ABOUT HEAD ON Student AWARDS
The Head On Student Awards are open to Australia’s young photographers from kindergarten to year 12. There is no theme and you can enter work of any photographic genre or style – flex your creativity!
AUD$1 entry fee per photo
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Tuesday 29 August 11.59pm (Sydney time)
The Head On Student Awards is one of four categories of the Head On Photo Awards. Since 2004 we have been helping photographers all over the world to create, exhibit and inspire, awarding over $800,000 in cash and prizes.
Banner photo: Erica Williams, 2022 Head On Student Awards Finalist
“Being a finalist and exhibitor in the Head On Photo Festival, I got to connect with photographers
with whom I am still in contact. Also being a finalist gets major street cred.”
Krystle Ricci – Portrait Award Finalist 2018
Who can enter?
The Head On Student Awards are open to Australia’s young photographers from kindergarten to year 12.
What can you enter?
There is no theme and work entered can be of any photographic genre.
See more: Past student Awards winners
Finalists and winners
- 20 finalists
- 1 winner
- 2 runners-up
The overall winner will receive AUD$500 cash.
The winner and runners-up receive:
- 12 month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (valued at $960)
- a $300 book pack from Photobook Australia
- and annual subscriptions to Australian Geographic, Better Photography, and PhotoReview magazines
Major category prize by Adobe
The 2023 Head On Photo Awards (Portrait, Landscape, Environmental, and Student) winners shared a massive prize pool inexcess of $70,000, including $30,500 in cash. All 120 finalists had their work exhibited in print in Head On Photo Festival 2023!
Benefits for all finalists (all categories)
- Head On Student Awards 2023 finalists certificate
- their printed image will be included in the ever-popular Finalists exhibition at Head On Photo Festival 2023
- inclusion in the Head On Photo Awards 2023 book publication at no additional cost
- 12-month subscription to PhotoReview magazine
- a dedicated webpage on headon.org.au
- Head On pursues further exhibition/publication opportunities
… Head On Photo Awards are an important part of the strategy to keep your work and name ‘out there’ in the photographic community and potentially clients.
Head On Photo Awards finalist – Brian Cassey
The Head On Photo Awards finalists’ exhibitions will be open to the public during Head On Photo Festival 2023 at key Festival venues (subject to public health orders). These venues are at the heart of the Festival where talks, tours and school excursions take place.
The Head On team curates, designs and produces the exhibitions and slideshow, and Head On Foundation covers all associated costs (once you enter your image, we do the rest!).
Awards exhibitions receive significant visitation, recording tens of thousands of visitors across stunning Festival venues and have toured globally. The Awards also have dedicated exhibition web pages with high traffic.
I urge all image makers both amateur or professional to enter Head On
Head On Portrait Awards peoples choice winner, Brett Canet-Gibson
HEAD ON PHOTO AWARDS CATALOGUE
We produce a limited edition printed catalogue of the Finalists’ work each year. The high-quality 20x20cm hardcover book contains a full page for each photograph. It is available at the Festival Hub or in our online store.
Competitions and festivals are a great way to put forward new work and share in a global conversation in the medium.
Head On Photo Awards finalist – Cathy Carter
Head On Photo Awards cermony
Over 2,000 people attended the Head On Photo Festival launch each year, a celebratory event centred around the announcement of the Head On Photo Awards winners.
Work is judged anonymously; no identifying details of the photographer (including the school they attend) will be visible to the judges to ensure that the work is selected on creative merit alone.
The judging panel comprises leaders in the Australian and international photography communities. It represents all aspects of the photography world, including curators, picture editors, photographers, educators and other industry professionals. The 2023 judging panel will be announced when Awards entries open.
Our 2023 Student Awards judging panel
Jasmine RobertsonDirector of Media, Art, Design, and Entertainment at TAFE NSW
MOSHE ROSENZVEIG OAMFOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR, HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL (AUSTRALIA)
Laura MoorePracticing artist
“Head On Photo Festival challenged me to be a better photographer
and gave me a sense of being a member of global photographers community.”
Nadide Goksun – Finalist and Winner 2019, 2020, 2021