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Head On 2021 calls for exhibitions

Sydney’s Head On Photo Festival – November 6 to 14 2021 – is calling for emerging and established photographers anywhere in the world to submit exhibitions for this year’s program. Submissions are open until March 14.

Head On in action. Photos by Moshe Rosenzveig and Stephen Godfrey.

Head On celebrates the full spectrum of photography, and is looking for a diverse range of quality work that will engage and challenge viewers. Submissions may come from individual artists, curators, groups, galleries and venues from around the world. This year a selection of successful photographers will have the full cost of producing their exhibition covered by Head On, thanks to support from NSW and local government funding, and Sony.

While Head On was traditionally scheduled in the first half of the year, in 2021 it’s opting for a late Australian spring-time run. The festival consists of close to 100 exhibitions and installations, showing all across inner Sydney in public, outdoor and indoor venues.

If Covid continues to be a major disruption by November, Head On can quickly pivot to run online, as done with success last year.

The esteemed selection panel ‘blindly’ reviews submissions – without the inclusion of an artist’s name –  to ensure the work is judged based on its merit and not the profile of the individual. The festival consists of a Featured and Open program. Featured exhibitions are curated by Head On and gain additional benefits, while Open exhibitions require more involvement from the successful applicant.

Speaking of the esteemed selection panel, it’s worth mentioning that Head On has achieved gender parity. Seven of the 12 qualified professionals are women. This is despite photography being a historically male-dominated industry.

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