The winners of the 2013 Head On awards were announced on 17 May 2013. With over $80,000 worth of prizes, the awards are part of the annual Head On Photo Festival. The festival is Australia’s largest photo festival and the world’s second largest.
Jonathon May won the Head On Portrait Prize with his photo of Stanford, a boy who attends a school for blind children in Kenya. The judges described the image was “a powerful image of the resilience of the human spirit despite the tragedy of his life” and said it “juxtaposes the harrowing experience he endured and the innocence of childhood and playfulness”.
Tim Levy won the Head Off Landscape Prize with a layered Jeffrey Smart-like image of a man sunbathing on a concrete rooftop.
Ingvar Kenne won first prize in the Momento PhotoBook category with is book ‘Citizen 1997-2012’, a photograph monograph of Kenne’s portraits over the five-year period.
The Head On Photo Festival celebrates a wide range of photography across all genres from photojournalism and reportage through to commercial and fine-art, with over 200 events at 100 venues around Sydney.
Events at the Festival in 2012 were spread across Sydney from the CBD, extending north, south, east and west. They included events in tradition venues such as art galleries and museums, as well as exhibitions and events in less formal venues such as cafes, pubs, and in Centennial Park. Most events are free of charge and include exhibitions indoors and out, as well as workshops, artists’ talks, open studios and a 2 day seminar.
Both the Head On Photo Festival and the Head On Portrait Prize are innovations of the Head On Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2008. The Foundation aims to promote photography, to encourage excellence and innovation, and to raise awareness of important issues through photography.
The Foundation says all projects are operated with the basic philosophy of ‘inclusivity’ and that work is selected on merit, rather than the celebrity of the subject or photographer.
“At Head On, we endeavour to provide all photo artists with an equal opportunity to be seen,” the Foundation says.
Winners of the three Head On prizes each receive $5000 in cash, as well as a prize package. Two runners up and a People’s Choice for the Portrait Prize and Landscap Prize win a prize package, and each finalist of the Portrait Prize and Landscape Prize receives Nik Software worth $499.
The prize-winning entries will be exhibited as part of the 2013 Head On Photo Festival, which runs from 17 May 2013 to 23 June 2013.