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Head On Photo Festival 2020 to be Predominantly an Online Event in May

Head On Photo Festival  2020
Courtesy Head On Photo Festival 2020 - Ian Bickerstaff

Australia’s leading annual international photography event will be going ahead predominantly online from 1-17 May, accompanied by a diverse program of webinars and events. Recipients of the Head On Photo Awards, including categories for Portrait, Landscape and Student, will be announced on 1 May as planned. Head On plans to stage a scaled-back physical festival in November 2020.

Now in its 11th year, Head On Photo Festival 2020 will continue to highlight the extraordinary diversity of photography as

a medium through thought-provoking exhibitions featuring contemporary fine art photography, portraiture and

photojournalism by artists from France, Guatemala, Japan, Greece, Germany, South Korea, The Netherlands, United States

of America, United Kingdom, China, Canada and Australia.

Amongst the topics addressed in these free and ticketed exhibitions are: the urgency of climate change, the precious but

fleeting nature of childhood, the beauty of old age, the rise of anti-immigration groups, the devastation of war, identity

politics, and the value – inherent and ascribed – of the selfie.

Head on Photo Festival 2020
Courtesy Head On Photo Festival 2020 - Renée C. Byer

Head On Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM said: “The Head On Photo Festival team have been regularly checking updates regarding the coronavirus pandemic and we are making plans to best protect the public, our artists, volunteers and staff. We recognise the extraordinary effort photographers have put into delivering Award submissions and preparing exhibitions over recent months and plan to honour and celebrate this by working to create an online Head On Photo Festival.

This online version of the Festival will be held as scheduled from 1-17 May and will be accompanied by an exciting program of online seminars and events throughout the Festival period. We will then work to present a scaled-back physical festival later in the year. At a time when many people will be in isolation, this digital platform will provide our audiences around the world with a variety of interesting artworks, images and activities to engage and interact with.

With the support of our wonderful sponsors, our devoted team is currently working hard to deliver the best online and physical festival we can, so keep an eye out for updates! Thank you to everyone for their understanding and support in this difficult and uncertain time.”

Please visit the Head On Photo Festival website and social media for further updates.

Head on Photo Festival 2020 Online
Courtesy of Head On Photo Festival 2020 - Janie Barrett


Head On Foundation (est. 2008) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the work of photographers at all stages of career, encouraging excellence and innovation, making photography accessible to all and raising awareness of important issues through photography. The main activities of the Foundation are Head On Photo Festival and Head On Awards (Portrait, Landscape and Student photographic prizes) and collaborative projects. Head On Photo Festival is a bridge between Australian and international photographic markets. The festival has toured in America, China, India, Europe and New Zealand. This has introduced the international photographic elite to the wealth of photographic talent Australia possesses.


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