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Head On unveils free workshops, panel discussions

The Head On Photo Festival has revealed a series of online events – including free panel discussions, artist talks and workshops – for its upcoming program presented from May 1-17.

L-R: Photos by Nick Moir, Vee Speers and Frantisek Toth.

As noted in previous coverage, the annual Head On Photo Festival will run entirely online this year due to current restrictions on public gatherings. Rather than cancel or postpone the festival, it will continue to run on schedule but with a different format.

The 2020 program features 47 live artist talks with a Q&A session, which will run daily at 11am, 1:30pm, and 5pm. Some of the photographers who will be discussing their exhibitions and practice include Renée C Byer (USA), Paula Bronstein (USA), Richard Sawdon Smith (UK), Pierre Dalpé (Canada) and Vee Speers (France).

Four panel discussions, which go deep on photojournalism and the role of news photography, will be available for viewers to enjoy from home. They are:

Paper Tigers – Contemporary Australian photojournalism | Sunday May 3, 6pm
Head On director, Moshe Rosenzveig OAM, and Australian journalist Alison Stieven-Taylor are joined by some of the biggest names in contemporary Australian photojournalism to look back at the iconic news images that have defined the field in the last 40 years.

Walkleys, Watch and Act | Tuesday May 5, 6pm
The opportunity to hear Getty picture editor, Olivia McGrath, photojournalist, Nick Moir, and The Walkley Foundation digital content producer, Nick Jarvis, explore the role of photojournalism in the wake of disasters such as Australia’s devastating 2019/20 fire season.

Photographing Trauma & Healing | Thursday May 7, 12pm
Audiences can join renowned photojournalists Renee Byer (USA), Paula Bronstein (USA), David Dare Parker (Australia), psychologist Tom Gross (Australia), photographer Erika Diettes (Colombia) and other industry professionals as they unpack our obsession with images of trauma, the role of the media in presenting them and how, in the context of our current global trauma, we can recover.

Truth in media |Sunday May 17, 12pm
An examination of the image and falsification in the digital age, including how we represent the current global pandemic, with Walkley Award-winning photojournalist, David Dare Parker; global misinformation expert, Anne Kruger, lecturer and media ‘construct-tant’, Dr Gregory Ferris, and moderator, Dr Helen Vatsikopoulos, who is a Walkley award winning photojournalist and lecturer.

Five free online workshops cover topics such as post-production tutorials with Adobe software, visual storytelling in portraiture, mobile photography, and Google Street View Photography. They are:

Reigniting the Creative Spark Through Self-Assignments with Julieanne Kost | Sunday May 3, 12pm
Drawing on her own work, principal digital imaging evangelist for Adobe, Julieanne Kost, will show audiences how personal photographic projects and self-assignments can help anyone become a better photographer, overcome fears, take risks, and enhance their creativity as well as select Lightroom and Photoshop techniques.

Visual Storytelling in Portrait Photography with Oded Wagenstein | Monday May 4, 6pm
Participants can join Award-winning Israeli photographer Oded Wagenstein, who has spent more than a decade photographing cultures around the world, for a unique lecture revealing the fascinating world of portraiture and culture photography.

Google Street Photography |Wednesday May 6, 6pm
Street photography from your living room. Audiences will learn from celebrated photographer Natan Dvir as he takes to the streets – without leaving the house – using Google Street View to create new works.

Take It – Make It – Mobile Photography | Saturday May 9, 11am
In this family friendly hands-on workshop Adobe Evangelist Paul Burnett gives some tips and tricks on taking a better photo
with mobile phones as well as how to briefly edit them to bring out their best. This session is for beginners of all ages.

Astrophotography |Tuesday May, 12 12pm
Blue Mountains based landscape photographer, tour guide, educator, and Sony Digital Imaging Advocate Jay Evans willexplore what makes a great Nightscape image including how to locate the Milky Way in the night sky, how to plan for Star Trails, and all the equipment, composition tips and settings needed to prepare and shoot Astrophotography.

The winners for the 2020 Head On Awards will be announced at the Festival’s launch party held online on Friday May 1, from 6pm. This free public event will showcase the works of 100 finalists across three categories including Portrait, Landscape and Student. The annual Awards offer a prize pool of $70,000 to professional and enthusiast photographers around the world.


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