Head On Photo Awards

Head On Photo Awards

Deadline: February 16, 2020
Entry fee: $21, student — $1
Prizes: a prize pool worth $70,000, valuable prizes

We have been helping photographers to create, exhibit and inspire since 2004. Since then we have awarded over $650,000 in cash and prizes to photographers all over the world.

The Head On Photo Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across three categories:

  • Portrait
    The image must feature or reflect the essence of a person or group of people and must be photographed by the Applicant. Group portraits, self-portraits and collages are accepted.
  • Landscape
    Our approach to ‘Landscape’ is very broad and encompasses ‘large vista’ images of the natural environment (land or sea), urban or industrial settings. It may include people, but these should be ‘incidental’ rather than the main subject matter.
  • Student

The Head On Photo Awards 2020 for Portrait and Landscape categories are open to Applicants residing anywhere in the world (not restricted to Australia) and the Head On Student Prize is open to Australia’s young photographers (school years K-12).

Applicants may submit an unlimited number of entries to any category.

Images must be produced by a photographic device (including mobile devices) that captures images (experimental processes welcome), in colour and/or black & white. You may enhance the image and apply filters.

There is no time restriction on when an image was made.

Copyright in the images remains the property of the image creator/photographer.


  • The Head On Photo Awards exhibitions receive large visitation across two venues, Head On Photo Festival Hub, and Paddington Reservoir Gardens.
  • Three winners per category will win prizes from a $70,000 prize pool including $30,500 in cash.

The winning finalists will be announced at the Launch of Head On Photo Festival 2020 in May.

Entry Fee

  • Entry fee of AUD$30 (approximately US$21) per image, discounted to AUD$25 (approximately US$18) per image for members.
  • Student: $1 per image.


  • Sunday 16 February 2020 11PM (AEDT, Australia time).

Website: https://www.headon.com.au/awards


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