Snap a look at work from 700 photographers

From Pattie Boyd’s personal images of life with George Harrison and Eric Clapton to Japanese love dolls, the death rituals of Indonesia, John F. Kennedy and an emotional exploration of a family’s dual cancer fight, Head On Photo Festival returns to venues across Sydney this May with an amazing array of exhibitions from all over the globe.

Running from Saturday 5 to Sunday 20 May, Head On Photo is one of the world’s most prestigious photo festivals. Since it began in 2010, the festival has evolved to include a wide range of stunning exhibitions from world-renowned photographers, innovative workshops run by international professionals and critically acclaimed mentors and community events aimed at everyone from enthusiasts and devout collectors.

This year, more than 100 exhibitions will pop up around Sydney. Paddington once again will become a hub for the Festival, with more than 20 exhibitions taking place in various venues, from Paddington Town Hall to the Reservoir Gardens as well as in more than 30 shopfronts along Oxford Street. As always, Head On’s Festival Hub in Paddington will be made up of an electric mix of exhibitions.

A new venue for the Festival this year, the Royal Botanic Gardens, will see some of the more ambitious and interactive exhibitions installed. From a floating exhibition in one of the ponds to an interactive app based collection, Head On Photo Festival’s exhibitions will add to the already stunning views of the harbourside gardens.

Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig said some of the world’s most incredible work will be on show in Sydney for the festival.

“The very best photographers from around the world are bringing their works to Sydney for the Festival, and we’re excited to be exhibiting works from more than 700 photographers from 22 different countries,” Moshe said.

“In a first for the Festival we’ll also be showcasing works from some of the biggest and most respected photo competitions and awards, from Australia and internationally. Finalists and winners from the most recent Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Tokyo International Photography Competition, Alpha Awards and Wildlife Photographer of the Year will be shown at Head On this year.”

The festival launches with a special opening night gala event where organisers will announce the winners of the Head On Photo Awards, Australia’s most prestigious photography awards. Representing a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers, the Head On Photo Awards is made up of four categories: Portrait, Mobile, Student and Landscape.

As well as exhibitions, the prestigious Head On Photo Awards will take place, along with an assortment of world-renowned speakers, and innovative workshops, all showcasing the work from over 700 Australian and international photographers.

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Picture: Samantha Everton