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Head On Photo Awards 2019 winners

Winners of the 2019 Head On Photo Awards have been announced, with Sydney photographer Juliet Taylor winning the Portrait Prize for her photo, Unlucky.

Pioneertown sits in the basin of the San Bernardino High Desert, where it is so black at night you can barely see a foot in front of you. Sheryl sits in her taxi outside Pappy & Harriet’s bar, waiting for her husband to finish drinking so she can take him home. Photo: Juliet Taylor.

Juliet is an advertising photographer, who has worked across the world for clients such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Clemenger BBDO, and Ogilvy. She has also shot television commercials and music videos.

‘In one way, it would seem ironic that my image titled “Unlucky” would win the 2019 Head On Portrait Prize!’ she wrote on Instagram. ‘There is so much more than chance at play – behind this image and behind that lens. Thank you Head On Photo Festival for the recognition. This means so much. Thank you.’

Juliet has won a $5000 cash prize, along with a Fujifilm XH1 + 16mm f1.4 lens and battery grip, and other goodies.

With the sun setting, playful André lies on the sand; the ocean seems to wash away my little boy to reveal the young man he will become. Second place photo by Chris Bekos.

Australian photographer, Chris Bekos, took second place for his photo Apparently Andre and Turkish photographer, Nadide Goksun landed third.

My mother-in-law, reading a newspaper in the garden. Third place photo by Nadide Goksun.

Australian-based photographer, Bruce Haswell, won the Head On Landscape Prize for his photo, Blackpool Beach England 2016.

Blackpool Beach England 2016 by Bruce Haswell.

He has also won $5000 and a Fujifilm XT3 + 23mm f2 lens.

American London-based photographer, Itamar Freed, came second with his photo Arizona Dyptych, and Costa Rican photographer, Joel Jimenez, was third with his photo When the dust settles.

This photograph is of a diorama: a model of Arizona permanently installed in New York. The diorama’s original intent was to inspire environmentalism and visually preserve a unique landscape. I reinterpreted the scene; three-dimensional taxidermied birds and flora, and a two-dimensional painted mural in the background to produce a picture-perfect landscape, alerting the viewer to the disappearance of the natural landscape and the dissolving of two seemingly separate categories – nature and culture. Arizona Diptych by Itamar Freed.
There is a symbiotic relationship between humanity and the landscape, continually evolving, changing and influencing one another. These traces of human intervention deal with themes of longingness, solitude, and nostalgia in contemporary society, through ambiguous and elusive imagery that respond to the personal experience of the land we inhabit. Photo: Joel Jimenez.

When the Dust Settles by Joel Jimenez.Sydney photographer, Chris Round, won the $5000 NSW Landscape Prize for his photo The Big Trout.

The Big Trout in the trout fishing village of Adaminaby weighs 2.5 tonnes and holds the illustrious title of the world’s biggest trout. Seemingly leaping into the air to swallow a fortuitously placed star trail, the fish is given a new lease of life. This image, part of an ongoing project about the Snowy Hydro Scheme and surrounding region in NSW, explores the balance between nature and man’s intervention – vast structures amongst epic landscapes, re-shaped waterways and newly created ones. Also the exploration of life in the region – skiing in winter; walking, boating and fishing in warmer months. Photo: Chris Round.

The winners were announced at the packed Head On Festival Launch on Friday, May 3 at the UNSW Art & Design campus.

An exhibition of all finalists in the Portrait Prize, along with the Mobile and Student, is on show at the Head On Festival Hub, Paddington Town Hall.

The Landscape Prize exhibition is on show at NSW Parliament.

Head On runs until May 19.

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