Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Australia’s most prestigious photographic portrait competition is open to professionals and enthusiasts alike and you have until 13th March to enter.

Previous winners have not only shared in the prize pool worth a staggering $50,000 but some like Richard Kendall and Fiona Wolf credit winning this coveted portrait prize with kick starting their photographic careers.

Other photographers have enjoyed having their selected works showcased in an exhibition at the Australian Centre for Photography which last year attracted a record crowd of over 7500 visitors.

Head On founder and curator, Moshe Rosenzveig explains that for this prize, now in its eighth year, the “Selection of images will continue to be based on the power of the photograph rather than the celebrity of either the sitter or photographer. In previous years we have had works by unknown amateurs alongside images by leading figures in photography like photo journalist Stephen Dupont and renowned commercial portrait photographers including Montalbetti + Campbell.”

This year the judges include Judith Blackall, MCA Head of Artistic Programs, Sandra Harrison, Sydney Morning Herald Photographic Managing Editor, Sean Izzard, multiple award winning photographer and Moshe Rosenzveig, Head On Photo Festival director. They will select 40 finalists and from those the three photographers judged to have entered the best Australian contemporary photographic portraits will be awarded joint-winners for 2011. Two further prizes will be presented for ‘The Critic’s Award’ and for ‘People’s Choice’.

Get your entry in by the 13th March for your chance to win.

Picture Credit: Fiona Galbraith, Jonathan May

Fast Facts

All competition requirements will be available on the Head On website at

The exhibition forms part of the Head On Photo Festival which runs from 5 May to 11 June 2011 and features over one hundred events including exhibitions, seminars, workshops and a series of multi-media screenings.

Head On Portrait Prize – entries close at 11pm AEDT on Sunday 13 March.
Winners will be announced on Thursday 5 May.

Visit the Head On Portrait Prize and Photo Festival website at

Media contact for interviews, images and further information:
Sandra Byron, Mobile: 0430 113 314 Email: [email protected]

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Head On Portrait Prize

Head On Portrait Prize was founded by Moshe Rosenzveig in 2004 as an independent national photographic portrait competition and has since grown to the point where a large-scale festival has been developed around it.

The show’s Head On Portrait Prize selection criteria are the quality and impact of the image rather than the celebrity of the photographer or subject. As a result, Head On is regarded by the Arts community and reviewers as the most critically important photographic portrait prize in the country.

A celebrated part of the Arts year’s calendar, Head On Portrait Prize is the nation's major showcase for Australian portrait photography, reflecting a vibrant, diverse cross-section of new and traditional photographic practices.

Past judges include such art world luminaries as Magnum photographer Trent Parke, National Gallery of Victoria Senior Photography Curator Isobel Crombie, Good Weekend Picture Editor Judith Love, multi award-winning photographer Stephen Dupont, former Co-director of Stills Gallery and current freelance curator Sandy Edwards, Sherman Contemporary Arts Foundation Director Dr Gene Sherman, The Sydney Morning Herald photography critic Robert McFarlane and Russell Storer Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art at the time (now Contemporary Asian Art Curator, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane).

Head On has been running on a very limited budget raised through entry fees and thanks to the goodwill of many people. It has been supported by Canon, Adobe, Sandisk, Epson, Lowepro, Momento, Kayell, Focal Press, ACDSee, MailChimp, PureMac, Pixel Perfect Prolab, Nik Software, Buy-n-Shoot, Arts Hotel, Centennial Parklands, ColourProcess, Frankel Lawyers, Agileware, Le Bukhara, Shaw Vineyard Estate, National Arts School, AIPP, ACMP and the Australian Centre for Photography
Sandra Byron, Head On publicity manager
P: 0430 113 314

Moshe Rosenzveig, Head On Curator

P: 0411 068 650


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