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Head On Photo Festival submissions

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Submissions for 2022 now closed


2022 submissions now closed 

If you successfully submitted a proposal for Head On Photo Festival 2022 before the deadline (11.59 pm, Sunday 20, Feb), Head On’s selection panel are currently reviewing your submission/s. We will contact the selected artists in April. 

Our next open call for submissions will be in May for the Head On Photo Awards 2022. Read more about the Photo Awards, and see last year’s winners here.

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

Head On Photo Festival exhibits diverse and engaging, quality work across still photography, multi-media and video art. We welcome submissions 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, therefore, all the proposals received by Head On are judged without the artists’ names or pedigrees. This ensures that all photographs selected by Head On are chosen on their merit alone. 

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


SUBMISSIONS for Head On Photo Festival 2022 now CLOSED

The 2022 Festival will take place in Sydney during November and will include outstanding international and Australian artists both emerging and well-known.


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Above image credits: Dina GoldsteinOded WagensteinPaul BlackmoreSoraya ZamanRoger GrasasMax Mason Hubers (courtesy The Sydney Morning Herald), Jörgen AxelvallJenny Rova
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Why exhibit at Head On Photo Festival?


Head On Photo Festival is a leading international photography festival. Our outstanding reputation stems from our guiding principle; that every photo artist deserves a fair chance to show their work. This philosophy has allowed us to show diverse quality work that breaks the mould and exhibit all genres of photography by artists at all career stages. 

Our team works year-round to create and promote opportunities for your work to be seen - many leading industry professionals seeking new and emerging talents follow our successful model. Several of our artists have gone on to exhibit their work at other world-renowned photo festivals. 

This year's Festival will be a hybrid of online and in-person exhibitions and events. We preempt any changes in health and travel advice with tried and tested strategies in place to ensure that all exhibitions will have not only viability but also visibility. 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. 

Head On Photo Festival is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in the process of preparing and 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 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 16 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 on-line community

- Head On help desk

Featured/Head On Curated exhibitors gain additional benefits.

