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Head On Photo Festival 2020

The internationally acclaimed photography festival will be fully digital for the first time.
By Marissa Ciampi
March 18, 2020
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Head On Photo Festival 2020

The internationally acclaimed photography festival will be fully digital for the first time.
By Marissa Ciampi
March 18, 2020
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Head On Photo Festival is back for its 11th year — but, this time, it'll be digital. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the (normally) citywide photography festival will be a predominately online event for 2020.

The internationally acclaimed festival will run from May 1–17 as planned but with the entire program launching as a digital platform on the Heads On website, including all photography, online seminars and other interactive events.

As usual, the exhibition features contemporary photography, portraiture and photojournalism. This year, artists from more than 12 countries are exhibiting, including France, Guatemala, Japan, Greece, Germany, South Korea, The Netherlands, the USA, the UK, China, Canada and (of course) Australia.

While the full program won't be announced until April, the preview already includes an impressive bunch — starting with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renée C Byer, who travelled across four continents and captured the faces of people living on $1USD per day.

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Other highlights include mythological imaginings by Guatemalan economist and artist Astrid Blazsek-Ayala; a documentation of Melbourne's violent race rallies between 2014–2018 by photojournalist Jake Nowakowski; images of the Athen's drag queen scene by Greek photographer Nikolaos Menoudarakos; and snaps of Bondi's underwater marine life by Australian photographer Matt Smith.

Work by heaps of other award-winning artists will be on display, too, including British photographer Professor Richard Sawdon Smith, German documentarian Robert Harding Pittman and two-time Walkley Award-winner Dave Tacon.

The Head On Photo Awards will also return for 2020, offering a prize-pool of $70,000 for portrait, landscape and student categories. Recipients will be announced at the start of the festival on May 1.

As far as catching the festival in person, Head On also plans to launch a scaled-back version across venues in November, so keep an eye on this space.

Images: Dave Tacon, 'Cirque le Soir'; Nikolaos Menoudarakos; Janie Barrett and Renée C Byer. All images courtesy of Head On Photo Festival.

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