Four Head On Photo Festival volunteers smiling and holding their arms up in the air


Volunteer at Head On Photo Festival (4 - 20 November 2022)

Express your interest


Image: Johannes Reinhart


Do you want to learn new skills? Interested in gaining valuable experience working in a world-renowned arts festival? Want to meet new people and network with the arts community?  

We can help you by helping us! 

For the last thirteen years, Head On Photo Festival has showcased local and international photographers across the city transforming Sydney into a cultural hub for photographic practitioners and enthusiasts. Each year, we present dynamic and free public programming to wide audiences; exhibitions, talks series, workshops, and more.  

All of this is only possible because of our amazing team of volunteers. If you would like to get some behind the scenes experience from one of the world’s leading photography festivals, meet interesting people from around the world and make new friends, please express your interest below. 

Become a volunteer


Each festival takes over a year to organise and we could use your help all year round. We are always looking for keen volunteers who are interested in office administration, marketing, business development, social media and graphic design. 

These are hands-on roles and a great opportunity to work in a high-paced team environment. 


Installation for the festival generally starts in late October/early November. De-installation begins immediately following the festival.  

These are hands-on roles and a great opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the curatorial process in action. Experience using basic tools is not a requirement but certainly a bonus. 


Bit of a social butterfly? Just love having chat? Join our team of festival hosts to mind galleries, collect visitor feedback, recommend exhibitions to visitors and answer any questions. 

Festival Launch

If you like big crowds and a party atmosphere, then our Festival Launch is the place for you. We have a variety of opportunities; if you hold a current RSA, we'd love you to help with the bar and/or deliver drinks to our special guests. If you like chatting to people or have retail experience, we have roles to meet & greet, collect feedback, provide information and sell merchandise. We also have roles to generally assist the event producers and Head On team.  

Image credits: Moshe Rosenzveig, Stephen Godfrey, Steve Marshall