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Head On Photo Festival: the guide

We've fossicked through the flotilla of photography exhibitions to bring you the highlights.

Photograph: Jon Frank
Image from 'Australians' series, at Liverpool City Library from May 5-Jul 17

Head On Photo Festival takes over Sydney each May with a flotilla of exhibitions, talks, workshops, and international guests.

The Festival covers every permutation of photography, from documentary and photojournalism to commercial and fine art; and every subject – including landscape, portrait and nature.

The flagship exhibition is the Head On Portrait Prize, showcasing the best in homegrown photographic portraiture across the portrait, landscape, mobile, moving image and student categories.

Where to find the photos

Central Park Mall

Head to this Chippendale shopping complex for nine exhibitions, including local Claire Reynolds' series Midnight Monroe The Lonesome Cowboy, pictured; and Future's Past, by Berlin techno head Sven Marquardt.

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Customs House

Dutch photographers Hendrik Kerstens and Erwin Olaf present their portrait series Dutch Masters of Light, in which they recreate the paintings of Rembrandt, Vermeer and other Dutch greats. Until May 29. Australian landscape photographers Paul Hoelen, Scott McCook and Sheldon Pettit present stunning aerial photography in Altered Lands. Apr 28-Jun 5.

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Circular Quay

Juniper Hall

Three finalists of the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize are presenting work here as part of Head On Photo Festival: Peta-Anne North, Laki Sideris and Johannes Reinhart. Until Jun 5.

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Museum of Sydney

This is where you'll find the Head On Portrait Prize, the flagship exhibition of the festival, as well as Head On's smartphone and student categories. Apr 30-Jun 5.

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Sydney Town Hall

Head to Lower Town Hall for eight exhibitions, with big international names including Michael Grecco and Paulo Marchetti. Locals include photojournalist Raphaela Rosella and editorial photographer John Dobson. Apr 30-May 8.

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