The Best of the Head On Portrait Prize 

National Exhibition Register

  • Emma
    Lisa Maree Williams Emma, 2016
    Inkjet print mounted
594 x 841mm
    Image Credit
    Courtesy and © the artist

About the exhibition

Established in 2004 the Head On Portrait Prize is Australia's most critically acclaimed photographic portrait competition and exhibition reflecting a vibrant diverse cross-section of new and traditional photographic practices. It gives both the public and photographers, both known and unknown, greater opportunity to view and exhibit high-quality photographic portraits.

Today it is one of the biggest and most respected annual displays of portraiture in Australia, and the heart of the Head On Photo Festival. Since the very first Head On Portrait Prize, neither the name of the photographer nor the status of the subject has played a part in the selection process.

The judges look purely for images that encapsulate the personality of the sitter and invite an emotional response from the viewer.

Prizes are awarded to 3 photographers for the best Australian contemporary photographic portrait. The panel of judges changes each year and the works are anonymous at the time of selection, so the resulting final collection of works is unpredictable and diverse.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
17/03/2017 - 17/03/2019
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Head On Photo Festival
$2,000 (exc. freight)
Web Site
Other materials
Electronic copy for Labels Interpretative/Didactic Panels 60 inkjet prints mounted 
594 x 841mm
Primary contact
Tony Nolan
Head On Photo Festival
02 9665 5865
Secondary contact
Lauran Vohmann
02 9665 5865