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Head On Photo Festival submissions

Exhibit in 2022

Open call
Submissions open till 20 February 2022

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Terms and conditions


Head On Photo Festival is Australia’s leading international photographic event

We are looking for diverse, engaging, quality work in all genres across still photography, multi-media and video art.  We welcome applications from individual artists, curators, groups and exhibition spaces/galleries, Australian and international. Work can be recent or not - are you sitting on a treasure trove of past images? 

We believe all photo-artists need a fair chance to show their work; proposals submitted through our submission process is judged without the artists’ names or pedigrees, so they stand on their merit alone. 

After the selection panel reviews the submissions, we will invite successful applicants to exhibit during Head On Photo Festival 2022. 



AU$20 (approx US$15 or €12) per submission. Member discount available.

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Terms and conditions

The 2022 Festival will take place in Sydney during November and will include work by outstanding international and Australian artists, both established and emerging. We can and will pivot our Festival program online if required. 

Meet the festival director

Join the live session and meet Head On Photo Festival Director, Moshe Rosenzveig OAM. He will discuss what makes an excellent submission and what is in store for Head On Photo Festival 2022.

12:30-1:30 pm Monday 31 January (Sydney time)



Above image credits: Michaela Skovranova, Thanh Vuong, Roger Ballen, Tom Goldner, Jamie James, Angus Mordant, Tariq Zaidi
Exhibitions and opening at Head On

Why exhibit at Head On Photo Festival?


Head On Photo Festival is a leading international photography festival. Our reputation is based on our belief that every photo artist deserves a fair chance to show their work. This philosophy has allowed us to be the first to show quality work that breaks the mould and exhibit all genres of photography by artists at all career stages. 

Our team works all year round to create opportunities for your work to be seen - many leading industry professionals seeking new and emerging talents follow what we do. Many of our artists go on to exhibit their work at other photo festivals around the world. 

The 2022 Festival will be a hybrid of online and physical exhibitions and events. We pre-empt any changes in Public Health Orders and travel restrictions through the tried and tested strategies we have in place to ensure that all exhibitions will have visibility and viability. We can and will pivot our Festival program online if required. In 2020 we were the first photo festival in the world to go entirely online: 13,000 people participated in our online workshops and talks, and over 80,000 visited our website and online exhibitions. 

The Festival is also an excellent opportunity to experience the process of exhibiting your work, meeting other artists and creative professionals and being part of an internationally recognized event.


All exhibitors receive the following benefits: 

- Inclusion in the 2022 Festival, an internationally recognised festival that puts the spotlight on photography, attracting extensive publicity through a variety of promotional channels 

- Access to Head On’s infrastructure built over 17 years 

- Dedicated webpage for each exhibition on www.headon.com.au (also available post-Festival) 

- Inclusion in a widely-distributed printed Festival catalogue 

- Access to premium service providers at discounted fees 

- Invitation to join Head On Photo Festival exhibitors online community 

- Head On help desk 

- Featured exhibitors gain additional benefits 

Above image credits: Moshe Rosenzveig OAM, Stephen Godfrey

About work for submission

- We prefer recently completed works (within the last 5 years), although works made at any time are accepted 

- Works previously exhibited and published elsewhere are accepted (however if accepted into Head On Photo Festival they must not be exhibited elsewhere in Sydney between 1 September 2022 and 1 January 2023)   

- Collaborative works/group shows are accepted 

- There is no specified size or limit on the number of images for your proposed exhibition. The selection panel does consider the size/quantity of the work in relation to available exhibition spaces 

- We accept any genre of photography including multi-media and video 


Submission checklist

- Go to the submission webpage

- Complete all fields of the form

- Upload 10 images - 1200px on the longest edge (72 dpi, JPG format, less than 500Kb, sRGB)

- For multi-media/video projects please provide 1 still frame and a link to the full video in the ‘exhibition description’ field

- Copy and paste into the form an exhibition description (max 4080 char) and artist bio (max 1220 char)

- Pay the submission fee AUD$20 (approximately US$15/€12) per project (non-refundable)

- Read the Terms and Conditions

Note: The submission process has been optimised for Chrome, Safari and Firefox


Terms and conditions in a nutshell

The key points are:

- You retain copyright over your images 

- If you are invited to exhibit, you grant Head On the right to use submitted images for promotion purposes (yes, you will be credited) 

- We will invite successful Applicants to exhibit in Head On Photo Festival 2022 as either an Open or Featured 

- A separate set of Terms and Conditions for exhibitors will be sent to you 

- The submission fee is non-refundable.

- Payment of the submission fee deems that you accept all Terms and Conditions. It is therefore important that you read them in full 

Terms and Conditions

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This Call for Submissions does NOT apply to the Head On Photo Awards – Portrait, Landscape or Student Prizes.

Head On Photo Awards will open in 2022

Selection process

Head On Photo Festival believes all photo artists need a fair chance to show their work. This is why all exhibition submissions are selected without the artists’ names, so the proposals stand on their merit alone.

- All submissions will be reviewed

- Blind selection will be performed by a selection panel of industry professionals

- The selection panel has access only to the 'submission title', 'submission description' and images

- The selection panel will decide if the exhibition fits into the program

- All applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by email (please check your junk/spam/trash/clutter folders regularly)


Key questions the selection panel asks:

- Is each image individually strong?

- Is the submission cohesive?

- Is there a new or unique approach to the subject matter?

- Does the photographer show an in-depth understanding of their genre and demonstrate a deep connection with their subject(s)?


Key dates*
Milestone Date
Submissions close 11:59pm 20 Feb 2022 (Sydney time)
Artists notified April 2022
Deadline to accept your placement** April 2022
Festival period  Nov 2022 (exact dates TBA)

 *Maybe amended at Head On's discretion

**If you cannot meet this deadline, please contact us to discuss