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Image credit: The Light Collective – Earth’s Wonder, from Black and Blue

Head On is delighted to work on exhibitions with photographic collectives every year – groups of photographers united by common threads, themes, or aspirations. You’ve undoubtedly noticed a number of them based in our region and indeed around the world…

So today, we kick off a series of short blog posts that look at some of the photographic collectives of note. The series will offer a taster with more to come in our upcoming online magazine Head On Interactional – so be sure not to miss that in August!

We start with homegrown The Light Collective. Formed in 2014, The Light Collective comprises five photographers whose work mainly revolves around the landscape. They are Ricardo Da Cunha,  Adam Williams of EasyWay Photography, and three others who have exhibited with us in Head On Photo Festival – Luke AustinIgnacio Palacios, and Paul Hoelen.

Image credit: The Light Collective – Heart in Heart, from Black and Blue

Ricardo tells us “We are a collective of photographic artists that have united to inspire and empower a deeper awareness of our earth’s most vulnerable wild places, and in doing so, awaken a greater sense of ownership and responsibility for their conservation. Collaborating allows us to pool our resources such as time and money, and therefore undertake larger projects that would otherwise not be possible on our own.”

Each member brings their own voice and vision to the group to produce projects such as Black & Blue – Coal or Coral – a project that reminds us of the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and asks if it can co-exist with the continued extraction and consumption of fossil fuels. It’s a call to action that will help shape the future of the Reef for generations to come.

Their projects are truly inspiring – they’re definitely a collective worth following!

Image credit: The Light Collective – Broken Heart, from Black and Blue


Head On Foundation (est. 2008) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting photographers' work at all career stages. We encourage excellence and innovation, make photography accessible to all, and raise awareness of important issues through the medium. The Foundation's main activities are Head On Photo Festival and Head On Awards (Portrait, Landscape, and Student photographic prizes) and an annual program of collaborative projects. Head On Foundation is a bridge between Australian and international photography markets. The festival has toured in the US, China, India, Europe, and New Zealand, introducing the global arts community to the wealth of photographic talent Australia possesses.

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