Photography Contest

Head On Photo Awards 2024

Head On Photo Awards 2024

Deadline |


Theme |

Portrait, Landscape, Environmental

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Eligibility |

Open to all

Entry Fees |


Prizes |

Cash Prize
The Head On Photo Awards 2024 stands as a cornerstone of creativity and innovation in the global photographic community. Established as Australia’s most prestigious photography competition, it welcomes the participation of both emerging and established photographers from around the world, offering them a unique platform to showcase their artistry. By embracing all genres, interpretations, and styles of photography, the awards encourage a diverse range of submissions, from captivating landscapes and powerful portraits to thought-provoking environmental narratives and beyond..

This illustrious competition is distinguished by its commitment to an anonymous judging process, ensuring that entries are evaluated solely on their merit. Such an approach guarantees fairness and impartiality, providing an equal opportunity for all participants, regardless of their reputation or level of experience. The judging panel is composed of esteemed leaders within the Australian and international photography communities, including curators, picture editors, educators, and professional photographers. Their collective expertise ensures a comprehensive assessment of each submission, evaluating its strength, cohesion, originality, and the photographer’s connection with the subject matter..

The Head On Photo Awards not only celebrate artistic excellence but also offer photographers an unparalleled opportunity for exposure. Winners and finalists gain the chance to exhibit their work at the Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading international photography event, thereby reaching a wide audience of photography enthusiasts, peers, and industry professionals. The generous prize pool, which totals $70,000, further underscores the awards’ commitment to supporting photographers in their creative endeavors. With its rich blend of competition, recognition, and community, the Head On Photo Awards continues to be a pivotal event in the international photographic calendar, driving forward the boundaries of visual storytelling.

Awards summary

The prize pool totals $70,000, with three main categories (Portrait, Landscape, Environmental) each awarding an overall winner AUD$10,000 cash. Winners and runners-up in these categories also receive additional prizes, such as a $300 book pack from Photobook Australia and annual subscriptions to Australian Geographic, Better Photography, and PhotoReview magazines. The Landscape category includes a special camera package supplied by OM Systems, valued at approximately $8,000.

Featured Photo Contest

AAP Magazine #40/Portrait

$1,000 cash prizes | Winning image(s) published in AAP Magazine #40 | Extensive press coverage and global recognition

Best Photography Contests in 2024

Each year, there are hundreds of photography competitions all over the world, so we've decided to select for you the best of the best! Our selection of the best photo contests in 2024 is thoroughly curated to help you, whether you are a professional photographer or an amateur, to help find your next creative breakthrough. These all-star competitions offer the greatest opportunities for international exposure and/or incredible financial benefits. Some of them are closing soon, so get your photo submissions in!

ENDS 05/31/24
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ENDS 05/31/24
Our 40th printed issue of AAP Magazine will feature the best projects showcasing the theme "Portrait".
ENDS 06/01/24
The Paula Riff Award was created by the Center of Photographic Art and Lenscratch in 2021 as a way to celebrate and continue the legacy of artist Paula Riff.
ENDS 06/03/24
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ENDS 06/06/24
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ENDS 06/10/24
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ENDS 06/27/24
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ENDS 06/30/24
Diversity has existed on earth since the beginning of time. It is one of the fundamentals of life that our ancestors have learnt and understood along with the wisdom behind it until it has become ingrained as intellect.
ENDS 07/16/24
The Head On Photo Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across three categories: Portrait, Landscape, Student
ENDS 08/01/24
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ENDS 08/19/24
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ENDS 08/31/24
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ENDS 09/15/24
This program is a juried competition open to a diversity of book submissions- from traditionally published to prototypes, hand-made books to zines
ENDS 09/15/24
A FREE to enter International Photography & Film Awards with great prizes across several genres. Photographers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience are eligible to enter the Xposure International Awards.