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Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual photography event, unveiled the first 20 exhibitions to headline the 2020 edition. Featuring both international and Australian artists, the Festival will span eight locations in Sydney including Paddington Town Hall, Paddington Reservoir Gardens, NSW Parliament House and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Now in its 11th year, Head On Photo Festival 2020 will continue to highlight the extraordinary diversity of photography as a medium through thought-provoking exhibitions featuring contemporary fine art photography, portraiture and photojournalism by artists from Italy, France, Guatemala, Japan, New Zealand, Greece, South Korea, The Netherlands, United States of America, United Kingdom, China, Canada and Australia.

Amongst the topics addressed in these free and ticketed exhibitions are: the urgency of climate change, the precious but fleeting nature of childhood, the beauty of old age, the rise of anti-immigration groups, the devastation of war, identity politics, and the value – inherent and ascribed – of the selfie.

Our 2020 headline exhibitions promise, as always, an incredible banquet of topical themes that are deeply relevant to our everyday lives.

Head On Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM said: “Head On’s international scope and agility as an independent organisation allow us to present world class exhibitions that place the work of established Australian and internationally recognised artists alongside those of emerging talent. Our 2020 headline exhibitions promise, as always, an incredible banquet of topical themes that are deeply relevant to our everyday lives.”

Presented across the Festival Hub and Paddington Reservoir Gardens, The Head On Photo Awards return in 2020 – offering a prize-pool of $70,000 including two cash prizes of $15,000 each - judged by internationally renowned photographers, picture editors and curators. The Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across three categories including Portrait and Landscape which are open internationally to professional and amateur photographers from classical and contemporary styles. The Head On Student Award is open to school years K-12. All finalists are exhibited in an exhibition during the Festival. The 2020 Head On Photo Awards will be announced a the Festival launch on Friday 1 May.

Further programming for the 2020 Head On Photo Festival will be announced in the coming months.

Head On Foundation (est. 2008) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the work of photographers at all stages of career, encouraging excellence and innovation, making photography accessible to all and raising awareness of important issues through photography. The main activities of the Foundation are Head On Photo Festival and Head On Awards (Portrait, Landscape and Student photographic prizes) and collaborative projects. Head On Photo Festival is a bridge between Australian and international photographic markets. The festival has toured in America, China, India, Europe and New Zealand. This has introduced the international photographic elite to the wealth of photographic talent Australia possesses.

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