The award winners of The Head On Photography prizes were announced in front of 1,000 guests at the official opening of the Head On Photo Festival at Sydney’s Lower Town Hall on Friday, 29 April 2016.


Crowd favourite category, the Head On Portrait prize, was taken out by Antonio Heredia with his emotive portrait of brain cancer survivor, Oscar Prieto (above).

First prize in the Landscape category went to David Chancellor for a moving image of an injured giraffe on the brink of death in the South African veldt.

Winner in the Mobile division was Andrew Robert Morgan, with his depiction of his 87 year old grandfather’s loss of independence, reflected in the photo through the man forced to sit in the backseat of the car for the ride home because he is no longer allowed to drive at night.

Winner of the Student prize was Isabelle Sijan for a close-up B&W portrait, Girl Sees All  which depicts the average teenage girl looking at life’s obstacles, symbolised by images of the snow-caps of New Zealand’s Mount Cook, which can be seen as a double exposure in the subject’s eyes.

The winning images and runners-up have yet to be posted in a dedicated gallery on the Head On website. They can be viewed at the Museum of Sydney, which is open between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm daily. Some finalists’ images can be found in the exhibitions page on the Head On website at