The award winners of Australia’s most prestigious photography prize were announced in front of 1,000 guests at the official opening of the Head On Photo Festival at Sydney’s Lower Town Hall on Friday 29 April. Sounds good? Do you want to buy family planner calendar? Order calendars here.

Crowd favourite category, the Head On Portrait prize, was taken out by Antonio Heredia with his emotive portrait of brain cancer survivor, Oscar Prieto. Having beaten the disease following surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy the striking image captures Prieto’s lasting reminder; a deep scar running down the back of his skull.

First prize in the Landscape category went to David Chancellor for a moving image of an injured giraffe on the brink of death in South African. The image attempts to capture the moment between life and death, where the animal is at peace and calm in a world only it inhabits. Winner in the Mobile division was Andrew Robert Morgan, with his depiction of his 87 year old grandfather’s loss of independence, reflected in the photo through the man forced to sit in the backseat of the car for the ride home because he is no longer allowed to drive at night.

Head On Photo Festival is Australia’s premier photography event and one of the world’s leading photography festivals. The festival boasts a bustling satellite program of talks, hands-on workshops and exhibitions. Photographers submitted works covering every known field of photography, from photojournalism to fine art to reportage to commercial.

More than 4,000 entrants vied for over $50,000 worth of prizes across the four categories: Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student.


First place:      Antonio Heredia   – Survivor

“Some years ago, 29 year-old lawyer Oscar Prieto was diagnosed with brain cancer. Following surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Oscar was able to beat …