The Head On Photo Festival is celebrating its 13th year with an electric range of photography from around the world in unique outdoor exhibitions. This world-renowned photography festival is free and open to the public across 107 exhibitions. 

Venues include Bondi Beach, the recently renovated Bondi Pavilion and Paddington Reservoir Gardens. The festival ends on 20 November 2022, so there is still time to enjoy the exhibitions. 

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Photo: Kristie Lee
The Festival 

The Head On Photo Festival presents groundbreaking photographic stories that tell stories through photography across all genres, from fine art to photojournalism. Judges select all exhibiting photographers through Head On’s unique judging process, where work is judged anonymously. This process ensures fairness, diversity and equality. 

This year, exhibitions and conversations explore important global issues such as the impacts of COVID-19, global conflict, refugees, feminism, motherhood, pop culture, the environment, youth homelessness and gentrification.

The program features unique insights into war, displacement and refugees from two rising stars. Sahat Zia Hero documents life from within Bangladesh’s largest refugee camp where he lives and 21-year-old Syrian photojournalist Mouneb Taim, who has been capturing the reality of war-torn Syria since he was a child; see exhibition details below.

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Photo: Johannes Bosgra
The Foundation

Head On Foundation (not-for-profit est. 2008) was created to celebrate talented national and international photographers at all career stages. “Our goal is to make photography a platform that is accessible for all. We are very excited about this year’s images’ global scale and creative range. Each photograph tells a story and allows the viewer a glimpse into worlds unknown,” says Moshe Rosenzveig OAM, Founder and Creative Director of Head On Foundation.

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Photo: Orna Naor

Bondi Beach

  • Dates: 4 November, 2022 – 4 December, 2022
  • Hours: All day
  • Location: Bondi Beach Promenade

Paddington Reservoir Gardens

  • Dates: 5 November, 2022 – 20 November, 2022
  • Hours: Western Chamber: Mon – Sun 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Eastern Chamber: Mon – Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Location: Paddington Reservoir Gardens, 251-255 Oxford St, Paddington 

Main Photo Credit: Andrew Rovenko