The Head On Foundation believes that all photo-artists deserve a fair chance to show their work. This is why work submitted to Head On Photo Festival and the Head On Photo Awards is judged without the artists’ names or pedigrees so the proposals stand on their merit alone. Head On has a well-earned reputation of operating with integrity and providing all photo-artists with invaluable opportunities to exhibit in Sydney and internationally.

Head On Foundation (est. 2008) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the work of photographers at all stages of their career, encouraging excellence and innovation, making photography accessible to all, and raising awareness of important issues through photography. The main activities of the Foundation are Head On Photo Festival and Head On Awards (which includes Portrait, Landscape and Student photographic prizes) and collaborative projects.

Head On Photo Festival is a bridge between Australian and international photographic markets. The festival has toured in America, China, India, Europe and New Zealand. This has introduced the international photographic elite to the wealth of photographic talent that Australia possesses.

Head On is proudly inclusive. We work with and support people from indigenous backgrounds, young people, older people, disabled people, LGBTQIA+ people and people of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Head On feeds the Australian and international arts ecosystem. We help to build resilient communities, encourage creative development, employ artists and arts/cultural workers and generate business for industry suppliers and local businesses. Over the years, Head On Photo Festival has put $650,000 in cash and products back into the arts industry through the Head On Awards.

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