Head On Portrait Prize 2015

Presented by Head On Photo Festival

Featuring Various Artists to be announced

One of the biggest and most respected portraiture exhibitions in Australia, the Head On Portrait Prize is a major attraction of the Head On Photo Festival, one of the world’s leading photography festivals.

Since the beginning of the Prize in 2004, 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 judging panel changes each year and the works are anonymous at the time of selection, the resulting collection is unpredictable and diverse.

The 2015 judges were:

  • James Estrin, Photographer/Lens Blog Editor, The New York Times
  • Susan Sedgwick, Head Curator, Sydney Living Museums
  • Bronwyn Rennex, Director, Stills Gallery, Sydney
  • Moshe Rosenzveig, Director, Head On Photo Festival

Head On Photo Festival is held throughout Sydney, Australia each May and celebrates diversity in photography of all genres from across the globe.

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.