2021 Selection Panel
Judith Nangala Crispin
Judith Nangala Crispin is a poet, editor and photographic artist. Her visual work focuses on Lumachrome glass printing, a technique she has developed from layered alternative analogue methods including sun printing, chemigram and cliché-verre. A collection of her photographic portraits of remote Warlpiri elders were published in her book ‘The Lumen Seed’ by Daylight Books in 2017. Judith’s work responds to her Indigenous ancestry and includes themes of displacement, genocide and the loss of connection with nature. In addition to her photography, she has published collections of poetry and academic writings on music. She is currently poetry editor for The Canberra Times and Photography Director for the Kurdiji Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Project.
Judith Nangala Crispin
Visual artist and poet
Louisa Kirby has extensive experience as a photo editor and visual researcher. She is currently working as a visual researcher for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Louisa Kirby
Picture editor, Fairfax Media
Garry Trinh
Garry Trinh  is an artist working in photography, video, painting and works on paper. He makes art about the uncanny, unexpected and spontaneous moments in daily life. He is inspired by his surroundings and from the vast visual output of mass culture. His work is collected by the Art Gallery of NSW and Artbank. He has been exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Blacktown Arts Centre, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Stills Gallery, Gallery 4A and many others.
Garry Trinh
Artist and educator
Simon Harsent
Simon Harsent’s career has spanned more than 20 years and three continents. Born in England, his photographic career began in London after he finished studying photography at Watford College. In 1987 Harsent moved to Sydney, Australia where he soon established himself as one of the country’s leading commercial photographers working with the top advertisers in Australia and Asia. 1997 saw Harsent move to New York. However, his connection to Australia and Asia did not stop there. He frequently returns to Australia to shoot and is co-founder of POOL collective, a thriving photographers’ collective. Harsent was listed as one of the most influential people in advertising in Australian Creative’s 2011 Power 20 issue.
Simon Harsent
Director/Photographer and founding member of POOL Collective
Catherine Benz is an art curator based in Sydney. She has over 25 years’ experience working in the contemporary arts sector, holding positions at NAVA, university galleries and Sydney’s former leading photographic gallery, Stills Gallery. Her curatorial projects include survey exhibitions of Australian photographer Trent Parke and New Zealand photographer Laurence Aberhart, amongst many others. She is currently director of Delmar Gallery at Trinity Grammar School.
Catherine Benz
Curator/Director, Delmar Gallery
Murray Fredericks
Murray Fredericks is an internationally-recognised and multi-award winning artist and filmmaker. Graduating with a Bachelor of Politics from the University of Sydney in 1992, Fredericks subsequently spent extended periods travelling alone in the Himalaya and Middle Eastern deserts. During this time he became aware of the profound effect that time spent in isolation – particularly in powerful landscapes – can have on the mind and one’s sense of self.
Murray Fredericks
Artist and filmmaker
Liz Ham
Liz Ham has been working professionally as a photographer for over twenty years. Straddling the genres of documentary, portraiture and fashion, her work is infused with nostalgia and narrative, often exploring ideas around identity and subculture. In 2017 Ham’s first monograph ‘Punk Girls’ was released internationally by Manuscript Publishing. Liz is currently undertaking a Masters by Research at UTS exploring her lifelong investment in documentary photography.
Liz Ham
Widely published and collected photographer
Anna Maria Antoinette D'Addario
Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario is a documentary, photographic artist exploring forms of storytelling. She is dedicated to the expression of social, environmental and humanitarian issues. An MFA graduate from Sydney College of the Arts, Anna is a regular contributor to The New York Times and her work has been produced broadly in international and Australian publications. She exhibits regularly, her work part of private and public collections, including the National Library of Australia, the State Library of NSW and the State Library of Queensland. Anna is a member of Women Photograph and a founding member of the Australian collective Lumina.
Anna Maria Antoinette D'Addario
Documentary, photographic artist and founding member, Lumina collective
Alison Stieven-Taylor
Alison Stieven-Taylor is an international photography commentator, journalist and educator. Her writing has appeared in publications including The Weekend Australian, World Press Photo Witness, and the French journal The Eye of Photography. She is also the publisher of the widely-read weekly blog Photojournalism Now. Alison has been a juror for numerous international photography festivals and awards including FotoEvidence Book Award, ANZ Photobook Awards, the Walkley Awards, Head On Photo Awards and the Indian Photography Festival. Alison is currently writing her PhD on photography and social change, and is a lecturer in media communications at Monash University (Melbourne).
Alison Stieven-Taylor
Photography commentator, journalist and educator
Moshe Rosenzveig OAM
Moshe Rosenzveig OAM is the founder and Creative Director of Head On Photo Festival. Moshe has over 40 years’ experience in the media as a photojournalist, award-winning television producer/director (SBS TV) and commercial photographer. He has held lecturing positions at the University of Technology (UTS), the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and others. He has also sat on judging panels for various competitions including The Walkleys, Tokyo Photography Prize, Sydney’s Art & About and is the lead judge for Head On Photo Awards. In 2018, Moshe received an Order of Australia Medal for services to the arts.
Moshe Rosenzveig OAM
Founder and Creative Director, Head On Photo Festival
Elizabeth Reidy
Elizabeth Reidy is an established Curator, Writer, and Community Cultural worker currently living on Gadigal land, Sydney, Australia. She manages the Visual Arts program for Waverley Council, which includes Waverley Artist Studios, Bondi Beach Sea Wall, Bondi Pavilion Gallery and the Public Art Policy Development and Commissioning Program for the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Elizabeth Reidy has held roles at contemporary arts organisations including Firstdraft, Chalk Horse, Roslyn Oxley9, BREENSPACE, The Arts Council of England, Tate Modern and d/LuxMediaArts. Her curatorial work has been both written about, published and discussed widely, including in Art Monthly Australasia, Sydney Morning Herald, BBC News, ABC News, The Guardian, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Triple J, and an array of independent art publications. Elizabeth holds a Diploma of Dance (Classical Ballet), Royal Academy of Dance, London, 1998, Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) UNSW 2001, Bachelor of Art Theory from UNSW A & D 2005, and a Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Practice from the University of Sydney 2018.
Elizabeth Reidy
Visual Arts program manager for Waverley Council