The winners of the four categories in the Head On Photo Awards have been announced at the official opening of the festival in Sydney.


‘Mama’, the winning entry in the Portrait award, by Irmina Walczak & Sávio Freire.

First prize in the Portrait award went to Irmina Walczak & Sávio Freire for “Mama”. The artists commented: “This photo is a portrait of us in the early days of the arrival of our son. It represents time in which each of us was searching and reviewing its place in this new organism called family. This picture is about being mother of two and becoming an octopus in order to supply physical and psychological needs of your offspring. It is also about being father of two and feeling unable and distant. Finally, it is about being the older child and losing the lap as well as pleading for attention.”


The winning entry in the Landscape award, ‘Giza Pyramids’  by Roger Grasas.

Winner of the Landscape award was Roger Grasas with his “View of the pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza (Egypt) from the dining room of a well-known American restaurant of pizzas and fast food.”


‘Life in Colour’ by Zay Yar Lin took out the first place in the Mobile prizes.

First prize in the Mobile award category was won by Zay Yar Lin  with a bird’s-eye view. “A seafarer cleaning a ship red deck while a ship was sailing in the ocean. This was an aerial view of the ship red deck and whirling Blue Ocean as well as the life of a seafarer.”


‘Levitation’ by Hi Yin Chan, winner of the first place in the Student award.

Hi Yin Chan  took out the first place in theStudent award category with ‘Levitation’ a jump shot taken on the top of a mountain.   The associated comment  stated: “Hiking has always been a way for me to escape. It is both scary and exciting when I think of my future. But at the end of the day, all I want for my future is FREEDOM.”

Running from  Saturday 5 ““ Sunday 20 May 2018, Head On Photo Festival has organised more than 100 exhibitions throughout Sydney City, with Paddington at the hub. For full details of venues, visit