, the serious and political, the confronting, the romantic, you name it. 
Across 5 categories with $50 000 in prizes, now is the time to give your best shot it’s best shot!

2014 Multimedia Winner Nina Ross says “After winning, my work gained publicity and created professional industry contacts that will sustain me for my career. The finalists’ videos were exhibited at a prominent commercial gallery in Sydney… From there, my videos have been curated into solo and group exhibitions, and art fairs and gave me recognition and kudos.” 

Because we judge anonymously, everyone gets a look in – emerging and established photographers, photojournalists, artists, even amateurs who want to give it their best shot. We pride ourselves on showing the best in both emerging and established photography from across the globe. The categories are Portrait, Landscape, Mobile, and Moving Image. It’s $30 to enter ($25 for Head On members). For the first time, we’re inviting school students (Australian only) in a new category, $1 per submission.

Some people have been asking where this fee goes. As a not-for-profit, all the entry fees go straight back into staging the awards and the festival as a whole. Photographers keep their copyright and we don’t use the photos to build our own photo libraries. Should you become a finalist, we’ll cover all your costs from there on. We have a prize pool of over $50 000 including cash, top of the range equipment from Olympus and Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions on the line. Not only that, but our finalists are receive media coverage worldwide and the attention of some of the movers and shakers of the photography world.

We’re receive entries from all over the world and promote them right back out. International exhibitions in 2014 included shows in New York, China and New Zealand. The festival is one of the world’s most prestigious, and a fabulous platform for photographic talent, homegrown and abroad.

It’s judged by a distinguished panel, headed by director, Moshe Rosenzveig, and including art critics, curators and other top photographers.
Last year, there were over 4,000 entries. From a portrait of a “white indigenous” person in Australia, to a car wreck in Armenia and a military training camp in the Negev desert, to a three and a half minute self-portrait video of a woman trying to fillet a fish. Anything goes.


Show us your vision, give us your best shot. 

Enter #headon15 now at

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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