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Head On Photo Festival 17 May - 23 June 2013
Head On Photo Festival, Australia's largest photo festival and the world's second largest festival. Heading into its fifth year, Head On celebrated a wide range of photography across all genres from photojournalism and reportage through commercial to fine-art. With over 200 events at 100 venues, the 2013 festival was a resounding success for everyone who participated: galleries and other venues, photographers, Head On partners and the viewing public.
Events in 2013 were spread across Sydney from the CBD extending, north, south, east and west. Aside from traditional venues such as art galleries and museums, exhibitions and events were set in less formal venues such as cafes, pubs and Centennial Park. Most events are free of charge and include indoors and outdoors exhibitions, workshops, artists’ talks and open studios. With the diverse range of venues, events and photography, Head On Photo Festival offered something for everyone.
At the heart of the festival is Head On Portrait Prize which is the nation’s major innovative showcase for Australian portrait photography, reflecting a diverse cross-section of new and traditional photographic practices. It is the most critically acclaimed photographic portrait competition in Australia.
With the launch of the inaugural Head On Photo Festival in May 2010, the vibrant and cosmopolitan global city of Sydney finally gained a photography festival. Sydney is now firmly placed on the global photography scene alongside Perth, Brisbane and Ballarat who all have established festivals.
Both the Head On Photo Festival and Head On Portrait Prize are innovations of the non-profit organisation Head On Foundation. The foundation aims to promote photography, to encourage excellence and innovation and to raise awareness of important issues through photography.
All projects are operated with the basic philosophy of 'inclusivity'; work is selected based on merit rather than the celebrity of the subject or photographer. At Head On, we endeavour to provide all photo artists with an equal opportunity to be seen.
Programming for Head On Photo Festival 2014 is underway; please keep in touch via this site, Facebook, twitter or email. We appreciate your support and feedback and look forward to Head On Photo Festival 2013.
Images: © William Yang, © Tamara Voninski
Head On Foundation Ambassadors
Milton and Penny Harris
Head On Photo Festival Advisory Board
Head On Photo Festival Selection Committee
Head On Photo Festival Team 2013