Joe Wigdahl
Joe Wigdahl
Nicole Wells
Liz Thompson
Kelly Brown

Featuring: 40 Australian photographers.

Head On Portrait Prize was established in 2004 with the aim of giving the public and photographers, both well and less known, more opportunities to view and exhibit high quality photographic portraits. Today it is one of the biggest and most respected annual displays of portraiture in Australia and the pivotal part of Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading photography festival.

Since the very beginning of Head On Portrait Prize, neither the name of the photographer nor the status of the subject played a part in the selection process. The judges look purely for images that encapsulate the personality of the sitter and invite an emotional response from the viewer.

As the panel of judges changes each year and the works are anonymous at the time of selection the resulting collection of works is unpredictable and diverse.


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    Head On Photo Festival

    Head On Photo Festival believes all photo artists need a fair chance to show their work. This is why work submitted to the festival is judged without the artists’ names or pedigrees so the proposals stand on their merit. Established in 2010, Head On Photo Festival is Australia’s premier photo festival and one of the world’s leading photography festivals. Held in Sydney each May, the festival celebrates a wide range of Australian and international photography across all genres from photojournalism through commercial to fine-art.

    The Festival and Head On Prizes (Portrait, Landscape, Mobile Phone and Student) are innovations of the non-profit organisation Head On Foundation (est 2008). The foundation aims to promote the work of photographers at all stages of career, to encourage excellence and innovation, to make photography accessible to all and to raise awareness of important issues through photography.

Head On Portrait Prize 2014

 archive : 2014

Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Anne-Marie Van de Ven Polixeni Papapetrou Moshe Rosenzveig Sam Barzilay

Presented by: Head On Photo Festival
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