Head On Photo Awards 2019


Head On Photo Awards

Head On Photo Awards

Deadline: February 3, 2019
Entry fee: $22, student — $1
Prizes: $500, $1,000, $5,000, valuable prizes

We have been helping photographers to Create, Exhibit and inspire since 2004.

The Head On Photo Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across four categories; Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student. Head On Photo Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious photo festivals is calling for photographers to submit work to the Head On Photo Awards.


  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Mobile
  • Student

Website: www.headon.com.au/awards

Head On Photo Awards 2018 Winners

Notts County Football Ground, © Simon Harsent, Landscape Winner, Head On Photo Awards
Notts County Football Ground
© Simon Harsent
Landscape Winner

From The Beautiful Game, a recent body of work. As a child, I took the train to London, where my father lived. About halfway, I could spy Wembley Stadium’s twin towers as a fleeting part of the skyline. My passion for football is in my DNA and the thrill of this sight was inextricably linked with the anticipation of seeing my father; journey and destination blurred. On my travels as a working photograper, I am always that boy on the train. For thousands, stadia are places full of passion, history and stories, also markers in life’s landscape; passing points of interest, both destination and journey.


Giza pyramids, © Roger Grasas, Landscape Winner, Head On Photo Awards
Giza pyramids
© Roger Grasas
Landscape Winner

View of the pyramids and the sphinx of Giza (Egypt) from the dining room of a well-known American restaurant.


Middle Kingdoms - Wan Wah, Forbes NSW, © Jasmine Poole, Landscape Winner, Head On Photo Awards
Middle Kingdoms – Wan Wah, Forbes NSW
© Jasmine Poole
Landscape Winner

From the series ‘Middle Kingdoms’, an exploration of Chinese restaurants and their owners in regional and rural NSW. Over the past 50 years, the Chinese restaurant has become a notable part of Australian culture, representing immigrant histories and cultural exchange at a time when Australia was a very different place. These kingdoms, scattered across NSW, symbolise more than just a place to have a meal. For many migrants they were a life changing opportunity enabling a journey to belonging, shaping the Australian landscape as we know it today.


Portrait of my shadow, © Federico Rekowski, Landscape Winner, Head On Photo Awards
Portrait of my shadow
© Federico Rekowski
Landscape Winner

The Paulownia Plantation, Richmond NSW. I included my shadow in the foregeound to create a moody photograph complementing my feelings as I took the photo. What I like about this photograph is that it evokes a scary emotion but at the same time it allows me to find a safe way out.


Midland, © Al Wildey, Landscape Winner, Head On Photo Awards
© Al Wildey
Landscape Winner

A digital composite of 100 photographs of journeys merged into a single image to create the illusion of travel through time and space.


Predawn, © Brydie Piaf, Landscape Winner, Head On Photo Awards
© Brydie Piaf
Landscape Winner

Since 2016, I’ve been working on a long term project about the regular sunrise swimmers at Merewether Ocean Baths, Newcastle. Regardless of the weather or season, you will often find the same people getting their early morning salt water fix – a well worn routine, frequently a social outlet, and for each every person there, simply the best way to start the day.


Rotten, © Indiana Greer, Student Winner, Head On Photo Awards
© Indiana Greer
Student Winner


Levitation, © Hi Yin Chan, Student Winner, Head On Photo Awards
© Hi Yin Chan
Student Winner

What is better than standing on top of a mountain? Jumping on top of a mountain!

Hiking has always been a way for me to escape from the urban area and put everything behind. It is both scary and exciting whenever I think of what is going to happen in my future. But at the end of the day, all I want for my future, is FREEDOM.


VB Party 01, © Gigi Malherbe, Student Winner, Head On Photo Awards
VB Party 01
© Gigi Malherbe
Student Winner

Victory Brownout Party.


Mama, © Irmina Walczak & Sávio Freire, Portait Winner, Head On Photo Awards
© Irmina Walczak & Sávio Freire
Portait Winner

This photo is a portrait of us in the early days following the arrival of our son. It represents the time in which each of us was searching and reviewing our place in this new organism called family. This picture is about being a mother of two and becoming an octopus in order to meet the physical and psychological needs of your offspring. It is also about being a father of two and feeling inadequate and distant. Finally, it is about being the older child and losing the lap as well as pleading for attention.


Silence, © Hubert Czajkowski, Portait Winner, Head On Photo Awards
© Hubert Czajkowski
Portait Winner

Morning shooting with Mame Anta Wade was great but the rain and clouds behind window had no mercy. Like a shield stopping sunrays.

While changing film in my camera I asked her to choose some music. Pop-music filled the room, “You wouldn’t like this” she said. “Does each song has to be about love”she asked?

The frame was  taken without setup, like words caught between verses.

Space, you see, is silent, like my answer.


Portrait at one hundred, © Susan Copen Oken, Portait Winner, Head On Photo Awards
Portrait at one hundred
© Susan Copen Oken
Portait Winner


Life in Color, © Zay Yar Lin, Mobile Winner, Head On Photo Awards
Life in Color
© Zay Yar Lin
Mobile Winner

A seafarer cleaning a ship’s red deck while at sea.


Deja Vu, © Lauren Elise Barlow, Mobile Winner, Head On Photo Awards
Deja Vu
© Lauren Elise Barlow
Mobile Winner

My older sister on the due date of her second child. It captures a beautiful and fleeting moment of Rebecca’s and Rita’s bond as mother and daughter only hours before they both met Javi, their son and brother.

Untitled, © John Platt, Mobile Winner, Head On Photo Awards
© John Platt
Mobile Winner

As a teenager growing up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches I loved to surf, much preferring the ocean to Pittwater as you never knew what lurked beneath that dark still water. I was once held under by a large wave and from that time have had a fear of big surf and of drowning. I still love the water but that moment from all those years ago stays with me as does that sense of unease when it comes to still water.


Head On Photo Awards 2017 Winners


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