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Head On Photo Awards

Head On Photo Festival

• Deadline: July 16th, 2023

• Prize: $10,000 + Exhibition in Sydney

• Categories: Portrait, Landscape, Environmental

• Entry Fees: Yes

• REGISTRATION: CLOSED, Click HERE For More Opportunities

Since 2004 we have been helping photographers all over the world to create, exhibit and inspire, awarding over $800,000 in cash and prizes.

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

Portrait | Landscape | Environmental (new) | Student*

The Head On Portrait, Landscape and Environmental Awards are open INTERNATIONALLY to photographers of all levels.

The last day to enter is Sunday 16 July, 2023.


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. We encourage all photographic styles and interpretations of photographic portraiture.


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. We encourage all photographic styles and interpretations of ‘landscape’.


The inaugural Head On Environmental Awards by Australian Geographic celebrates the power of photography to capture and provoke reflection on our world and our place in it, inspiring action and driving positive change for our planet. Make your picture make a difference!

Images should highlight specific issues, elements or people impacting the natural world and our environment’s wellbeing, including, but not limited to, human-induced climate change, biodiversity and habitat loss, sustainable practices, pollution, ocean acidification and micro-diversity.

FINALISTS’ EXHIBITIONS & SEMI FINALISTS’ SLIDESHOW The Head On Photo Awards finalists’ exhibitions and semi finalists’ slideshow will be open to the public during Head On Photo Festival 2023 at key Festival venues (subject to public health orders). These venues are at the heart of the Festival where talks, tours and school excursions take place. The Head On team curates, designs and produces the exhibitions and slideshow, and Head On Foundation covers all associated costs (once you enter your image, we do the rest!). Awards exhibitions receive significant visitation, recording tens of thousands of visitors across stunning Festival venues and have toured globally. The Awards also have dedicated exhibition web pages with high traffic.


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