Ron Haviv, VII agency in conversation with Daniel Milnor about the lost rolls project. Head On Photo Festival 2016
Head On Photo Festival exhibitions tour internationally to major festivals
Head On Photo Festival 2019 Festival Hub at Central Park
Since 2015 we have engaged the public by getting the work out of the gallery and onto the streets. Sydney CSB, Head On Photo Festival 2015
“It has raised Australia’s, and in particular Sydney’s, profile as a centre of excellence in photography highlighting the talent that abounds in our community.” Clover Moore, Honourable Lord Mayor of Sydney
Pop up photo studio, Pitt street mall, Sydney Head On Photo Festival 2014
Pop Up Installation, George Street, Sydney Head On Photo Festival 2016
“You have a great and one of the most important photo festivals in existence today…” Chris Rainier, National Geographic Photographer
We are one of the leaders in placemaking in Sydney. Head On Photo Festival 2014 featured artist, Erika Diettes, St Canice church
Humble beginnings – Head On Portrait Prize 2004
Magnum On Set: Iconic Hollywood Stars Head On Photo Festival 2013, State Library of New South Wales
Through our educational program, we foster your passion to generate thoughtful dialogue around the photographic medium and encourage you to produce the work you have always dreamt of.
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 organisation 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, Head On Photo Awards (which includes Portrait, Landscape and Student awards) and an annual program of events 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 Foundation has put $700,000 in cash and products back into the arts industry through the Head On Photo Awards.
Head On Photo Awards
The Head On Photo Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across four categories: Portrait | Landscape | Environmental | Student