May 1, 2009: Winners of the 2009 Head On Portrait Prize were announced last night at the Australian Centre for Photography in Paddington.
The event, which attracted a record crowd of more than 1000 people, was opened by Dateline presenter, George Negus. Three photographers were announced as equal winners: Katerina Mantelos for her image ‘Athina, 98 years of life’, Vincent Long for
his image ‘Generation Y’ and Janyon Boschoff for his image ‘Urban Camouflage’. The ‘Critic’s Choice’ went to Gary Heery for his image of Kate Blanchett. David Kelly received a Special Mention for his image ‘Ursula’.
Winning images from this year’s Head On Portrait Prize.
Head On, now in its sixth year, is regarded by the arts community and reviewers as Australia’s most critically important photographic portrait prize. It represents a vibrant, diverse cross-section of new and traditional photographic practices, showcasing work by emerging and established practitioners alike. The winners of this year’s competition receive prizes with a total value of $37000 from Canon, Adobe, SanDisk, ACDSee, Focal Press, Datacolour, Lowepro and Dragon Image.
Winners and finalists were selected by a judging panel consisting of Magnum photographer Trent Parke, multi award winning photographer Narelle Autio, Good Weekend picture editor Judith Love and Head On founder and curator Moshe Rosenzveig. The Critic’s Choice was selected by the Sydney Morning Herald photography critic Robert McFarlane.
A selection of the best images from this year’s can be viewed at the Australian Centre for Photography at 257 Oxford Street, Paddington until 6 June. A floor talk will take place next Saturday 9 May, 1pm at the Australian Centre for Photography, where Moshe Rosenzveig will talk about the development of this project and Judith Love will explain the selection process. Finalists will also be present to talk about their work. The show will move from Sydney to Melbourne and be on display at Obscura Gallery, 285 Carlisle Street, St Kilda from 9 to 22 June.