Presented by Head On Photo Festival
Curated by Anne-Marie Van de Ven, Polixeni Papapetrou, Moshe Rosenzveig, Sam Barzilay,
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.
Head On Photo Festival is Australia’s leading photography festival presenting the work of hundreds of Australian and international photographers in Sydney each May.
The festival activates a diverse range of exhibition spaces including galleries, parks, libraries and public spaces across Sydney attracting hundreds of thousands of people each year. Artists and their audiences can explore, discuss and develop their creativity and appreciation of photography through the extensive program of workshops, seminars and presentations.
Head On Photo Festival provides a public platform for all genres and techniques including photojournalism, fine art, mobile phone and multi-media. It celebrates the work of photo-artists at varying stages of their career from international luminaries to emerging artists tentatively embarking on their first exhibition.