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Google exhibits Head On Festival shows

Sydney’s Head On Foundation has partnered with tech giant, Google, to showcase online exhibitions from last year’s program through the Arts & Culture platform.

One of Robert McFarlane’s pictures from Paper Tigers. Source: Google.

The partnership kicked off on World Press Freedom Day, May 3, with the launch of Paper Tigers, an anthology of contemporary Australian photojournalism curated by Head On.

The Google Arts & Culture platform offers viewers an interactive online experience, with the 60 defining images appearing alongside shifting captions that drift in and out of screen.

‘The 60 images selected represent a small snippet of what Australia was like over the past four decades. Images that defined modern Australia, images that reflect the culture we live in, images that make political statements and images of diverse aspects of our world’, said Head On Director, Moshe Rosenzveig. ‘I am thrilled for Head On to partner with Google Arts & Culture – this is such an important platform that ensures arts and culture can continue to thrive and  fulfil their vital role in our society. Anyone, anywhere, can see excellent photography in a COVID-19 safe way at a time and place that suits them.’

Paper Tigers has been divided into eight easy-to-digest sub-categories, covering topics such as Australian culture, First Nations people, the environment, Australian women, immigration and the refugee crisis, sports photography, war and conflict, and Australian photographers overseas.

The exhibitions includes powerful images by Mervyn Bishop, Tim Page, Louise Kennerley, Michael Coyne, Robert McFarlane, Nick Moir, Tracey Nearmy, Dean Sewell, Martine Perret, David Dare Parker, Stephen Dupont and others.

Check it out here.

Head On Awards open for entries

In other news, the prestigious Head On Photo Awards are open for entries with the contest split between Portrait, Landscape, and Student.

The top prize for the Portrait and Landscape Award includes $15,000 cash, and Sony will provide gear to the Portrait prize winners.

The work is judged anonymously by the esteemed jury panel to ensure the winning photos are selected on their merit, rather than the profile of the photographer. The finalists’ pictures then go on to appear in the 2021 Head On Photo Festival, and in the past have travelled around the world to appear in other photo festivals.

Click here for more info.

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