One of Australia’s most coveted art and photography events is returning this summer. The Head On Photo Festival has announced a massive line-up of exhibitions and events which includes the works of over 500 photographers and 107 outdoor exhibitions. Spread across Paddington Reservoir Gardens and Bondi Beach, the event will take place over 17 days this November.
The Head On Photo Festival
Art fiends can look forward to a diverse range of art and photography events. This year, the exhibitions highlight important conversations like the impacts of COVID-19, refugees, global conflicts and more. These stories will be told through photographs across a number of genres from fine art to photojournalism.
The exhibitions shed light and perspective on cultures and stories from around the world. Both Australian and international photographers will be bringing their exemplary works to town. The festival will also feature works by up-and-coming First Nations photographers. Judges will pick the winners through an anonymous judging process ensuring equal opportunity and a platform for a diverse range of stories.
There’s heaps on this year. On November 4, the festival will have it’s grand opening at the newly reopened Bondi Pavillion. Enjoy incredible photographs from around the world along with food, music and drinks with a huge late-night celebration. The Head On Photo Awards will also be back with a huge prize pool of $70,000 – including $30,500 in cash.
In terms of exhibitions, attendees will have an incredible variety to choose from. Some to watch out for include:
- Changing the Conversation by Sujata Setia — For all those who believe the world doesn’t exist in binaries, head to this exhibition that expounds on the concept of beauty, humanity and more.
- The Rocketgirl Chronicles by Andrew Rovenko — This series revolves around Melbourne’s 240-day lockdown during covid and how families found hope and joy in small things.
- Dogs and the City by Kristie Lee — One that’s bound to pique your interest, this series features dogs and their owners’ feet with iconic cities in the background.
- War Notes by Mouneb Taim — Photojournalist Mouneb Taim documents atrocities in Syria and how civilians fight to find joy in the midst of heartrending circumstances.
Other exhibitions feature topics like feminism, pop culture, the environment, youth homelessness and gentrification. The Head On Photo Festival takes place from November 4-20.
Find their full program here.