The winners of the 2018 Head On Photo Awards were recently announced. Each year, photographers are invited to enter any of the four categories: Portrait, Landscape, Mobile, and Student. This year, over 5,000 entrants vied for over $60,000 worth of prizes.
Crowd favourite category, the Head On Portrait Prize was taken out by partners, Sávio Freire and Irmina Walczak for a family portrait taken after the birth of their son. It aims to depict the each person’s feelings in the new unit – as carer, outsider, and observer. The Mobile Prize went to Zay Yar Lin for an aerial shot of a seafarer sweeping the bright red deck of his ship as waves crash below, and the Student Prize went to Hi Yin Chan. Roger Grasas was awarded the Landscape Prize for his image of the ancient Pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza, shot from within the dining room of a well-known American fast food restaurant.
The Festival also announced entries are open for a brand-new award, presented in partnership with the NSW Government. Stories of NSW, The NSW Arts Minister’s Award for Visual Storytelling is a first of its kind in Australia and will award $10,000 to a project aimed at recording contemporary life in NSW. The resulting exhibition of the winner’s work will be acquired and exhibited at the State Library of NSW during Head On Photo Festival 2019.
The award is open to NSW artists with an idea or work in progress, which must fall under the category of fine art photography, photojournalism, or documentary photography telling the stories of NSW. A team of industry professionals, photographers, and curators will review the submissions in consultation with the Minister’s office to select the award recipient. Entries close Monday 11 June, 2018. Applications can be submitted at www.headon.com.au.