The Head On Photo Awards result are in, with photographer Marika Lortkipanidze winning the top prize, the Portrait Award, for her image The Invisible Doors.
The picture was captured during a theatre production adaptation of The Threepenny Opera, with the play depicting the ‘interaction between society and people with Down’s syndrome’.
‘It is meant to capture that, beyond the invisible door, there are people with the same desires and abilities to live their lives to the fullest – to love, fear, succeed, fail, and rise back up – like we all do. There is no place for boundaries or limits; all over the world, diversity helps to break them down.’
The prestigious Head On Photo Awards were announced on Friday, November 4, in front of a large crowd during the festival launch at the Bondi Pavilion in Sydney.
The contest includes three categories – Portrait, Landscape and Student. The prize for the Portrait and Landscape winners is $15,000, plus prize packs from the contest sponsors.
All finalist images appear in centre piece exhibitions at the Head On Photo Festival, which runs in Sydney until November 20. The festival includes a huge array of outdoor and venue-based photo exhibitions and installations, with two major venues at Bondi and Paddington, as well as online talks and workshops.
There are also two tiers of runner-ups, international and Australian.