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  …Head On is really the only opportunity to see the best portraiture work the country has to offer’ Good Weekend, April 2007 

2009 Winners 

 Winners of the 2009 Head On Portrait Prize were announced last night at the Australian Centre for Photography in Paddington to a record crowd of well over 1000 people.

The show was officially opened by Dateline Presenter, George Negus who presented the prizes to the 3 (equal) winners, Katerina Mantelos for her image ‘Athina, 98 years of life’, Vincent Long for his image ‘Generation Y’ and Janyon Boschoff for his image ‘Urban Camouflage’. The ‘Critic’s Choice’ went to Gary Heery for his image of Cate Blanchett. David Kelly received a Special Mention for his Image ‘Ursula’.
The winners of the competition receive prizes with a total value of $37000 from Canon, Adobe, SanDisk, ACDSee, Focal Press, Datacolour, LowePro and Dragon Image.

This year’s judges were Magnum photographer Trent Parke, multi award winning photographer Narelle Autio, Good Weekend picture editor Judith Love and Head On Curator Moshe Rosenzveig. Robert McFarlane was this year’s judge of the Critic’s Choice Award.
Head On, now in its sixth year, is regarded by the arts community and reviewers as the most critically important photographic portrait prize in the country. It represents a vibrant, diverse cross-section of new and traditional photographic practices, showcasing work by emerging and established practitioners alike. Images selected include diverse two-dimensional photomedia from digital to darkroom and the documentary to the staged.

Gallery Talk
Head On founder and curator Moshe Rosenzveig will talk next Saturday 9 May, about the development of this project. He will be joined by Good Weekend picture editor Judith Love who will discuss the selection process and finalists who will expand on their work in the show. The floor talk will take place next Saturday 9 May, 1pm at the Australian Centre for Photography, 257 Oxford Street, Paddington.

Head On is a non-profit organisation which aims to promote photography through an annual portrait competition and other related activities.

The show is supported by Canon, Adobe, Sandisk, DataBasics, Focal Press, ACDSee, emailbrain, Studio Migo, Gekko Images, Pixel Perfect Prolab, Frankel Lawyers, Lowepro, Orient Capital, Momento, Dragon Image, Kayell, Le Bukhara, Abercorn Wine, GASAA, Designer & Programmers and the Australian Centre for Photography.

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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