Head On Photo Festival, the creation of Moshe Rosenzveig and Head On Foundation, is in its fifth year, growing significantly since being launched in 2010 from 70 events to over 200 in 2014. Showcasing work from over 900 Australian and international photographers, the Festival is Australia’s largest photography festival.
With over $50,000 worth of prizes to be won, 2014 attracted over 4,000 entrants into the prestigious Head On Portrait Prize, Head On Landscape Prize, Mobile and Multimedia competition. At the launch last Friday 16th May, at Paddington Town Hall, Moshe Rosenveig announced the winners to an enthusiastic festival opening crowd.
Portrait Prize Winners:
Joe Wigdahl: Family Loss
Richard Wainwright: Life and a suitcase
Heather Tichowitsch: Vicki
Highly Commended: Rodney Decker
Landscape Prize Winners:
Nick Hannes; Cairo, Egypt
Victor Stepanow: Burnet Forrest
Adrian Rohnfelder: Tengger massif in Indonesia
NSW Prize: Peter Solness, Waterscape #2, Reservoir No.2, Centennial Park NSW, 2013
Clare Bardsley-Smith: Boy vs Wild
Andrew Quilty: Burns Victim
Laki Sedaris: Somewhere near Codrington
Highly Commended: Richard Gray
Nina Ross (Victoria), Untitled #1 (Fish), 2011, HD video, 3 min 29 sec, lopped
Head On Photo Festival has been a major platform for discovering new talent, building photographers’ profiles and delivering a program of events that challenges and excites people about the world of photography. With a focus on showing the world in startling, surprising and challenging ways, the Festival also looks for opportunities to support social awareness, and its activities have included raising money for Afghan photographers, working with indigenous photographers and educating schoolchildren through special workshops.
The winning images and finalist will be on display during the entire festival:
Head On Portrait Winners & Finalists at Paddington Reservoir Gardens;
Head On Landscape Winners & Finalists at Parliament House of NSW;
Head On Mobile Winners & Finalists at Depot Gallery and Head On Multimedia Winners & Finalists at Brenda May Gallery, both at the Dank St Complex