Head On Portrait Prize

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SINGLE USE ONLY Head On Portrait Prize 2017 winner first place Cesar Dezfuli Passenger
Photograph: Cesar Dezfuli Head On Portrait Prize 2017 winner: 'Passenger'

Check out the 40 finalists and winning portraits in the 14th iteration of this annual survey of Australian portrait photography

A flagship event of the annual Head On Photo Festival, the Head On Portrait Prize reflects the range and depth of the medium as it is practiced in Australia, with past finalists reading like a who's-who of of our photographic scene.

The judges for the 2017 Head On Photo Awards are American photographers Maggie Steber and Simon Harsent, curator and Artbank assistant director Daniel Mudie Cunningham, and Head On Photo Festival director Moshe Rosenzveig.

Cesar Dezfuli won the Head On Portrait Prize this year with his photograph of 16-year-old Amadou Sumaila, from Mali, taken after he was rescued on the Mediterranean Sea.

Parallel to the main Portrait Prize are exhibitions of the Mobile Prize category, for smartphone photogtraphy; and the Head On Student Prize, for primary and secondary school students.

Check out our Head On Photo Festival guide.


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